DENVER — CC Sabathia and five relievers held Colorado to four hits, Robinson Cano added a solo homer and the New York Yankees beat the Rockies 3-1 on Thursday in a game that was delayed more than two hours by rain.
Cano also had an infield single in the third for his 1,500th hit as the Yankees took two of three from Colorado.
A steady rain delayed the first pitch by 8 minutes. The grounds crew constantly dumped diamond dry on the infield between innings to keep the surface playable. In the fourth, another thunderstorm rumbled through the city and halted the game for 1:59.
Nationals 5, Tigers 4
WASHINGTON — Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions.
Adam LaRoche singled in the first and second innings for his first consecutive multihit games this season, helping the Nationals to their first four-game winning streak of the year. Ryan Zimmerman, in a 2-for-14 slide coming in, had three hits.
Bryce Harper hit an RBI groundout in the first following Denard Span’s leadoff double, and Harper came home from second when LaRoche singled and centerfielder Austin Jackson let the ball get past him for an error. Ian Desmond followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead.
AMERICAN LEAGUE Indians 9, Athletics 2
CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds hit indisputable home runs and Scott Kazmir struck out 10 in six innings, leading the Cleveland Indians to a win over Oakland and a four-game sweep of the Athletics.
The Indians ended the series with a convincing blowout, one day after they won 4-3 with the help of a blown call in the ninth inning when umpires, after watching a video replay, ruled that an apparent tying home run by Oakland’s Adam Rosales was a double.
Major League Baseball acknowledged the umpires made an “improper call,” but executive vice president Joe Torre said the decision is final.
Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the first off Bartolo Colon (3-2) for the Indians, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-4 since April 20. Kazmir (2-1) allowed one run and five hits and has won back-to-back starts for the first time since 2010.
Josh Donaldson homered for the A’s, who fell to .500 (18-18) for the first time since April 4.
Twins 5, Red Sox 3
BOSTON — Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer and Minnesota capitalized on a costly throwing error by Boston starter John Lackey to beat the struggling Red Sox.
Lackey’s wild throw to second on a potential inning-ending double play gave the Twins another chance in the sixth and they responded with four unearned runs to take a 5-2 lead.
The Red Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell out of first place in the AL East.
Kevin Correia (4-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings for the Twins and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
Lackey (1-3) allowed six hits and one walk and struck out eight in seven innings.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 4, 10 Inn.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Luke Scott drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning to give Tampa Bay a victory over Toronto.
The Rays loaded the bases on Evan Longoria’s double off Aaron Loup (1-3) and two walks.
The game featured a rare matchup of reigning Cy Young Award winners, however David Price and R.A. Dickey were not involved in the decision. Dickey allowed three runs and five hits, walked five and struck out five in six innings for the Blue Jays. Price worked eight innings for Tampa Bay, yielding four runs — two earned— and seven hits in eight innings.
Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) pitched one inning to get the win.
Royals 6, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE — Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer homered in a four-run fourth inning, Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively against his former team and Kansas City avoided a three-game sweep.
Gordon and Hosmer both connected against Freddy Garcia (0-1) with a runner on.
Mike Moustakas also homered for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid. The three home runs were a season high for Kansas City, which began the game with an AL-low 19 long balls.
Facing the Orioles for the first time since they traded him to Colorado in February 2012, Guthrie (5-0) allowed one earned run, seven hits and three walks in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.28.