Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs and CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start as the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to seven last night with a rain-delayed 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Jorge Posada knocked in two runs and Phil Hughes tossed two perfect innings for his first major league save as New York increased its AL East lead to 2 1/2 games over idle Boston.
After sitting through a rain delay of 2 hours 43 minutes, the Yankees overcame a three-run deficit and handed rookie Vin Mazzaro (2-7) his seventh consecutive loss.
On a blustery night in the Bronx, Sabathia (10-6) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings.
With manager Joe Girardi looking to rest 39-year-old closer Mariano Rivera after he saved five games in six days, Hughes got the ball in the eighth and never gave it up. Hughes, a converted starter, has thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings and has not permitted a run in his past 15 outings since June 14.
Angels 6, Twins 5 - Howie Kendrick’s single ricocheted off second base in the ninth inning to drive in host Los Angeles’s tying run and Mike Napoli’s run-scoring double in the 10th capped the Angels’ 31st comeback win.
Los Angeles won its sixth straight game after a two-run, two-out rally in the ninth off All-Star closer Joe Nathan, who had converted 20 straight save chances and hadn’t even allowed a run since May 15.
Phillies 9, Padres 4 - Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had three hits apiece, and host Philadelphia beat San Diego in a makeup game.
One day after their 10-game winning streak ended, the NL East-leading Phillies moved 6 1/2 games up on Atlanta and Florida with their 15th win in 17 games.
Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer for San Diego, which has the second-worst record in the majors (37-59).
Giants 5, Braves 1 - Barry Zito gave up only three hits in seven innings and San Francisco won in Atlanta to avoid a four-game sweep.
Zito (6-10) walked five batters but gave up only one run on Yunel Escobar’s second-inning homer, and San Francisco scored four unearned runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1 - Adam Wainwright pitched six strong innings, Rick Ankiel broke a five-week homer drought, and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing skid with a rain-shortened victory in Washington.
Wainwright (11-6) allowed one run and eight hits in the 19th consecutive start he has gone at least six innings.
Mariners 2, Tigers 1 - Jarrod Washburn pitched seven scoreless innings as Seattle won in Detroit.
Washburn (8-6) allowed two hits and two walks as the Mariners won for the eighth time in 10 games. He is 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 4 - Rookie David Huff won for the first time in three starts, Shin-Soo Choo tripled home two runs, and visiting Cleveland beat Toronto.
Diamondbacks 11, Pirates 4 - Miguel Montero doubled in the go-ahead run in a five-run seventh and pinch-hitter Chad Tracy capped the inning with a three-run home run to lead Arizona over visiting Pittsburgh.