Nick Swisher's game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning gave New York a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday and capped an emotional night that saw the Yankees pay tribute to late owner George Steinbrenner and former public address announcer Bob Sheppard.
Swisher hit a tying home run in the eighth, then lined a single that sent Curtis Granderson sliding home for the victory in a matchup of the teams with the best records in baseball. The Yankees streamed from the dugout to celebrate, and Swisher wound up way out in right field, surrounded by jumping teammates.
The joyful ending was in sharp contrast to earlier events that honored Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday, two days after the passing of Sheppard.
A 15-minute pregame tribute included a 2-minute moment of absolute silence. Not a single fan shouted out, and the only sounds were the flags flapping at half-staff and a passing subway train.
Granderson opened the bottom of the ninth with a single against Randy Choate (2-3). Ramiro Pena sacrificed, Brett Gardner walked and Derek Jeter struck out. Swisher lined a single and Granderson beat right fielder Gabe Kapler's throw.
Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada hit consecutive home runs off James Shields in the sixth to tie it at 3.
Indians 8, Tigers 2
At Cleveland, Andy Marte and Austin Kearns hit two-run homers as Cleveland trounced Detroit.
Marte broke at 2-2 tie in the fourth inning against Max Scherzer (6-7). Kearns' eighth homer of the season capped a four-run sixth against the Tigers' bullpen that put Cleveland ahead 8-2.
Jake Westbrook (6-5) gave up two runs over 5 2-3 innings to win his first home start against Detroit since Sept. 18, 2007. The right-hander missed most of 2008 and all of 2009 following reconstructive elbow surgery.
Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a run-scoring single that put the Tigers ahead 1-0 in the first. Austin Jackson singled to open the game, stole second, and scored on Cabrera's two-out liner off the left-field wall.
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2
At Baltimore, Ricky Romero allowed five hits in seven innings and Aaron Hill homered as Toronto ended Baltimore's four-game winning streak.
Fred Lewis had two hits and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who improved to 7-0 against the Orioles this season, including 4-0 in Baltimore. Toronto was 1-8 at Camden Yards last year.
Romero (7-6) gave up two unearned runs, walked one and struck out five. He lost his previous three starts, yielding a combined 13 earned runs over five innings in the last two.
Hill had three hits, including Toronto's major league-leading 137th home run. The Blue Jays have homered in nine straight games, collecting 22 over that span.
Athletics 5, Royals 1
At Kansas City, Missouri, Gio Gonzalez outdueled Zack Greinke as Oakland took advantage of the umpires' reversal of a call in the first inning.
Kevin Kouzmanoff had a two-run single for the Athletics while Gonzalez (8-6) allowed seven hits and one walk in seven innings. Relievers Craig Breslow and Michael Wuertz each pitched a shutout inning.
Leading off the game, Oakland's Coco Crisp was awarded a double after first base umpire Larry Vanover first ruled a foul ball on Crisp's liner down the right field line. On replays, it did appear to come down an inch or so fair. A's manager Bob Geren came out to argue, the umpires huddled, and the call was reversed.
Jack Cust drove in Crisp with a sacrifice fly.