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Ichiro nears milestone as Yankees sweep Jays


August 21. 2013 12:10AM
The Associated Press



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NEW YORK — Jayson Nix hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and a game-ending single in the ninth, lifting the Yankees to their second comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, 3-2 in the nightcap for a doubleheader sweep.


In the opener, Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart each hit three-run homers to rally the Yankees from four runs down to beat the Blue Jays 8-4. Toronto lost slugger Jose Bautista to a sore hip early in the game.


Cano had an RBI single in the second game and had six hits and five RBIs for New York in the two games.


Ichiro Suzuki singled and doubled in the first game, leaving him one shy of 4,000 combined hits during his careers in Japan and the major leagues.


With fans standing and chanting “Ichi-ro!” in the eighth, he grounded out. Suzuki pinch ran in the second game and scored the winning run.


With a full moon hanging over the right field rafters, Darren Oliver (3-4) walked Mark Reynolds to start the ninth.


Suzuki pinch ran and advanced on Eduardo Nunez’s sacrifice bunt. Suzuki stole third before scoring on Nix’s line drive to left that gave the Yankees their eighth win in 11 games.


Mariano Rivera (4-2) worked out of a two-on jam in the top of the ninth for the win. Anthony Gose failed to get down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth.


The Blue Jays extended their record with an 11th straight loss in New York.


Mark Buehrle was on track to end an eight-decision losing streak to New York but he gave up a tying homer in the seventh to Nix, the infielder’s first homer since June 25th.


Nix was the Yankees’ second unlikely long ball hitter of the day. Stewart connected off Neil Wagner (2-4) in the sixth inning for his first homer since May 15 — that’s 173 homerless at-bats — to put New York ahead in the opener.


Just 1-10 in his career against the Yankees, the left-hander shut down a rejuvenated lineup by allowing two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out Alex Rodriguez all three times he faced him.


Rajai Davis had a two-run double in the first game, and was responsible for the Blue Jays’ first two runs in Game 2. He scored on Phil Hughes’ wild pitch in the first inning and had a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to put Toronto up 2-1.


In the opener, Cano got his 200th career home run off Esmil Rogers in the third and had four hits. His drive in the third pulled New York to 4-3 after Toronto went up 4-0 in the second against Ivan Nova (7-4). Cano added an RBI double in the seventh.


Bautista was removed from the team’s seventh straight loss to the Yankees before the bottom of the fourth inning because of soreness in his left hip. The Blue Jays last lost seven in a row to New York in 1999.


Rays 7, Orioles 4


BALTIMORE — Alex Cobb took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, Matt Joyce drove in three runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles for their sixth win in seven games.


Wil Myers had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who lead the AL wild-card race and trail the first-place Red Sox by a half-game in the AL East, pending Boston’s late game in San Francisco.


Cobb (8-2) was making his second start since being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, three hits and four walks in six-plus innings to win his fifth straight decision.


Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (8-6) gave up three runs, two earned, eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-3 in five starts since July 20.


Twins 6, Tigers 3


DETROIT — Justin Morneau had a season high four hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on for the final out to help the Minnesota Twins hold off the Detroit Tigers.


Mike Pelfrey (5-10) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Jared Burton got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth, and Perkins finished for his 29th save in 32 chances — barely.


Rick Porcello (9-7) allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings for Detroit.


The Twins were without All-Star Joe Mauer, who was scratched from his start at first when he experienced dizziness during batting practice.




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