(Saturday, May 18th)
Final Score: New York 7, Toronto 2
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - For the Toronto Blue Jays, beating the Yankees in New York is like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube. It's a challenging task, and the answer continues to elude them. Robinson Cano launched a pair of two-run homers to back a solid outing from David Phelps, as the Yankees topped the Blue Jays, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon. Phelps (2-2) overcame early struggles to toss a career-high seven innings. He gave up one run on six hits and matched a personal best with eight strikeouts. The Yankees have won nine straight home games against the Blue Jays and 20 of their last 23. They also improved to 8-1 in this year's season series. Brandon Morrow (1-3), making his first start for Toronto since May 5 because of back and neck soreness, was tagged for five runs on seven hits over five frames.
Final Score: Cleveland 5, Seattle 4
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians squandered a four-run lead, but rebounded to beat the Seattle Mariners in walk-off fashion for the second straight day. Mark Reynolds homered and finished with three RBI, as the Indians edged the Mariners, 5-4, in the second test of a four-game set at Progressive Field. Cleveland starter Zach McAllister was given a 4-0 lead heading to the top of the eighth, but was removed after giving up a two-run homer to Brendan Ryan. The Mariners then pulled even in the ninth when Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak hit back-to-back, two-out homers off closer Chris Perez (2-0). Oliver Perez (1-1) didn't retire a batter in the bottom of the frame for Seattle. Jason Kipnis, who crushed the game-winning, three-run homer in the 10th inning of Friday's series opener, singled and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled before an intentional walk to Nick Swisher loaded the bases. Following a pitching change, Reynolds chopped Yoervis Medina's 0-1 offering to short. Ryan made a nice diving stop to his right and fired home. His throw beat Kipnis home, but the Cleveland second baseman was called safe because catcher Jesus Montero didn't have his foot on the plate.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 6
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Matt Joyce's two-run double was the go-ahead hit in a six-run ninth inning, as Tampa Bay rallied past Baltimore, 10-6, in the middle test of a three-game set from Camden Yards. Jim Johnson (1-4) entered with a two-run lead, but Kelly Johnson's one-out homer made it 6-5. Jose Lobaton and Yunel Escobar both walked and a Desmond Jennings single loaded the bases. Joyce stepped in and roped a double to the gap in right center for a 7-6 contest, and Darren O'Day came on, only to be greeted with a Ben Zobrist RBI double. Evan Longoria reached second on a hot shot behind first base, and James Loney drew a free pass ahead of Luke Scott's walk which forced in Zobrist to make it 10-6. Johnson then grounded into a double play to end the threat. Josh Lueke stranded a runner on second to close out the contest. Alex Torres (1-0) tossed four hitless relief innings for the win. Joyce ended with three hits, including a two-run homer and five RBI for the Rays, who won their second straight in the series and eight of 10 overall. Adam Jones slugged a two-run homer and drove in three for the Orioles, who saw their franchise-record 109-game win streak when leading after seven innings evaporate.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 12, Chicago 9
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs as the LA Angels of Anaheim took a 12-9 win over the Chicago White Sox in the third of a four-game set. Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored, while Albert Pujols added two hits and scored two runs for the Angels, who snapped a three-game slide. Joe Blanton lasted just 4 1/3 innings in the start for Anaheim, giving up four runs on 11 hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts. Robert Coello (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 flawless frames to pick up the win. Hector Gimenez was 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored for the White Sox, who had a four- game winning streak stopped. Alex Rios and Adam Dunn each drove in two runs. Chicago starter Hector Santiago gave up three runs on four hits with four walks over 3 1/3 innings. Nate Jones (0-4) picked up the loss after getting tagged for four runs on three hits with a pair of walks in 3 1/3 innings of work.
05/18 20:14:00 ET