Yankees power past Orioles
Damon's three-run HR supports Chamberlain
Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, the biggest blow in a long-ball attack that carried the New York Yankees past the Orioles, 5-3, yesterday in Baltimore.
Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano also connected for the Yankees, who received a solid pitching performance from Joba Chamberlain (2-1).
Held to one run through six innings by Orioles rookie Koji Uehara, New York rallied in the seventh. After Cano hit a solo shot off Jamie Walker, Francisco Cervelli and Derek Jeter got infield hits against Jim Johnson (2-1) before Damon drove a 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats.
It was Damon's ninth homer, the sixth in 10 games, and marked the seventh straight game in which he got at least one extra-base hit.
Chamberlain allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. Although he popped a blood vessel in his right thumb Saturday, Chamberlain did not appear bothered by it.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 0 - Brett Cecil yielded five hits over eight innings to earn his first major league victory, Alex Rios drove in three runs, and visiting Toronto blanked Oakland.
Rios hit a solo homer, a sacrifice fly, and a ninth-inning RBI single to back Cecil (1-0). The 22-year-old lefthander struck out six in his second big league start.
Angels 4, Royals 3 - Torii Hunter made a leaping, homer-stealing catch in the ninth inning to help Los Angeles hold off Kansas City in Anaheim, Calif.
Jeff Mathis delivered a two-run single during a three-run seventh inning for the Angels, who completed a three-game series sweep.
Tigers 5, Indians 3 - Rick Porcello gave up one run over five innings as visiting Detroit completed a three-game sweep of struggling Cleveland.
Curtis Granderson and Adam Everett had two RBIs apiece for Detroit.
Rangers 7, White Sox 1 - Hank Blalock homered twice and Vicente Padilla allowed one hit in seven innings as visiting Texas routed Chicago.
Chris Davis also homered and added an RBI double for the Rangers.
Mariners 5, Twins 3 - In Minneapolis, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tying two-run homer and Wladimir Balentien added an RBI double in the eighth inning as Seattle stopped its six-game losing streak.
Mets 8, Pirates 4 - Livan Hernandez survived a shaky start to go six innings and host New York welcomed manager Jerry Manuel back from his one-game suspension with its seventh straight victory.
Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, and Omir Santos each drove in a pair of runs for the Mets, who haven't lost since May 2 at Philadelphia.
The 34-year-old Hernandez (3-1) needed 31 pitches to get through the first inning, but settled down to allow two runs for his 150th career win.
Giants 7, Dodgers 5 - Randy Winn hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and finished with four hits, leading visiting San Francisco.
Juan Pierre, who is replacing Manny Ramírez in left field for the Dodgers, had three hits for the second straight game, doubled home a run, and scored three times.
Cardinals 8, Reds 7 - Colby Rasmus doubled home a run in the 10th inning, and visiting St. Louis overcame five Cincinnati homers - including two solo shots in the ninth - to salvage the final game of the series.
Jerry Hairston Jr. and Micah Owings hit solo homers in the bottom of the ninth off Ryan Franklin (1-0) to tie it at 7.
Braves 4, Phillies 2 - Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs as Atlanta rallied to win in Philadelphia.
Matt Stairs got a rare start for Philadelphia and went 2 for 2 with an RBI double and a walk. Ryan Howard had a pair of doubles and scored two runs.
Astros 12, Padres 5 - Miguel Tejada and Carlos Lee each drove in four runs to help Roy Oswalt get his first win of the season, powering host Houston.
Ivan Rodriguez had four hits for Houston, which set season highs for runs and hits (16).
Cubs 4, Brewers 2 - Alfonso Soriano hit a towering two-run homer in a four-run third inning as Chicago avoided being swept in Milwaukee.
Rockies 3, Marlins 2 - Aaron Cook pitched six solid innings and Troy Tulowitzki homered as part of his third consecutive multihit game as Colorado edged visiting Florida.
Diamondbacks 10, Nationals 8 - In Phoenix, Chris Snyder and Eric Byrnes each drove in three runs and Arizona gave manager A.J. Hinch his first victory.