Andy Pettitte stopped the Orioles once again, Eduardo Nunez returned with a go-ahead hit and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4 on Saturday for a season-high sixth straight win.
The Yankees overcame Chris Davis’ major league-leading 33rd home run and yet another double from Manny Machado, who was celebrating his 21st birthday. The Orioles have lost four of five.
The 41-year-old Pettitte (6-6) earned his 251st win, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 44th place on the all-time list. Pettitte stretched his unbeaten streak against Baltimore to 11 starts dating to 2007, winning eight times. Overall, he is 28-6 against the Orioles — only Yankees great Whitey Ford (30) has beaten the Birds more often since the franchise moved from St Louis to Baltimore, Maryland, for the 1954 season.
Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 29th save.
Nunez came off the 60-day disabled list before the game and played for the first time since a strain on his left side slowed him in early May. His key hit helped end a seven-game winning streak by Chris Tillman (10-3).
ANGELS 9, RED SOX 7, 11 INNS
In Anaheim, California, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning after the Angels rallied to tie with four runs in the ninth and Los Angeles beat Boston to snap the American League East-leaders’ five-game winning streak.
Brad Hawpe singled with one out in the 11th against Craig Breslow (2-2). Hamilton drove the next pitch out to right-center for his 12th homer and second dramatic blast in three nights.
Dane De La Rosa (4-1) earned this victory with a scoreless inning.
Boston was leading 7-3 in the seventh when Andrew Bailey relieved injured pitcher Andrew Miller with one out and runners at the corners. He retired Mike Trout on an inning-ending double play. Bailey then pitched a scoreless eighth before the Angels loaded the bases with two out in the ninth against Alex Wilson.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave up a two-run single to Albert Pujols and an RBI single to Hamilton before Howie Kendrick hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Snyder. However, Snyder’s throw to second base sailed into right field, allowing Collin Cowgill to score the tying run.
It was Uehara’s third blown save in eight chances.
TIGERS 9, INDIANS 4
In Cleveland, Ohio, Torii Hunter drove in three runs, while Miguel Cabrera cracked a two-run homer as Detroit dominated Cleveland for their fifth straight win.
Hunter hit a two-run homer, tripled and doubled as the Tigers won their seventh straight over the Indians and increased their lead in the AL Central. Detroit are 8-2 against Cleveland and the Tigers have outscored the Indians 16-4 by winning the first two of the four-game set.
Anibal Sanchez (7-5) returned from the disabled list and pitched five innings for his first win since June 4. Cabrera and Prince Fielder homered in the third off Carlos Carrasco (0-4), who was recalled from the minors to face the AL’s best hitting team.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Twins 6, Blue Jays 0
‧ Royals 4, Athletics 3
‧ Rays 3, White Sox 0
‧ Astros 9, Rangers 5
Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers in consecutive innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Saturday.
Edwin Jackson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Cubs handed the Pirates their third loss in 14 games. Pittsburgh came in with baseball’s best record and a seven-game, road-winning streak.