NEW YORK (AP) -- Ivan Nova was so dominant that Ichiro Suzuki decided he was going to make the game interesting in the ninth inning.
Nova threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Robinson Cano supplied the offense as the New York Yankees edged Baltimore 2-0 Saturday for their second straight win over the Orioles.
The only scare for Nova came with one out and a runner on in the ninth, when baseball's home run leader Chris Davis sent a soaring high fly to right field. Suzuki knew he had it -- "absolutely," he said in English, laughing -- so he gave a little deke as he drifted back onto the warning track to make it look as if the ball might be trouble.
"I was just having fun. I'm a professional so it was good to get things excited," Suzuki said through a translator. "If the fans thought 'Oh, no,' then you make the play -- I think humans want to come from a bad place to a good place."
Did Suzuki think he made Nova worry?
"I kind of feel bad about that, but obviously, once again, he feels really good afterwards," Suzuki said to laughter. "There's always ways of enjoying the game and showing the fans a good time."
Nova sure made it easy for the Yankees to have a good time.
New York's most reliable starter for more than a month, Nova (8-4) outworked Scott Feldman in an efficient 104-pitch outing for his second complete game. His effort helped the Yankees move past their AL East rival by a half-game in the wild-card chase. New York entered the final day of August trailing Tampa Bay by 41⁄2 games. Baltimore trailed by four.
"Everything I kept seeing was positive, positive, positive," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees were looking for another big offensive day after beating Baltimore 8-5 on Friday night. But Alex Rodriguez was scratched due to flu-like symptoms and Feldman (4-4) shut them down for seven innings after allowing a leadoff double to Brett Gardner and Cano's RBI double in the first.
Cano later drilled a line drive to right field off Troy Patton leading off the eighth for his 25th home run.
The Orioles have lost five of seven, scoring only 11 runs in the losses. But manager Buck Showalter doesn't think his team is slumping.
"When pitchers are on top of their game and hitters are on top of their game, the pitchers win," he said.
Acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 2, Feldman had won his previous three starts, giving up just four runs. After Cano's run-scoring double, Feldman did not allow a hit until Ly Overbay led off the fifth with a single.
The Yankees had runners on first and second in the fifth, sixth and seventh but Derek Jeter grounded into double plays to end the fifth and seventh, and Suzuki hit a flyball to center to end the sixth.
Feldman yielded six hits, struck out five and walked one.
BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 2
TORONTO -- Brett Lawrie drove in the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, helping Toronto rally for the win.
Toronto batted around while scoring three unearned runs in the eighth against four relievers. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar helped the Blue Jays with a key error.
The late rally made a winner of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (11-12), who allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. Casey Janssen finished for his 26th save in 28 chances, with pinch runner Chris Getz thrown out trying to steal second for the final out.
Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera (5-7) recorded one out and was charged with two runs and two hits. Aaron Crow issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Lawrie and Rajai Davis, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
CUBS 4, PHILLIES 3
CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth to lead the Chicago Cubs to a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake, Wellington Castillo and Darwin Barney had two hits apiece.
Castro drove a 1-0 fastball from Zach Miner (0-1) to the center field batter's eye for his eighth homer. The leadoff drive was his first homer since July 31 against Milwaukee.