Dodgers 6, Giants 2
Center fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Hanley Ramirez each hit two
home runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a victory over the San
Zack Greinke (2-0) retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced and
finished with eight strikeouts in six innings for the Dodgers who
improved to 5-3.
Brandon Belt and right fielder Hunter Pence each hit a solo home run
for the Giants (5-2).
Kemp, activated from the disabled list on Friday, began the scoring
in the bottom of the second inning by hitting a high fastball from
right-hander Matt Cain (0-1) into the left-field stands.
Los Angeles extended its lead to 4-0 with three runs in the fourth
and never looked back.
A's 6, Mariners 3
Designated hitter Brandon Moss hit a three-run home run, left
fielder Yoenis Cespedes added a solo shot, and right-hander Sonny
Gray earned his first victory of the season as the Oakland A's came
from behind to beat the Seattle Mariners.
A's second baseman Eric Sogard went 3-for-3 with a double and scored
a run, helping Oakland (3-3) take two of three games from Seattle
(4-2) in the weekend series.
Brewers 4, Red Sox 0
The Milwaukee Brewers, continuing their outstanding pitching,
completed their first three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in 21
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his
second straight no-run start for Milwaukee (4-2) to outduel Jon
The loss was the third straight for the Red Sox (2-4), who never
lost four in a row and were never under .500 during their
championship 2013 season.
Rangers 3, Rays 0
Elvis Andrus' two-run home run in the eighth inning provided all the
offense Texas would need in a dazzling pitchers' duel as the Rangers
downed the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rangers ace Yu Darvish (1-0) showed no ill effects of missing the
final weeks of spring training and his scheduled first regular
season start with neck stiffness.
He struck out six in seven scoreless innings, while Tampa Bay's Alex
Cobb did the same, as Texas (3-3) salvaged the final game of the
three-game set with the Rays (4-2).
Twins 10, Indians 7
Chris Colabello had two hits and four RBIs and Joe Mauer had three
hits as Minnesota Twins outscored the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians collected 15 hits, including four by David Murphy and
three by Michael Brantley. Jason Kipnis added three RBIs, but it was
not enough for the Indians (3-3), who lost two of the three games in
the series to Minnesota (3-3).
Nationals 2, Braves 1
Washington shortstop Ian Desmond blasted the first pitch from
Atlanta Braves starter Alex Wood in the bottom of the seventh for a
leadoff home run to break a 1-1 tie and the Nationals won to salvage
the final game of the three-game set.
The Braves (4-2) had won nine of the previous 11 games at Nationals
Park against Washington (4-2), which was 6-13 last season against
the National League East champions.
Astros 7, Angels 4
The Houston Astros broke out their home run swings, sending
souvenirs flying into the stands with five homers in a win over the
Los Angeles Angels.
Houston chased Los Angeles (2-4) ace Jered Weaver after 5 2/3
innings while Scott Feldman allowed just one run over seven innings
to lead Milwaukee (3-3).
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1
Reserve catcher Tony Sanchez provided the game-winning hit with a
seventh-inning single that broke a 1-1 tie and right-hander Edinson
Volquez was solid in his first start with the Pirates as Pittsburgh
slipped past the St Louis Cardinals.
Signed to a one-year, $5-million contract as a free agent in
December, Volquez gave up one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.
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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first win of the season and
left fielder Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run as the New York
Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays.
Kelly Johnson also drove in two runs with a double for the Yankees
(3-3), who took the rubber match of the three-game series with the
Blue Jays (3-4).
Derek Jeter had two hits to give him 3,320 for his career, which is
Orioles 3, Tigers 1
Adam Jones hit a tie-breaking sacrifice fly with one out in the
eighth inning and Chris Tillman checked Detroit on five hits to help
the Baltimore Orioles hand the Tigers their first loss of the
Detroit (4-1) ace Justin Verlander allowed two runs and struck out
three in eight innings of the loss to Baltimore (2-4).
Cubs 8, Phillies 3
The Chicago Cubs jumped on Philadelphia Phillies starter A.J.
Burnett for four runs in the first inning and never looked back to
salvage the finale of a three-game series with Philadelphia.
Ryan Kalish went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and reached base four times
while Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-3 with one run batted in as the Cubs
(2-4) broke a two-game losing streak and avoided a series sweep.
White Sox 5, Royals 1
Left-hander Chris Sale outdueled right-hander James Shields as the
Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals.
Sale (2-0) allowed just four hits in eight scoreless innings to best
Shields (0-1) who gave up one run on five hits over seven innings.
Reds 2, Mets 1
Pitcher Alfredo Simon threw seven efficient innings in his season
debut and first baseman Joey Votto and left fielder Ryan Ludwick had
RBIs in consecutive sixth-inning at-bats as the Cincinnati Reds
edged the New York Mets.
Simon, making his first major league start since Sept. 28, 2011,
allowed just one and struck out six as the Reds (2-4) ended a
three-game losing streak.
Padres 4, Marlins 2
Pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista hit a three-run home run with two outs
in the seventh inning that proved to be the game-winning hit for the
San Diego Padres.
The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Padres (2-4), who
dropped the first two of the series to the Marlins (5-2), who won
three straight entering Sunday.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3
Wade Miley tossed eight solid innings to help struggling Arizona
break a four-game losing streak and avoid being swept by the Rockies
in a three-game series.
Miley allowed just two runs and also went 3-for-4, including an RBI
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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