Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost found the perfect time to use pinch-hitter Jason Maxwell, and he responded with the tiebreaking homer in the 12th inning to lift Kansas City to a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Provided a one-run lead for much of the night, the 39-year-old left-hander put together a vintage performance in his second start following a one-year layoff. Pettitte pitched four-hit ball over eight innings Friday for his first regular season win since July 2010, leading the New York Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0.
The Cincinnati Reds are preparing for back-to-back series in New York — first with the Mets, then the Yankees — in what will be only the seventh time that a team played back-to-back series in the same market since interleague play began.
Perhaps the Colorado Rockies were a bit spooked by Yankee Stadium.
Andrew Miller picked up his first win with Boston, scattering five hits over six innings as the Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates.
Justin Turner saw sidearmer Brad Ziegler’s pitch coming right for him, so he dug in.
Alfredo Aceves lost home plate in the second inning and the surging Boston Red Sox wound up losing the game.
Alex Rodriguez started New York’s four-run first inning with an RBI single, and rookie Ivan Nova handled the NL’s most prolific offense for eight innings, leading the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with a single and double in a 10-run seventh inning against his former team and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-5 win over the struggling San Diego Padres.
Nick Swisher is laughing again, and he had plenty of reasons for his big smile Sunday night.