On a busy afternoon in the Bronx, what may have been the event most consequential to the Yankees’ hopes this season came on a routine grounder.
Bartolo Colon, working on another strong start in a rebound season full of them, pulled up lame while covering first base. After the Yankees finished off their 4-0 win yesterday against the Cleveland Indians, Colon was at a hospital, getting an MRI on his strained left hamstring.
“It’s not what you want, that’s for sure,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s pitched extremely well, and we’ll kind of keep our fingers crossed.’’
Alex Rodriguez got hit by a pitch after he homered, and Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also went deep.
Colon struck out six and gave up only two hits against his first major league team before he had to come out on Shin-Soo Choo’s grounder to first.
Colon (5-3), famously traded in 2002 by the Indians for three minor leaguers who went on to become All-Stars, struck out six over 6 2/3 innings to win for the third straight start after two losses in his previous five.
The Yankees, who have already lost starter Phil Hughes to a shoulder injury, will have to wait and hope for the best with Colon, who has been a key starter for them this season. He lowered his ERA to 3.10, best in the rotation.
“Bartolo is throwing like a legit No. 1 starter in the AL East,’’ Rodriguez said.
A-Rod was in the middle of the action. He was hit by a pitch after he homered the previous time up, and shortly after Granderson hit his 20th of the season. The two sluggers both homered against Cleveland the night before.
Plate umpire Dan Iassogna immediately tossed Mitch Talbot after the righty hit Rodriguez. Talbot said he told Iassogna that he slipped while throwing the pitch.
Rays 7, Orioles 5 — Ben Zobrist had four extra-base hits and scored four runs, including the tiebreaker in the 11th inning on a single by Evan Longoria, as Tampa Bay won in Baltimore.
Twins 8, Rangers 1 — Scott Baker pitched a five-hitter for his fourth career complete game and Alexi Casilla had three hits and scored two runs, leading host Minnesota.
White Sox 3, Athletics 2 — Brent Lillibridge helped make John Danks a winner with a homer-saving catch in the eighth inning, and host Chicago beat Oakland.
Tigers 8, Mariners 1 — Max Scherzer found his form after three rocky starts, Austin Jackson tripled twice, and host Detroit beat Seattle.
Angels 7, Royals 5 — Host Los Angeles rode the momentum of a four-run second, which included a bases-loaded triple by Erick Aybar.
Braves 6, Astros 3 — Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting Atlanta over host Houston for its fifth straight win.
Reds 10, Giants 2 — Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and also got two hits off Tim Lincecum as visiting Cincinnati gave San Francisco’s ace one of his worst beatings ever.
Phillies 7, Cubs 1 — Chase Utley homered and drove in four runs to back Cliff Lee’s eight strong innings and lead host Philadelphia over Chicago.
Nationals 2, Padres 1 — John Lannan pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Washington won consecutive road games for the first time in a month with a victory over San Diego.
Dodgers 11, Rockies 7 — Pinch hitter Casey Blake broke a tie with a three-run double in the sixth, Ted Lilly pitched five effective innings, and Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid by beating Colorado in Denver.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 5 — Kelly Johnson’s three-run double highlighted a six-run fourth inning that helped Arizona defeat Florida in Miami.
Pirates 3, Mets 2 — James McDonald allowed two runs in six effective innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double, and host Pittsburgh beat New York.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 — Rickie Weeks hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and Zack Greinke beat fellow Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter to lift Milwaukee over visiting St. Louis.