Halos Rally to Stun Rays
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Erick Aybar drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Aybar hit a two-run double off closer Fernando Rodney (5-4) to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth.
Peter Bourjos stole second and went to third when center fielder Desmond Jennings misplayed J.B. Shuck’s fly ball for a two-base error. Aybar then followed with the key hit.
Aybar also had a two-run single during a three-run seventh that made it 5-4.
Jose Molina had three hits and three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which has lost three in a row. The Rays, leading the AL wild-card race, are 2½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.
After Ernesto Frieri (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth, Dane De La Rosa got the final three outs for his second save.
Tampa Bay went up 3-1 during the fifth on Molina’s third straight hit off C.J. Wilson, a two-run double. James Loney made it 5-1 with a two-run single in the sixth.
Molina entered 0-for-13 against Wilson.
Roberto Hernandez allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He left with two on and no outs in the seventh. Jake McGee entered and gave up a run-scoring grounder to Shuck and Aybar’s two-run single that got the Angels within 5-4.
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 1
Toronto — Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven shutout innings, and New York beat Toronto after losing Robinson Cano in the first inning.
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Yankees, who won for the 13th time in 15 meetings with Toronto this season.
Rodriguez hit a two-out solo shot in the seventh for his 651st career home run and second in two games. Soriano’s homers, both of which were hit on the first pitch, were the 399th and 400th of his career.
Cano sustained a bruised left hand after being struck by a pitch from left-hander J.A. Happ (3-4). X-rays were negative, and the Yankees said Cano is day to day.
Eduardo Nunez, who replaced Cano, appeared to injure his right leg while covering second base in the eighth. He was checked by trainer Steve Donohue and initially stayed in the game, but was replaced three batters after hitting a leadoff single in the ninth.
Athletics 6, Tigers 3 (6)
Detroit — Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander, and Oakland beat Detroit in a game cut short by rain.
Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out when the tarp was pulled on the field due to the weather. It was called after an 80-minute delay.
Oakland starter Tommy Milone (10-9) allowed three runs in the first, and then pitched four scoreless innings for the complete game. The left-hander improved to 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA in his last six starts.
Detroit dropped its second straight game, but the biggest concern was another sluggish outing for Verlander (12-10), who was charged with four runs, three earned, and four hits in five innings.
White Sox 4, Astros 3
Chicago — Jordan Danks hit a clutch two-run single in Chicago’s three-run eighth inning, leading the White Sox over Houston.
Danks finished with a career-high three hits as the White Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games, bouncing back from a difficult loss in the series opener. Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Avisail Garcia had two hits apiece.
Royals 6, Twins 1
Minneapolis — James Shields was sharp for 71∕3 innings, Alex Gordon had three RBIs, and Kansas City scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat Minnesota.
Shields — the key part in the deal that sent top prospect Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in the offseason — struck out seven and notched his American-League-best 22nd quality start.
Shields (9-8) only allowed one hit through seven innings before running into trouble and leaving in the eighth inning.
Kevin Correia struck out a season-high seven over seven shutout innings, but ended up with a no-decision. Brian Dozier had the Twins’ RBI.
The first seven Royals hitters reached base in a five-run eighth that broke open a scoreless game and handed reliever Jared Burton (2-8) his third loss to Kansas City this season.