CLEVELAND – Alex Gordon homered on the game’s first pitch, James Shields dominated after a shaky first inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Wednesday in a matchup of teams fighting for an American League playoff spot.
Kansas City took 2 of 3 in the series between clubs that are in contention for the second wild-card spot in the AL. The Royals, who trail Tampa Bay by two games, moved a game closer to the Indians. Cleveland is 11/2 games behind the Rays.
Shields (11-9) gave up two runs, two hits and hit a batter in the bottom half before taking control.
YANKEES 5, ORIOLES 4: Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth, and New York also got solo shots from Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson in a victory at Baltimore.
TIGERS 1, WHITE SOX 0: Anibal Sanchez (14-7) struck out 10 in a terrific performance at Chicago, allowing five hits in 71/3 innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.50.
ANGELS 5, BLUE JAYS 4: Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, C.J. Wilson won his eighth straight decision and Los Angeles won at Toronto.
REDS 6, CUBS 0: Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run in more than a month and Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer as host Cincinnati avoided being swept by last-place Chicago.
Mesoraco had three hits to lead the Reds to their seventh win on a 10-game homestand.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 3: Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt hit consecutive RBI singles in the eighth inning to help host San Francisco edge Colorado.
PHILLIES 4, PADRES 2: Cliff Lee pitched eight sharp innings and Freddy Galvis had three hits to lead host Philadelphia over San Diego.
MARLINS 5, BRAVES 2: In his season finale, Miami Marlins rookie sensation Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings at home, hit his first major-league homer and engaged in a standoff with annoyed Atlanta.
NATIONALS 3, METS 0: Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Ryan Zimmerman homered and the Washington Nationals won their fifth straight game, winning at New York in a night full of 9/11 tributes.
CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 1: Matt Adams had a two-run homer and host St. Louis won its fifth straight game to maintain a one-game lead over Pittsburgh and a three-game advantage on Cincinnati in the NL Central.
PIRATES 7, RANGERS 5: Clint Barmes homered and drew a bases-loaded walk for Pittsburgh, which completed a three-game sweep in an interleague matchup of wild-card leaders.
Texas (81-63) has dropped 9 of 12.
YANKEES: Shortstop Derek Jeter, who last played Saturday in a loss to Boston, will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
“This entire season has been a nightmare for me physically,” Jeter said. “It’s a fitting end.”
RED SOX: Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski will be honored with a statue outside Fenway Park.
A dedication ceremony will precede the Sept. 22 game against Toronto, and Yastrzemski is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The statue will capture a moment that took place on Oct. 2, 1983, when the Red Sox star tipped his helmet to fans before his final at-bat.