Ivan Nova ended a five-start winless streak and Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer as the New York Yankees won their fourth straight game on Saturday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2.
Derek Jeter had two hits, boosting his American League-leading total to 150 and joining Hank Aaron as the only players to record 17 straight seasons with at least 150 hits.
Rajai Davis had two hits and scored twice, but slumping Toronto lost its fifth straight and for the 11th time in 13 games.
Nova (11-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 7-1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out 10. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 30 chances.
ROYALS 7, ORIOLES 3
In Baltimore, Maryland, Alex Gordon hit two of Kansas City’s four home runs and Luis Mendoza took a shutout into the seventh inning in a win over Baltimore after the start of the game was delayed by rain for more than three hours.
Salvador Perez and Billy Butler also connected for the Royals, who have 14 homers in their last seven games. Gordon has nine home runs this season, three in this four-game series that concluded yesterday afternoon.
The game started at 10:14pm and finally ended at 1:13am local time.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Indians 5, Red Sox 2
‧ Rangers 2, Tigers 1
‧ Rays 4, Twins 2
‧ Athletics 9, White Sox 7
‧ Mariners 7, Angels 4
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Freddie Freeman had five RBIs in the first two innings as the Atlanta Braves battered Johan Santana in his return from the disabled list to rout the sluggish New York Mets 9-3 on Saturday.
Michael Bourn had three hits, Chipper Jones chased Santana with an RBI single in a seven-run second inning and Atlanta sent the two-time Cy Young Award winner to the worst start of his career.
Kris Medlen (3-1) pitched effectively into the seventh inning, striking out seven while improving to 2-0 since joining the rotation.
Santana (6-8) got only four outs. He was charged with eight hits — seven singles — and a season-high eight runs in his first outing since July 20.
NATIONALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
In Phoenix, Arizona, Ryan Zimmerman singled in two of Washington’s five runs in the fifth inning as the Nationals rallied to beat Arizona, stretching their season-best winning streak to eight games.
Jason Werth and Michael Morse each had an RBI double in Washington’s big inning, which was aided by two Arizona errors and a wild pitch from Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley (12-8).
Aaron Hill homered and Justin Upton doubled twice for the Diamondbacks, losers of the first two of the series and six of eight overall.
Edwin Jackson (7-7) got the win despite giving up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
PADRES 5, PIRATES 0
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jason Marquis took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a two-hitter as San Diego won its 11th straight game in Pittsburgh.
Travis Snider broke up the bid with an infield single off the pitcher’s mound leading off the seventh inning.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
‧ Marlins 7, Dodgers 3
‧ Giants 9, Rockies 3
‧ Reds 4, Cubs 2
‧ Astros 6, Brewers 5, 10 innings