NEW YORK — Nick Markakis had an RBI single in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Shawn Kelley, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 5-4 victory Wednesday night over the New York Yankees after wasting a three-run lead against Masahiro Tanaka.
Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer off Tanaka in the second inning of his first start at Yankee Stadium but Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson connected against Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning. Alfonso Soriano tied it with a groundout in the fourth.
The Orioles, who managed only seven hits while striking out 10 times against Tananka in seven innings, lined four straight singles to center field off Kelley, pitching the ninth for the second time in place of the injured David Robertson.
Ryan Flaherty and Schoop each got hits on an 0-2 pitch from Kelley (0-1) and Markakis singled in Flaherty and after Delmon Young got his third hit of the night, Chris Davis made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly.
Tommy Hunter gave up two hits to start the ninth and sacrifice fly to former Oriole Brian Roberts before getting Yangervis Solarte to ground into a double play for his third save, finishing off the Orioles’ second straight win over New York. Brian Matusz got two outs (1-0) for the win.
Red Sox 4, Rangers 2
BOSTON — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Ortiz’s second homer was heading down the right-field line before it curled around the pole just 302 feet from home plate. Ortiz remained in the batter’s box until first-base umpire Jerry Meals signaled a home run.
Indians, Padres split
CLEVELAND — Robbie Erlin (1-0) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, and Chase Headley’s single in the sixth off Trevor Bauer (0-1) drove in the go-ahead run as San Diego gained a doubleheader split 2-1.
Zach McAllister (1-0) allowed five hits in 7 2-3, innings and Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Eric Stults (0-2) as Cleveland won the opener 2-0.
Athletics 7, Twins 4
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning off Jared Burton (0-1), and Oakland Athletics bounced back from another blown save by new closer Jim Johnson.
Dan Otero (1-0) got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who has given up seven runs, nine hits and six walks in five appearances with the A’s.
Royals 7, Rays 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer and matched a career high with four RBIs.
Jeremy Guthrie (2-0) recovered from a sloppy start to hold the Rays to four hits over seven innings.
Blue Jays 7, Astros 3
TORONTO — Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer, Brandon Morrow won for the first time in almost 11 months and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros.
Alex Presley hit a two-run homer for the Astros, who have lost six of seven following a 2-0 start.