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Baltimore's Chris Davis, center, is congratulated by Adam Jones, left, and Manny Machado after scoring the winning run against Toronto in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday. Davis scored on a single by Nick Markakis. The Orioles won 2-1.
Baltimore's Chris Davis, center, is congratulated by Adam Jones, left, and Manny Machado after scoring the winning run against Toronto in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday. Davis scored on a single by Nick Markakis. The Orioles won 2-1. Gail Burton/AP Photo

American League

Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1

Chris Tillman and J.A. Happ matched zeros through five innings in a brilliant duel, and both of them ended up allowing only one run.

Although neither pitcher got a victory for the effort, Tillman had plenty to smile about after Baltimore beat Toronto Monday night on a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning by Nick Markakis.

Tillman took a one-hitter into the seventh and ended up yielding four hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings.

"I was able to get ahead with my pitches early and my secondary stuff was there for me," he said. "I was able to pound the strike zone early and kind of make the pitches when I needed to."

Although Jim Johnson (1-1) got the win for pitching a perfect ninth, Tillman certainly did his part on a chilly night at Camden Yards.

"Tillman was good, huh? That was an impressive outing," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "To have that kind of command of the curveball and off-speed pitches on a night where there's (little) feeling in your fingers and the ball's slick, that was pretty impressive. I'm proud of him."

Happ was almost as sharp. The right-hander gave up one run and four hits in six-plus innings, walking two and striking out six.

"I felt good out there," Happ said. "It was a tough game. Both sides are battling. I felt good about keeping us in the game."

Toronto reliever Aaron Loup (1-2) began the ninth by hitting Chris Davis with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, Steve Pearce popped out and Nolan Reimold received an intentional walk before Alexi Casilla reached on a throwing error by shortstop Munenori Kawasaki that loaded the bases.

Markakis then sliced an 0-2 pitch to the opposite field near the left-field line.

"He's a tough lefty. Once I got to two strikes, I was in battle mode then, just looking for a pitch anywhere around the zone," Markakis said. "If it goes through the hole, it does. If I'm out, I'm out. I just wanted to give myself a chance to put the ball in play and it worked out."

Loup said, "I thought I made the pitch I needed to get him out and he just flipped it in there. It was a good piece of hitting."

Toronto manager John Gibbons refused to blame Kawasaki for his hurried, one-hop throw to first.

"To hang that on him, I'm not about to do that," Gibbons said. "You win as a team and lose as a team. They got the big hit when they needed it."

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. After Manny Machado's liner to center eluded the glove of a diving Colby Rasmus for a single and Adam Jones singled off the glove of third baseman Brett Lawrie, both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right that brought home Machado, who beat a strong throw by Jose Bautista with a nifty hand tag at the plate.

The Blue Jays answered in the seventh. Edwin Encarnacion ended an 0-for-16 skid with Toronto's second hit, a one-out single. Adam Lind, who had reached base nine straight times (three hits, six walks) looked at a third strike and J.P. Arencibia singled before Rasmus bounced an RBI single through the right side to chase Tillman.

Darren O'Day walked Lawrie to load the bases before striking out Emilio Bonifacio.

It became apparent early that runs would come at a premium.

Happ gave up a leadoff single to Markakis in the first inning and didn't allow another hit until Casilla reached on a slow roller to third base with two outs in the fifth. The only other runners during that span got on via a walk and a hit by pitch.

Rangers 7, Angels 6

A.J. Pierzynski hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and Texas rallied from a late three-run deficit for a 7-6 win over the Angels.

Mitch Moreland had three hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who also got three hits from Elvis Andrus in their fourth consecutive victory, snapping the Angels' three-game winning streak.

Chris Iannetta doubled in the go-ahead run and Luis Jimenez got his first career RBIs on a two-run single while the Angels took a 6-3 lead in the sixth inning, but Texas tied it with three runs in the seventh.

Pierzynski then hit his fourth homer of the season to right off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri (0-1).

Tanner Scheppers (2-0) pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the Rangers, and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Josh Hamilton had four hits against his former team after getting bumped out of the cleanup spot.

Mariners 7, Astros 1

Felix Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his 100th career win and Seattle homered three times to back him up in a win over Houston.

Hernandez (2-2) reached the milestone in his fourth try to join Jamie Moyer (145) and Randy Johnson (130) as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.

Hernandez allowed five hits and struck out nine to lower his ERA to 2.08.

Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales all homered for the Mariners, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer for the Astros, who fell to 5-14 for the second-worst start in franchise history. They opened 4-20 in 1969, according to STATS.

Indians 3, White Sox 2

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a clutch two-run single in his return to the lineup and Cleveland used a throwing error by reliever Matt Thornton to rally for a victory over sloppy Chicago.

Justin Masterson (4-1) pitched seven effective innings to help the Indians win their third straight. They have won three of four this season against the White Sox.

Cleveland had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth when Thornton threw wildly to second while trying to pick off Drew Stubbs. Both runners moved up as the ball went into center field.

Jason Kipnis struck out for the second out, but Cabrera hit a liner to center to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead. He clapped his hands as he rounded first following the big hit.

National League

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Yadier Molina drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, backing Shelby Miller's strong start, and St. Louis returned to the site of its Game 5 NL division series victory last season with a victory over Washington.

The other big hit for St. Louis was Allen Craig's two-run double in the third.

Miller (3-1) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.

All the Cardinals' runs came against Dan Haren (1-3), who gave up three runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

Edward Mujica pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save. The Cardinals have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games.

Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Jimmy Rollins hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and Jonathan Pettibone had an impressive major league debut to lead Philadelphia past Pittsburgh.

Pettibone allowed two runs and six hits, striking out six in 5 1-3 innings. Raul Valdes (1-0) got two outs in the sixth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his fourth save.

Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin hit solo homers for the Pirates. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett gave up two runs and five hits, fanning seven in five innings. Jared Hughes (1-2) retired his first two batters in the sixth before running into trouble.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4

Brandon Belt hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning after Buster Posey tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth, and San Francisco rallied to beat Arizona for its seventh straight victory at home.

Posey's drive to straightaway center was his second homer of the year, both in the past two days.

Belt's first career game-ending hit came against Tony Sipp (1-1), who allowed a leadoff single to Andres Torres. Brandon Crawford sacrificed him to second.

Jose Mijares struck out two in the ninth before yielding Cliff Pennington's double. Sergio Romo (1-1) relieved in a double switch as Belt entered at first base. Romo retired pinch-hitter Eric Hinske on a first-pitch grounder.

Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley hit his first career home run and Eric Chavez also connected.

Reds 5, Cubs 4 (13)

Jay Bruce hit a tying double and scored on Cesar Izturis' two-out single in the 13th inning, rallying Cincinnati to a victory that gave Chicago its fourth straights loss.

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th off Alfredo Simon (2-1) for a 4-2 Cubs lead.

Michael Bowden (0-1) couldn't hold it. He gave up a single by Xavier Paul, Brandon Phillips' double and Bruce's two-run double that tied it.

Izturis' single past diving shortstop Starlin Castro sent the Reds to their seventh victory in eight games on their homestand.

Long games are the norm in Cincinnati, where the Reds have gone extra innings four times and had another game suspended overnight because of rain. They've played 13 innings three times.

Brewers 7, Padres 1

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and Yuniesky Betancourt had a three-run shot off Jason Marquis in the first inning to help Milwaukee beat San Diego for its eighth straight victory.

Kyle Lohse (1-1) went five innings, allowing one run and five hits, but left in the sixth after dislocating his left pinkie on a play at first base. He said he expects to make his next start.

Marquis (1-2) was rocked for seven runs in four-plus innings as the Padres dropped their fourth in a row overall and sixth straight at home.

The homer for Braun was his sixth of the season. He added an RBI single in the fifth and has 19 RBIs.

Braves Jason Heyward has appendectomy

Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has had an appendectomy.

The team announced the news late Monday night, long after Atlanta's game at Colorado was postponed because of snow and rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader Tuesday.

In a two-sentence press release, the Braves say Heyward had surgery Monday night at Rose Medical Center in Denver. There was no indication of how long he might be out of the lineup.

The 23-year-old slugger is off to a slow start this season, batting .121 with two homers and five RBIs. Still, the Braves have a 13-5 record that is tied with the Rockies for the best in baseball.

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