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|Wednesday, 15 May 2013 18:18|
Ibanez's slam came during a seven-run first inning. Yankees backup shortstop Alberto Gonzalez got the final out in the ninth inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
The Mariners chased Phil Hughes (2-3) after he got only two outs in the first. Trying to preserve his bullpen, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had Brett Marshall throw 108 pitches in his big league debut, then brought in Gonzalez.
Ibanez has connected three times in the first two games of his return to the ballpark in which - last year at 40 years old - he electrified crowds in late September and October with several key homers in the Yankees' run to the AL championship series.
The first-inning burst made it easy for Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1).
RED SOX 9, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and the Boston Red Sox roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Price (1-4) departed from the marquee pitching matchup because of left triceps tightness during Boston's eight-run third inning, which Drew finished with his towering homer off Jamey Wright.
Coming off a one-hit, complete game shutout of Toronto, Lester (6-0) allowed two runs in seven innings to help end the Rays' season-best six-game winning streak.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, stopped a three-game losing streak.
RANGERS 6, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, leading Alexi Ogando and the Texas Rangers over Oakland.
Ogando (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Eric Sogard's leadoff double in the sixth inning.
Lance Berkman hit a two-run single and Adrian Beltre added an RBI single a day after hitting a 10th-inning home run as the Rangers won their first series in Oakland since Sept. 20-22, 2011.
Dan Straily (1-2) took the loss.
ASTROS 7, TIGERS 5
DETROIT (AP) - Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera's bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and the Houston Astros avoided a season sweep against the Detroit Tigers.
Carlos Corporan hit a tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth for the Astros, who lost their first six meetings with the Tigers by a combined 50-12.
Jose Veras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.
Hector Ambriz (1-2) got the win. Al Alburquerque (0-1) gave up Corporan's hit.
PADRES 8, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Alexi Amarista homered and doubled twice as the San Diego Padres matched their season-high with 17 hits, beating Baltimore for a two-game sweep.
Everth Cabrera had four hits and a walk, and Jedd Gyorko had three singles for the Padres, who are 13-6 after a 5-15 start.
John Baker hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the second against Freddy Garcia (0-2).
J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles off Jason Marquis (5-2), who won his fourth straight start. Manny Machado had four hits.
BLUE JAYS 11, GIANTS 3
TORONTO (AP) - J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and the Toronto Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game, beating the San Francisco Giants.
Ortiz (1-1) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for his first win since beating the Mets in a relief appearance with the Cubs on Sept. 11, 2011. He had not won as a starter since pitching for Minnesota in April 2007.
Ryan Vogelsong (1-4) allowed a season-high eight runs, three earned, in two innings. He has an 8.06 ERA this season.
WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering the Chicago White Sox past Minnesota.
Dunn hit a pair of two-run shots for his 35th career multihomer game. He's hit three home runs in the last two games and has nine this year.
Dayan Viciedo also went deep for the second straight day, helping Dylan Axelrod (1-3) pick up his first victory this season.
Mike Pelfrey (3-4) was hit hard yet again, failing to record an out in the fifth inning.