|Beltran: GS, 5RBI|
Playing solid baseball since the all-star break, the Yankees continue to win, but can't make up any ground on the Orioles.
|Jeter ties Wagner|
Beltran drove in Jeter with the game's initial score in the first inning after Jeter singled to tie Wagner with 3430 career hits. His next hit will put him in fifth place, all-time.
The slam came after the Indians had whittled into the lead, making the score 5-2, but, Beltran's 14th homer of the season - off John Axford - pretty much put the game away. Both teams made extensive use of their bullpens. The Yankees used six pitchers; Cleveland, seven.
Despite winning seven of their last ten and going 14-7 since the all-star break, Baltimore still leads the Yankees by five full games. New York took over sole control of second place, as Toronto lost to Detroit, 5-4. The Orioles hammered St. Louis, 12-2, matching the Yankees' record since the all-star break, and haven't lost two straight since dropping the final two games of a series against the Rays, June 28 and 29.
Pittsburgh's Vance Worley gave up a first-inning run to the Padres, but little more after that, leading the Pirates into second place in the NL Central with a 2-1 victory.
Worley (5-1) went seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk while fanning seven. The Pirates have won three straight and trail the Milwaukee Brewers by 1 1/2 in the hotly-contested division, taking second place away from the Cardinals, 12-2 losers at Baltimore.
The Pirates scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first off Padres' starter Ian Kennedy, who dropped to 8-10 on the season. Both starters were sharp, though Worley lasted an inning longer and got the best of it, throwing 62 of 93 pitches for strikes. Worley has notched victories in three of his last four starts, each against NL West foes, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, Friday, San Diego.
Game two of the three-game series starts at 7:05 pm Saturday, in Pittsburgh.