Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American League Roundup: Yankees Hit Five Homers vs. Pirates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American League Roundup: Yankees Hit Five Homers vs. Pirates

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Mark Teixeira has provided consistent power for weeks. The rest of the New York Yankees joined in Saturday.

Teixeira hit a two-run homer, Zoilo Almonte connected in his first start of the season and New York went deep five times for a 7- 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium.

It was the second time since 2011 that five Yankees players homered in one game.

"It was nice to see," manager Joe Girardi said. "Our team is built for this park."

Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano also homered off a struggling Edinson Volquez to back five scoreless innings from David Phelps (1- 0). Brian McCann added a two-run drive in the eighth against reliever Vin Mazzaro as New York won for only the second time in its past eight home games.

Coming off consecutive road shutouts against the crosstown rival Mets, the Yankees took their third straight following a four-game slide.

Starling Marte homered and had three hits in his return to the starting lineup for the Pirates, winless at Yankee Stadium since Harvey Haddix pitched them to a 5-2 victory in Game 5 of the 1960 World Series.

Volquez (1-4) gave up six hits four homers and no walks in 6 1/ 3 innings, dropping to 0-4 in his last five starts.


Royals 1, Orioles 0

Kansas City's Danny Duffy carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and Billy Butler drove in the only run, giving the host Royals the win Saturday night. Duffy (2-3) retired the first 20 batters he faced, flirting with the first perfect game in franchise history. Adam Jones finally ended it with a weak groundball up the middle with two outs in the seventh. Duffy bounced back to get Chris Davis on a fly out to end the inning, then gave up a single to Nelson Cruz to start the eighth. All-Star closer Greg Holland survived a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 11th save.

Bud Norris (2-4) took the loss.

Angels 6, Rays 0

C.J. Wilson scattered five hits in his second career shutout and Grant Green homered, leading Los Angeles past Tampa Bay.

Wilson (5-3) threw 127 pitches, struck out five and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by inducing his third double-play grounder of the game for the home team. …

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