NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Friday night, the highlight so far in what has become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger.
Rodriguez wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Tigers ace Justin Verlander (0-1).
Out of baseball last year while serving a drug suspension, Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits. He was the first to do it since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.
Adam Warren (5-4) gave up two runs in a career-high eight innings, and Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius also homered as the Yankees won their third in a row. Detroit has lost four of six.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4 Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight home game.
Batting for Steve Pearce, pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes broke up Estrada’s no-hit bid with a bloop single to left to begin the eighth, ending a streak of 15 straight outs.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in for ejected manager John Gibbons, immediately came out and replaced Estrada with Roberto Osuna. Estrada (5-3) won his fourth straight start, allowing one run in seven-plus innings. He walked four and struck out six.
Adam Jones hit a two-out, two-run single off Brett Cecil in the ninth, but Cecil struck out Chris Davis for his fifth save.
Mike Wright (2-3) took the loss.
Nationals 4, Pirates 1 Joe Ross struck out 11 in his third major league start, and the Washington Nationals beat A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates to end their eight-game winning streak.
The 22-year-old Ross (2-1) allowed one run, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings. Drew Storen worked the ninth for his 20th save.
Burnett (6-3) gave up 14 hits, the most in a career that began in 1999.
Wilson Ramos had two hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, who ended a four-game home losing streak. Washington played without star right fielder Bryce Harper, who strained his left hamstring on Thursday night. Harper avoided the disabled list, although that could still happen if he’s slow to recover from the injury.