NEW YORK — The Yankees turned a triple play in the eighth inning after Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells’ fly ball while blowing a bubble for a game-changing, three-run error, and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for its fourth straight win.
Baltimore started the eighth with two singles off CC Sabathia (2-1), and Manny Machado hit a sharp low liner that second baseman Robinson Cano.
Cano tossed it to shortstop Jayson Nix for the forceout at second. Nick Markakis, thinking the ball was going to be caught by Cano, got trapped in a rundown between second and third base.
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis tagged Markakis and then threw to first baseman Lyle Overbay when Machado ranged too far off the bag. Overbay then threw to Cano, who tagged Machado, setting off a smiling celebration by New York.
The Yankees had last turned a triple play on April 22, 2010, at Oakland.
Indians 1, White Sox 0
CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher’s two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians a win over the Chicago White Sox.
Michael Bourn started the rally with a one-out double off Jesse Crain (0-1). Bourn’s blooper landed near the left field line and he beat the throw to second base. After Asdrubal Cabrera’s groundout moved Bourn to third, Crain fell behind Jason Kipnis in the count 3-0 before an intentional walk was issued.
Swisher, one of the Indians’ key offseason additions, hit the first pitch into right field and was mobbed by his teammates as the Indians won for the first time in three home games.
Starters Justin Masterson (3-0) and Jose Quintana engaged in a pitchers’ duel. Masterson threw nine shutout innings, allowing five hits.
Quintana held the Indians to one hit in seven innings.
Blue Jays 8, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs before getting carted off in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle, and Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals.
Reyes was attempting to steal second when he started his slide late. The four-time All-Star’s left ankle twisted awkwardly beneath him as he slid over the bag, and trainers from both teams ran out to help as Reyes screamed in pain on the infield dirt.