Robinson Cano hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning, and New York sent Zach Britton to another shellacking at Yankee Stadium in a 12-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday afternoon that stopped a four-game losing streak.
With Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on hand and sitting with the Bleacher Creatures at the start, Derek Jeter had three hits and three RBIs on a rainy afternoon and Joba Chamberlain returned from elbow and ankle injuries that had sidelined him since June 5 last season. Phil Hughes (11-8) pitched homerless ball for only the fifth time this year.
A night after wasting a five-run, first-inning lead in an 11-5 defeat, New York won for just the fourth time in 13 games and restored a 6½-game lead in the AL East. The Yankees avoided what would have been their first five-game losing streak this year.
In his first outing at Yankee Stadium, Britton (1-1) retired just one batter during a 12-run first inning in a 17-3 loss last July 30. He got a no-decision in September and allowed seven runs over 2⅔ innings in this one, leaving him with a 24.00 ERA in the Bronx.
White Sox 3, Twins 2 — Jake Peavy struck out eight over eight smooth innings, and Alejandro De Aza gave Chicago the lead in the eighth with an infield single off Scott Diamond’s leg en route to a victory in Minneapolis.
Mariners 5, Blue Jays 3 — John Jaso hit the go-ahead single in the sixth inning and Blake Beavan’s 7 ⅔ strong innings led host Seattle over Toronto for its seventh consecutive victory.
Rangers 11, Angels 10 — Elvis Andrus had a game-ending two-run single in the 10th inning, and host Texas rallied from six runs down to beat Los Angeles. The Rangers trailed, 7-1, in the fifth and then 10-7 after the Angels scored three in the top of the 10th.
Rays 4, Athletics 1 — Alex Cobb shut down Oakland for seven innings and Carlos Pena homered to help Tampa Bay complete a successful nine-game road trip.
Royals 5, Indians 2 — Luis Mendoza pitched into the eighth inning, Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson stroked two hits each and drove in a run, and host Kansas City defeated Cleveland.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 0 — Patrick Corbin pitched two-hit ball over six innings following his promotion from the minors, and visiting Arizona got home runs from Miguel Montero and newcomer Chris Johnson to complete a three-game sweep of Los Angeles.
Phillies 3, Nationals 2 — Jimmy Rollins hit two solo home runs, Nate Schierholtz connected in his Philadelphia debut, and the visiting Phillies received a sharp pitching performance from Vance Worley in a victory over Washington.
Mets 2, Giants 1 — Jonathon Niese scattered three hits over seven innings and Ruben Tejada homered for the first time in almost two years and singled twice, leading New York past host San Francisco.
Reds 6, Padres 4 — Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, and Cincinnati kept rolling along with a win over visiting San Diego.
Marlins 4, Braves 2 — Miami broke out for three runs in the first inning against Ben Sheets after scoring just three total in two losses to host Atlanta ending the Braves’ seven-game winning streak.
Cardinals 9, Rockies 6 — Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five runs and St. Louis won in rain-soaked Colorado.
Brewers 13, Astros 4 — Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 29th homer and host Milwaukee connected four times, beating sloppy Houston to complete a three-game sweep.
Pirates 8, Cubs 4 — Michael McKenry and Starling Marte homered to back a strong start by Jeff Karstens, and Pittsburgh won in Chicago.