The New York Yankees ended their run of poor form as the Seattle Mariners were beaten 4-3 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Alex Rodriguez, who was dropped down the batting order after going hitless in his last 19 at-bats, struck a two-run homer that helped snap New York’s four-match losing streak.
The game was the first in MLB history in which two former Japanese team-mates pitched against each other from the start, with Masahiro Tanaka getting the upper hand against Hisashi Iwakuma.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 17, 2016
The Washington Nationals saw their winning streak end at seven games as they were beaten 3-2 by the Philadelphia Phillies.
In the 10th, Bryce Harper hit a dinger for the fourth straight game to put Washington 2-1 up but Freddy Galvis’ RBI double in response earned Philadelphia victory.
Relief pitcher Matt Wisler threw the Atlanta Braves to a series sweep against the Miami Marlins.
Wisler’s first career save earned a 6-5 win after 10 innings for the Braves, who came into the series with a 0-9 record.
Nolan Arenado hit two homers as the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 while Andrew McCutchen hit a blast for the second successive day as the Pittsburgh Pirates saw off the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3.
Jose Bautista hit a home run and Aaron Sanchez allowed one run in seven innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3.
Minnesota completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels as Oswaldo Arcia’s RBI in the 12th earned a 3-2 victory for the Twins.
Steven Matz allowed just three hits in seven innings as the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 6-0 and the St Louis Cardinals edged the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.
Jose Altuve hit a homer and had three RBIs as the Houston Astros topped the Detroit Tigers 5-4 while the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1.
Elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 and the Arizona Diamondbacks secured a 7-3 win against the San Diego Padres, while the Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Texas Rangers was postponed due to rain.