Robinson Cano doubled and drove in two runs, Roenis Elias struck out 10 in seven impressive innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees, 4-2, in New York Thursday night.
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 $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.
Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. It was a marked improvement over his previous outing Friday night, when the 39-year-old righthander was hammered in a 13-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Elias (2-2) gave up a leadoff homer to Jacoby Ellsbury but not much else in the rookie’s first appearance against the Yankees. Yoervis Media worked a perfect eighth, and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his sixth save.
Ellsbury sent Elias’s fourth pitch to right field for his first home run with the Yankees. It was New York’s first leadoff shot since Derek Jeter connected at the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 21, 2012.
Orioles sweep Pirates, 5-1, 6-5 — Steve Pearce had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the Orioles, and host Baltimore beat skidding Pittsburgh, 5-1, in a doubleheader opener.
Matt Wieters led off the 10th inning with a home run off Stolmy Pimentel to give Baltimore a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh in the second game.
Nick Markakis homered and No. 9 hitter Ryan Flaherty drove in two runs for the Orioles in the first game.
Dodgers sweep Twins, 9-4, 4-3 — Yasiel Puig tied a career high with four hits and drove in two runs and Dan Haren struck out seven in 6⅔ innings to lift visiting Los Angeles over Minnesota, 9-4, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. In the second game, Scott Van Slyke and Drew Butera homered in the 12th inning and the Dodgers held on to beat the Twins, 4-3.
Rockies 7, Mets 4 — Carlos Gonzalez homered before leaving with a finger injury in the fourth inning, Juan Nicasio pitched seven scoreless innings and drove in three runs, and Colorado beat New York in Denver.
Gonzalez was lifted in the fourth inning, replaced by pinch hitter Brandon Barnes, because of what the team said was a bruised left index finger. His playing status was listed as day to day.
Marlins 5, Braves 4 — Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee hit consecutive run-scoring singles off David Carpenter during a two-run rally in the seventh inning that led host Miami to a three-game sweep over Atlanta.
Blue Jays 7, Royals 3 — Mark Buehrle pitched into the seventh inning, Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus each went deep and visiting Toronto avoided a series sweep by beating Kansas City.
Reds 8, Brewers 3 — Brayan Pena’s second career pinch-homer started a big eighth-inning rally and swept host Cincinnati to victory over Milwaukee.