Yankees rally past Orioles, 8-5
Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Robinson Cano singled in two runs during a five-run fifth inning that helped the New York Yankees pick up an ineffective CC Sabathia and beat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-5, last night.
Alfonso Soriano connected for a two-run shot in the fourth off Miguel Gonzalez (8-7), and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the seventh inning of a late August game that felt more like October.
In a playoff-race twist, Mark Reynolds had three hits, including an RBI double when the Yankees batted around in the fifth. Last year he helped Baltimore reach its first postseason since 1997 with seven homers and 11 RBI in seven games against New York beginning on Aug. 31.
An August pickup by New York from Cleveland this season, Reynolds was right in the mix as the Yankees gained ground in the wild-card race. They began the day 1 ½ games behind the Orioles, who trailed Oakland by 3 ½ for the second AL wild card.
Sabathia (12-11) lasted just 5 2∕3 innings and yielded five runs and seven hits.
TWINS 3, RANGERS 2
Chris Herrmann hit a tying two-run homer to break up Yu Darvish’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning, Justin Morneau followed with a home run and Minnesota beat Texas.
Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak on a night when it looked as if the strikeout-prone Twins had no chance against the AL’s strikeout leader.
Instead, Darvish (12-6) had a third straight start without a win and the right-hander’s home run total jumped to 22 after the Japanese ace allowed 14 his entire rookie season.
Twins starter Liam Hendriks (1-2) got his second career win by holding Texas to one earned run in six innings. Glen Perkins struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.
BLUE JAYS 3, ROYALS 2
Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win his sixth straight decision and Toronto ended Kansas City’s winning streak at five games.
Adam Lind drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 14 against K.C. since 2011.
The Royals, who came in six games behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth, lost for the first time since Aug. 24 against Washington, the final defeat in a seven-game skid.
Buehrle (11-7) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five to match his longest winning streak since 2005, when he won a career-best nine consecutive decisions.
Ervin Santana (8-8) allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits in seven innings.