Printed on: October 03, 2012

Ibanez rallies Yanks to a win


NEW YORK (AP) -- Raul Ibanez tied it with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning, then had an RBI single in the 12th, helping the Yankees remain a game up on Baltimore in the AL East with one game to go by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night.

With a second comeback spurred by Ibanez in the past 10 days, the Yankees need a win or Orioles loss on the final day of the season to secure their 13th division title since 1996. The Orioles beat Tampa Bay 1-0 earlier.

If the teams end up even after today's games, they'll play a tiebreaker Thursday in Baltimore.

Around the NL

REDS 3, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Mat Latos won his fourth straight decision to finish the regular season and Scott Rolen homered off Chris Carpenter, helping the Cincinnati Reds keep the St. Louis Cardinals' postseason plans on hold Tuesday night.

The Cardinals' magic number for clinching the second NL wild card remained at one with a game to go, and they were left in the uncomfortable position of watching the Dodgers on TV and rooting for a loss for the second straight night.

MARLINS 4, METS 3, 11 innings: At Miami, New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey struck out one-shot wonder Adam Greenberg but also gave up two homers in his final start of a Cy Young-hopeful season, and the Mets lost to the Marlins.

NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 2: At Washington, a smile crept across Adam LaRoche's face while he rounded the bases Tuesday night after hitting his career-high 33rd homer to become the third Nationals player with 100 RBIs in a season, another celebratory moment for NL East champion Washington during a victory over the Phillies.

PIRATES 5, BRAVES 1: At Pittsburgh, Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Pirates won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Braves.

A day after being eliminated from the NL East division title race, the wild-card Braves rested several regulars and shuffled players in and out of the lineup throughout the game. Atlanta will host the NL wild-card game Friday.

ASTROS 3, CUBS 0: At Chicago, Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings, Jason Castro homered and the Astros beat the Cubs in a matchup of 100-loss teams.

BREWERS 4, PADRES 3: At Milwaukee, rookie Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam and the Brewers used 10 newcomers in beating the Padres.

Around the AL

ORIOLES 1, RAYS 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Chris Davis homered for the sixth straight game and the Orioles overcame a club-record 15 strikeouts by James Shields to beat the Rays, pushing the AL East race to the final day of the season.

Baltimore trails the New York Yankees by one game.

ROYALS 4, TIGERS 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Miguel Cabrera had two hits and drove in two runs before leaving in the fifth inning, and the Royals rallied to beat his AL Central champion Tigers.

With one game remaining in the regular season, Cabrera is on the brink of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

INDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 3, 12 innings: At Cleveland, Jason Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Indians over the White Sox.

BLUE JAYS 4, TWINS 3: At Toronto, Chad Jenkins earned his first major league win, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run home run and the Blue Jays beat the Twins.