Yankees snap out of funk
Cervelli's homer perks up offense in Atlanta
The Yankees took their time scoring against the Braves.
Then they got an unlikely home run - and a long-awaited offensive boost from Alex Rodriguez.
Francisco Cervelli hit his first career homer to break a 14-inning drought in Atlanta, and Rodriguez came through with a two-run single that sparked New York to an 8-4 victory over the Braves last night, snapping New York’s three-game losing streak.
Joba Chamberlain (4-2) went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs for his first win in four starts.
After Jeff Francoeur’s two-out single in the eighth made it 6-4, the Yankees called on closer Mariano Rivera with the potential tying runs on base. He struck out Kelly Johnson and worked a scoreless ninth for his 498th career save.
Atlanta had pitched two straight shutouts, having blanked the Cubs in a makeup game Monday before beating the Yankees, 4-0, Tuesday.
In the sixth, Kris Medlen (2-3) walked leadoff hitter Brett Gardner, who was promptly picked off on a disputed call. Cervelli came through with his homer into the first row of seats in left, tying the game at 1-1. After Chamberlain lined out, Derek Jeter singled to left, Johnny Damon lined a single to center, and Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases. Rodriguez followed with a line drive two-run single to right-center.
Rays 7, Phillies 1 - Matt Garza won for the first time since May 16 and ex-Phillies slugger Pat Burrell homered for the first time in more than two months to help Tampa Bay even the World Series rematch series in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Garza (5-5) limited the Phillies to Greg Dobbs’s fifth-inning single until Jayson Werth hit an opposite-field solo homer to trim the Rays’ lead to 2-1.
Brewers 4, Twins 3 - Jason Kendall’s two-out double in the eighth tied the game, and the catcher came around to score after two errors on the play as Milwaukee rallied at home.
Mets 11, Cardinals 0 - Fernando Nieve (3-0) pitched six scoreless innings and Nick Evans hit a two-run homer as New York pasted visiting St. Louis.
Marlins 5, Orioles 2 - Ricky Nolasco (4-6) had his fourth straight strong outing since being recalled from the minors as host Florida won its fourth in a row.
Blue Jays 8, Reds 2 - Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, and Vernon Wells homered during a five-run first that propelled host Toronto to its third consecutive win.
Rangers 2, Diamondbacks 1 - Vicente Padilla (6-3) worked seven sharp innings to outduel Arizona’s Dan Haren (6-5) and carry visiting Texas.
Pirates 10, Indians 6 - Zach Duke (8-5) allowed one run in six innings and Adam LaRoche drove in three runs as host Pittsburgh jumped all over Cleveland starter Carl Pavano (6-6).
White Sox 10, Dodgers 7 - Josh Fields clubbed two of host Chicago’s season-high six homers, three of which came off Los Angeles starter Randy Wolf (3-3).
Tigers 5, Cubs 3 - Host Detroit made it six straight wins, getting homers from Gerald Laird and Miguel Cabrera.
Royals 4, Astros 3 - Miguel Olivo homered on the first pitch in the 11th to lift Kansas City in Houston.
Giants 6, Athletics 3 - Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer to help Randy Johnson earn career victory No. 302 and San Francisco beat host Oakland in the Bay Bridge Series finale.
Angels 11, Rockies 3 - Vladimir Guerrero ended a 28-game home run drought and had three RBIs and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs with a homer and a double as Los Angeles defeated Colorado in Anaheim, Calif.
Mariners 4, Padres 3 - Franklin Gutierrez led off the eighth inning with a home run off reliever Edward Mujica, and host Seattle won its 19th one-run game of the season.