Jesus Montero broke a fifth-inning tie with his first major league home run, then hit a two-run drive in the seventh to help New York outlast the Baltimore Orioles, 11-10, at Yankee Stadium yesterday for its fifth straight win.
Robinson Cano sparked the comeback from a 5-2 second-inning deficit with his third grand slam in less than a month and Montero then made his fourth big league game one to remember.
Montero broke an 8-all tie when he homered deep into the right-field seats on the second pitch from Jim Johnson (5-5) leading off the fifth. The 21-year-old catching prospect, who made his big league debut in Boston last Thursday, came out of the dugout and waved his helmet during a curtain call.
He followed Russell Martin’s seventh-inning single off Johnson with another opposite-field drive to right, putting New York ahead, 11-8.
Tigers 4, Indians 2 - Doug Fister struck out a career-high 13, Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer, and Detroit beat host Cleveland to extend its AL Central lead to 7 1/2 games.
Rays 5, Rangers 1 - James Shields pitched a four-hitter for his major league-best 11th complete game and host Tampa Bay beat AL West-leading Texas.
Shields (14-10) struck out six and walked two. The only run he allowed scored on Michael Young’s grounder in the ninth.
Angels 7, Mariners 3 - Rookie Mark Trumbo had a two-run homer and an RBI double, Vernon Wells hit his 20th home run, and host Los Angeles beat Seattle to move within 2 1/2 games of first place in the AL West.
Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7 - In Denver, Geoff Blum homered and Wade Miley tossed seven strong innings as Arizona beat Colorado.
Justin Upton also went deep and Paul Goldschmidt had three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and 12 of 13. Blum had three hits and three RBIs.
Giants 7, Padres 2 - Pablo Sandoval homered twice, lefty Madison Bumgarner struck out a career-high 13, and visiting San Francisco beat last-place San Diego to remain seven games behind the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 1 - Randy Wolf allowed one run over eight innings and Ryan Braun and Nyjer Morgan each homered to lead visiting Milwaukee.
The Brewers won their fourth straight to move 10 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central, tying their largest lead of the season.
Phillies 9, Braves 0 - Cliff Lee tossed a five-hitter for his sixth shutout of the season, helping NL East-leading Philadelphia beat second-place Atlanta at home.
White Sox sweep Twins - Rookie Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter, and Chicago completed a doubleheader sweep of host Minnesota, 4-0.
Juan Pierre had three hits and scored a run for the White Sox in a 2-1 win in the first game.
Nationals 7, Dodgers 2 - Michael Morse homered twice and Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth each added a homer to lift Washington over visiting Los Angeles.
Pirates 3, Astros 1 - Ryan Doumit had three hits and James McDonald pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season to lift host Pittsburgh.
Royals 11, Athletics 6 - Billy Butler homered twice and drove in three runs, Alex Gordon doubled home the go-ahead run, and Kansas City scored five times in the ninth inning to beat host Oakland.
Marlins 9, Mets 3 - In Miami, Javier Vazquez pitched seven strong innings, Jose Lopez homered, and Florida had 15 hits in a victory over New York.
Cubs 4, Reds 3 - Aramis Ramirez had a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning to lead host Chicago.