Yanks Sweep White Sox
New York — Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping the New York Yankees hold off the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, trying to chase down a playoff berth with a late-season charge. Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple and Lyle Overbay an RBI double in a four-run fourth against Erik Johnson (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
New York has won 17 of 24. The Yankees host Boston in a four-game series starting tonight.
Chicago has lost six straight.
Rivera earned his 41st save to preserve the win for Sabathia (13-11).
Indians 6, Orioles 4
Cleveland — The Cleveland Indians, boosted by a good-luck chicken and a pair of RBIs from both Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn, beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for batting practice. The bird, supplied by a clubhouse workers from an area farm, was a gift to reliever Cody Allen.
The chicken spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland’s pitchers in front of the warning track in center field. Allen’s teammates gave him the nickname “Chicken Al” in spring training and the chicken has been named “Cody.”
The Indians moved a half-game past Baltimore in the chase for a wild-card spot.
Athletics 11, Rangers 4
Oakland, Calif. — Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas.
Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter’s Oakland mark set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. Parker also has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A’s pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007.
Astros 6, Twins 5
Houston — Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted Houston over Minnesota.
Jonathan Villar singled to start the ninth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve. Crowe’s line drive to left field off Brian Duensing (6-2) allowed the speedy Villar to score easily, giving Houston its first win in six tries against Minnesota.
Cubs 9, Marlins 7
Chicago — Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning and Chicago connected four times.
Mets 5, Braves 2
Atlanta — Lucas Duda had three hits, including a home run, and Andrew Brown added a towering two-run shot to lead Dillon Gee and New York over Atlanta.
Gee (11-9) cruised after he was given a 5-0 lead in the third. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits in seven innings.
Giants 13, Padres 5
San Diego — Pablo Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs Wednesday, leading a rare power show by San Francisco.
Sandoval started the day with 10 home runs this season.
Nationals 3, Phillies 2
Philadelphia — Jordan Zimmermann became the National League’s first 16-game winner, pitching seven solid innings to lead the Nationals past the Phillies.
Zimmermann (16-8) struck out five, walked one and allowed two runs in winning his fourth straight start.
D-backs 4, Blue Jays 3 (10)
Phoenix — Willie Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep.
Arizona recovered after a shaky first inning by Randall Delgado, tying the game while its pitchers face the minimum over the next eight innings.
Will Harris (3-0) worked around a baserunner in the 10th inning to set up Bloomquist’s fourth career game-winning hit.