NEW YORK — Jorge Posada hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in his first game since being benched six days ago, and Phil Hughes made his case to remain in the New York Yankees' rotation with six effective innings in a 9-2 victory Saturday that ended the Tampa Bay Rays' five-game winning streak.
Curtis Granderson hit his 33rd homer to tie Jose Bautista for the big league lead and Robinson Cano had two hits and scored twice to help the Yankees rebound from a loss to the Rays on Friday night.
Getting the start at designated hitter on the day his pal Derek Jeter was honored for reaching 3,000 hits, Posada laced a bases-loaded single off Jeremy Hellickson (10-8) in the second to give New York a 2-0 lead. He singled in the fourth then hit his 10th homer and 10th career slam in the fifth off Brandon Gomes.
Hughes (3-4) is in jeopardy of being dropped from the rotation despite two consecutive solid starts. He allowed two runs and four hits against the Rays.
INDIANS 3, TWINS 1: At Cleveland, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Josh Tomlin pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, leading the Indians to the victory. Tomlin (12-5) and four relievers combined for a five-hitter.
TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 5: At Baltimore, Miguel Cabrera homered in a five-run sixth inning that featured six consecutive two-out hits, and the Tigers rallied to get the win. Detroit trailed 5-0 in the second before mounting its biggest comeback of the season. Jeremy Guthrie (5-16) was charged with six runs and eight hits in 52/3 innings for Baltimore.Comment on this story
BLUE JAYS 11, ANGELS 2: At Toronto, Adam Lind hit a grand slam for Toronto, and Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Teahen also went deep. All three homers came off Angels ace Jered Weaver (14-6), who allowed eight runs and eight hits, both season highs, in 42/3 innings, his shortest outing of the year. The right-hander, who had won eight of his previous nine decisions, had his AL-leading ERA rise from 1.78 to 2.13.
RANGERS 7, ATHLETICS 1: At Oakland, Calif., Colby Lewis and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, leading Texas to the victory. Ian Kinsler had two hits and three RBIs for Texas, which increased its AL West lead to three games over the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers (68-52) moved a season-best 16 games over .500 with their seventh consecutive victory over Oakland.
WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 4: At Chicago, Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer, Tyler Flowers added his first career homer and the White Sox snapped a seven-game home losing streak.
SEATTLE 5, RED SOX 4: At Seattle, Felix Hernandez pitched seven innings and survived a shaky sixth to help the Seattle Mariners hold off the Boston Red Sox.