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Wieters gives Orioles 6-5 win over Pirates

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters led off the 10th inning with a home run off Stolmy Pimentel to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a doubleheader sweep Thursday night.

In the opener, Steve Pearce had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the Orioles, who got a home run from Nick Markakis in a 5-1 win.

The single-admission doubleheader followed consecutive rainouts on Tuesday and Wednesday. The rain lingered long enough to delay the fifth inning of the opener by 21 minutes, and the start of the nightcap was stalled 46 minutes by rain.

The second game marked the season debut of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who had left knee surgery in October. After sitting out the opener, Machado received a warm ovation from the crowd of 28,290 before the second game and went 0 for 5.

Mariners 4, Yankees 2 Robinson Cano doubled and drove in two runs, Roenis Elias struck out 10 in seven impressive innings and Seattle beat New York.

Michael Saunders had three hits, including an RBI double, to help the Mariners win for the fifth time in six games following an eight-game skid. Seattle won both games in a rain-shortened series that marked Cano's return to New York after signing a US$240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners during the offseason.

The All-Star second baseman was booed again and finished the series 2 for 9 with three RBIs.

Seattle has won four straight at Yankee Stadium dating to last season.

Rays 2, Red Sox 1, game 1; Rays 6, Red Sox 5, game 2 Yunel Escobar homered off closer Koji Uehara leading off the ninth inning to propel Tampa Bay to a 6-5 win and a day-night doubleheader sweep of Boston.

Escobar crushed the second pitch from Uehara (0-1) over the Green Monster in left field for his second homer of the year, and Grant Balfour recorded the final three outs for his second save of the day and sixth of the season.

Sean Rodriguez and Desmond Jennings also went deep for Tampa Bay, which won for just the third time in nine games.

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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, left, ducks as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, second right, tries to catch a wide pitch in the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Baltimore on Thursday, May 1. (AP)

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