NEW YORK — Eduardo Nunez drove in the go-ahead run with his first career hit in the seventh inning, and the New York bullpen patched together six stellar innings in a 9-5 victory over Seattle Saturday afternoon.

Nunez got the start in place of Alex Rodriguez, who was placed on the disabled list with a lingering left calf injury — not that it has mattered much this season.

Relievers Chad Gaudin, Boone Logan (1-0) and David Robertson helped get the ball to Mariano Rivera, who allowed a run in the ninth while getting four outs for his 25th save.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a pair of homers and Russell Branyan belted one of the longest ever at the new Yankee Stadium, but it wasn’t enough for Jason Vargas (9-6).

Cardinals 5, Giants 1

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter outdueled Tim Lincecum, newcomer Pedro Feliz drove in two runs and the  Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Giants.

Carpenter (14-4) allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings, helping the Cardinals hand Lincecum the first four-game losing skid of his career.

Lincecum (11-8) began the day with a 5-0 mark and a 1.54 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Cardinals. But the defending two-time NL Cy Young winner was tagged for four runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Angels 9, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS — Peter Bourjos hit his first major league home run and added a triple and four RBIs to lead the Angels.

The speedy center fielder also threw out Jason Kubel at home plate in his best day since being promoted from Triple-A on Aug. 3. Erick Aybar added three hits and an RBI for the Angels.

Kevin Slowey (11-6) lasted just three innings for the Twins, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks, before leaving with discomfort in his right triceps.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-3) allowed one hit in 2 2-3 innings of relief for the win.

Cubs 5, Braves 4

CHICAGO — Aramis Ramirez had three hits and two RBIs, Tom Gorzelanny pitched seven strong innings and the Cubs held on to beat the Braves.

After giving up a three-run triple to Rick Ankiel in the ninth in Friday’s loss, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in 27 opportunites.

Tigers 5, Indians 2

DETROIT — Max Scherzer beat an AL Central opponent for the first time in 10 tries this season, pitching the Tigers past the Indians.

Scherzer (9-9) allowed two or fewer runs for the fifth straight start. He gave up one earned run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight.

Don Kelly homered and Austin Jackson doubled, singled and scored twice for the Tigers.


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