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Markakis' 2-run double caps Orioles big comeback

Markakis' 2-run double caps Orioles big comeback

Nick Markakis hit a two-run double off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon to complete the biggest comeback in Baltimore history, an 11-10 win Tuesday night.
Baltimore trailed 10-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh _ three on a homer by pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar _ and five in the eighth.
Boston had defeated the Orioles eight straight times, including five this season.
The biggest previous comeback in Orioles history was Sept. 2, 1956, when they rallied from an eight-run deficit at Boston.
Mark Hendrickson gave up one run in three innings and George Sherrill got three outs for his 17th save.
Takashi Saito took the loss and Papelbon was charged with his second blown save, one night after he tied Bob Stanley's career record for saves with Boston.
John Smoltz, making his second start for Boston, took a 9-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth. But a fierce storm forced the game to be stopped for 71 minutes. He allowed one run and three hits.
Rangers 9, Angels 5
At Arlington, Marlon Byrd homered twice to drive in five runs and Texas again had its way at home against Joe Saunders.
The Angels had their six-game winning streak snapped, but are still 1 1/2 games ahead of Texas.
Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy also went deep for Texas, which ended what had been one of the worst offensive months in team history with a season-high five home runs _ four in 3 2-3 innings off Saunders.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had four stolen bases, the first AL rookie to do that since 2000.
Twins 2, Royals 1
At Kansas City, Justin Morneau homered for the third straight game and Scott Baker labored through five tough innings to lift Minnesota.
Baker fought through a high pitch count to keep Minnesota in a tight game early and the Twins took advantage of another defensive miscue by the Royals for the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Morneau provided what little offense the Twins could muster against Brian Bannister, splashing a solo homer into the fountains in right-center in the fourth inning.
Baker fought through a 28-pitch first inning, giving up a run on Mike Jacobs' run-scoring flare single to center. The right-hander worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth, getting Mitch Maier on a weak pop up and striking out Tony Pena Jr.
Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 15th straight save and 20th in 22 chances.
Bannister gave up six hits, two runs _ one earned _ with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Yankees 8, Mariners 5
At New York, Melky Cabrera hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning and Mariano Rivera tossed out the first ball _ and threw the final pitch _ as New York won its sixth straight.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 565th career homer and Cabrera drove in three runs. The Yankees won their ninth in a row at home over Seattle, a streak dating to 2007.
Major league batting leader Ichiro Suzuki got two hits and stole three bases for the Mariners.
After a 61-minute rain delay at the start, Rivera began the evening by delivering a ceremonial first pitch as the Yankees honored him for earning his 500th career save Sunday. Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.
Cabrera lined an RBI double off Sean White (2-1) and Derek Jeter followed with a two-run single.
Brian Bruney (3-0) got the win despite giving up two runs in the eighth that made it 5-all. Kenji Johjima hit an RBI single and Russell Branyan tied it with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
White Sox 11, Indians 4, 6 innings
At Cleveland, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye drove in two runs apiece and Chicago chased Cleveland ace Cliff Lee in the fourth inning of a game called in the seventh inning because of rain.
Konerko hit a two-run homer in the first for Chicago, which has won four straight and 11 of 15 to move above .500 for the first time since May 2. The White Sox (39-38) haven't had a winning record since they were 12-11.
Gordon Beckham and Josh Fields also homered for Chicago.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 1
At Toronto, B.J. Upton, Carl Crawford and Willy Aybar hit solo homers as Tampa Bay won its seventh straight.
Matt Garza (6-5) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, walked two and struck out three to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 30 and May 5.
J.P. Howell worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Upton hit the first pitch of the game from Scott Richmond (6-5) for his seventh homer. The Blue Jays tied it in the second when Scott Rolen singled to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games and scored on a double-play grounder.
Crawford put the Rays in front to stay in the third with his eighth homer of the year.
Aybar made it 3-1 with a leadoff shot in the sixth, his seventh, giving the Rays a team-record 41 homers in June.


Updated : 2021-06-20 09:35 GMT+08:00