Robinson Cano doubled in two runs in the 15th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-1, last night in Baltimore after Mariano Rivera blew a one-run lead in the ninth.
Alex Rodriguez had a season-high four hits for the Yankees, whose only run before the 15th was an unearned tally in the fourth.
The final inning featured a scary moment. After Mike Gonzalez gave up Cano’s double, he struck Chris Dickerson in the head with a fastball. Gonzalez was immediately ejected, and Dickerson remained motionless on the ground for several minutes.
After being helped to his feet, Dickerson walked to first base before leaving the game.
Mark Teixeira led off the 15th with a single off Jeremy Accardo (2-1). Rodriguez followed with a single, and Cano hit a liner to right-center that Adam Jones bobbled, allowing Cano to take third.
Gonzalez then hit Dickerson. With Baltimore out of relief pitchers, Jeremy Guthrie — the scheduled starter for today — came in and gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Gardner.
New York starter Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings of three-hit ball and left with a 1-0 lead, but the usually reliable Rivera gave up a run in the ninth to force extra innings.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 5 — Matt Joyce homered, Elliot Johnson had three RBIs, and Tampa Bay snapped host Toronto’s winning streak at six games.
Rookie righthander Jeremy Hellickson (5-2) won his fourth straight start, allowing four runs, three earned, and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Phillies 2, Rockies 1 — Cole Hamels (5-2) threw eight impressive innings, Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, and host Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak.
White Sox 1, Indians 0 — Jake Peavy (1-0) pitched a three-hitter in his home debut this season, outdueling Justin Masterson and making Adam Dunn’s sacrifice fly in the first inning stand up to lift Chicago.
Rangers 5, Royals 4 — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run single off Jeremy Jeffress in the 11th inning, and Mark Lowe worked the bottom half of the inning for his first save, lifting Texas past host Kansas City.
Cubs 7, Marlins 5 — Reed Johnson hit his third career pinch-hit home run to tie the game in the sixth, Marlon Byrd snapped the tie with a homer in the eighth, and visiting Chicago broke a three-game losing streak.
Mets 3, Nationals 0 — Jonathon Niese pitched seven sharp innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out seven in heavy rain, and Justin Turner had a two-run double that sent host New York to victory.
Pirates 5, Reds 0 — Charlie Morton (5-1) shut down host Cincinnati’s powerful lineup again, throwing a five-hitter for his second career shutout, and Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer, helping Pittsburgh snap a six-game losing streak.
Cardinals 5, Astros 1 — Kyle Lohse (5-2) allowed a run on six hits and threw eight dominant innings, Jon Jay had two RBIs in a four-run third, and host St. Louis won its third straight.
Twins 4, Athletics 3 — Trevor Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th for his season-high third RBI, sparking Minnesota past host Oakland.
Brewers 5, Padres 2 — Yovani Gallardo struck out nine to win his third straight start and Mark Kotsay had three hits and two RBIs as Milwaukee won in San Diego.
Diamondbacks 5, Braves 4 — Ryan Roberts scored from third base on Justin Upton’s grounder with a drawn-in infield to give host Arizona the win in 11 innings.
Mariners 3, Angels 0 — Jason Vargas (3-2) went seven innings, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16, to power host Seattle past Los Angeles.
Giants 8, Dodgers 5 — Cody Ross hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth inning, and San Francisco rebounded from host Los Angeles’s three-run rally in the eighth to win for the eighth time in 11 games.