Vernon Wells singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, helping a marvelous Ivan Nova as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, Friday night in New York for their season high-tying fifth straight win.
Nova (3-2) gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters in the second inning, then stifled the Orioles the rest of the way in a spot start for Hiroki Kuroda. Nova allowed three hits in his first career complete game and struck out 11 and walked one.
Baltimore closer Jim Johnson (2-7) took over the ninth with a 2-1 lead and gave up a leadoff single to David Adams. Brett Gardner reached when Johnson failed to field his bunt for an error in front of the mound. Robinson Cano was walked intentionally to load the bases for the second time Friday — to vociferous boos. Manager Buck Showalter made a mound visit and Johnson walked Travis Hafner to tie it.
The struggling Wells then grounded a single past diving third baseman Manny Machado and ran toward first with his arm raised in the air.
Phillies 5, Braves 4 — Humberto Quintero and Ryan Howard hit home runs to give Cliff Lee a five-run cushion, and Philadelphia held on at home.
Dan Uggla hit a three-run shot, and the Braves snapped Lee’s streak of 11 straight games pitching at least seven innings and allowing three earned runs or fewer. But Lee (10-2) still won his eighth straight decision.
Blue Jays 4, Twins 0 — Jose Bautista hit his 20th home run, Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win for the first time in three starts, and Toronto proved inhospitable for Minnesota.
Rays 8, White Sox 3 — Jeremy Hellickson won his fourth consecutive start, Jose Molina and Kelly Johnson hit back-to-back homers, and Tampa Bay denied visiting Chicago.
Tigers 7, Indians 0 — Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, Jhonny Peralta drove in two runs, and Detroit beat host Cleveland for the sixth consecutive time to extend its lead to 2½ games in the AL Central over the second-place Indians.
Athletics 6, Royals 3 — Tommy Milone carried a shutout into the ninth inning and Grant Balfour held on for the save, securing Oakland’s victory in Kansas City.
Milone (8-7) was in complete control before Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer drove in runs with one out in the ninth. Balfour came on and gave up a run-scoring single to Billy Butler, but retired Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas to end the game.
Dodgers 10, Giants 2 — Juan Uribe matched his career high with seven RBIs, helping Los Angeles rout host San Francisco, which has dropped 12 of 14.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 0 — Tyler Skaggs pitched eight innings of three-hit ball in his return to Arizona’s rotation, and the Diamondbacks opened a 10-game homestand with a shutout.
Rangers 10, Astros 5 — Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and Nick Tepesch took a shutout into the sixth inning for host Texas.
Pirates 6, Cubs 2 — Francisco Liriano pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and host Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in 13 games. Liriano (8-3) went the distance for the first time since a no-hitter for Minnesota against the White Sox on May 3, 2011.
Cardinals 4, Marlins 1 — Jake Westbrook worked seven strong innings and Allen Craig had two RBIs for a lineup that spoiled Jacob Turner’s homecoming early in St. Louis’s victory over Miami.
Nationals 8, Padres 5 — Wilson Ramos drove in three runs, Gio Gonzalez won his third straight start, and Washington defeated visiting San Diego.
Mariners 4, Reds 2 — Aaron Harang pitched six innings in the ballpark where he still holds the strikeout record, and Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders homered, leading Seattle in Cincinnati.
Mets 12, Brewers 5 — Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in a career-best five and Zack Wheeler allowed one earned run over five shaky innings to pace New York on the road.