NEW YORK — David Phelps struck out a career-high nine in four innings after relieving the injured Ivan Nova, Chris Stewart threw out two baserunners to quash potential rallies as an emergency fill-in for Francisco Cervelli and the New York Yankees beat the wild Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Friday night.
Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead RBI triple and Vernon Wells had a sacrifice fly off Aaron Laffey in an inning the fill-in starter for Josh Johnson walked four, helping New York overcome two homers by Edwin Encarnacion.
Cervelli broke his right hand when Rajai Davis fouled Nova’s fifth pitch of the game straight back into the catcher’s bare hand. Cervelli will have surgery and miss at least six weeks. Nova followed Cervelli to the crowded trainer’s room two innings later, walking off the mound after giving up a single to Davis with right elbow pain. He will have an MRI.
Rangers 4, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Beltre homered and rookie Justin Grimm won his second consecutive start and Texas beat Minnesota.
Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each had RBI doubles for the Rangers, who won for the seventh time in their past eight games.
Grimm (2-0) followed up his career-best nine-strikeout effort against the Seattle Mariners by shutting out Minnesota for seven innings, allowing five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
Red Sox 7, Astros 3
BOSTON — David Ross cleared the Green Monster twice with solo home runs and Ryan Dempster struck out a career-high 10 for Boston in a win over Houston.
David Ortiz homered for the second straight night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are having one of the best Aprils in club history. Boston (16-7) is two wins short of tying the club record for the month with three games remaining.
Erik Bedard (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over three innings for Houston. The Astros lost for the fifth time in seven games and fell to 0-5 at Fenway.
White Sox 5, Rays 4
CHICAGO — Jake Peavy pitched well into the seventh and the White Sox supported him with three homers to rally from a three-run deficit and beat Tampa Bay.
Peavy (3-1) gave up home runs to Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria and fell behind 3-0 in the fourth, but the White Sox overpowered Rays starter Roberto Hernandez (1-4) for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Tigers 10, Braves 0
DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 in eight marvelous innings for Detroit, confounding Atlanta in a dazzling performance.
Sanchez set a team record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game, and he had a mathematical chance of tying the major league mark of 20 when he was pulled after eight innings and 121 pitches.