Oct 2, 2011, 10:23 p.m.

Ravens defense downs Jets with three TDs

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens steamrolled the New York Jets 34-17 on Sunday on the back of three touchdowns from their defense to seize control of the AFC North and make it an uncomfortable night for former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. The Ravens' defense set a new franchise record with the scores and limited Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to just 11 of 35 passing for 119 yards, one interception and four fumbles, three of them lost.

Comeback Cards tie series with Phillies

(Reuters) - Another gritty St. Louis comeback lifted the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday to tie their best-of-five divisional playoff series 1-1. Having overcome an 8.5 game deficit in the final month of the season to claw their way into the playoffs, the Cardinals rallied from 4-0 down to the Phillies on Sunday and now head back to St. Louis for Game Three on Tuesday.

Brewers win 9-4 to put Diamondbacks on brink

(Reuters) - The Milwaukee Brewers flexed their home field advantage to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Sunday for a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional playoff series. Milwaukee, Major League Baseball's best home team in the regular season, fed off a frenzied crowd in the sixth inning where they broke a 4-4 tie by scoring five runs to bust the game open.

Unbeaten Lions stun Cowboys; Bills drop first game

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Detroit Lions erased a 24-point deficit to stun the Dallas Cowboys 34-30 Sunday and join the Green Bay Packers as the only undefeated teams in the National Football League (NFL). For the second straight week, the Lions clawed back from the brink of defeat to improve to 4-0, their best start to a season in over three decades.

Cano arrives as the Yankees' best hitter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Move over Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, there is a new best bat in the New York Yankees lineup in Robinson Cano, who left no doubt he had come of age in New York's opening game of the 2011 postseason. Cano, 28, rewarded manager Joe Girardi's decision to shift him into the place of honor as No. 3 in the batting order by smashing a grand slam, a run-scoring double off the top of the left-field fence and another RBI-double over to dead center in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Tigers bite back to level series with Yankees

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-3 behind the masterful pitching of Max Scherzer and the hitting of Miguel Cabrera to level their best-of-five divisional playoff series at 1-1 Sunday. A last-ditch New York rally from a 5-1 deficit fell short, as Game One hero Robinson Cano grounded out with men on first and second to end the threat and eliminate New York's home-field advantage as the series shifts to Detroit.

Cano powers Yankees to 9-3 win over Tigers in opener

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