NEW YORK (AP) — Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan, and the Yankees handed the Toronto Blue Jays their 12th straight loss in New York, 4-2 on Wednesday night.
David Huff (1-0) pitched one-hit ball in five innings of relief to shut down the Blue Jays before New York finally got to Toronto’s R.A. Dickey.
The 39-year-old Suzuki hit a liner off Dickey (9-12) that bounced just beyond diving third baseman Brett Lawrie for the milestone hit in the first inning. Suzuki broke a tie with Lou Gehrig when he got his 2,722nd major league hit in his 13th season.
The speedy outfielder amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan’s Pacific League.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth and earned his 37th save.
Tigers 7, Twins 1
DETROIT (AP) — Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help Detroit beat Minnesota.
Drew Smyly (5-0) struck out two in a perfect inning in relief of Anibal Sanchez. Jose Veras entered with two outs in the eighth inning and closed the game for his first save with the Tigers.
Rangers 5, Astros 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas its major league-leading 40th comeback win of the season with a victory over Houston.
During a wild eighth inning, Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers gave up three hits, one walk, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches to surrender the lead.
But closer Joe Nathan (4-2) shut down the Astros in the ninth to get the win.
Craig Gentry homered and scored three times for Texas, one on a perfect squeeze bunt by Andrus in the seventh that gave Texas a 4-2 lead.
White Sox 5, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning, and Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win as Chicago beat punchless Kansas City.
Rienzo (1-0) allowed only a sacrifice fly to Mike Moustakas while cruising through six innings to win for the first time in five starts. The Brazilian right-hander allowed just five hits and two walks in helping the White Sox win their season-best fifth straight game.
Addison Reed worked the ninth for his second save of the series and 33rd on the year.