Robinson Cano hit a walkoff three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to give the New York Yankees a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox last night.
Cano hit a 2-and-2 pitch from Randy Williams (0-1) into New York’s bullpen in right-center, delighting what was left of a soggy crowd at Yankee Stadium. Williams retired the first two batters he faced before walking Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher on four pitches apiece to set up Cano’s first game-ending homer.
Brian Bruney (4-0) worked a perfect 10th for the win. Cano was batting just .176 with two outs and runners in scoring position this season before his clutch hit.
Derek Jeter hit his second leadoff homer this week and Johnny Damon also connected for AL East-leading New York, which won the opener of the three-game set despite leaving nine runners on base.
Mark Buehrle pitched six effective innings for the White Sox but remained winless in seven starts since his perfect game against Tampa Bay July 23. The All-Star lefty is 0-4 with a 5.77 ERA over the lackluster stretch.
Sliding Chicago has lost five of six to fall five games behind AL Central-leading Detroit.
The White Sox rallied in the seventh against CC Sabathia, who tied a season high with 10 strikeouts and was in line to become the first pitcher in the majors to reach 16 wins before he tired in his last inning. Alex Rios doubled in a run and Gordon Beckham lined a two-out RBI single into right to tie it at 2-2.
Twins 3, Rangers 2 - Making his third career start, Brian Duensing struck out eight in seven innings as host Minnesota won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Texas got an RBI double from David Murphy in the ninth and had the tying run on second, but Joe Nathan got Chris Davis looking to close out his 33d save.
Giants 2, Rockies 0 - Tim Lincecum (13-4) struck out eight in eight innings to end a four-start winless stretch, and host San Francisco pulled within two games of Colorado in the NL wild-card race.
Cardinals 3, Nationals 2 - John Smoltz was solid in his first home start for St. Louis, allowing just one run over six innings to go with six strikeouts, and Albert Pujols led off the bottom of the ninth with his 41st homer to win it.
Phillies 4, Braves 2 - Ryan Howard homered twice and went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and Philadelphia waited out two rain delays to win at home.
Reds 4, Dodgers 2 - Homer Bailey (4-4) had the best start of his career, holding the NL’s top team scoreless for eight innings as host Cincinnati won a season-high fifth straight.
Tigers 6, Rays 2 - Brandon Inge homered and scored twice, helping host Detroit beat Tampa Bay. Rick Porcello (11-8) won for the first time since Aug. 6.
Angels 11, Athletics 7 - Kendry Morales went 5 for 5 with two homers and six RBIs, his second blast coming in a seven-run seventh for host Los Angeles.
Cubs 5, Mets 2 - Alfonso Soriano, who heard boos earlier in the game for several fielding miscues, ended a long home run drought with a three-run shot in the eighth for host Chicago.
Padres 9, Marlins 5 - Will Venable hit a pair of RBI singles in a six-run second as San Diego rolled in Miami. The Marlins’ Chris Volstad (9-11) went just 1 2/3 innings and was sent to the minors afterward.
Brewers 8, Pirates 6 - Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Jason Bourgeois homered to help host Milwaukee break a three-game skid.
Diamondbacks 14, Astros 7 - John Hester went deep in his first major-league at-bat, and Arizona scored seven runs in the third in a home blowout.
Orioles 13, Indians 4 - Baltimore cruised at home behind a career-high four RBIs from Matt Wieters.
Mariners 6, Royals 3 - Seven so-so innings by Felix Hernandez (13-5) were enough for host Seattle.