Yankees elude Blue Jays, 3-1


TORONTO – Alex Rodriguez homered in his third straight game and Mike Mussina made another sharp start, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Wednesday.

Mussina (2-1) struck out a season-high seven in 7 1-3 innings, allowing one run and seven hits. He lowered his ERA to 2.67.

Kyle Farnsworth got the last two outs of the eighth and Mariano Rivera, bouncing back from Saturday’s loss in Minnesota, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Former Yankee Ted Lilly (1-1) gave up two runs, seven hits and five walks in five innings.

Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-4 against Mussina, improving his career average against him to .460 in 50 at-bats.

Rodriguez homered in the fifth, tying Juan Gonzalez for 35th place with his 434th homer.

Rodriguez is hitting .462 (12-for-26) in New York’s seven wins and .148 (4-for-27) in its seven losses.

White Sox 4, Royals 0

CHICAGO – Javier Vazquez’s no-hit bid ended in the seventh inning on Doug Mientkiewicz’s checked swing roller down the third-base line. There was nothing he could do as the ball went slowly up the line.

Vazquez sent the Kansas City Royals to their 10th straight loss, pitching into the ninth inning of a 4-0 victory by the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

The reeling Royals, who had a 19-game losing streak late last season, managed one run and 11 hits in the three-game series against Chicago. Kansas City’s 2-12 start is its second-slowest behind 1992, when the Royals lost 16 of their first 17, and Royals starting pitchers are 0-9 this season.

Chicago had the benefit of a bases-loaded walk, a run-scoring wild pitch and a run-scoring passed ball.

There was one out in the seventh when Vazquez and third baseman Joe Crede watched Mientkiewicz’s roller spin up the dirt portion of the baseline. Vazquez, the newest member of Chicago’s rotation. was given an ovation by the crowd.

Orioles 18, Indians 9

BALTIMORE – Kevin Millar hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fifth inning capped by Corey Patterson’s two-run homer, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians 18-9 Wednesday night.

Ramon Hernandez had a home run and four RBIs, Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer, and Miguel Tejada and Jeff Conine each had two RBIs for the Orioles, who have won five of seven.

Jhonny Peralta, Victor Martinez and Aaron Boone homered for Cleveland, which had beaten Baltimore five straight times. Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest streak in the major leagues this year.

Twins 12, Angels 10

MINNEAPOLIS – Pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer against former teammate J.C. Romero in the 10th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 12-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

Romero (1-1) struck out Shannon Stewart to start the inning, but he walked Luis Castillo – who stole second base without a throw and moved to third on Joe Mauer’s groundout. Cuddyer then homered over the wall in right-center field.

Joe Nathan (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning, capping the Twins’ comeback from a 9-4 deficit.

Adam Kennedy had four hits and two RBIs, Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Casey Kotchman had two hits and two RBIs and Darin Erstad scored twice after leadoff doubles for Los Angeles.

After totaling eight runs on 12 hits the night before, the Angels got 13 more hits against the Twins. Kyle Lohse bore the brunt of it, giving up eight runs in 3 1-3 innings. Minnesota’s starters, expected to be one of baseball’s best groups, have a majors-worst 7.04 ERA through 14 games.