Yankees erupt to end 3-game skid
Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam and the New York Yankees snapped out of their offensive funk with an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night.
Ivan Nova delivered another impressive pitching performance and the Yankees, held to one run each of the previous three days, stopped a three-game slide. They watched two more players get banged up, though, when slumping Travis Hafner and speedy Brett Gardner left with injuries.
Hafner came out with a bruised left foot, while Gardner departed with a bruised right leg after getting hit by a pitch for the second time. The team said X-rays on both were negative and they were day to day.
Gardner reached base all four times from the leadoff spot, including a pair of walks, and scored two runs.
Nova (4-2) yielded only four singles and a double in eight innings for his second win in three solid starts since returning from the minors. He struck out six and walked two.
The right-hander was coming off his first career complete game, a three-hitter against Baltimore last Friday that included 11 strikeouts.
Orioles 6, Rangers 1
Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and Baltimore got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a victory over Texas.
Manny Machado had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in nine games. Baltimore will seek a split of the four-game series tonight.
Chen (4-3) had not pitched since May 12 because of a strained right oblique. The left-hander allowed one run, walked three and struck out four.
Major league home run leader Chris Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He hasn’t gotten a hit since Major League Baseball announced he was the leading vote getter in All-Star fan balloting.
Blue Jays 5, Indians 4
Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and Toronto beat Cleveland.
Kawasaki, who broke an 0-for-18 slump, lined a 1-2 pitch from Joe Smith into left-center field to score two runs. A third run scored when center fielder Michael Bourn booted the ball for an error.
Colby Rasmus drew a one-out walk off Rich Hill (0-1). After Maicer Izturis flied out, J.P. Arencibia was announced to bat for Josh Thole. Joe Smith relieved Hill but Arencibia singled and Emilio Bonifacio walked to load the bases. Kawasaki fell behind in the count but came up with the clutch hit Toronto’s struggling offense has needed.
Tigers 8, White Sox 5
Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and Detroit bounced back with a victory over Chicago.
Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer of the year.
Alex Avila’s two-run single in the third put Detroit ahead 5-1.
Angels 13, Cubs 2
Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a rout of Chicago.
Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also homered for the Angels.
All five of the Angels’ home runs were no-doubters. They hit a pair during a five-run first inning and then followed with three more in a six-run fifth, providing more than enough support for C.J. Wilson (9-6).
The Angels have won 11 of 14. Once 12 games under .500, they are now within two games of the break-even mark – since June 12, they have the best record in baseball at 17-8.
The Cubs had their four-game winning streak snapped, a day after they hit five home runs to beat the Angels 7-2.