A.J. Burnett pitched neatly into the eighth inning, Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, and the Yankees kept rolling right along with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night in New York.
Robinson Cano tripled to start a four-run fourth inning and Jorge Posada had a solo home run, which was upheld after umpires watched a video replay.
Nick Swisher had an RBI single for the Yankees, who have won four straight and 14 of 18 overall. By taking the first two games against Milwaukee in an interleague matchup of division leaders, New York clinched its sixth consecutive series victory since getting swept at home by the Red Sox June 7-9.
Ryan Braun had three singles and an RBI for the Brewers, extending his career-best hitting streak to 19 games. Shaun Marcum (7-3) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings after being limited to four innings his previous two starts by a strained left hip flexor.
Angels 1, Nationals 0 — Dan Haren (8-5) pitched two-hit ball through 7 1/3 innings and host Los Angeles beat Washington to sweep past Davey Johnson’s new team.
The 68-year-old Johnson took over the Nationals this week, returning as a major league manager for the first time since 2000. Washington had won 13 of 15 going into the series at Anaheim, with most of the wins coming before manager Jim Riggleman resigned.
The only run came in the fourth inning and was unearned after a throwing error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Howie Kendrick’s double-play grounder drove it in.
Reds 4, Rays 3 — Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer off James Shields and Cincinnati beat Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hanigan hit a two-out, three-run shot off Shields (8-5) in the fourth. It was his first homer since going deep twice April 3 against Milwaukee.
Padres 4, Royals 1 — Rookie Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single, Tim Stauffer (4-5) won consecutive starts for the first time this year, and host San Diego beat Kansas City for its first sweep this season.
The Padres scored four unearned runs with two outs in the third inning thanks to third baseman Mike Moustakas’s error on a sun ball.
Braves 5, Mariners 3 — Freddie Freeman knocked around Felix Hernandez (8-7) for three hits and two RBIs, and Atlanta completed an impressive three-game sweep that included victories over Seattle’s best starting pitchers.
The Braves handed losses to Hernandez, rookie star Michael Pineda, and Erik Bedard during their rare trip to Seattle.
Mets 16, Tigers 9 — Scott Hairston hit a bases-loaded triple and Ronny Paulino contributed four hits as part of another offensive barrage by New York, which won in Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera hit two of Detroit’s five homers. The Mets romped despite not hitting any home runs.
Indians 6, Diamondbacks 2 — Carlos Carrasco (8-4) allowed four hits in seven innings and Cleveland beat Arizona in Phoenix to take two of three.
Cubs 2, Giants 1 — Pinch hitter Aramis Ramirez singled to drive in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and host Chicago ended San Francisco’s seven-game winning streak.
Rangers 3, Astros 2 — Ian Kinsler homered twice for the first time in almost two years and Colby Lewis (7-7) had another solid start to lead Texas to victory in Houston.
White Sox 3, Rockies 2 — A.J. Pierzynski drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Chicago hung on to beat Colorado in Denver.
Cardinals 5, Orioles 1 — Chris Carpenter (3-7) scattered seven hits for his second complete game of the season and Colby Rasmus homered to help St. Louis win in Baltimore.
Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1 — Yunel Escobar doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, Brandon Morrow (4-4) struck out 10, and Toronto beat visiting Pittsburgh.