Tampa Bay’s Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to complete the Rays late rally and a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
New York’s fill-in closer David Robertson (0-1) had escaped a bases-loaded jam the previous night in his first save chance since taking over as closer, but on Wednesday, New York got a chilling dose of real-life reality without injured star closer Mariano Rivera.
With the Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead, Sean Rodriguez singled on Robertson’s first pitch and went to third when Brandon Allen singled on the next delivery. Ben Zobrist walked and, one out later, B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Joyce then put the Rays ahead.
Tampa Bay’s Fernando Rodney (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1
In Cleveland, Ohio, Jake Peavy coasted for six innings, steering Chicago past Cleveland and to a split of the four-game series.
Peavy (4-1) struck out five and had little difficulty with the Indians, who did not get a runner past second until he gave up his sole run in the the seventh. He has been overpowering in his past five starts, posting a 1.36 ERA.
Adam Dunn connected for his 10th homer, a two-run shot, in the first inning off Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) and the White Sox added six runs in the fourth off Cleveland’s starter, who was tagged for eight runs.
MARINERS 2, TIGERS 1
In Seattle, Washington, John Jaso lined an RBI single over Detroit’s drawn-in infield in the eighth inning for the tie-breaking run as Seattle edged Detroit.
Jaso’s single was hit so hard that the shortstop barely had time to react before it was landing in the outfield and Michael Saunders was jogging home with the go-ahead run. Saunders had led off the eighth with a double.
Mariners starter Jason Vargas (4-2) threw a season-high eight innings, striking out six. Brandon League walked the first batter in the ninth, but got the last three outs for the save.
Detroit’s Luke Putkonen (0-1) took the loss in his second major league appearance.
BLUE JAYS 5, ATHLETICS 2
In Oakland, California, Adam Lind hit a two-run homer after being demoted from the cleanup spot before the game, as Toronto powered past Oakland.
J.P. Arencibia homered leading off the seventh and Edwin Encarnacion started the eighth with his 10th homer, ending an 0-for-21 funk and helping Toronto snap a three-game skid.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (4-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and won his fourth straight start, outpitching Tyson Ross (1-3) in a matchup of former college teammates.
ANGELS 6, TWINS 2
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ervin Santana pitched 7-1/3 innings and got some run support for the first time in his past six starts, recording a win against Minnesota.
Santana (1-6) gave up two runs and Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs for the Angels.
Twins starter Carl Pavano (2-3) was knocked out of the game before there was an out in the fifth inning.
He gave up five runs in his shortest outing of the season.
ROYALS 4, RED SOX 3
In Kansas City, Missouri, Bruce Chen picked up his first victory of the season as Kansas City narrowly beat Boston.
Chen (1-4) gave up seven hits in 6-2/3 innings, while striking out five and walking none. The Royals were winless in his first six starts this season.
Jonathan Broxton worked around a leadoff single and walk in the ninth inning for his seventh save in eight opportunities.