NEW YORK – Robinson Cano homered and Eduardo Nunez scored the tiebreaking run after a sixth-inning double to send the New York Yankees past the Houston Astros 5-4 Wednesday night.
Ichiro Suzuki’s double-play grounder put the Yankees ahead and they held on to take two of three games in a series between the teams with the highest and lowest payrolls in the majors.
The active roster New York took into opening day added up to $233 million in salaries, dwarfing a $22 million total for the rebuilding Astros.
ANGELS 5, ATHLETICS 4: Mark Trumbo hit a home run for the third straight day, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout also homered as Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak with a win at Oakland.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 2: Scott Diamond (2-2) pitched six solid innings, and visiting Minnesota got to Anibal Sanchez early, snapping the Tigers’ five-game win streak.
WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 2: Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza homered in the seventh inning as visiting Chicago ended a three-game losing streak.
ROYALS 9, RAYS 8: Elliot Johnson homered against his former team and Kansas City rallied from an early five-run hole at home.
CARDINALS 4, REDS 2: Lance Lynn won his 10th straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings at St. Louis.
Lynn (5-0) struck out five and walked two in becaming the NL’s first five-game winner.
METS 7, MARLINS 6: Jordany Valdespin hit a three-run, pinch-homer, and New York rallied to break a six-game losing streak and avert a series sweep at Miami.
John Buck and David Wright split six of New York’s 13 hits.
PIRATES 6, BREWERS 4: Starling Marte hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge had a go-ahead RBI single to rally visiting Pittsburgh and snap a nine-game skid to the Brewers.
Pedro Alvarez added a homer and run-scoring single as Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in its last 15 games.
NATIONALS 2, BRAVES 0: Jordan Zimmermann (5-1) turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and visiting Washington finally beat Atlanta after five losses in a row this year.
CUBS 6, PADRES 2: Scott Feldman (2-3) retired 18 straight on his way to his first career complete game and host Chicago took advantage of former No. 1 pick Andrew Cashner’s wildness on the mound.
INDIANS 6, PHILLIES 0: Ryan Raburn tied a career high with four hits, Trevor Bauer allowed one hit in five strong innings for his first American League win, and Cleveland won easily at home.
The Indians have won a season-high four straight games, outscoring their opponents 39-5.