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MLB highlights: Aided by error, Yanks reclaim lead

September 6, 2012 

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Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings shattered his bat on a pitch from Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning.

CHRIS O'MEARA — AP

Yankees 6, Rays 4: New York went ahead with help from a key Tampa Bay error and Russell Martin homered and had three RBIs as the Yankees regained sole possession of first-place in the AL East when the Orioles lost.

Eliot Johnson's errant throw to home plate that led to two runs in the seventh inning helped New York win for just the fifth time in 15 games.

With runners on second and third, Derek Jeter, who had hits in his previous three at-bats, hit a grounder to Johnson. With the infield playing in, the second baseman's throw was off the mark allowing two runs to score.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4: Rookie Adeiny Hechavarria drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single and Rajai Davis homered and had three RBIs.

Steve Delabar (4-1) worked one inning of relief for the win as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game slide and ended Baltimore's winning streak at three.

White Sox 6, Twins 2: Alex Rios homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs. Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth.

Angels 7, Athletics 1: Torii Hunter drove in three runs as visiting Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep at Oakland after Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a liner off his head in the fourth inning.

McCarthy (8-6) was sent to the hospital after he was struck by Erick Aybar's comebacker. The team said he never lost consciousness.

National League

Mets 6, Cardinals 2: R.A. Dickey became the first pitcher in the majors to win 18 games this season, and Ike Davis hit a three-run homer.

The knuckleballer allowed two runs in 62⁄3 innings en route to his 18th win, the first Mets pitcher to reach the mark since Frank Viola (20-12) and Dwight Gooden (19-7) both did it in 1990. Dickey (18-4) gave up eight hits and struck out five to help New York salvage a win to close out the three-game series.

Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Bryce Harper hit two homers and the Washington hit a team record six homers for the second consecutive game, sending Gio Gonzalez to his 18th victory.

Brewers 8, Marlins 5: Rickie Weeks homered twice and drove in four runs to help Wily Peralta win his first major league start. Corey Hart also homered and drove in four runs for Milwaukee.

Braves 1, Rockies 0: Mike Minor held Colorado hitless for six innings and Craig Kimbrel earned a four-out save. Minor (8-10) lost a no-hit bid in the seventh when Jordan Pacheco led off with a single.

Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Bryce Harper hit two homers and the Washington hit a team record six homers for the second consecutive game, sending Gio Gonzalez to his 18th victory.

Adam LaRoche kept up his tear at the plate with three hits for the Nationals, who have won four straight and own the best record in the majors at 84-52. They maintained a 7½ -game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

For the second game in a row, Washington tied a franchise record with six home runs. LaRoche has hit three of those 12 long balls, and his streak of reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances was snapped by a seventh-inning strikeout.

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