Ichiro Is Mr. 4,000
New York — Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan, and the Yankees handed the Toronto Blue Jays their 12th straight loss in New York, 4-2 on Wednesday night.
David Huff (1-0) pitched one-hit ball in five innings of relief to shut down the Blue Jays before New York finally got to Toronto’s R.A. Dickey.
The 39-year-old Suzuki hit a liner off Dickey (9-12) that bounced just beyond diving third baseman Brett Lawrie for the milestone hit in the first inning. Suzuki broke a tie with Lou Gehrig when he got his 2,722nd major league hit in his 13th season. The speedy outfielder amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan’s Pacific League.
Suzuki’s Yankees teammates streamed out of the dugout and surrounded him at first base, Curtis Granderson giving him the first hug. A grinning Suzuki then faced the cheering fans and bowed.
Orioles 4, Rays 2
Baltimore — Chris Davis hit his major league leading 46th home run, Adam Jones also homered, and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay to avoid a three-game sweep.
Davis connected against Jeremy Hellickson (10-7) leading off the fifth inning. The drive landed on Eutaw Street beyond the 25-foot wall in right field and gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
Indians 3, Angels 1
Anaheim, Calif. — Justin Masterson pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of Los Angeles.
The Indians improved to 69-58 and surpassed last season’s win total with 35 games to spare.
Tigers 7, Twins 1
Detroit — Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help Detroit beat Minnesota.
Drew Smyly (5-0) struck out two in a perfect inning in relief of Anibal Sanchez.
Mariners 5, Athletics 3
Oakland, Calif. — Brendan Ryan hit a two-run double in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth, and Seattle beat Oakland.
Braves 4, Mets 1 (10)
New York — Chris Johnson hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Atlanta beat New York after Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was hit in the right jaw by a pitch.
Heyward went down in a heap during a scary scene at Citi Field in the sixth. He was examined by Mets doctors and taken to a hospital for X-rays, which showed that Heyward’s jaw is fractured in two places. He will miss the rest of the regular season.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 6
Milwaukee — Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in St. Louis’ six-run second inning.
Matt Holliday also homered and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals, who are slightly behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central race.
Padres 2, Pirates 1
San Diego — Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, combining with two relievers on a four-hitter, and Yonder Alonso drove in two runs as San Diego beat NL Central-leading Pittsburgh.
Dodgers 4, Marlins 1
Miami — Zack Greinke allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth start in a row, and Los Angeles took advantage of sloppy defense by Miami for the second consecutive night. Greinke (12-3) allowed six hits, walked none and lowered his ERA to 2.91.
Phillies 4, Rockies 3
Philadelphia — Michael Young hit the winning single with one out in the ninth inning after Carlos Ruiz tied the game with a double, pushing Philadelphia past Colorado.
Reds 10, Diamondbacks 7
Cincinnati — Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs to spark Cincinnati’s offensive outburst in a win over Arizona.
The Reds opened up a six-game lead over Arizona in the race for the National League’s second wild-card spot.