Orioles tee off on Yankees
Huff's blast part of an eight-run second
Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer off Phil Hughes during an eight-run second inning, and the Orioles romped past the scuffling New York Yankees, 12-5, last night in Baltimore in a game that featured seven home runs.
The Orioles sent 13 batters to the plate in the second, their most productive inning of the season. Luke Scott and Gregg Zaun each had two of Baltimore's eight hits, and the Yankees fueled the onslaught with an error, a wild pitch, and a hit batter.
Nick Markakis added a solo homer in the third, Lou Montanez hit a two-run drive in the fourth, and Adam Jones connected in the eighth.
Hughes (1-2) gave up eight runs, eight hits, and two walks in 1 2/3 innings - the shortest start in his three-year career.
Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher homered for the Yankees, who have lost six of seven. Playing in his second game back from hip surgery, Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk.
Orioles starter Adam Eaton (2-3) allowed four runs, four hits, and five walks in five innings.
Angels 1, Royals 0 - Joe Saunders (5-1) pitched his first career shutout and host Los Angeles did just enough offensively to send Kansas City's Zack Greinke to his first loss.
Greinke (6-1) went eight innings, with the Angels' only run coming on a Chone Figgins sacrifice fly in the third. The righthander has allowed just three earned runs this season.
Saunders gave up five hits in his second career complete game, recording the Angels' first shutout since May 5, 2008.
Blue Jays 6, Athletics 4 - Brian Tallet (2-1) yielded two hits over seven innings and Lyle Overbay homered, helping visiting Toronto avoid its first three-game skid of the season.
Adam Lind had two run-scoring hits for the Blue Jays, who pounded fill-in starter Sean Gallagher (1-1) for 10 hits and four runs in the first five innings
Twins 9, Mariners 6 - Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit back-to-back homers for the second straight night and host Minnesota roughed up Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (4-2) to send the Mariners to their sixth straight loss.
Tigers 4, Indians 0 - Edwin Jackson (2-2) worked seven innings and two Detroit relievers extended visiting Cleveland's scoreless streak to 19 innings.
White Sox 3, Rangers 2 - Carlos Quentin doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly to lift host Chicago.
Mets 10, Pirates 1 - Jose Reyes capped a five-run fourth with a two-run single and John Maine (3-2) allowed three hits over six innings as host New York posted its sixth straight win.
Dodgers 8, Giants 0 - Eric Stults (4-1) pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout and host Los Angeles earned its first win since Manny Ramírez was suspended.
Juan Pierre was 3 for 5 with two doubles and recorded his first three RBIs since taking over in left field for Ramírez. Juan Castro had three hits and drove in two runs for the defending NL West champions, who had dropped two straight since their dreadlocked slugger was banished for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned drug.
Marlins 3, Rockies 1 - Josh Johnson (3-0) scattered seven hits over eight innings to carry Florida in Denver.
Brewers 12, Cubs 6 - Milwaukee broke it open with six runs in the bottom of the seventh, including back-to-back homers by Craig Counsell and Ryan Braun.
Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1 - At Phoenix, Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a homer in the eighth and Washington won its third in a row.
Braves 6, Phillies 2 - Yunel Escobar and Brian McCann hit two-run homers, spurring Javier Vazquez (3-3) and visiting Atlanta past Philadelphia.
Reds 8, Cardinals 3 - Aaron Harang (3-3) pitched seven innings on his 31st birthday and had a bases-loaded single during host Cincinnati's five-run sixth.
Astros 5, Padres 4 - After Carlos Lee tied it with an RBI single, Miguel Tejada's infielder bouncer drove in the go-ahead run for host Houston in the eighth.