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August 21, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Nix hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and a game-ending single in the ninth, lifting the New York Yankees to their second comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, 3-2 in the night match for a doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart each hit three-run homers as the Yankees rallied from four runs down to an 8-4 win.

Toronto lost slugger Jose Bautista to a sore hip early in the opener.

Cano had an RBI single in the second game and had six hits and five RBIs in the two games.

Ichiro Suzuki singled and doubled in the first game, leaving him one shy of 4,000 combined hits during his careers in Japan and the major leagues.

Darren Oliver (3-4) walked Mark Reynolds to start the ninth. Suzuki pinch ran and advanced on Eduardo Nunez’s sacrifice bunt. Suzuki stole third before scoring on Nix’s line drive to left that gave the Yankees their eighth win in 11 games.

Mariano Rivera (4-2) worked out of a two-on jam in the top of the ninth for the win. Anthony Gose failed to get down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth.

The Blue Jays extended their record with an 11th straight loss in New York.

Stewart connected off Neil Wagner (2-4) in the sixth inning of the opener for his first homer since May 15 — that’s 173 homerless at-bats — to put New York ahead.

In the opener, Cano got his 200th career home run and Ivan Nova (7-4) got the win.

TWINS 6, TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Justin Morneau had a season-high four hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on for the final out to help Minnesota hold off Detroit.

Mike Pelfrey (5-10) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Jared Burton got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth, and Perkins finished for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Rick Porcello (9-7) allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings for Detroit.

The Twins were without All-Star Joe Mauer, who was scratched from his start at first when he experienced dizziness during batting practice.

RAYS 7, ORIOLES 4

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alex Cobb took a two-hitter into the seventh inning and Matt Joyce drove in three runs as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore for its sixth win in seven games.

Wil Myers had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who lead the AL wild-card race and trail the first-place Red Sox by a half-game in the AL East, pending Boston’s late game in San Francisco.

Cobb (8-2) was making his second start since being hit in the head by a line drive on June 15. He allowed two runs, one earned, three hits and four walks in six-plus innings.

Miguel Gonzalez (8-6) gave up three runs, two earned, eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings for the Orioles. The right-hander is 0-3 in five starts since July 20.

WHITE SOX 2, ROYALS 0

KANSAS CITY (AP) — John Danks shut down Kansas City’s scuffling offense for eight innings, and Chicago did just enough damage against Ervin Santana to squeak out a victory.

Danks (3-10) ended an eight-start winless streak by scattering seven hits and a walk. That the veteran left-hander’s finest start of the season came against the Royals wasn’t much of a surprise: Danks improved to 5-0 against them in 13 career starts.

Addison Reed worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 32nd save. It wrapped up the first shutout win for the last-place White Sox since a 3-0 victory against the Angels on May 17.

Gordon Beckham homered off Santana (8-7) in the first inning for the only earned run.

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