Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones hit successive home runs for the second time to lead the New York Yankees to a 9-1 victory over cross-town rival New York Mets in a Major League Baseball interleague game at Yankee Stadium.
In a West Coast game, Kevin Millwood and five Seattle Mariner relievers combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory against the league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
In Boston, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in Washington’s first-ever win at Fenway Park.
The Yankee trio hit home runs in the third inning last night after Cano drove home Alex Rodriguez with his first home run of the game in the second inning. The same three batters accomplished the feat in Game 2 at Baltimore on Aug. 28.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) had a no-hitter going for the Yankees before Omar Quintanilla hit a double with two outs in the sixth inning. He allowed one hit and struck out seven in seven innings before limping from the mound when Daniel Murphy fired a line drive into his left foot.
“I think I will be O.K.,” Kuroda said. “I could have kept pitching, but I wanted to make sure I am O.K. for my next start.”
The Yankees started the game with four home runs to gain a 6-0 advantage by the end of the third inning.
Curtis Granderson scored on Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly to center, Mark Teixeira added a run on Swisher’s ground-rule double and Jones hit a run-scoring single in the seventh to cap the Yankee 9-0 run.
Lucas Duda doubled in the top of the ninth to send home Quintanilla for the Mets’ only score.
Johan Santana (3-3) gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings, coming off two extra days of rest after throwing 134 pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the season’s third no-hitter and the first ever for the Mets on June 1.
“For all the people who thought I didn’t make the right decision a week ago, because of that decision I thought he needed some extra rest and I’m also responsible for the way he pitched tonight,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Santana. “He was rusty, command of his stuff was not as sharp as the last four or five starts. It’s my doing tonight.”
The Yankees (32-25) moved into the second place in the five-team American League East, one-half game behind the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mets (32-27) are in third place in the five-team National League East, 2 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals (33-23).
At Safeco Field in Seattle, Millwood, who pitched a no-hitter for Philadelphia in the Phillies 1-0 win over San Francisco on April 27, 2003, struck out six and walked one in 68 pitches before limping off the mound after the sixth inning with a groin injury last night.
Charlie Furbush relieved Millwood, striking out one in 2/3 inning. Stephen Pryor (1-0) got the win after walking two and striking out one in one-third inning. Lucas Leutge and Brandon League pitched the eighth inning, and Tom Wilhelmsen closed the game with a perfect ninth inning for his third save.
The six Mariner pitchers combined for the season’s fourth no-hitter and the first since Johan Santana threw the New York Mets’ first no-hitter on June 1.
Kyle Seager hit a one-run single in the seventh for the Mariners’ only score off Scott Elbert (0-1) who gave up two hits and one run while striking out two.
At Fenway Park, Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings and Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer as the Nationals defeated the Red Sox 7-4.
Strasburg (7-1) threw a career-high 119 pitches as he allowed two runs on four hits. His 13 strikeouts were one short of his career high of 14, set in his major league debut two years ago yesterday against Pittsburgh.
Boston starter Felix Doubront (6-3) gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings.
In other interleague games last night, it was Philadelphia 9, Baltimore 6; Pittsburgh 4, Kansas City 2; Cincinnati 6, Detroit 5 (10 innings); Tampa Bay 5, Miami 1; Atlanta 4, Toronto 3; Houston 8, the Chicago White Sox 3; Milwaukee 9, San Diego 5; Minnesota 8, the Chicago Cubs 7; Cleveland 6, St. Louis 2; the Los Angeles Angels 7, Colorado 2; Texas 5, San Francisco 0 and Arizona 9, Oakland 8.