Baseball roundup: Astros lose to Yankees, Orioles lose opening series
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, right, messes with closing pitcher David Robertson's cap after the Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 in a baseball game Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 4, 2014 6:33AM EDT
HOUSTON -- Rookie Yangervis Solarte had three hits in his first major league start and Derek Jeter drove in a run to give the New York Yankees their first win this season, 4-2 over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
Solarte singled during a two-run third inning that put New York up 2-1. He doubled in the fifth and scored on a single by Jeter to make it 3-1.
Houston cut the lead to one in the bottom half before Solarte came through again, this time with a single that drove in Ichiro Suzuki.
Solarte also had a nifty defensive play at third when he grabbed a liner hit right at him by Jose Altuve for the third out in the eighth.
Ivan Nova (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. David Robertson, who took over as closer for Mariano Rivera, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer also went 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.
RED SOX 4, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) -- David Ortiz had three of Boston's 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen, and the Red Sox got an effective pitching performance from Felix Doubront and four relievers.
Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three in the season-opening series between AL East rivals. Boston finished with 14 hits, 12 of them singles.
Matt Wieters had three hits for the Orioles, and Chris Davis had two hits and scored twice.
Doubront (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, and Boston's bullpen maintained its 0.00 ERA with 3 1-3 innings of three-hit relief. Koji Uehara needed only seven pitches to retire the side in the ninth for his first save.
Chen (0-1) gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings.
TWINS 10, WHITE SOX 9
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Colabello had a career-high six RBIs, Oswaldo Arcia hit a go-ahead triple and Minnesota avoided a season-opening sweep.
Trailing 9-8 heading into the ninth, the Twins scored twice off Chicago closer Matt Lindstrom (0-1), who blew his first save chance in two opportunities. Trevor Plouffe hit a tying RBI single with two outs before Arcia's triple off the wall in centre gave Minnesota a 10-9 lead.
Glen Perkins picked up his first save after squandering Minnesota's lead Wednesday. He got Paul Konerko to ground to third to end the game, giving manager Ron Gardenhire his 999th career win.
Caleb Thielbar (1-0) allowed Marcus Semien's go-ahead homer in the eighth.
ATHLETICS 3, MARINERS 2, 12 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Oakland past Seattle.
Crisp, who scored the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning, hit a towering home run off Seattle reliever Hector Noesi (0-1) on an 0-1 pitch. The ball landed just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. It's the sixth game-ending hit of Crisp's career.
Yoenis Cespedes and Sam Fuld also drove in runs for Oakland, which rallied from two runs down for its first walkoff win of the season.
Drew Pomeranz (1-0), the fifth A's pitcher, worked one scoreless inning for the win.
Abraham Almonte had two hits and an RBI for Seattle.
CARDINALS 7, REDS 6
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and two homers from Todd Frazier on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two of three in their season-opening series.
The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. The Cardinals then emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.
Lance Lynn (1-0) gave up Jay Bruce's two-run homer and Frazier's solo shot during five innings.
GIANTS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHOENIX (AP) -- Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in San Francisco's five-run eighth inning as the Giants rallied to beat Arizona in a game that was halted briefly in the top of the first due to a swarm of bees in the outfield.
Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run home runs and Arizona led 5-3 after seven, but the Giants teed off on reliever Will Harris (0-1) in the eighth to take three of four games from the Diamondbacks.
Brandon Belt hit his third home run of the series and Brandon Hicks had a pinch-hit solo shot for the Giants.
Jean Machi (2-0) got one out for the victory.
NATIONALS 8, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky first inning as an emergency starter in place of ailing Jordan Zimmermann as the Nationals rallied past the Mets for an opening three-game sweep.
Ryan Zimmerman tied his career high with four hits.
Zimmermann, 19-9 last year, was fine Wednesday but developed a fever overnight and was throwing up.
Roark (1-0) got just two swings and misses in the first two innings and fell behind in a 30-pitch first. He wound up allowing just the two runs and six hits in six innings with three walks and five strikeouts -- including his final four batters.
Wheeler (0-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.
MARLINS 8, ROCKIES 5
MIAMI (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning, capping a comeback to help the Marlins beat the Rockies.
Casey McGehee had two hits and three RBIs for the Marlins, who scored 27 runs while winning three of four games in the season-opening series.
The Marlins were 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position for the afternoon before Christian Yelich made the score 5-all in the eighth with a two-out RBI single off Matt Belisle (0-1).
A.J. Ramos (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth. Steve Cishek followed with a scoreless ninth for his 31st consecutive converted save opportunity, and his second this year.
CUBS 3, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jason Hammel pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning as the Cubs edged the Pirates for their first win of the season.
Hammel (1-0) allowed a run, struck out five and walked one in 6 2-3 innings to help the Cubs avoid their worst start in 17 years.
Emilio Bonifacio went 2 for 4 and scored twice to continue his torrid start. The Chicago centre fielder hit 11 for 16 (.688) during the opening three-game series.
Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) struggled early in his first start in 10 months but settled down late. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.