Raul Ibanez tied the game with a three-run homer, pinch-hitter Eric Chavez came through with a go-ahead shot moments later and the New York Yankees rallied past the New York Mets 4-3 on Saturday night to stop a three-game skid.
Riding the long ball again, the Yankees won for the fourth time in five Subway Series matchups this season. The finale is quite an attraction, too, with R.A. Dickey coming off consecutive one-hitters to face Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia in a much-anticipated pitching duel last night.
Daniel Murphy, who has not homered all season, nearly won this one for the Mets in the ninth inning. With a runner aboard, he hit a deep drive into the right-field corner that was caught just in front of the fence for the final out.
Reds 6, Twins 0
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Johnny Cueto remained unbeaten this month by pitching seven innings and driving in a pair of runs with a squeeze bunt and a bases-loaded groundout on Saturday, leading the Reds to a slump-breaking 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Cueto (9-3) allowed three hits and fanned a season-high nine while improving to 4-0 in four starts this month. The right-hander has allowed only five runs for a 1.47 ERA on the month.
The Reds ended their season-high losing streak at four games.
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer off left-hander Brian Duensing (1-3).
Phillies 7, Rays 6
In Philadelphia, pinch-hitter Jim Thome hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over Tampa Bay after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in 18 chances this season.
Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins also homered for the Phillies, helping manager Charlie Manuel earn his 900th career win.
Thome connected off Jake McGee (2-2) for home run No. 609, tying Sammy Sosa for seventh place on baseball’s career list.
Tampa Bay’s Jeff Keppinger was five for five with three RBIs in his first game after he missed 29 because of a broken toe.
Papelbon (2-2) allowed his first earned runs in a save situation this season.
Cardinals 8, Royals 2
In Kansas City, Missouri, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig paced another big game for the St Louis offense, while Adam Wainwright took advantage of the robust run support in the Cardinals’ victory over the Royals.
Holliday finished four for five and drove in a pair of runs, pushing his stat line against Kansas City to 13 for 22 with two homers and eight RBIs in five games this season. Craig added a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs for the Cardinals.
Wainwright (6-7) only allowed a bunt single and a broken-bat base hit in the first five innings. He ended up allowing two runs on four hits and two walks over seven.
Luis Mendoza (2-4) was responsible for the Cardinals’ first four runs.
Blue Jays 7, Marlins 1
In Miami, Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking homer in the top of the ninth and Colby Rasmus had a grand slam later in the inning, as Toronto handed the Marlins their sixth straight loss.
Encarnacion led off the ninth with his 21st home run off Steve Cishek (4-1) to break a one-all tie.
After Jeff Mathis laid down a bunt that Cishek mishandled allowing Reed Johnson to score for a 3-1 lead, Rasmus connected on his third career grand slam off Edward Mujica.
Darren Oliver (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Blue Jays, who have won six of eight.
Rockies 11, Rangers 7