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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cone Marks Comeback With 7 No-Hit Innings

OAKLAND -- David Cone made a stunning return from a four-month absence caused by an aneurysm in his right shoulder, pitching seven hitless innings as the New York Yankees came within two outs of a combined no-hitter in a 5-0 one-hit victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Cone (5-1), who last pitched May 2 and underwent surgery eight days later, was kept to a 100-pitch limit. On Monday, Cone faced just two batters over the minimum in seven innings, striking out six and walking three with 85 pitches.

"It did surprise me," Cone said of the no-hit bid. "I was really struggling. I did not have a feel for anything. The first five pitches weren't even close. Towards the middle innings, I started to relax."

Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera set down the side in order in the eighth and got the first out in the ninth before Jose Herrera's infield single ended the bid for New York's first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

The Yanks scored first when Ariel Prieto (4-7) hit Cecil Fielder with a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Charlie Hayes hit a solo homer before Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams added run-scoring singles in the sixth. Fielder then added a long homer off Buddy Groom to make it 5-0.

Red Sox 9, Mariners 8. In Seattle, Boston's Mike Greenwell drove in a career-high nine runs, including two homers and the go-ahead tally with an RBI single in the 10th inning, as the resurgent Red Sox overcame a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Mariners 9-8.

The Red Sox, on a 22-7 run, closed to within 2 1/2 games of the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox in the AL wild-card race. Seattle is two games off the pace.

Heathcliff Slocumb (3-5) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Padres 5, Phillies, 1. In Philadelphia, Fernando Valenzuela allowed six hits over seven shutout innings for his seventh straight win and Wally Joyner drove in three runs as the San Diego Padres beat the Phillies 5-1 and maintained their one-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Valenzuela (12-7) walked two and struck out two as he improved to 7-0 with a 2.52 ERA in his last nine starts.

The Padres struck for three runs in the first inning against starter Rich Hunter (2-5) who gave up a two-run single to Joyner and a sacrifice fly to John Flaherty.

Dodgers 8, Mets 5. In New York, Todd Hollandsworth's go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh and Pedro Astacio's strong pitching lifted Los Angeles over the Mets, 8-5, and maintained the Dodgers' half-game lead over the Montreal Expos in the NL wild-card race.

Los Angeles' Eric Karros added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Astacio (9-7) won his fifth straight game, allowing three runs, six hits and four walks in six innings.

Rockies 8, Pirates 3. In Pittsburgh, Dante Bichette homered and drove in four runs and Kevin Ritz allowed three runs in seven innings and also hit his first career homer as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pirates 8-3.

Vinny Castilla, Ritz and Walt Weiss hit solo homers in the third, and Bichette's three-run homer in the eighth turned a 5-3 lead into a five-run game.

Ritz (14-10) allowed two earned runs and five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.