Ichiro, surging Yanks continue postseason push

NEW YORK — Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Robinson Cano singled in two runs during a five-run fifth inning that helped the New York Yankees pick up an ineffective CC Sabathia and 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 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.

Athletics 4, Rays 3

At Oakland, Calif., Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer and Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead double in the eighth to lead Oakland over Tampa Bay.

Jarrod Parker dueled with David Price to run his unbeaten streak to 17 straight starts, matching Catfish Hunter's Oakland record set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. The A's pulled within two games of the first-place Texas Rangers in the AL West, and moved ahead of Tampa Bay in the wild card.

Price (8-6) lost for the first time in nine starts since July 12 against Houston.

Mariners 7, Astros 1

At Houston, Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs as Seattle beat Houston.

The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. Walker (1-0) retired the first eight batters he faced.

The Astros were up by one in the fourth before Ackley tied it with an RBI single. Seattle led by two in the fifth before a single by Ackley made it 5-1. A run-scoring single in the ninth gave Ackley four RBIs to tie a career best. Houston starter Brad Peacock (3-5) was tagged for seven hits and five runs in 42/3 innings.

Twins 3, Rangers 2

At 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.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

At Boston, Ryan Dempster returned from his suspension for hitting Alex Rodriguez and pitched into the seventh inning, leading Boston over Chicago for its fifth win in six games.

David Ortiz snapped an 0-for-23 slump with a two-run single for the AL East leaders.

Tigers 7, Indians 2, 7 innings

At Detroit, Victor Martinez doubled twice and drove in two runs to lead Detroit to a 7-2 win over Cleveland in a game stopped after seven innings because of rain.

Blue Jays 3, Royals 2

At Toronto, Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win his sixth straight decision and Toronto ended Kansas City's winning streak at five games.

National League

Pirates 5, Cardinals 0

At Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones hit his 100th career homer and drove in four runs as Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat St. Louis to tie the Cardinals atop the NL Central.

The slumping Jones had three hits and Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season.

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0

At Phoenix, Tim Lincecum pitched six spotless innings and third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a diving play to save San Francisco against Arizona.

Angel Pagan doubled and scored in the first during his first game back from a long stint on the disabled list. Three relievers closed it out for the Giants, who handed Randall Delgado (4-5) a hard-luck loss and won for the 10th time in their last 12 games at Chase Field.

Arizona loaded the bases against Lincecum in the sixth, and A.J. Pollock hit a sharp grounder past third. Sandoval had it played just right, though. He backhanded the ball as he hit the ground, got to his feet and threw to first for the third out.

Dodgers 9, Padres 2

At Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig had four hits and two stolen bases after getting benched in his previous game, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers to help Los Angeles beat San Diego.

The Dodgers moved 101/2; games ahead of second-place Arizona in the NL West, matching their largest cushion of the season.

Braves 2, Marlins 1

At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Julio Teheran topped Jose Fernandez in a matchup of young right-handers to lead Atlanta over Miami for its fifth straight win.

Phillies 6, Cubs 5

At Chicago, Michael Young had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia rallied past Chicago in Ryne Sandberg's return to Wrigley Field.

Mets 3, Nationals 2

At Washington, Ike Davis hit a two-run homer, Daniel Murphy scored from second on a grounder and Dillon Gee allowed two runs over 72/3 innings to help New York beat Washington.

Rockies 9, Reds 6

At Denver, Todd Helton homered twice and matched a career high with six RBIs to power Colorado past Cincinnati.


Angels 5, Brewers 0

At Milwaukee, Jered Weaver tossed six sharp innings and Grant Green hit a three-run double that led the Los Angeles Angels over Milwaukee.

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