NEW YORK — Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Soriano hit an early grand slam and became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS. The others were Texas’ Rusty Greer in August 1997 and Milwaukee’s Geoff Jenkins in April 2001.
Robinson Cano went 4-for-4 to pass Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto for 15th place on the franchise hits list, and the Yankees hammered Angels ace Jered Weaver (7-6) in opening an 8-0 cushion by the second inning for Ivan Nova (6-4).
BLUE JAYS 4, RED SOX 3: Brett Lawrie singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and Toronto beat Boston to hand the AL East-leading Red Sox their fourth loss in six games.
Rajai Davis doubled off Brandon Workman (3-2) to begin the 10th and went to third on Jose Bautista’s grounder.
Edwin Encarnacion was intentionally walked to bring up Lawrie, who lined a two-strike pitch off the glove of shortstop Stephen Drew, bringing Davis home with the winning run.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 4: Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer and Detroit ended a three-game skid with a win over Chicago.
Cabrera has 38 homers, 114 RBIs and is hitting .360 for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had lost four of five following a 12-game winning streak.
Despite surrendering a season-high 11 hits, Tigers starter Rick Porcello (9-6) allowed just three runs in six innings to get the victory.
RAYS 5, MARINERS 4: Jason Bourgeois hit an RBI single to cap Tampa Bay’s two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Rays ended a six-game losing streak with a win over Seattle.
The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar (0-1).
Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bourgeois singled to right over the Mariners’ drawn-in outfield.
INDIANS 9, TWINS 8: Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and Cleveland rallied past Minnesota for just its third win in the last 10 games.
Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis singled off Ryan Pressly (3-3) to open the 12th. Swisher moved to third on a fly out and scored easily on Brantley’s sac fly to center field.
Carlos Santana and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians. Chris Perez (5-2) blew a save but got the win, and Joe Smith earned his second save.
ASTROS 2, ATHLETICS 1: Carlos Corporan hit an RBI double in the 11th inning, lifting Houston to a win over the Oakland.
Jose Altuve singled with one out off A’s reliever Sean Doolittle (3-4) and was headed for third on Corporan’s double when Oakland center fielder Chris Young bobbled the ball. Altuve alertly rounded third and scored the tiebreaking run.
The A’s have dropped nine of 13 and have fallen two games behind first-place Texas in the AL West.
DODGERS 5, METS 4: Yasiel Puig turned a slow bouncer past New York’s diving shortstop into a one-out double in the 12th inning and then scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-base hit, lifting Los Angeles to a 5-4 victory over New York that extended their winning streak to eight games.
Andre Ethier tied the game with a two-run homer of LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth inning.
Puig legged out a double that glanced off the glove of shortstop Omar Quintanilla and into center field.
The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with their sixth walk-off win of the season.
NATIONALS 6, GIANTS 5: Denard Span made a diving catch in deep center field with two runners on base for the final out, and Washington held off San Francisco to earn its fifth straight victory.
Jordan Zimmermann (14-6) increased his NL-leading win total, allowing one run in seven innings and outpitching Tim Lincecum (6-12).
The Giants scored once in the ninth off Rafael Soriano, and put runners on first and second with two outs. Hunter Pence hit a drive to left-center, and Span ran it down near the warning track to preserve the win.
REDS 5, CUBS 0: Bronson Arroyo pitched seven crisp innings, Todd Frazier homered and Cincinnati beat Chicago to complete a three-game sweep.
Arroyo (11-9) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked none in his second straight win.
The Cubs wasted a solid start by Chris Rusin (2-2) in their fourth straight loss. The left-hander allowed two runs and three hits while throwing just 76 pitches over six innings.
ROCKIES 4, PADRES 2: Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven solid innings, catcher Yorvit Torrealba completed a remarkable double play by tagging out two runners and Colorado hung on to beat San Diego.
Corey Dickerson doubled twice, tripled and drove in two runs. Troy Tulowitzki had two hits and a pair of RBIs as Colorado completed a 5-1 home stand.
De La Rosa (12-6) allowed two runs on eight hits.
Andrew Cashner (8-7) gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings.
BRAVES 6, PHILLIES 3: Chris Johnson drove in three runs, Jason Heyward homered and Brandon Beachy pitched six strong innings to help Atlanta beat Philadelphia.
The Braves have won two straight and 17 of 19 to lead the majors with a .612 winning percentage.
Beachy (2-0) held the Phillies scoreless until Dominic Brown’s 27th homer cut the lead to 5-2 with one out in the sixth.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, ORIOLES 4: Aaron Hill had a game-ending single with one out in the 14th inning to give Arizona its third straight walk-off win over Baltimore.
Hill forced extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth off Jim Johnson, the Orioles closer’s ninth blown save of the season.
Bud Norris came on in the 14th and walked two batters ahead of Hill’s single to take the loss.
RANGERS 5, BREWERS 4: Elvis Andrus broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs, and Texas rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Milwaukee.
The AL West-leading Rangers were 7-40 when trailing after six innings before Andrus had an RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 skid.
Texas won for the 14th time in 16 games after snapping an eight-game win streak Tuesday.
Matt Garza gave eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking two.
MARLINS 5, ROYALS 2: Justin Ruggiano snapped a franchise-worst 0-for-42 slump with a single in the first inning and added two more hits and drove in a run as Miami beat Kansas City.
Ruggiano drove in the Marlins’ first run, but they still trailed 2-1.
Koyie Hill doubled off reliever Tim Collins to start the seventh.
Christian Yelich then hit a grounder toward third that utility man Elliot Johnson let through his legs to put runners on second and third.
Donovan Solano and Logan Morrison followed with RBI groundouts to give the Marlins the lead.
Dan Jennings got through the sixth, A.J. Ramos worked the seventh and eighth, and Steve Cishek recorded his 26th save,