Yankees Remain Hot
New York — Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Robinson Cano singled in two runs during a five-run fifth inning, and the New York Yankees picked up an ineffective CC Sabathia to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 Friday night.
Alfonso Soriano connected for a two-run shot in the fourth off Miguel Gonzalez (8-7), and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the seventh inning of a late August game that felt more like postseason October.
In a playoff-race twist, Mark Reynolds had three hits, including an RBI double when the Yankees batted around in the fifth. Last year he helped Baltimore reach its first postseason since 1997 with seven homers and 11 RBIs in seven games against New York beginning on Aug. 31.
Blue Jays 3, Royals 2
Toronto — Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win his sixth straight decision and Toronto beat Kansas City, ending the Royals’ winning streak at five games.
Adam Lind drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 14 meetings with Kansas City dating to 2011.
The Royals, who came in six games behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth, lost for the first time since Aug. 24 against Washington, the final defeat in a seven-game skid.
Buehrle (11-7) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five to match his longest winning streak since 2005, when he won a career-best nine consecutive decisions. The left-hander is 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his past eight outings. He’s gone 8-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 14 home starts this season.
Twins 3, Rangers 2
Arlington, Texas — Chris Herrmann hit a tying, two-run homer to break up Yu Darvish’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning, Justin Morneau followed with a home run and Minnesota beat Texas.
Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak on a night when it looked as if the strikeout-prone Twins had no chance against the AL’s strikeout leader.
Instead, Darvish (12-6) had a third straight start without a win and the right-hander’s home run total jumped to 22 after the Japanese ace allowed 14 his entire rookie season.
Mets 3, Nationals 2
Washington — Ike Davis hit a two-run homer, Daniel Murphy scored from second on a groundball, and Dillon Gee allowed two runs over 7 2∕ 3 innings the Mets’ win over Washington.
Gee (10-9) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one, outdueling Jordan Zimmermann (15-8) as the Mets won for only the third time in nine games.
The Nationals, trying to work their way into the NL pennant race, lost for just the second time in 10. Washington began the day 6½ games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot.
Gee’s ERA had been just under 2.00 in his previous eight starts, and the Nationals rarely threatened him.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 0
Pittsburgh — Slumping Garrett Jones hit his 100th career homer and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh beat St. Louis and moved into a tie with the Cardinals for the NL Central lead.
Jones had three hits and Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker got two hits as the Pirates moved within four victories of their first winning season in 21 years.
Francisco Liriano (15-7) allowed just two hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out six to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time.
Phillies 6, Cubs 5
Chicago — Michael Young had four hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia rallied over the Chicago in Ryne Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field.
The Phillies improved to 9-6 since Sandberg was promoted to interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug. 16. The Hall of Fame second baseman spent most of his playing career with the Cubs and was cheered all day long in his first trip to Chicago since he was elevated to the top spot in Philadelphia.
Braves 2, Marlins 1
Atlanta — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Julio Teheran topped Jose Fernandez in a matchup of young right-handers, and the Braves beat Miami for their fifth straight win.
The 21-year-old Fernandez (10-6) took his first loss since July 7 but allowed only one hit after Freeman’s homer. He gave up three hits in six innings.
The Marlins have lost five straight.
The 22-year-old Teheran (11-7) yielded one run and four hits in 61∕3 innings. Each starter had eight strikeouts.
Before facing Freeman in the first, Fernandez had allowed only two homers in his last 15 starts since June 1 — and none in his first five outings this month.