Bird re­turns in Yan­kees win

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK — Greg Bird reached base three times in his long-awaited re­turn to the Yan­kees’ lineup and Ja­coby Ells­bury home­red and drove in four runs, lead­ing Sonny Gray and New York over the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Satur­day.

Bird sin­gled, walked twice and scored in his first game since May 1. Hob­bled by an­kle and foot prob­lems, the young first base­man could pro­vide a spark for the AL wild-card leader — af­ter his hit, the Yan­kee Sta­dium sound sys­tem played the theme song from ’70s sit­com “Wel­come Back, Kot­ter.”

Ells­bury hit a three-run homer and an RBI sin­gle. Rel­e­gated to a role of a fourth out­fielder dur­ing an in­jury-slowed sea­son, he con­nected off Yo­vani Gal­lardo (5-10) in a matchup of play­off con­tenders. A ORI­OLES 7, RED SOX 0: Kevin Gaus­man al­lowed four sin­gles over 7 2⁄3 in­nings and Bal­ti­more beat host Bos­ton. A BREW­ERS 3, DODGERS 0: Zach Davies pitched seven dom­i­nant in­nings against host Los An­ge­les in Mil­wau­kee’s win. A NA­TION­ALS 9, METS 4: Adrian Sanchez drove in three runs to help bench-heavy Wash­ing­ton beat vis­it­ing New York. A IN­DI­ANS 4, ROY­ALS 0: Mike Clevinger pitched six sharp in­nings in host Cleveland’s win over Kansas City. A ROCK­IES 7, BRAVES 6: Char­lie Black­mon hit a two-run homer in the ninth in­ning and Colorado beat host At­lanta. A CUBS 17, PHILLIES 2: An­thony Rizzo and Tommy La Stella each home­red twice as Chicago routed host Philadel­phia. A BLUE JAYS 10, TWINS 9: Josh Don­ald­son had three hits as Toronto held off a late rally by vis­it­ing Minnesota for the win. A CAR­DI­NALS 6, RAYS 4: Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer and host St. Louis ral­lied for a vic­tory over Tampa Bay. A DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1: A.J. Pol­lock and J.D. Martinez home­red for host Ari­zona in a win over San Francisco. A ATH­LET­ICS 8, RANGERS 3: Chad Pin­der home­red twice to help host Oak­land with a vic­tory over Texas. A MI­AMI 2, SAN DIEGO 1(11): Miguel Ro­jas hit a one-out sac­ri­fice fly in the 11th in­ning and host Mi­ami beat San Diego. A TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 3: Justin Up­ton and Miguel Cabr­era hit back-to-back homers in vis­it­ing Detroit’s win over Chicago. A PI­RATES 1, REDS 0: Ger­rit Cole hit a solo homer and pitched seven in­nings in Pittsburgh win over host Cincin­nati.

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