Orioles snap back, Yankees stage comeback


The Baltimore Orioles snapped back at the Toronto Blue Jays to shore up their spot atop the American League (AL) East standings with a 4-2 win over their divisional rivals.

Jonathan Schoop went within a triple of the cycle as he led the Orioles to victory, while Manny Machado registered three hits, consigning Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey to his eighth loss of the season.

The New York Yankees evened up their season record to 34-34 with a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins, thanks to strong performances from Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran in their come-from behind win.

The Yankees were down 4-0 when the top of the seventh rolled around but homers from Rodriguez and Beltran kicked off the comeback.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were too strong for the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 4-1, while the Los Angeles Angels smashed the Oakland Athletics 7-1, the Boston Red Sox were 6-2 victors over the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros won 5-4 over the Cincinnati Reds courtesy of George Springer's walk-off single in the 11th.

The Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6, the in-form San Francisco Giants were 6-4 winners over the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Texas Rangers continued their own fine form with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians were the most impressive with the bat on Saturday, as both comfortably cleared double figures to record 16-5 and 13-2 wins over the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox respectively.

Elsewhere, the Atlanta Braves were narrow 4-3 winners against the New York Mets, who were joined on the losers' list by the Pittsburgh Pirates who lost by the same score to the Chicago Cubs, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 7-3.


The defending World Series champions, the Royals, hit seven doubles, but it was Morales leading the offensive charge with four hits, four runs scored and five RBIs. Paulo Orlando also had four hits for the Royals while rookie Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to seven with a three-for-five, four-RBI performance. 


Springer connected on a walk-off single up the middle, scoring Jason Castro and giving the Astros a 5-4 win in 11 innings over the Reds. 


With a comeback win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rangers clinched their franchise-best ninth straight series. The four runs over the final two innings also gave Texas an MLB-best 21st comeback win and their 16th two-plus run comeback, also the highest in MLB this season. The Rangers hold a comfortable 7.5 game lead over the Mariners in the AL West.


Looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Twins, the Yankees send Nathan Eovaldi (6-3, 4.90 ERA) to the mound against the struggling Ervin Santana (1-7, 5.10 ERA). Eovaldi, who has allowed five or more runs over his past three starts, is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two-career starts against the Twins.