The Juice: Ichiro power! Suzuki hits walkoff homer for Yankees win

David Brown
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No matter that ace right-handers Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda were on the mound, Yankee Stadium yielded six home runs Tuesday night with Ichiro Suzuki — never known for the long ball, even in his prime — hitting the final homer to give the New York Yankees a 4-3 victory in their final at-bat against the Texas Rangers.

Ichiro's fourth homer of the season came against Tanner Scheppers and it broke a 3-3 tie after aces Darvish of Texas and Kuroda of New York got touched up with deep flies. Darvish only made it into the sixth inning in the all-Japan starting matchup, throwing 110 pitches and allowing solo blasts to Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix. Darvish has not been as sharp going back for the past several starts.

Right guy, right place: Kuroda allowed two homers to No. 9 hitter Leonys Martin over eight innings, but closer Mariano Rivera picked up a vulturous victory — his first of the season — by pitching a scoreless ninth. Earlier in the day, Mariano also was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. What?

"Cheating": On the winning hit, Ichiro seemed to be expecting another fastball from Scheppers, who said he threw one too many. One of the Yankee announcers referred to Ichiro's approach on the fateful pitch as "cheating," when a batter starts his swing a tad early and opens up his hips in order to pull the ball. Hey, it ain't cheatin' if you win, which the Yankees hadn't been. The Yankees had hit only four homers, and had won only six times, in their previous 15 games.

Another New York team, another walkoff: But it's not in New York, it's not a victory and it's not the Yankees. It's the Mets, who fell 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox after Alexei Ramirez lined a game-ending single against LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom of the ninth. Here's the Hawk Harrelson version. Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight, but was denied a victory because of a hilarious error by the White Sox in the ninth that caused Mets announcer Gary Cohen to make the funniest sound in major league broadcast history.


Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 5: Yes, Adam LaRoche hit a three-run home run and, yes, Gio Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5, but even better: Bryce Harper has begun his rehab assignment in the minor leagues.

Orioles 6, Indians 3: Cleveland's Justin Masterson was perfect through four innings and leading 3-1 in the seventh until — bam! — the O's put five runs on the board and flipped the game for real. Chris Davis hit his 28th home run and Alexi Casilla (who had no homers coming in) added a three-run shot.

Angels 14, Tigers 8: The real winner in this game was ugliness. The Angels scored eight runs in the fifth inning and the Tigers committed six errors. Still, all seven of the runs Rick Porcello allowed were earned, so he helped.

Rays 5, Jays 1: Matt Moore tied career highs with six walks and 11 strikeouts, so even though he got a victory, he wasn't exactly mastering his craft out there.

Red Sox 11, Rockies 4: Dustin Pedroia drove in four runs, and the Red Sox lead the 2007 World Series 5-0

Brewers 9, Cubs 3: Nice of Rickie Weeks to finally join us. He's in a 14-for-32 groove with four homers after months of nothing.

Marlins 4, Twins 2: Rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna continues to be a bright spot for the Marlins, who are otherwise full of dark, foreboding spots that make you worry about your skin's health.

Braves 4, Royals 3: That Medlen kid seems to have it turned around.

Cardinals 13, Astros 5: The 2005 NLCS will not be replayed, but if it were, the Cardinals would have a great chance with Allen Craig hitting like this and the Astros reverted to the pupa stage.

Athletics 7, Reds 3: I want a rain delay and I want it now so I can see the 1972 World Series highlights. In the meantime, a two-run home run by Josh Donaldson will have to suffice in lieu of Gene Tenace.

Pirates 9, Mariners 4: The Pirates are really going to have to implode not to make .500 this season. They're 47-30 after hitting five home runs and getting another strong effort from Jeff Locke.

Dodgers 6, Giants 5: A terrific running catch by Matt Kemp — he's back! — sealed it. No home run for you, Marco Scutaro.

Phillies 6, Padres 2: And that makes 20 home runs for Domonic Brown. No need for you tonight, Papelbon.

''That's hard to mess with when Allen has the protection that he has. Those other guys are getting on base in front of him and he's doing a great job of driving them in. It's not what I want to fool around with too much.''

— Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Allen Craig batting cleanup

• The Angels have won seven straight against the Tigers by a combined 48-17 score.

• Jeff Locke is second in the NL with a 2.06 ERA.

• Scutaro is without a homer in 142 career at-bats against the Dodgers.

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