Yanks Edge Rays in 9th
New York Yankees' Eduardo Nunez, right, slides into second with a stolen base ahead of the tag by Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 last night.
Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price’s starts this year. The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over eight-plus innings.
Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price’s night with a leadoff single in the ninth. After Cano stole second on a pitch by Fernando Rodney that struck out Vernon Wells, pinch-hitter Travis Hafner was intentionally walked and Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases.
First baseman James Loney helped Rodney by making a sliding catch on Chris Stewart’s foul ball, but Suzuki then drove in two for a 4-2 lead on a liner to center.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3
Baltimore — Manny Machado had two hits and two RBIs, and Baltimore used a four-run second inning to beat R.A. Dickey and Toronto.
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Orioles, who have won nine of 13. By taking the first two games of the three-game set, Baltimore improved to 5-2 in seven series this season — including 4-1 against the AL East.
Braves 4, Rockies 3
Denver — Starting a day-night doubleheader that opened with a 23-degree temperature, Justin Upton hit his major league-leading 10th home run, Dan Uggla and rookie Evan Gattis also connected and the Braves beat Colorado.
The announced crowd was 19,124. The previous low gametime temperature at Coors Field was 28 for games against Montreal on April 12, 1997, and versus the New York Mets last Thursday.
Pirates 2, Phillies 0
Philadelphia — Jeff Locke pitched six smooth innings of two-hit ball and Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.
Locke (2-1) struck out six and walked two. After wriggling out of a jam in the fourth he retired his last eight batters — striking out three of the final four.
Cubs 4, Reds 2 (10)
Cincinnati — Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth inning before Darwin Barney hit his first homer in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago over Cincinnati.
Chicago ended its four-game losing streak after blowing a late lead for the second straight day. The Cubs let a two-run lead get away in the 13th inning of a 5-4 loss Monday night.
Cardinals 2, Nationals 0
Washington — Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season — and Washington’s mediocre one — by coming within two outs of his second shutout, leading St. Louis past the Nationals.
The right-hander (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by going 81∕3 scoreless innings, allowing only five hits.
Dodgers 7, Mets 2
New York — Mark Ellis lined two home runs and hit a hard grounder that sent Mets starter Jonathon Niese limping off for X-rays, leading Los Angeles over New York.
Ellis got four hits and drove in four runs. He hit his 100th career homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a tiebreaking, three-run shot with two outs in the seventh.
Twins 4, Marlins 3
Minneapolis — Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading Minnesota over Miami in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
■ The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Valverde, who is expected back with the team today. And manager Jim Leyland says Valverde will be Detroit’s closer immediately.
Valverde was the Tigers’ closer the last three years, but the team was prepared to let him leave as a free agent after he faltered during the 2012 postseason. But he never signed elsewhere, and Detroit brought him back on a minor league deal.
He pitched three scoreless innings at Class-A Lakeland, and now he’s being called all the way back up to the majors.
Detroit optioned right-hander Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Toledo, and the Tigers expect to make another move to clear space for Valverde on the 40-man roster.