NEW YORK — Ichiro Suzuki homered off Tanner Scheppers with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Suzuki’s drive to right-center was the Yankees’ fourth home run of the game, three coming off Japanese ace Yu Darvish, and it helped New York improve to 4-3 on a homestand that ends after two more games against the Rangers.
Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix each homered off Darvish, who hasn’t won in seven starts. Leonys Martin connected twice off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Mariano Rivera (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for New York, which ended the Rangers’ five-game winning streak.
Scheppers (5-1) pitched a perfect eighth before being touched up by Suzuki in New York’s first walk-off win this year.
The anticipated matchup between Darvish and Kuroda, Japanese aces with ERAs under 3.00, fizzled on a hot and sticky night when a four-inning stretch produced five home runs.
The 11th major league matchup between starters from Japan got off to a sharp start. Even when the Yankees loaded the bases in the first on three straight singles that just cleared the gloves of leaping infielders, Darvish easily got out of the jam with a strikeout and an easy grounder.
But Martin started the home run barrage with a shot that landed a couple of rows back in the short right-field porch.
After the Rangers went up 2-0 on an unearned run in the fourth aided by third baseman David Adams’ throwing error, Hafner led off the bottom half with a long ball into the New York bullpen. Martin then started the fifth with a shot that landed several sections to the left of his first homer for his fifth of the year.
Not to be outdone, Gardner led off the Yankees’ half with a line drive deep into the seats in right field to pull New York to 3-2.
Kuroda had his first perfect inning since the second in the sixth. And Nix promptly tied it with a soaring fly to left field that cleared the wall by several rows, snapping his homerless string at 202 at-bats. Nix last homered on April 7.
The Yankees had hit just four homers in the past 15 games.
Red Sox 11, Rockies 4
BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia drove in four runs and had three of Boston’s season-high 20 hits, and Ryan Dempster took advantage of an early cushion that kept getting bigger for the Red Sox in their victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Mike Napoli added two RBIs and Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and Jose Iglesias joined Pedroia with three hits apiece as the Red Sox gave Dempster an abundance of offense after scoring just two runs in his previous two starts combined.
Dempster (5-8) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings, leaving with an 8-2 lead and picking up his first victory since June 9.
Orioles 6, Indians 3
BALTIMORE — Chris Davis and Alexi Casilla homered in a five-run seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians to end a four-game losing streak.
Davis tied the game at 3 with his major league-leading 28th home run, a two-run shot, and Casilla added a three-run drive. Both homers were off Justin Masterson (9-6), who took a three-hitter into the seventh.
Chris Tillman (9-2) gave up three runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings to win his fifth straight start. The right-hander is 6-0 in seven starts since May 19.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
Jason Kipnis homered, walked twice and singled for the Indians, who were seeking a fourth straight road victory for the first time since April 2012.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Moore overcame control problems to allow one run over six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Moore (10-3) tied career highs with six walks and 11 strikeouts en route to his 10th win this season and second straight after a three-game skid. The left-hander gave up four hits.
Tampa Bay rookie Wil Myers had an RBI single during a three-run fourth. Considered one of baseball’s top prospects, the outfielder has eight RBIs in nine games since being called up June 18 from Triple-A Durham.
Mark Buehrle (4-5) gave up four runs, eight hits and four walks in five innings for the Blue Jays, who have lost two in a row since arriving at Tropicana Field after tying a franchise record with 11 consecutive wins.
White Sox 5, Mets 4
CHICAGO — Alexei Ramirez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after Chicago committed a costly error in the top half of the inning, and Chris Sale struck out 13 batters in eight innings to lead the White Sox over the New York Mets.
The Mets scored the tying run with two outs in the ninth on a defensive miscue.
Pinch hitter Daniel Murphy hit a popup in front of the mound and third baseman Conor Gillaspie called for the ball before second baseman Gordon Beckham tried to make the catch as they nearly collided. The ball fell for an error by Beckham and David Wright scored the tying run from second after he had singled and stole second.
LaTroy Hawkins (2-1) took the loss, while Addison Reed (3-0) got the victory after blowing his third save.
Marlins 4, Twins 2
MIAMI — Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs and Derek Dietrich homered to help the Miami Marlins to a win over the Minnesota Twins.
A.J. Ramos (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 13th save for the Marlins, who have won four of five.
Miami starter Jose Fernandez allowed one run and four hits in five innings. The 20-year-old phenom struck out three and walked three while throwing 94 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Fernandez is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five June starts.
Kevin Correia (6-5) held the Marlins scoreless through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.
Nationals 7 Diamondbacks 5
WASHINGTON — Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gio Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks.
Jayson Werth added a double, RBI-single and two walks for Washington, which led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two-game skid.
Gonzalez (4-3) went 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. Rafael Soriano allowed an RBI-single to Miguel Montero in the ninth, but picked up his 20th save.
Martin Prado homered and Paul Goldschmidt had three hits for Arizona. Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill, playing his first game since going on the disabled list April 14 with a broken left hand, went 2 for 4 with a double, single and walk.