Buck Showalter sat by his desk as his cellphone beeped loudly every 30 seconds or so, no doubt with texts and emails of congratulations.
He didn’t want to think about his 1,000th win as a major league manager. He already was focusing on No. 1,001.
“I’m very appreciative of the players making me feel really young tonight even though I’m an old goat,’’ Showalter said after his Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 7-1, Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Brian Matusz ended his 11-month losing streak, and Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered off struggling Phil Hughes to give the Orioles their first win in five tries against the Yankees this year.
Showalter’s first win came April 7, 1992, across the street at old Yankee Stadium when New York’s Scott Sanderson beat Boston ace Roger Clemens, 4-3.
When this one ended, Showalter remained in the dugout for about a minute while his players celebrated. When he finally came onto the field, Nick Markakis pushed him into the center of players who mobbed him around home plate. Luis Ayala shoved the last ball of the game into the hands of the 55-year-old.
“It’s kind of embarrassing quite frankly because it’s about the players,’’ Showalter said.
Matusz (1-3) gave up six hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time since beating Oakland last June 6. He had been 0-12 with a 10.47 ERA in 14 starts since, the longest active losing streak in the majors.
Rays 3, Mariners 1 - Matt Joyce had two of Tampa Bay’s three hits, including a solo homer and a run-scoring triple, to help surging Tampa Bay posts its ninth victory in 10 games. Rookie Matt Moore (1-1) scattered seven hits over five innings in St. Petersburg, Fla., to get the win.
Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7 - Brett Lawrie hit a walkoff home run to lift host Toronto. After Francisco Cordero blew a save opportunity in the top of the ninth, Lawrie won it in the bottom half with a leadoff homer against Mike Adams, a shot that bounced off the top of the wall in left center.
Tigers 9, Royals 3 - Austin Jackson had four hits and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings to lead host Detroit to just its third win in 11 games.
Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 1 - Trevor Cahill took a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and visiting Arizona handed Washington its fifth straight loss. Teenager Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 in his home debut for the Nationals.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 6 - Ted Lilly threw seven solid innings and Los Angeles got home runs from Dee Gordon, Andre Ethier, and A.J. Ellis in the thin Denver air to improve to an NL-best 17-7.
Phillies 4, Braves 2 - John Mayberry Jr. doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lift visiting Philadelphia. Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save by retiring the Braves in order in the ninth.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 7 - Adam Wainwright worked seven solid innings for his first win since September 2010 and David Freese hit his third home run in five games to lift host St. Louis.
Angels 4, Twins 0 - Jerome Williams earned his second major league shutout with a three-hitter and Torii Hunter homered for the fourth time in five games to spark host Los Angeles.
Marlins 2, Giants 1 - Giancarlo Stanton homered for the second time in three games to help back Ricky Nolasco’s third straight win as visiting Miami won for just the second time in 10 games.
Padres 2, Brewers 0 - Pinch hitter Mark Kotsay belted a two-run homer with one out in the eighth off Francisco Rodriguez to give San Diego the home victory.
White Sox 7, Indians 2 - Gordon Beckham, hitting just .153 entering the game, had three hits and Chicago clipped Cleveland on a soggy night in Chicago.
Astros 6, Mets 3 - Chris Snyder hit a three-run home run and Jed Lowrie had a two-run shot to power host Houston.
The Cubs-Reds game in Cincinnati was postponed because lines of thunderstorms moved through the area. The game wasn’t immediately rescheduled.