Yankees stay hot, top Blue Jays in extras
New York Yankees' Brett Gardner slides safely into home in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia after a two-run single from Kevin Youkilis in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup had a two-run throwing error in the 11th inning and the Yankees beat Toronto, 5-3, for their ninth win in 11 games.
Shawn Kelley (1-0) got two outs in the 10th for the win and Mariano Rivera finished for his fifth save.
Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli singled off Loup (1-1) to begin the 11th, and Ichiro Suzuki followed with a bunt to the third base side of the mound that Loup and third basemen Brett Lawrie both charged. Loup fielded it and wheeled to throw to third. But with Lawrie out of position as he retreated back to the bag, the ball sailed into foul territory and down the left field line, allowing both runners to score.
ANGELS 10, TIGERS 0
Mike Trout capped a nine-run first inning against Rick Porcello with his first career grand slam, Garrett Richards pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Angels routed the Tigers. Richards (1-0) struck out eight and walked none. Prince Fielder’s leadoff single in the second and Miguel Cabrera’s leadoff double in the seventh were the only hits off the right-hander.
Porcello (0-2) faced 11 batters, threw 47 pitches and got only two outs – on a double-play grounder by Chris Iannetta.
TWINS 2, WHITE SOX 1, 10TH INN.
Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez’s throwing error, and Minnesota beat the White Sox.
Doumit led off with a double off Hector Santiago (0-1). After Aaron Hicks popped up a bunt attempt, Eduardo Escobar hit a slow grounder that shortstop Ramirez fielded cleanly but bounced his throw to first base. Escobar was safe on an infield hit and Doumit scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid against the White Sox.
Vance Worley pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run and five hits.
Casey Fien (1-1) got one out for the win.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked four in seven innings.
RAYS 1, ATHLETICS 0
Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven impressive innings and Matt Joyce homered to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics.
Hellickson (1-1) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six to win for the first time in four starts this season. Joyce homered off Jarrod Parker (0-3) leading off the second inning.
Joel Peralta pitched the eighth for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight over the AL West-leading A’s after dropping seven of nine of a road trip that ended Thursday night.
Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, finishing the three-hit shutout and earning his second save in three opportunities.
Nationals 7, Mets 6
Bryce Harper launched two long home runs, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, and also doubled Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets.
Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals on Bark in the Park day at Citi Field. Fans paid $35 for tickets in the second deck in right field, and brought their dogs for $10.
After the game, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of persistent tightness in his left hamstring.
Harper hit a two-run homer to right-center in the third. He then hit the first pitch from Josh Edgin (0-1) in the eighth even farther and harder to right-center for his seventh home run.
Tyler Clippard (1-0) got four outs for the win and Rafael Soriano closed for his sixth save.
REDS 3, MARLINS 2, 13 INN.
Brandon Phillips had a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, giving the Reds a victory over the Marlins.
Facing Steve Cishek (1-2), Miami’s seventh pitcher of the game, Shin-Soo Choo led off the 13th with an opposite-field double down the left field line, his sixth time on base in seven plate appearances – he walked three times. Zack Cozart sustained an apparent right-hand injury while trying to bunt, and pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis moved Choo to third with a fly ball to center field. Joey Votto was intentionally walked, and Phillips – on his bobblehead day – lofted the fly to center field.
Alfredo Simon (1-1) retired the Marlins in order to get the win.
CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 0
Lance Lynn threw one-hit ball for seven innings and Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game to lead the Cardinals over the Phillies.
Lynn (3-0) did not allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr., led off the fifth with a double. Lynn struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing of the season.
Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs each tossed a scoreless inning to combine for St. Louis’ fourth shutout of the season.
Beltran’s solo shot off Cliff Lee (2-1) in the fifth inning gave him homers in the first three games of the four-game series. Allen Craig had a two-run single in a four-run third for the Cards.
Lee easily had his worst start of the year. After walking one batter in 232∕3 innings this year, he walked the bases loaded in the third that led to St. Louis’ big inning.
PIRATES 3, BRAVES 1
James McDonald pitched six dominant inning and Gaby Sanchez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to lead the Pirates to a victory over Atlanta.
In quite a contrast to his previous start, McDonald (2-2) struck out nine while allowing only one run on two hits. McDonald was tagged for eight runs in 12∕3 innings on Monday in a loss to St. Louis.
Sanchez’s first home run of the season broke a 1-all tie and capped a three-run sixth. Paul Maholm (3-1) carried a two-hit shutout into the inning and had not allowed a run in 251∕3 innings this season.
Atlanta (13-4), which has the best record in the major leagues, lost consecutive games for the first this season.
ORIOLES 7, DODGERS 5 (GM 1)
ORIOLES 6, DODGERS 1 (GM 2)
Wei-Yin Chen pitched six innings of three-hit ball, Chris Davis and Manny Machado homered and the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete a doubleheader sweep.
The Orioles won the opener 7-5, rallying from a four-run deficit behind Nolan Reimold, who homered and hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning.
Los Angeles has lost six straight, its longest skid since a seven-game slide last June.
Chen (1-2) allowed one run, walked four and struck out two to end a six-game losing streak dating back to Aug. 19, 2012.
Tommy Hunter pitched the final three innings for his first career save.
Davis hit a solo homer in the second inning and the 20-year-old Machado made it 6-1 with a three-run drive off Josh Beckett (0-3) in the sixth.
In the opener – a makeup of Friday’s rainout – Los Angeles took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. But South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn’t hold the advantage.
With the score tied at 5 in the eighth, Davis hit a one-out double off Paco Rodriguez (0-1) and Ronald Belisario walked J.J. Hardy on four pitches. After a passed ball and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Reimold sliced an opposite-field liner down the right field line.
Darren O’Day (2-0) got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.