Soriano Powers Yanks
Detroit Tigers' Austin Jackson, left, reaches first on a throwing error by Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie to first baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Chicago. Matt Tuiasosopo and Omar Infante scored on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New York — Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Soriano hit an early grand slam and became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS. The others were Texas’ Rusty Greer in August 1997 and Milwaukee’s Geoff Jenkins in April 2001.
Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 to pass Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto for 15th place on the franchise hits list, and the Yankees hammered Angels ace Jered Weaver (7-6) in opening an 8-0 cushion by the second inning for Ivan Nova (6-4).
Rays 5, Mariners 4
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jason Bourgeois hit an RBI single to cap Tampa Bay’s two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Rays ended a six-game losing streak.
The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar (0-1).
Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Will Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bourgeois singled to right over the Mariners’ drawn-in outfield.
Joel Peralta (2-5) pitched one inning. Farquhar didn’t retire any of the five batters he faced.
Tigers 6, White Sox 4
Chicago — Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer and Detroit ended a three-game skid.
A year after winning the Triple Crown, Cabrera has 38 homers and 114 RBIs and is hitting .360.
The AL Central-leading Tigers had lost four of five following a 12-game winning streak.
Indians 9, Twins 8 (12)
Minneapolis — Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and Cleveland rallied to beat Minnesota.
Joe Mauer tied a career high with five hits for Minnesota.
Carlos Santana and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians, who won for just the third time in 10 games.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 1
St. Louis — Francisco Liriano was dominant coming off the worst outing of his career and Pittsburgh got home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones in a victory over St. Louis.
The win snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak and gave Pittsburgh a three-game lead in the NL Central.
Nationals 6, Giants 5
Washington — Denard Span made a diving catch in deep center field with two runners on base for the final out, and the Nationals held off San Francisco for their fifth straight victory.
Jordan Zimmermann (14-6) increased his NL-leading win total, allowing one run in seven innings and outpitching Tim Lincecum (6-12).
Rockies 4, Padres 2
Denver — Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven solid innings, catcher Yorvit Torrealba completed a remarkable double play by tagging out two runners and Colorado hung on to beat San Diego.
Corey Dickerson doubled twice, tripled and drove in two runs. Troy Tulowitzki had two hits and a pair of RBIs as Colorado completed a 5-1 homestand.
Reds 5, Cubs 0
Chicago — Bronson Arroyo pitched seven crisp innings, Todd Frazier homered and Cincinnati beat Chicago to complete a three-game series sweep.
Arroyo (11-9) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked none in his second straight win. The crafty right-hander retired his first nine batters and faced the minimum through six innings.
D-backs 5, Orioles 4 (14)
Phoenix — Aaron Hill had a game-ending single with one out in the 14th inning to give Arizona a victory over Baltimore and a three-game sweep of the Orioles.
All three victories came in walk-off fashion. Baltimore led all three games entering the seventh.
Marlins 5, Royals 2
Kansas City, Mo. — Miami took advantage of an error by Kansas City to score the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, then turned to the bullpen to wrap up the victory.
Dan Jennings (2-3) got through the sixth, A.J. Ramos worked the seventh and eighth, and Steve Cishek handled the ninth for his 26th save.