Suzuki, Cano lift Yankees to 8-5 win over Orioles
APNEW YORK--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 Friday night.
September 1, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
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 RBIs 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 1/2 games behind the Orioles, who trailed Oakland by 3 1/2 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.
Red Sox 4, White Sox 3 Ryan Dempster returned from his suspension for hitting Alex Rodriguez and pitched into the seventh inning, leading Boston over Chicago for its fifth win in six games.
David Ortiz snapped an 0-for-23 slump with a two-run single for the AL East leaders.