Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout in nearly five years and Mark Teixeira homered in the first inning to help the New York Yankees beat the Athletics for the eighth straight time, 5-0, yesterday in Oakland.
Robinson Cano added an RBI double in the three-run first against Trevor Cahill (6-3) and Derek Jeter recorded his 2,981st career hit and drove in a run for the Yankees.
The offensively challenged A’s were shut out for the sixth time this year, getting only four base runners against Colon (3-3) to snap a season-long four-game winning streak.
Colon allowed no walks and struck out six to snap a five-start winless stretch with his first shutout since blanking Seattle, 4-0, on July 5, 2006, with the Angels.
Angels 10, Royals 8 — Torii Hunter’s second home run, a two-run shot off Joakim Soria in the ninth, powered Los Angeles to a come-from-behind win in Kansas City, Mo.
Hunter, who had a solo home run off Everett Teaford in the seventh, drove in the 1,000th run of his career with the long drive that put the Angels on top, 9-8.
For Soria (3-3), a two-time All-Star, it was his fifth blown save in 12 opportunities and second in two days and knocked him, at least temporarily, out of a job. Manager Ned Yost said after the game that rookie Aaron Crow would probably take over as closer.
Blue Jays 11, Indians 1 — Jo-Jo Reyes won for the first time in 29 starts by throwing his first career complete game and Jayson Nix homered to lead host Toronto past Cleveland.
Reyes (1-4) allowed one run and eight hits, earning a win for the first time in nearly three years. His previous victory came with Atlanta against the Dodgers on June 13, 2008. The lefthander went 0-13 with a 6.59 ERA in his 28 starts between wins.
Phillies 5, Nationals 4 — Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and each drove in a run in Philadelphia’s seventh-inning rally as Roy Halladay (7-3) beat host Washington for the 10th straight time.
Tigers 6, Twins 5 — Alex Avila’s double in the eighth inning that appeared to hit a fan in the stands down the left-field line scored Jhonny Peralta from first base, and host Detroit edged Minnesota. Umpires stopped the play after the ball appeared to strike the fan, but they let the run stand.
Rangers 11, Rays 5 — Mike Napoli homered twice — giving him home runs in three straight games — and visiting Texas had a season-high 20 hits in a rout of Tampa Bay.
Diamondbacks 15, Marlins 4 — Kelly Johnson homered twice and fell a single shy of the cycle and first-place Arizona beat visiting Florida for its seventh straight win and 13th in 14 games.
Padres 3, Braves 2 — Pinch hitter Kyle Phillips broke a tie in the 10th inning with his first career home run and visiting San Diego beat Atlanta for its third straight win.
Mets 7, Pirates 3 — Josh Thole hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, Dillon Gee (5-0) pitched seven solid innings, and depleted New York — with only three regulars in the lineup — knocked off host Pittsburgh.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 1 — James Loney had three hits with a homer and three RBIs, Andre Ethier also drove in three runs, and host Los Angeles routed Colorado.
Mariners 4, Orioles 3 — Jack Cust hit the second triple of his career, driving in two runs to help host Seattle hold off Baltimore for its 10th win in 12 games.
Reds 7, Brewers 3 — Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run and Travis Wood turned in six solid innings as Cincinnati rebounded from a 2-8 road trip to rout Milwaukee.
Giants 7, Cardinals 3 — Madison Bumgarner won his second straight after losing his first six decisions and Andres Torres hit his first career grand slam in visiting San Francisco’s victory over St. Louis.
Astros 12, Cubs 7 — Clint Barmes and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and Houston rallied to win in Chicago.