Baseball Roundup

American League

Tigers 7, Blue Jays 3

AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs, left fielder Don Kelly made a home run-robbing catch and Detroit beat Toronto Tuesday.

The Blue Jays, who spent millions during the winter to upgrade their roster, fell to 2-5 for their worst start since 2004.

Cabrera, coming off his Triple Crown season, had four hits and scored three times.

Torii Hunter had three hits, including the 2,000th of his career, and Alex Avila homered.

Kelly took away a home run from J.P. Arencibia leading off the second. Anibal Sanchez (1-0) struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed two runs and five hits with one walk. Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth and gave up Cody Rasmus’ solo home run.

Brandon Morrow (0-1) gave up five runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Rangers 6, Rays 1

Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and Texas beat Tampa Bay.

Tepesch retired 12 straight batters before hesitating to pick up a slow roller from Kelly Johnson that went for a one-out single in the eighth. The 24-year-old right-hander left to a standing ovation after Desmond Jennings followed with his second double of the game.

Tepesch (1-0) allowed four hits and a run with three walks and five strikeouts.

Roberto Hernandez (0-2) gave up eight hits and six runs — five earned — in 6 2-3 innings.

Royals 7, Twins 4

Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as Kansas City beat Minnesota.

The Royals, who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate in a five-run first. Mike Pelfrey (1-1) gave up hits to the first five batters he faced.

Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar each hit solo homers to keep the Twins close.

Guthrie (2-0) improved to 7-0 in his past 13 starts dating to last August. He allowed four runs on six hits, including the three home runs, in 6 2-3 innings.

Greg Holland picked up the save, but not before walking two and giving up a single to Escobar, his third hit, to load the bases. Holland struck out Mauer to end the game.

Athletics 9, Angels 5

Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Oakland blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat Los Angeles.

Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in four runs, delivering an early two-run single before adding a two-run homer after Jaso’s shot. Coco Crisp also hit his fourth homer for the A’s, who have won six straight after an 0-2 start.

Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice fly in his home debut for the big-budget Angels, who dropped to 2-5.

Howie Kendrick had three hits and capped Los Angeles’ three-run rally in the sixth with a tiebreaking triple off Ryan Cook (1-0). Albert Pujols reached base four times for the Angels.

Kevin Jepsen (0-1) gave up the homers to Jaso and Moss.

Astros 16, Mariners 9

Jose Altuve drove in four runs and hit one of Houston’s five homers, and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump against Seattle.

After totaling nine runs during a six-game losing streak, the Astros scored nine in two innings and won for the first time since opening night. The smallest crowd in Safeco Field history (10,745) saw the Astros batter rookie starter Brandon Maurer (0-2) and continue their outburst against reliever Kameron Loe. By the time Loe was replaced after the third inning, the Astros led 11-0 and had 13 hits.

Chris Carter homered twice for his first multihomer game. J.D. Martinez and Marwin Gonzalez also connected for Houston. The Astros entered the night with just two homers and 17 runs all season.

The 16 runs and 22 hits were the most since August 2010 when the Astros won at St. Louis 18-4. Houston scored six off Maurer in the first as he lasted just two outs. The six-run first was the biggest inning for Houston since Sept. 10, 2011, against Washington.

Paul Clemens (1-0) got the win in his major league debut because starter Erik Bedard was pulled after four scoreless innings.

National League

Braves 3, Marlins 2

Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings, and Atlanta earned its fifth consecutive victory by beating punchless Miami.

The Braves improved to 7-1, their best start since 2007. The Marlins fell to 1-7 with their fourth consecutive defeat, and they’re off to their worst start since the 1998 team began the season 1-11. Evan Gattis hit his second homer and Justin Upton doubled home a run.

Craig Kimbrel pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances to complete a four-hitter. Atlanta has allowed six hits and two runs in the first two games of the series.

Announced attendance was 14,222, the smallest crowd at Marlins Park since it opened a year ago.

Giants 9, Rockies 6

Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco’s rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat Colorado for the eighth straight time.

Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer to start the comeback and Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series.

Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge each drove in two runs in a five-run second inning against Tim Lincecum, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer off the former Giants ace to help the Rockies build a 6-2 lead.

But the Giants scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game and then won it in the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-1).

Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Sergio Romo got his fifth save.

Padres 9, Dodgers 3

Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for San Diego, which rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win its home opener.

Venable tied his career high with four RBIs. He homered in the first and his two-out triple highlighted a five-run eighth against three Dodgers relievers. The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, five of whom walked.

Nick Hundley also homered off Josh Beckett for the Padres, who were outhomered 10-1 and outscored 40-14 in going 1-5 in a swing through New York and Colorado.

Luke Gregerson (1-0) got the last out of the seventh, the only batter he faced, for the win. Ronald Belisario (0-1) allowed a run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning for the loss in relief.

Cubs 6, Brewers 3

Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting Chicago over Milwaukee.

Carlos Marmol (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Kyuji Fujikawa worked a scoreless ninth for his second save, stranding two runners when he got Jonathan Lucroy to pop out.

The Cubs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was in the dugout after spending part of the day at a hospital emergency room because of back pain. One day after being demoted as the Brewers’ closer, John Axford (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Cardinals 5, Reds 1

Lance Lynn (1-0) struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as St. Louis beat Cincinnati.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in runs.

Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati. The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals. Choo has four straight two-hit games.

Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 5

Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and Pittsburgh beat Arizona.

Pittsburgh has snapped out of its offensive funk in the desert, winning the first two games of the series by scoring 11 runs — three more than the first six games combined.

The Pirates fell into an early hole after James McDonald (1-1) allowed four runs in the first inning, but rallied with a five-run fourth off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy (0-1).

Pittsburgh had 11 hits, Neil Walker drove in two runs and Jason Grilli got through the ninth for his third save.

Miguel Montero drove in three runs and Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer for Arizona, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Interleague

Nationals 8, White Sox 7

Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and Washington opened an early interleague series by edging Chicago.

Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy (1-1) in the sixth, an inning after Desmond went deep. LaRoche added a solo homer off Matt Thornton in the eighth.

That allowed Washington to hold on even though Alex Rios hit a two-run shot off closer Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth. Soriano got Paul Konerko to fly out to end it and record his third save in four chances.

Reliever Craig Stammen (2-0) got the win.

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