Yankees vault over Orioles in wild card hunt
Ivan Nova threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Robinson Cano supplied the offense as the New York Yankees edged Baltimore, 2-0, yesterday for their second straight win over the Orioles.
Nova (8-4) outworked Scott Feldman in an efficient 104-pitch outing for his second complete game, helping the Yankees move past their division rival by a half-game in the AL wild-card chase. New York entered the final day of August trailing Tampa Bay by 4½ games. Baltimore trailed by four.
The Yankees were looking for another big offensive day after beating Baltimore, 8-5, on Friday night. But Alex Rodriguez was scratched due to flu-like symptoms and Feldman (4-4) shut New York down allowing a leadoff double to Brett Gardner and Cano’s RBI double in the first.
Cano later drilled a line drive to right field off Troy Patton leading off the eighth for his 25th home run.
Feldman yielded six hits in seven innings.
TIGERS 10, INDIANS 5
Omar Infante homered twice and drove in five runs to power Detroit to its third consecutive win.
The Tigers stretched their lead in the AL Central to 8½ games over the second-place Indians despite playing without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who was sidelined by irritation of the abdominal area. The team says the reigning AL MVP is day to day.
Infante hit a three-run homer in the second and a two-run shot in the sixth for Detroit, which has won seven in a row against Cleveland to improve to 15-3 against the Indians this year.
Yan Gomes homered in the seventh and Carlos Santana added a two-run inside-the park home run for the Indians, who have lost five in a row.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (12-7) allowed three runs and six hits in 62∕3 innings.
Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (7-7) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.
BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 2
Brett Lawrie drove in the tie-breaking run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, helping Toronto rally for the win.
Toronto batted around while scoring three unearned runs in the eighth against four relievers. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar helped the Blue Jays with a key error.
The late rally made a winner of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (11-12), who allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. Casey Janssen finished for his 26th save in 28 chances, with pinch runner Chris Getz thrown out trying to steal second for the final out.
Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera (5-7) recorded one out and was charged with two runs and two hits. Aaron Crow issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Lawrie and Rajai Davis, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
MARINERS 3, ASTROS 1
Joe Saunders pitched neatly into the sixth inning for his first win in a month, and Seattle earned its third consecutive victory.
Kendrys Morales, Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley each drove in a run for the Mariners, who had lost six in a row before the series against the major league-worst Astros. They will have Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound when they go for a series sweep.
Saunders (11-13) yielded an unearned run and six hits over 51∕3 innings in his first win since Aug. 4 at Baltimore. The left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in his previous four starts.
Matt Dominguez and Brandon Barnes had two hits apiece for Houston (44-91), which appears to be headed for its third straight 100-loss season. Dallas Keuchel (5-8) gave up three runs – all in the first – and four hits in seven innings.
Angels 6, Brewers 5
Pinch-hitter Hank Conger came through with a two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Jim Henderson that sent Los Angeles over Milwaukee.
Milwaukee had been 50-0 this season when leading after eight innings, the only team in the majors without a loss.
Henderson (3-4) retired his first two batters in the ninth before pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton doubled off the glove of sliding right fielder Caleb Gindle. Conger followed with his seventh home run, driving a 2-1 delivery to right.
Dane Da La Rosa (6-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Ernesto Frieri worked the ninth for his 29th save in 33 chances.
Mets 11, Nationals 3
Zack Wheeler pitched effectively into the seventh inning and New York piled up a season-high 17 hits in routing Washington.
Eric Young Jr., Daniel Murphy, Josh Satin and Juan Lagares had three hits apiece for New York, which scored 11 runs for the second time in three days and won its third straight.
The news wasn’t all good for the injury-riddled Mets, though. First baseman Ike Davis left with a strained muscle on his right side after hitting a sacrifice fly in the third.
Wheeler (7-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 62∕3 innings, striking out three and walking one. Since the start of July, the touted rookie is 6-2 with a 2.96 ERA.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 1
A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven innings, Russell Martin hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh beat St. Louis to regain sole possession of the NL Central lead.
Neil Walker added three hits for the Pirates, who improved to 79-56 and moved within three victories of their first winning season since 1992.
Burnett (7-9) gave up one run while striking out six and walking one. He received plenty of offensive help only hours after Pittsburgh acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins.
Morneau arrived in the Pirates’ dugout in the sixth inning. By then Pittsburgh had things well in hand. Martin keyed a five-run second with his drive off Lance Lynn (13-9).
Cubs 4, Phillies 3
Starlin Castro hit a tie-breaking homer in the sixth to lead Chicago over Philadelphia.
Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake, Wellington Castillo and Darwin Barney had two hits apiece.
Castro drove a 1-0 fastball from Zach Miner (0-1) to the center field batter’s eye for his eighth homer. The leadoff drive through a steady wind was his first homer since July 31 against Milwaukee.