NEW YORK — A.J. Burnett won his fourth straight decision and Nick Swisher had a big day with his bat and glove, leading the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday for their sixth consecutive victory.
Jorge Posada homered and drove in two runs, Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single and Mariano Rivera earned his fifth save in six days. The AL East leaders scored four times in the first inning and sent rookie Jason Berken (1-8) to his eighth loss in a row.
Swisher capped the early outburst with a two-run single and made three fine plays in right field, making up for a third-inning error.
Adam Jones homered and had four hits. He and Nick Markakis hit consecutive solo shots with two outs in the ninth off Brian Bruney.
Burnett (9-4) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 9-1 in 11 career starts against Baltimore.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Rajai Davis drove in four runs, Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer and the Athletics jumped all over Minnesota starter Glen Perkins in their highest scoring game in nearly two years.
Matt Holliday went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and Orlando Cabrera reached base safely three times in the first two innings, scoring twice and knocking in two runs as the A’s took a 12-1 lead after two innings. Oakland finished with 18 hits.
The outburst helped Trevor Cahill (6-8) win for the first time in exactly one month. He allowed a solo homer to Justin Morneau in the first inning and nothing else in the rest of his seven-inning outing.
Perkins (5-6) once again was done in by first-inning woes, allowing five runs in the opening frame.
TORONTO — Marco Scutaro hit two of Toronto’s season-high five home runs and matched a career-high with four RBIs, leading the Blue Jays to a win over the Cleveland Indians.
Scutaro had a solo homer in the fifth and a three-run shot in the sixth, the first multihomer game of his career.
Aaron Hill, Alex Rios and Vernon Wells all hit solo home runs, Toronto’s first five-homer game since May 30, 2006, against Boston.
All four solo shots came off Cleveland right-hander Carl Pavano.
DETROIT — Russell Branyan hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners a victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Branyan drove a 1-0 pitch from Bobby Seay (1-2) into the stands in right-center for his 24th homer.
Hernandez (11-3) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. Mark Lowe pitched a perfect eighth and David Aardsma finished for his 23rd save in 25 chances.