New York’s C.C. Sabathia held Toronto scoreless into the seventh inning in his sparkling return from injury as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday, going a season-best 22 games over .500.
Sidelined since June 24 because of a groin strain, Sabathia (10-3) silenced a Toronto lineup minus All-Star slugger Jose Bautista, who injured a wrist on Monday.
New York got an early three-run homer from Andruw Jones. Sabathia’s successful return overshadowed an encouraging outing by Toronto starter Brett Cecil (2-2), who entered with a 6.75 ERA in five major league starts this year but held the Yankees in check for six innings and retired his final eight batters.
RANGERS 6, ATHLETICS 1
In Oakland, Roy Oswalt baffled Oakland’s hitters as Texas ended the A’s four-game winning streak.
Oswalt (3-1) struck out six and did not walk anyone in 6-1/3 innings, retiring 15 of the final 17 hitters he faced in his fifth start of the year.
Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre each hit solo home runs for the Rangers.
Athletics starter Bartolo Colon (6-8) took the loss.
ANGELS 13, TIGERS 0
In Detroit, Michigan, Mike Trout had another four-hit game for Los Angeles, including a 131m homer that was part of an early power show as Los Angeles routed Detroit.
Trout, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols all homered off Jacob Turner in the first two innings, while Alberto Callaspo and Kendrys Morales went deep later in the game.
It was the fourth four-hit game of Trout’s spectacular rookie season.
The Tigers were shut out for the first time in 159 games, a franchise record that began on July 17 last year — exactly a year ago.
Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards (3-1) pitched seven scoreless innings, easily outdueling Turner (0-1) in a matchup of top pitching prospects. The Detroit starter lasted only two innings, giving up seven runs.
WHITE SOX 7, RED SOX 5
In Boston, Kevin Youkilis hit his first homer at Fenway Park as a visitor, driving a three-run shot over the Green Monster to lead Chicago over Boston.
It has been less than a month since Boston traded one of their most popular players to Chicago, with the Fenway fans cheering him even as he rounded the bases to put Chicago up 6-2 with his homer off of Jon Lester (6-6) in the fourth inning.
Chicago’s Philip Humber (4-4) made his first start in a month and settled down after allowing two runs in a shaky first inning.
RAYS 4, INDIANS 2
In St Petersburg, Florida, Carlos Pena and Luke Scott gave Tampa Bay an early lead, setting up the win over Cleveland.
Pena hit a two-run homer, while Scott had an RBI triple off Josh Tomlin (5-6) to give the Rays a 3-0 first-inning lead.
Rays starter Matt Moore (6-6) took the win despite allowing five walks for his second straight start.
TWINS 6, ORIOLES 4
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Joe Mauer had three hits and an RBI to help Minnesota beat Baltimore.
Mauer had two singles, a double and a walk to improve his batting average to .333, second in the AL behind the Angels’ Mike Trout.
The Orioles dropped their third straight, falling 10 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Minnesota’s Alex Burnett (3-2) pitched an inning for the win, while Baltimore’s Luis Ayala (2-3) gave up two runs in 2-2/3 innings for the loss.
MARINERS 9, ROYALS 6
In Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders hit two-run homers, while Jesus Montero went three for four and drove in two runs as Seattle got at least one hit from every starter to beat Kansas City.