NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte stopped the Orioles once again, Eduardo Nunez returned with a go-ahead hit and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4 Saturday for their season-high sixth straight win.
The Yankees overcame Chris Davis’ major league-leading 33rd home run and yet another double from Manny Machado, celebrating his 21st birthday. The Orioles have lost four of five.
The 41-year-old Pettitte (6-6) earned his 251st win, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 44th place on the all-time list.
Pettitte persevered on a hot, sticky day, hanging in after the Orioles took an early 3-0 lead. He got a big cheer when he trotted off with two outs in the seventh inning after exactly 100 pitches, and ended a four-start winless string.
Pettitte stretched his unbeaten streak against Baltimore to 11 starts dating to 2007, winning eight times. Overall, he is 28-6 against the Orioles — only Yankees great Whitey Ford (30) has beaten the Birds more often since the franchise moved from St. Louis to Baltimore for the 1954 season.
Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 29th save.
Nunez came off the 60-day disabled list before the game and played for the first time since a strain on his left side slowed him in early May. His key hit helped end a seven-game winning streak by Chris Tillman (10-3).
Nunez had a sacrifice fly in the second, then singled and scored in the fifth. It was 4-all when Lyle Overbay opened the sixth with a single against Tillman and advanced on a two-strike sacrifice bunt by Luis Cruz.
Next up was Nunez, and he singled up the middle. Overbay brushed past catcher Taylor Teagarden with a headfirst dive.
Davis put the Orioles ahead by lofting a high fly ball that kept drifting, carrying over Brett Gardner’s leap in center field. He matched his career high in home runs and RBIs (85), both achieved during the entire 2012 season.
Davis is tied for seventh-most homers by the All-Star game and still has more than a week to play before the break. Barry Bonds holds the mark with 39, followed by Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire with 37 each, STATS said.
Machado hustled for his 39th double. That’s the second most before the All-Star break, trailing only the 42 by Edgar Martinez in 1996, STATS said.
Alexi Casilla hit an RBI double for a 3-0 lead in the second. Teagarden, starting while catcher Matt Wieters got a day off, had an RBI single in the fourth.
Cruz hit an RBI single in the Yankees’ second. Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano had RBI singles in the fifth that made it 4-all.
The gametime temperature was 91 degrees, and the steamy afternoon took its toll.
Baltimore outfielders Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold waited out a pitching change on one knee in the grass. Cano stepped out of the batter’s box and glanced at the sky after the cloud cover seemed to distract him.
Ina trade on Saturday, the Orioles acquired infielder-outfielder Alex Liddi from Seattle.
Twins 6, Blue Jays 0
TORONTO — Brian Dozier hit a three-run home run, Mike Pelfrey and three relievers combined for a four-hitter and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday.
Dozier had two hits and four RBIs, connecting off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for his eighth homer as the Twins snapped a six-game skid and won for just the fourth time in 14 games.
Minnesota came in having lost 17 of 23 to Toronto, including eight of nine at Rogers Centre.
Pitching for the first time since June 18 after landing on the disabled list with a strained back, Pelfrey (4-6) snapped an eight-start winless streak to earn his first victory since May 5 at Cleveland. He allowed three hits in six innings, walked three and struck out two.
Caleb Thielbar worked the seventh, Jared Burton pitched the eighth and Glen Perkins finished.
Maicer Izturis had three of Toronto’s four hits as the Blue Jays lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Slugger Jose Bautista, who hit his 20th homer Friday, flied out to the warning track twice.
Pelfrey loaded the bases with three straight two-out walks in the first but Rajai Davis grounded out to end the threat.
Chris Parmalee doubled to begin the second and moved to third on Aaron Hicks’ single but was caught in a rundown after Dickey snared Eduardo Escobar’s comebacker, leaving men at first and second. After the runners moved up on a passed ball, Brian Dozier hit an RBI grounder, Jamey Carroll hit an RBI double and Joe Mauer followed with a run-scoring single.
Parmalee doubled off Dickey again to open the seventh and Hicks walked but Parmalee was forced at third on Escobar’s bunt. Dozier followed with his first home run since June 21.
Dickey (8-9) had won three of his previous four starts, including a two-hit shutout of Tampa Bay on June 26 and seven solid innings in an 8-3 win over Detroit on Monday. But he wasn’t as effective in this one, giving up six runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Dickey has allowed six runs or more in seven of his 19 starts this season.
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Garcia was hit on the right hand by Dickey in the sixth. He stayed in the game but was replaced by Clete Thomas in the bottom of the seventh.
Royals 4, A’s 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jarrod Dyson delivered an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Saturday, giving the Kansas City Royals a scrappy 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The Royals had rallied to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer in the seventh, and then loaded the bases on an error and a pair of walks by reliever Ryan Cook.
Dyson, hardly known for his power, showed bunt on his first pitch from Cook (1-2) before hitting a grounder deep behind second base. Shortstop Adam Rosales fielded it cleanly but didn’t even bother with a throw as pinch runner Alcides Escobar scored the go-ahead run.
Aaron Crow (6-3) worked the eighth and Greg Holland handled the ninth for his 20th save, wrapping up Kansas City’s first win in five tries against Oakland this season.
Mike Moustakas homered and Billy Butler drove in a run for the Royals, while Alex Gordon walked three times and reached on an error in his return to the lineup. He’d missed the last two games after a scary collision with the outfield wall Wednesday night against Cleveland.
Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs to lead the A’s.
Oakland struck right away when it put two aboard in the first and Josh Reddick sent a single to center. The throw from Dyson was well up the third-base line, allowing Donaldson to score.
Royals starter Ervin Santana recovered to strand runners on second and third.
The Royals tried to get the run back in the bottom half when Miguel Tejada singled and reached second on a groundout. Moments later, Elliot Johnson hit a grounder toward third with two outs and appeared to be safe when the throw pulled first baseman Brandon Moss off the bag.
Umpire Marty Foster ruled him out, though, and never wavered from his decision despite some rather animated objections from Royals manager Ned Yost and first base coach Rusty Kuntz.
A bright sun and flat sky started to cause problems after that.
The A’s had two aboard with one out in the third when Donaldson hit a high popup down the right-field line. Johnson chased it from second and outfielder David Lough sprinted in from right while Hosmer tried to camp under it from first base — all to no avail.
The ball fell in fair territory, allowing John Jaso to score for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Dyson led off with a weak pop foul behind the plate, but Jaso couldn’t locate the ball in the sun after discarding his mask. The A’s catcher comically had to cover his head with his glove while the ball plopped onto the field next to him.
Dyson followed with a single to right, and after a stolen base and errant pickoff throw, he scampered home from third on Butler’s groundout to get the Royals within 2-1.
Moustakas added his two-out homer in the fourth to tie the game, and Donaldson’s solo shot leading off the sixth restored Oakland’s one-run cushion. The Royals knotted the game again when they loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to center.
Cards 5, Marlins 4
ST. LOUIS — Jon Jay scored from first on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throwing error on Shane Robinson’s single with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.
Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals after Matt Adams’ pinch-hit two-run homer tied it two innings earlier.
Jay drew a full-count walk off A.J. Ramos (3-3) with two outs in the ninth and had third easily on Robinson’s pinch-hit single, then scored without a play after Stanton hesitated before throwing a relay that skipped under Morrison’s glove at first base.
The Marlins got homers from Derek Dietrich and Logan Morrison but their run of four straight series wins ended after dropping the first two against the Cardinals.
Manager Mike Redmond was ejected for arguing a close play at the plate in the fourth, with replays indicating Adeiny Hechavarria’s legs crossed the plate before catcher Tony Cruz tagged him on the shoulder.
Adams’ homer off Mike Dunn foiled the Marlins’ switch from starter to a lefty-lefty matchup and tied it at 4. Adams has both of the Cardinals’ pinch homers this season.
Both starters reached season bests for innings, with Eovaldi going up three runs in 6 2-3 innings and Joe Kelly allowing four runs in six innings.
Manager Mike Matheny gave Kelly the fifth spot in the rotation on June 22 but the Cardinals didn’t need him until now because of three off days, and the right-hander was used just once in long relief on June 28 before facing the Marlins.
Morrison has four homers his last six games against the Cardinals. His fourth of this season put the Marlins up 3-1.
Kelly singled for his sixth career hit in 38 at-bats and scored on Matt Carpenter’s triple in the third, a hooking drive that barely got past center fielder Marcell Ozuna. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single before Matt Holliday grounded into his 21st double play, by far the most in the majors.
Dietrich doubled with one out in the second and scored easily on Hechavarria’s single.
NOTES: The Cardinals are slotting ace Adam Wainwright ahead of rookie Shelby Miller on Tuesday, giving the 11-game winner two starts heading into the All-Star break. Because Wainwright will be pitching next Sunday at Chicago, he won’t be eligible for the All-Star team. ... A second straight giveaway, this one for Holliday jerseys, attracted a second straight sellout with attendance of 45,475. Fans jammed entrances more than two hours before game time, to make sure they got the souvenir given to fans 16 and over. ... Cardinals SS Daniel Descalso had two throwing errors, a day after 2B Carpenter had a pair of errors. ... Cruz made just his eighth start of the season with Yadier Molina getting a day off. ... Cardinals starting SS Pete Kozma, in an 0 for 17 slump, did not play for the third straight game.MORE IN Sports WireFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The fullback with the Ivy League engineering degree wouldn’t be stopped. Full Story
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