Robinson Cano jumped up after applying the tag that completed a triple play and thrust his arms above his head. Kevin Youkilis grinned broadly and slapped as many hands as he could. Jayson Nix and Lyle Overbay high-fived each other, too.
The New York Yankees’ makeshift infield was having triple the fun Friday night.
The Yankees turned a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years, Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells’ fly ball while blowing a bubble for a tiebreaking three-run error and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-2, Friday night for its fourth straight win.
“That’s like being a kid again,” Youkilis said. “That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever had on the field. You don’t see one written up like that. It was special. This game we play, it’s one of these games where it’s a job and it’s a grind at times. But when stuff like that happens, you feel like you’re back playing little league again.”
Baltimore started the eighth with two singles off CC Sabathia (2-1), and Manny Machado hit a sharp low liner that Cano caught on a short hop near second base. Cano tossed the ball to Nix, who replaced injured shortstop Eduardo Nunez in the third inning, for the forceout at second. Alexi Casilla, thinking the ball was going to be caught by Cano, got trapped in a rundown between second and third base.
Thinking triple play, Youkilis tagged Casillas and made a quick throw to first baseman Lyle Overbay when Machado ranged too far off the bag. Overbay then made an awkward throw to Cano, who tagged Machado, setting off a happy celebration.
The play was scored 4-6-5-6-5-3-4.
The Yankees, who moved over .500 for the first time this year, had last turned a triple play on April 22, 2010, at Oakland — with Sabathia on the mound. They hadn’t accomplished the feat in the Bronx since June 3, 1968, against Minnesota.
With the score 2-all in the seventh, the Yankees had loaded the bases on two walks — one intentional — and a hit batter. Wells hit a long fly ball that Jones — a Gold Glove center fielder — ranged back for. On the warning track, Jones turned, raised his glove and blew a pink bubble. He closed his glove a bit early, and the ball bounced away as the bases cleared.
“Just missed it,” Jones said. “You could say it’s rain. You could say it’s cold. You could say anything, wind, you could say whatever you want. I was there. Didn’t catch it. Cost my team the game.”
ATHLETICS 4, TIGERS 3: Josh Donaldson homered with one out in the 12th inning, lifting Oakland over Detroit for its ninth straight victory. Donaldson’s opposite-field drive to right off Brayan Villarreal (0-2) was his first career game-ending hit. Prince Fielder homered and had four hits for the Tigers, who beat Oakland in the playoffs last season on their way to the World Series. Ramon Santiago hit a two-out triple in the top of the 12th before Chris Resop (1-0) retired Austin Jackson on a fly to center.
INDIANS 1, WHITE SOX 0: Justin Masterson (3-0) pitched a five-hitter for the first complete game in the AL this year, and Nick Swisher hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth off Jesse Crain (0-1). Masterson, who has three of Cleveland’s four wins, extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to a career-high 19.
BLUE JAYS 8, ROYALS 4: Toronto’s Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs before getting carted off in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle. J.A. Happ (2-0), Toronto’s only starter to win this year, gave up three runs on 41 pitches in the first inning, but survived through five innings. Luis Mendoza (0-1) allowed eight runs — seven earned — seven hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.
MARINERS 3, RANGERS 1: Kyle Seager had a two-run double, Hisashi Iwakuma made it stand with 6 2-3 strong innings and Seattle beat Texas to end a three-game skid. Iwakuma (2-0) got the better of countryman Yu Darvish in the seventh pitching matchup between the two, both in Japan and the majors. Raul Ibanez hit an RBI single in a three-run first for the Mariners.
ASTROS 5, ANGELS 0: Bud Norris pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Rick Ankiel drove in three runs and Houston defeated Los Angeles in their first meeting as AL West rivals. Justin Maxwell hit his first home run of the season, helping the Astros win their third in a row after six straight losses. Norris (2-1) struck out five and walked two. The Angels, coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, have lost five straight. They are off to a 2-8 start, matching the worst in franchise history. The inaugural 1961 club also lost eight of its first 10.
METS 16, TWINS 5: John Buck kept up his powerful start with a grand slam, his fourth home run in the last four games, and New York beat Minnesota as snowflakes fell at Target Field. Buck became only the fourth major league player in at least 92 years to reach 19 RBIs in the first 10 games of a season. Chris Davis also did it for Baltimore this year, Manny Ramirez for Cleveland in 1999 and Lou Gehrig for the Yankees in 1927. David Wright drove in four runs and missed the cycle by a home run, and Daniel Murphy had four hits and four RBIs for the Mets.
BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 4: Ramiro Pena hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with two outs in the 10th inning and Atlanta came back to beat Washington, stretching its winning streak to seven games. Pena, who reached on a bunt as a pinch hitter in the eighth, helped Atlanta win a game it trailed 4-0 after two innings and 4-2 entering the ninth. Bryce Harper hit a two-run, opposite-field shot in the first for his fifth homer, and Denard Span and Jayson Werth tacked on RBI singles in the second for the Nationals.
CUBS 4, GIANTS 3: Starlin Castro’s ninth-inning double off the center-field wall gave Chicago a wild win over San Francisco. The Cubs led 2-0 heading into the top of the ninth, but closer Kyuji Fujikawa (1-0) allowed a one-out RBI single to Pablo Sandoval and hit Buster Posey with a pitch before Brandon Belt’s two-run double with two outs put the Giants ahead. Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro tied the game with a leadoff homer in the bottom half against closer Sergio Romo (0-1). David DeJesus singled with two outs and scored the winning run on Castro’s double.
CARDINALS 2, BREWERS 0: St. Louis rookie Shelby Miller allowed one hit in seven innings, a single by Norichika Aoki to open the game, and the Cardinals did just enough on offense to spoil Kyle Lohse’s first start as a visitor since 2007. David Freese had an RBI single and Yadier Molina hit his second homer for the Cardinals, who have allowed one run during a three-game winning streak. Lohse (0-1), a 16-game winner last season whom the Cardinals did not attempt to re-sign, allowed two runs in seven innings.
ROCKIES 7, PADRES 5: Dexter Fowler’s second home run of the game and sixth this season, a solo shot off Huston Street in the ninth inning, snapped a tie and sent Colorado to a victory over San Diego. Todd Helton had three hits for the Rockies, who stopped a three-game slide. Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer for the Padres (2-8), who have lost three straight.
PHILLIES 3, MARLINS 1: Chase Utley hit a go-ahead triple in the 10th inning off Jon Rauch, and Philadelphia handed Miami its ninth loss in 10 games this season. Miami is off to the poorest start by a big league team since Baltimore and Houston lost nine of their first 10 games in 2010. The Marlins, held to four singles by John Lannan and four relievers, are batting .209 with two home runs and 15 extra-base hits.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 0: Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in six innings as Arizona beat Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw (2-1) struck out nine, leaving him one shy of 1,000 for his career, but left trailing 1-0 after the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning. Shawn Tolleson walked both batters he faced to bring in two runs. Corbin (2-0) struck out four, walked three and hit a batter with a pitch.