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Yankees Triumph in Extra Innings Again, Strasburg Silences Mets

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Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees follows his go ahead two RBI home run in the tenth inning to give the Yankees a 6-4 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Photographer: Rob Carr/Getty Images

April 12 (Bloomberg) -- Nick Swisher’s two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the New York Yankees their second straight extra-inning victory and a sweep of their three-game series at the Baltimore Orioles.

Curtis Granderson hit a home run and drove in three runs for the Yankees, who are 3-3 after losing all three games in their opening series at Tampa Bay. New York’s home opener is tomorrow against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rafael Soriano got the win for New York with 1 1/3 innings of relief last night and Mariano Rivera got the save for the second straight game. Rivera, the Major League Baseball career leader in saves, now has 605.

Stephen Strasburg struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings and the visiting Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 4-0, sending Johan Santana to the loss.

Strasburg, 23, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, allowed two hits and three walks for his first victory of the year. Santana struck out eight and walked three while allowing one run on five hits in five innings. It was his second start since missing the 2011 season following shoulder surgery.

Mets pitchers walked 10 batters, including two with the bases loaded, at New York’s Citi Field on the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ inaugural game as a franchise.

The Mets have dropped their past two games after opening the year with four wins. The Nationals also are 4-2, tied with the Mets for first place in the National League East division.

The Tampa Bay Rays improved to 4-1 and handed Detroit its first loss of the season by rallying for four runs in the ninth inning off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who had a one-hit shutout through eight innings. The Rays won 4-2.

The Boston Red Sox dropped to 1-5 with a 3-1 loss at Toronto. The Red Sox have played all six of their games on the road so far this season.

The Minnesota Twins won for the first time this season after four straight losses, defeating the Angels 6-5.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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