Suzuki proves intercontinental worth with 4,000 hits
APNEW YORK -- Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning and Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan, as the Yankees handed the Toronto Blue Jays their 12th straight loss in New York, 4-2 on Wednesday.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
David Huff (1-0) pitched one-hit ball in five innings of relief to shut down the Blue Jays before New York finally got to Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
The 39-year-old Suzuki hit a liner off Dickey (9-12) that bounced just beyond diving third baseman Brett Lawrie for the milestone hit in the first inning. Suzuki broke a tie with Lou Gehrig when he got his 2,722nd major league hit in his 13th season. The speedy outfielder amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan's Pacific League.
Adam Warren started for New York and gave up two runs in three-plus innings, including Josh Thole's tying homer in the fourth. It was Thole's first homer with the Blue Jays.
Huff relieved and didn't allow a hit until Lawrie led off the eighth with an infield single.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth and earned his 37th save.
Tigers 7, Twins 1 Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help Detroit beat Minnesota.
Drew Smyly (5-0) struck out two in a perfect inning in relief of Anibal Sanchez. Jose Veras entered with two outs in the eighth inning and closed the game for his first save with the Tigers.
Kevin Correia (8-10) allowed four runs — two earned — and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings.
The Twins let Detroit score four runs with two outs in the seventh.
The Tigers gave up a 16th straight stolen base, extending the longest active streak in the major leagues, according to STATS.
Rangers 5, Astros 4 Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Texas its major league-leading 40th comeback win of the season with a victory over Houston.
During a wild eighth inning, Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers gave up three hits, one walk, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches to surrender the lead. But closer Joe Nathan (4-2) shut down the Astros in the ninth to get the win.
Craig Gentry homered and scored three times for Texas, one on a perfect squeeze bunt by Andrus in the seventh that gave Texas a 4-2 lead.
Lo Chia-jen (0-1) took the loss for Houston.
Orioles 4, Rays 2 Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 46th home run and Adam Jones also homered as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay to avoid a three-game sweep.