NEW YORK — Vidal Nuno rebounded from two awful starts to pitch two-hit ball into the sixth inning, Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner hit consecutive homers, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-0 on Friday night in the opener of a series between struggling powers.
Brian McCann added a two-run homer for New York, which has won six of the eight meetings with Boston this season.
In his first at-bat as a 40-year-old, Derek Jeter fisted a single to right field with one out in the first. Jeter scored on Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly off Brandon Workman (1-1) for the early lead. The Yankees captain also singled in the fourth for hit No. 3,390.
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO — Jose Abreu hit two solo home runs, Alexei Ramirez added a two-run blast and Chicago survived a shaky ninth inning to beat Toronto.
Dayan Viciedo also went deep as the White Sox won for the second time in 12 road games and connected four times off Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (6-7).
Abreu led off the fifth with his 24th home run and began the seventh with his 25th, tying Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz for most in the majors.
Rays, Orioles split
BALTIMORE —Nelson Cruz and Nick Hundley homered to back a commanding pitching performance by Chris Tillman, and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 4-1 on Friday night for a doubleheader split
Rookie Alex Colome allowed two singles in 5 2-3 innings to earn his first win in over a year, and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore in the opener of a split doubleheader.
In the opener, rookie Alex Colome gave up two hits over 5 2-3 innings and Brandon Guyer hit three doubles to lift Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory.
Brandon Guyer had three doubles, scored twice and drove in a run to help Tampa Bay improve to 2-7 against Baltimore this season. The Rays had lost 11 of their previous 13 games on the road.
Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who finished with only three hits — one after the second inning.
Cubs 7, Nationals 2
CHICAGO — Light-hitting catcher John Baker had three hits, a walk and four RBIs, and Chicago starter Jason Hammel again mastered Washington.
Baker capped his big day with a bases-loaded, three-run double off reliever Jerry Blevins in the seventh inning. He entered the game with a .160 batting average in 35 games. With the four RBIs, he doubled his season total to eight. He also had four RBIs against the Nationals on Sept. 4, 2009, in Washington.
Chris Coghlan, Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney each had a pair of hits in the 13-hit attack to help the Cubs win for the 21st time in their last 38 games.
Braves 4, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA — Atlanta jumped out to an early four-run lead and Julio Teheran struck out nine in seven strong innings to beat Philadelphia.
Freddie Freeman did most of the damage for the Braves, smacking a three-run homer in the first inning off of starter Kyle Kendrick. Freeman tagged him again in the second with an RBI double.
Jimmy Rollins knocked in a run with a groundout in the fourth and Marlon Byrd added an RBI single for the Phillies.
Braves slugger Evan Gattis left the game in the first inning with a back issue.
Athletics 9, Marlins 5
MIAMI — Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a replay reversal, and Oakland bounced back after blowing a four-run lead to beat Miami.
Josh Reddick’s two-out RBI triple tied the game in the eighth, and Oakland scored four times in the ninth off Marlins closer Steve Cishek (4-3).
Crisp singled to start the ninth and took second on Alberto Callaspo’s single. When Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single, right fielder Giancarlo Stanton made a strong throw home, and Crisp was ruled out at the plate.