NEW YORK – John Ryan Murphy spent a while in the minors catching Dellin Betances, hoping they could someday contribute on a higher level.
On Saturday, they teamed up in a major way.
Murphy hit his first big league homer and drove in three runs, Betances earned his first win in the majors and the New York Yankees bounced back to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Saturday.
“I don’t think it can get any better,” Murphy said.
David Robertson posted his first save since coming off the disabled list. Mike Trout singled with one out and stole second, setting up a nervy ninth inning.
Albert Pujols followed with a foul pop, and first baseman Mark Teixeira drifted near the stands. But when he reached into the seats trying to catch it, two Yankees fans reached up and deflected it away.
“I understand it. People want baseballs,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s not what you want to see at your home ballpark.”
But Robertson regrouped to retire Pujols on a routine fly and struck out Howie Kendrick to end it.
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6
In Toronto, A.J. Pierzynski hit his eighth career grand slam and Will Middlebrooks added a solo homer.
Twins 5, Tigers 3
In Minneapolis, Phil Hughes threw seven strong innings and Josmil Pinto hit his fifth homer.
Rays 4, White Sox 0
In Chicago, Cesar Ramos and two relievers combined for a five-hitter.
Orioles 3, Royals 2 (10)
In Baltimore, Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the 10th inning.
Norichika Aoki finished 2-for-5 for the Royals.
Astros 7, Athletics 6
In Houston, Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the Astros’ four-run eighth inning.
Rangers 6, Mariners 3
In Seattle, Mitch Moreland drove in Prince Fielder with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 3
In Los Angeles, Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Matt Kemp also went deep.
Nationals 4, Padres 0
In Washington, Tanner Roark pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game.
Braves 4, Reds 1
In Atlanta, rookie right-hander David Hale allowed only two hits over eight innings in a performance that may not be enough to save his spot in the Braves’ rotation.
Pirates 6, Cardinals 1
In St. Louis, Gaby Sanchez had two RBIs in a four-run fourth inning and Pittsburgh’s bullpen worked seven strong innings after starter Francisco Liriano left with flu-like symptoms and dizziness.
Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5
In Phoenix, pinch hitter Cody Asche hit a two-run double in Philadelphia’s four-run eighth inning and the Phillies rallied after a shaky start by Cliff Lee.
Marlins 7, Mets 6 (10)
In New York, Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered leading off the 10th inning, Giancarlo Stanton also went deep and Miami rallied from four runs down.
Brewers 5, Cubs 3
In Milwaukee, Jeff Bianchi had a two-run single, and Marco Estrada threw 7⅔ strong innings.
Giants 5, Indians 3
In San Francisco, Hunter Pence hit a two-run single in the Giants’ four-run fifth inning.