MLB: Chase Headley makes dream start as New York Yankees beat Texas Rangers
Last Updated: 23/07/14 8:06am
Chase Headley gets a gatorade bath after the game against the Texas Rangers
Chase Headley began his New York Yankees career in style with a walk-off single giving the Bronx Bombers a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers in extra-innings.
The third baseman was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres earlier on Tuesday, and ended the night a winner in what had been a pitcher's duel of a contest.
The two teams had been scoreless until the 13th inning, when a homer from JP Arencibia put Texas ahead, but Brett Gardner scored on a Jacoby Ellsbury single in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game up.
Yankees 2 Texas 1 (14 innings)
Giants 9 Phillies 6 (14 innings)
Pirates 12 Dodgers 7
Blue Jays 7 Red Sox 3
Marlins 6 Braves 5
Cubs 6 Padres 0
Royals 7 White Sox 1
Brewers 4 Reds 3
Indians 8 Twins 2
Rays 7 Cardinals 2
Nationals 7 Rockies 4
Diamondbacks 5 Tigers 4
Orioles 4 Angels 2
Astros 3 Athletics 2 (12 innings)
Mets 3 Seattle 1
The win keeps the Yankees four games back in the American League East, with Baltimore having beaten the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on the back of a strong start from Miguel Gonzalez.
The Toronto Blue Jays are level pegging with the Yankees after beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3, courtesy of six scoreless innings from JA Happ.
The Oakland Athletics, who still have the best record in baseball at the top of the AL West, could not capitalise on the Angels' loss as they had their wings clipped with a 3-2 extra-innings loss to the Houston Astros, who prevailed on LJ Hoes' 12th inning home run.
The Cleveland Indians closed to within 5.5 games of the AL Central lead with an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, with Carlos Santana a triple shy of a cycle as he went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
That allowed them to take advantage of Detroit's 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a wild contest eventually settled when Arizona scored twice in the bottom of the eighth.
The Kansas City Royals are seven games back on Detroit after beating the Chicago White Sox 7-1, with Mike Moustakas hitting two home runs.
Giants beat Phillies
In the National League, the San Francisco Giants edged one game clear in the NL West, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings as Tim Lincecum recorded his first career save.
Their closest rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, went down 12-7 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Washington Nationals moved two games clear in the NL East, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-4 while Atlanta lost 6-5 to the Miami Marlins despite a late rally.
The Milwaukee Brewers stretched their lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games with a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds, while the St Louis Cardinals lost 7-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Chicago Cubs enjoyed a rare shut-out, beating the San Diego Padres 6-0, while the New York Mets beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1.