- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Bud Norris pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees 5-0 Friday night to become the first team since 2006 to sweep a doubleheader from New York.

In the first game of the day-night twinbill, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning for a 2-1 victory.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis began a 25-game suspension without pay for a positive test for an amphetamine. The suspension will cover the final 17 games of the regular season and run into the playoffs, or perhaps into 2015.

Undeterred, Baltimore extended its winning streak to a season-high six games, moved a season-best 29 games over .500 (88-59) and increased its lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East to 11 1/2 games. The Orioles lowered their magic number for clinching the division to five.

New York is five games back for the second AL wild card and appears in danger of missing the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1992-93.

Norris (13-8) struck out 10 and walked two. He outpitched Bryan Mitchell (0-1), who allowed two runs over five innings in his first big league start.

In the opener, after Chris Young homered off Brad Brach (7-1) in the top of the 11th, Baltimore countered in the bottom half against Adam Warren (3-6).


DETROIT (AP) - J.D. Martinez homered, tripled and drove in four runs for Detroit, and David Price pitched into the eighth inning.

Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the fourth with a two-run homer, and then drove in two more runs with his triple in the seventh. Price (14-11) allowed one run and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings.

Ryan Raburn homered for Cleveland. Carlos Carrasco (7-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila helped out with the defensive play of the night. When Mike Aviles hit a foul popup behind the plate in the fifth, Avila made the catch while jumping into the screen, which provided a soft landing spot.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gerrit Cole won consecutive starts for the first time since early June, NL batting leader Josh Harrison had three hits and the surging Pirates earned their seventh win in eight games.

Cole (9-5) improved to 5-0 against the Cubs, allowing three runs in six innings with six strikeouts. He also won at Wrigley Field last weekend.

Pittsburgh is 14-7 since Aug. 20, moving a season-high nine games over .500 at 78-69. The Pirates began the night with a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.

Rookies Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, homered for the Cubs, who have lost seven straight in their longest skid since 2012. Tsuyoshi Wada (4-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.


TORONTO (AP) - Nathan Karns got his first major league win in his Tampa Bay debut, Ryan Hanigan homered for the first time in almost three months and the Rays stopped Toronto’s four-game winning streak.

Karns (1-0) allowed two hits in seven innings. He struck out a career-high eight and walked two.

Jake McGee worked the eighth, and Grant Balfour finished for his 12th save in 15 chances as the Rays won for the first time in three games.

Hanigan homered into the left-field bullpen on J.A Happ’s first pitch of the third. It was Hanigan’s first homer since June 16 against Baltimore.

Happ (9-10) allowed seven hits in seven innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cody Asche hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the Phillies to the win.

Cole Hamels scattered nine hits over seven innings, and Philadelphia handed the Marlins their third straight defeat in their first game since Giancarlo Stanton was injured.

Stanton, a leading NL MVP candidate, was struck in the face Thursday night by an 88 mph fastball from Milwaukee right-hander Mike Fiers. Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures and severe lacerations as well as dental damage.

Jake Diekman (5-4) pitched a scoreless 10th to cap three hitless innings by Philadelphia relievers. Jonathan Papelbon retired the side in the ninth after Ken Giles did so in the eighth.

Asche went deep off Dan Jennings (0-2) with one out.


NEW YORK (AP) - Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead double and the Mets made it stand up, ending a 12-game home skid against Washington.

The Mets’ losing streak at Citi Field versus Washington dated to last season, and was their longest in team history against a visiting club.

Washington came close in the ninth inning. Denard Span led off with a single against Jenrry Mejia, and Asdrubal Cabrera flied out to the wall. After Span stole his 30th base, Mejia struck out Anthony Rendon, walked Adam LaRoche and then fanned Ian Desmond for his 26th save in 28 chances.

New York’s Dillon Gee (7-7) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Gio Gonzalez (8-10) gave up four runs, three earned, in 6 2-3 innings for the Nationals.

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