NEW YORK, N.Y. - Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Robertson (0-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam the previous night in his first save chance since taking over for injured star Mariano Rivera. But one night later, New York got a chilling dose of real-life reality without Rivera.
With the Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead, Sean Rodriguez singled through the left side on Robertson's first pitch and went to third when pinch-hitter Brandon Allen singled to right on the next delivery.
Ben Zobrist walked and, one out later, and B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Joyce then put the Rays ahead.
Fernando Rodney (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
BLUE JAYS 5, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adam Lind hit a two-run homer after being demoted from the cleanup spot before the game, and J.P. Arencibia and Edwin Encarnacion each hit solo drives to lead Toronto.
Brandon Morrow (4-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and won his fourth straight start, outpitching Tyson Ross (1-3) in a matchup of former college stars from nearby California who were 2006 teammates.
Morrow went 23 2-3 innings without allowing a run before Jonny Gomes hit an RBI single in the fifth.
Arencibia homered leading off the seventh and Encarnacion started the eighth with his 10th homer, ending an 0-for-21 funk and helping Toronto snap a three-game skid on the heels of a four-game winning streak. Colby Rasmus had an RBI single in the sixth.
ANGELS 6, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched 7 1-3 innings and got some run support from the Angels' offence for the first time in his past six starts.
Santana (1-6) gave up two runs and six hits and Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles, which took two of three from the Twins. Mike Trout had two doubles, two RBIs and scored twice and Howie Kendrick added three hits for Los Angeles.
Carl Pavano (2-3) was knocked out of the game before there was an out in the fifth inning for the Twins, who are an MLB-worst 8-22. He gave up five runs — four earned — and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season.
WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jake Peavy coasted for six innings before giving up a run in the seventh and Adam Dunn homered, leading Chicago to an easy win over AL Central-leading Cleveland and a split of the teams' four-game series.
Peavy (4-1) allowed seven hits, struck out five and had little difficulty with the Indians, who didn't get a runner past second until the seventh. The right-hander has been overpowering in his last five starts, posting a 1.36 ERA.
Dunn connected for his 10th homer, a two-run shot, in the first inning off Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) and the White Sox added six runs in the fourth off Cleveland's starter, who was tagged for eight runs and nine hits — eight singles.
Alexei Ramirez had three hits and Alejandro De Aza drove in two runs for the White Sox.
MARINERS 2, TIGERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — John Jaso lined a single over Detroit's drawn-in infield in the eighth inning to drive in Michael Saunders with the tiebreaking run and Jason Vargas pitched eight strong innings for the Mariners.
Jaso's single off reliever Duane Below was hit so hard shortstop Jhonny Peralta barely had time to react before it was landing in the outfield grass and Saunders was jogging home with the go-ahead run. Saunders had led off the eighth inning with a pinch-hit double down the left-field line.
Vargas (4-2) threw a season-high eight innings, striking out six and giving up just five hits. Brandon League walked the first batter in the ninth but got the last three outs for his eighth save.
Luke Putkonen (0-1) took the loss in his second major league appearance.
ROYALS 4, RED SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bruce Chen picked up his first victory of the season, Alcides Escobar drove in the go-ahead run and Kansas City held off Boston.
Chen (1-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings while striking out five and walking none. The Royals were winless in his first six starts this season.
Jonathan Broxton worked around a leadoff single and walk in the ninth inning for his seventh save in eight opportunities.
The Royals finished 4-3 on their homestand against Boston and the New York Yankees. The Red Sox have lost seven of eight.
The Royals beat Jon Lester (1-3) for the first time since Aug. 8, 2006. The left-hander came into the game with a 5-1 record and 1.30 ERA in seven career starts against Kansas City, including a no-hitter in 2008.