Baltimore’s Nick Johnson hit his first homer in two years as the Orioles edged Tampa Bay 4-3 on Friday to stay top in the American League East division, one game ahead of the Rays.
Johnson’s two-run drive off Joel Peralta (0-2) put Baltimore in front 4-3, and the bullpen made the margin stand up. After spending last season in the minors, Johnson received an invite to spring training, made the team and was batting .143 before his game-changing home run.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis also connected for the Orioles, who lead the majors with 53 homers.
Baltimore starter Darren O’Day (3-0) pitched the seventh for the win and Jim Johnson got three straight outs for the save.
Tampa Bay, hitless after the fifth inning, have lost five of six.
RANGERS 10, ANGELS 3
In Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton hit two more home runs as Texas trounced Los Angeles in a rain-interrupted game.
Both of Hamilton’s solo shots came after a two-hour rain delay in the first inning when the Rangers went ahead to stay against Angels starter C.J. Wilson (4-3), their No. 1 starter last season who decamped to Los Angeles in the off-season.
Hamilton has eight homers in his past five games. He leads the majors with a .407 batting average, 17 homers and 40 RBIs.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish (5-1) struck out seven as he worked into the sixth inning, staying on even after the long rain delay. His last pitch came four hours after his first one.
YANKEES 6, MARINERS 2
In New York, Raul Ibanez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer against his former team to give New York victory over Seattle.
Ibanez’s shot came off former teammate Felix Hernandez (3-2), who lost for the first time at new Yankee Stadium, where he previously had allowed only one earned run in 24 innings.
Robinson Cano had four hits for the Yankees, while starter Hiroki Kuroda (3-4) went seven innings.
ATHLETICS 11, TIGERS 4
In Oakland, Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer against his old team and drove in four runs for the fourth time in five games, powering Oakland past Detroit.
Inge hit his fourth homer since joining the A’s on April 30 after the Tigers cut him. It was his second long ball in two nights after he hit a Grand Slam on Thursday. He also hit a game-ending Grand Slam on Tuesday against Toronto.
Inge’s big bat backed A’s starter Tommy Milone (5-2), who struck out six in seven innings and retired his last 10 batters.
Josh Reddick homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs for Oakland, which set a season high for runs.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Red Sox 7, Indians 5
‧ White Sox 5, Royals 0
‧ Twins 7, Blue Jays 6
AP, ST LOUIS, MISSOURI
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the Braves to a 9-7 win over St Louis on Friday, putting damper on the Cardinals’ celebration honoring former manager Tony La Russa.
A sellout crowd was on hand to watch the Cardinals retire La Russa’s No. 10 in a pregame ceremony. However, seven Atlanta relievers combined for 7-1/3 innings of one-run ball.
The Braves ended a seven-game losing streak in St. Louis that included a three-game sweep last September that propelled the Cardinals past Atlanta for the National League wild card on the way to their second World Series -championship in five years.
Atlanta’s Livan Hernandez (1-0) got the win while Kyle McClellan (0-1) was charged with the loss.