Tigers 9, Royals 3
DETROIT (AP) — Austin Jackson had four hits and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Tuesday night.
The Tigers scored five runs in the first and won for only the third time in 11 games. Porcello (2-2) took advantage of the offensive support to snap out of his slump, allowing three runs and seven hits. In his previous two starts, the right-hander was 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA.
Luke Hochevar (2-2) took the loss for Kansas City, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and three walks in four innings. Hochevar had given up only three runs over 11 1-3 innings in his last two starts.
Rays 3, Mariners 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Joyce had two of Tampa Bay's three hits, including a solo homer and RBI triple, to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 for their ninth victory in 10 games.
Rookie Matt Moore (1-1) scattered seven hits over five innings to get the win, which kept the first-place Rays atop the AL East standings.
Michael Saunders had a solo homer and Jesus Montero went 4-for-4 for Seattle. But the Mariners went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position to lose for the fourth straight time following a season-best four-game winning streak.
Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie hit a walkoff home run in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 8-7 Tuesday night.
After Francisco Cordero blew a save opportunity in the top of the ninth, Lawrie won it in the bottom half with a leadoff homer against Mike Adams, a shot that bounced off the top of the wall in left center, his third.
It was the second Toronto homer of the game to bounce off the wall and out: Kelly Johnson's three run shot in the third did the same.
Jose Bautista also connected for Toronto, who rallied from 5-0 down to beat the team with the best record in baseball.
Cordero (1-1) allowed Michael Young's game-tying single in the ninth.
Orioles 7, Yankees 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Buck Showalter got his 1,000th victory as a major league manager, Brian Matusz ended his 11-month losing streak and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 7-1 Tuesday night.
Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered off struggling Phil Hughes, giving the Orioles their first win in five tries against the Yankees this year.
Showalter, whose first win came 20 years ago across the street at old Yankee Stadium when New York's Scott Sanderson beat Boston ace Roger Clemens, improved to 1,000-958 in 14 seasons with the Yankees, Arizona, Texas and Baltimore. He joined Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Bobby Valentine among active managers in the 1,000-win club.
Athletics 5, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) — Jarrod Parker scattered four hits over 6 2-3 innings and picked up his first major league win as the Oakland Athletics stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Jemile Weeks ended on 0-for-12 slump with a leadoff single and finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the A's, who evened the three-game series at 1-all on a frigid night at Fenway Park.
Oakland scored the first five runs and provided plenty of security for Parker (1-0), who was making just his third start in the majors.
Parker was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento last Wednesday and got a no-decision against Chicago that night. He took the mound again Tuesday and shut down a Boston lineup that racked up 11 runs on 11 hits the night before. Parker struck out four, walked two and hit a batter before getting pulled in the seventh inning.
White Sox 7, Indians 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Gordon Beckham snapped out of a slump with three hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday.
Beckham was mired in 0-for-10 slide and was batting just .153 before he belted a solo homer in the third to give Chicago a 2-1 lead on a rainy, overcast night at U.S. Cellular Field. He also singled in a run in the fifth.
A.J. Pierzynski also had a solo homer for Chicago, which is 3-0 against Cleveland this season. Chris Sale (3-1) allowed one run and three hits in six crisp innings.
Shelley Duncan connected for Cleveland, snapping the team's 11-game homerless streak.
Angels 4, Twins 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jerome Williams earned his second major league shutout with a three-hitter, Torii Hunter homered for the fourth time in five games after a season-opening 18-game drought, and Howie Kendrick also went deep against struggling Francisco Liriano to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Williams (2-1) threw 109 pitches, striking out six and retiring 18 of his last 19 batters while going the distance for only the third time in 81 career starts. His other shutout was on June 27, 2003 with the Giants, a seven-hitter against the Oakland Athletics at San Francisco in his sixth big league start.
The game was over in 2 hours, 10 minutes.
D-Backs 5, Nationals 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Cahill took a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Washington 5-1 to stretch the Nationals' losing streak to five games.
Teenager Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 in his home debut for the Nationals. Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, is 2 for 9 since being recalled from the minors on Saturday.
Cahill (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking one. Arizona starters are 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA over the past five games.
After Ian Desmond hit an RBI single, Bryan Shaw got the last two outs in the eighth and David Hernandez worked a perfect ninth.
Justin Upton had two hits and two RBIs, and John McDonald and Miguel Montero each had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks.
Phillies 4, Braves 2
ATLANTA (AP) — John Mayberry Jr. doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the first meeting of the season between the NL East rivals.
After Brandon Beachy gave up only two runs in seven innings to outlast Phillies starter Cole Hamels, the Phillies broke a 2-2 tie with two runs against left-hander Jonny Venters (2-1).
Mayberry, in the game as a pinch-hitter, doubled to right with one out, moved to third on Jimmy Rollins' single and scored on Venters' wild pitch to Placido Polanco. Shane Victorino added an infield hit and Pence singled to right, driving in Rollins for a 4-2 lead.
Antonio Bastardo (1-1) pitched a perfect seventh. Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save by retiring the Braves in order in the ninth.
Astros 6, Mets 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Snyder hit a three-run home run and Jed Lowrie had a two-run shot to give the Houston Astros a 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Lowrie's homer, off Jonathon Niese (2-1), which hit the inside of the foul pole in left field in the first inning, got things going for the Astros who have won the first two games of this three-game series. The Astros had lost six consecutive series entering Monday.
Snyder pushed the lead to 5-0 in the next inning with his first home run of the season, which landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field. Brian Bogusevic and Justin Maxwell hit consecutive singles to start that inning and set up Snyder's shot.
Niese allowed a season-high five runs and six hits in three innings. It was his shortest start since lasting just 2 2-3 innings on Sept. 29, 2010.
Niese entered the game 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA this season and was 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against Houston.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 7
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright worked seven solid innings for his first win since September 2010, and the St. Louis Cardinals got big nights at the plate from David Freese and Matt Holliday to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-7 on Tuesday.
Freese's sixth home run and third in five games was a tiebreaking, three-run shot off Charlie Morton (1-2) in the fifth. Holliday homered in the sixth off Jared Hughes to cap a three-hit night with two RBIs.
Allen Craig had two hits and an RBI in his season debut after rehabbing from knee surgery performed last fall shortly after he belted three homers in the World Series. Rafael Furcal had two hits, including his first homer, a two-run shot off Tony Watson in the seventh that made it 10-4.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 6
DENVER (AP) — Ted Lilly threw seven solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers got home runs from Dee Gordon, Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis in a 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Lilly gave up four hits and two runs while the Dodgers pounded out 11 hits off Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and then held on despite a shaky bullpen performance to cap a big day for the franchise that saw the tumultuous Frank McCourt era come to an end.
The $2 billion sale of the team to Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson, was finalized Tuesday, just hours before the Dodgers improved to an NL-best 17-7.
Padres 2, Brewers 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay (KAHT'-say) belted a two-run homer with one out in the eighth to give the San Diego Padres a 2-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Kotsay, who played with Milwaukee last year, drove a 1-1 pitch from Francisco Rodriguez to right field. Will Venable was aboard on a single.
It was Kotsay's fourth career pinch homer and his first since Aug. 9, 2002, at Cincinnati during his first stint with the Padres. He was signed as a free agent in the offseason for his left-handed bat off the bench and a veteran presence in the clubhouse
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who had his first three-homer game and added a triple for six RBIs in Monday night's 8-3 win, went 1 for 4 with a single
Marlins 2, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered for the second time in three games to help back Ricky Nolasco's third straight win, and the Miami Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night for just their second victory in 10 games.
Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single in the fourth that ended Matt Cain's home scoreless streak to start the season at 21 innings.
Nolasco (3-0) outdueled Cain (1-2) in the Marlins' sixth victory against the Giants in their last eight meetings — a stretch that includes Nolasco's 2-1 win over Cain last Aug. 12 in South Florida.
Struggling Miami closer Heath Bell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save in six chances and first since walking a career-high four batters and taking his third loss Thursday in a 3-2 road loss to the Mets.
Pablo Sandoval hit a solo home run in the sixth for his fifth of the year and also doubled in the fourth for the Giants, who couldn't capitalize on chances.
The Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati game was rained out.
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