NEW YORK – Matt Palmer outpitched CC Sabathia for his second major league victory, and the Los Angeles Angels broke open a tight game in the late innings to beat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Saturday.

Kendry Morales homered and drove in two runs, Torii Hunter chased Sabathia with a two-run double in a four-run seventh and the Angels ended New York’s four-game winning streak.

Palmer (2-0) pitched three-hit ball for 6 1-3 innings before the bullpen closed it out. The right-hander, filling retired 14 straight batters between Hideki Matsui’s RBI single in the first and Derek Jeter’s leadoff double in the sixth.

It was another disappointing outing for Sabathia (1-3), the free-agent prize who signed a $161 million, seven-year contract in the offseason. The big lefty is winless in four starts since beating Kansas City on April 11.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run drive in the ninth for New York. It was the 31st home run at the new Yankee Stadium – at least one in each of the nine games. The record for the first nine games at a major league ballpark is 33 at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium in 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4

TORONTO – Aaron Hill hit an RBI single in the 11th inning for Toronto.

Rod Barajas led off the 11th with a base hit off Brian Bass (0-1). After Travis Snider popped his bunt attempt to the mound, Barajas took second on Marco Scutaro’s sacrifice and scored on Hill’s single to right-center.

Jason Frasor (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.

It was a wild final two innings for Hill, who homered in the 10th after his error in the top half helped the Orioles take a 4-3 lead. Nick Markakis went 0-for-4 with a pair of walks for Baltimore, ending his hitting streak at 17 games. The Orioles have lost five straight.

Tigers 9, Indians 7

DETROIT – Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer in Detroit’s three-run eighth inning and the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-7 on Saturday.

Detroit blew a 5-0 lead and trailed 7-6 before its big inning against Rafael Betancourt (0-1), rallying to end an eight-game losing streak to Cleveland.

Pinch-hitter Josh Anderson led off the eighth with a single and Granderson followed with his eighth homer. Carlos Guillen tacked on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Joel Zumaya (1-0) picked up the win with 1 2-3 shutout innings of relief, and Fernando Rodney finished for his fifth save. Cleveland had runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, but Rodney struck out Mark DeRosa and Jhonny Peralta to end the game.

Adam Everett hit his second career grand slam in the fourth for the Tigers.

Royals 10, Twins 7

MINNEAPOLIS – Joakim Soria returned to his All-Star closing form for the Kansas City Royals, getting the last five outs in a 10-7 victory in 11 innings over the Minnesota Twins on a sloppy Saturday night for both sides.

Soria (1-0) made his first appearance in 10 games after sitting out to rest a sore shoulder. He sandwiched the last two outs of the 10th around a wild pitch that let a runner advance to third and gave up a one-out single to Joe Mauer in the 11th, but beyond that Soria was flawless. Minnesota’s bullpen was far from it.

Craig Breslow (0-1) walked the bases loaded in the 11th, getting only one out and only seven of 21 pitches in the strike zone. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey came in – and walked John Buck to force in the go-ahead run. Another one scored when Alberto Callaspo hit a fielder’s choice grounder, and Kansas City stretched the lead to three on a sinking single by David DeJesus that left fielder Denard Span couldn’t quite catch.

It was a fitting end to a back-and-forth, mistake-filled night.

Mauer had four more hits for Minnesota, including an RBI double with two out in the fifth, and has been on base seven times since returning from the disabled list.

There were so many mistakes made in the field, on the mound and around the bases by each team that by the extra innings all the haphazardness on both sides seemed to have already blended into the background. Whether with a clutch hit, a bad pitch or a dangerous play, each team quickly matched the other.

Miguel Olivo drove in three runs for Kansas City and sent a two-out grounder in the eighth toward Minnesota second baseman Alexi Casilla, who mishandled the ball for an error that gave the Royals a 7-6 lead.

Then Delmon Young, who drove in two runs for the Twins, tied the game with a single against reliever Juan Cruz in the bottom of that inning. Cruz began with a walk to Michael Cuddyer, who moved up on a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Willie Bloomquist’s first homer in nearly two years tied the game at 3 in the fifth against Minnesota starter Glen Perkins. Cuddyer went deep to start the sixth and give the Twins a short-lived 6-5 advantage.

Kansas City starter Brian Bannister labored through 5 1-3 innings and finished with a Sudoku-like line: eight hits, six runs, three earned runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. Bad defense behind him was to blame for a three-run second.

Shortstop Mike Aviles made an error with a wide throw that let the leadoff man reach, and center fielder Coco Crisp tried to get Cuddyer going from first to third on a throw that sailed all the way into the home team’s dugout.

Manager Ron Gardenhire scurried out of his seat with his hands protecting his head, Cuddyer scored, and Young took third and positioned himself to score soon after.

Notes: Though the Royals are 0-5 in Sidney Ponson’s starts, manager Trey Hillman wasn’t ready to take the struggling righty out of the rotation yet. Hillman said Ponson will take his next turn, at home on Wednesday against the Mariners. “I see stuff. Hopefully sooner than later it will play out,” the manager said. … Olivo tried to steal home for the Royals, but Aviles struck out to end the sixth as he slid into the plate.

AP-ES-05-02-09 2335EDT


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