April 8, 2012
MLB roundup: Tigers shut out Red Sox
By The Sports Network
Final Score: Detroit 10, Boston 0
Detroit, MI - Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder exemplified why they may be the most fearsome power tandem in baseball. They smacked two home runs apiece and combined for five RBI as the Detroit Tigers shut out the Boston Red Sox, 10-0, on Saturday. Alex Avila supplied the fifth homer with a two-run shot for the Tigers, who haven't opened 2-0 since winning their first five games in 2006. Doug Fister, who was acquired from Seattle at the trade deadline last season, tossed 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball before exiting with a with a left costochondral strain. Duane Below (1-0) came on to replace him on the mound and gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of work. Josh Beckett (0-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings for Boston.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA - Jeff Francoeur totaled two hits and two RBI as Kansas City won its first of the year with a 6-3 decision over the Angels in the middle test of this season-opening three-game series. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both hit solo homers for the Royals, who were blanked 5-0 in the opener on Friday. Luke Hochevar (1-0) lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs for his first career victory over Los Angeles. Bobby Abreu drove in two runs and Vernon Wells knocked in the other for the Angels. Dan Haren (0-1) was saddled in the loss for 11 hits and five runs over 5 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Baltimore 8, Minnesota 2
Baltimore, MD - Tommy Hunter followed up Jake Arrieta's Opening Day gem with one of his own Saturday, going seven-plus strong innings as the Baltimore Orioles toppled the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, in the middle game of a three-game set at Camden Yards. Hunter (1-0) gave up two unearned runs on six hits while striking out three and issuing one walk for the Orioles, who have won their first two games of the season for the second consecutive year. Luis Ayala closed it down in the ninth inning for the O's. Nick Markakis finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones also had solo shots, while Robert Andino added a two-run single and Nolan Reimold had an RBI base hit. Francisco Liriano (0-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits while fanning four and walking two in just four innings. Jamey Carroll and Joe Mauer both knocked in a run for the Twins, who dropped the first two games of the season for the second year in a row.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, New York 6
St. Petersburg, FL - Luke Scott went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, as the Tampa Bay Rays held off the New York Yankees, 8-6, in the middle contest of a three-game set. Matt Joyce hit a solo homer and knocked in three runs for the Rays, who rallied past New York, 7-6, in the opener on Friday. Desmond Jennings and Carlos Pena each added an RBI and run scored. David Price (1-0) gave up two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Price, who also fanned five and walked four, went 12-13 with a 3.49 ERA last season. Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer in the ninth for the Yankees. Andruw Jones, Eduardo Nunez and Raul Ibanez added an RBI apiece. Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) allowed six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 frames in his Yankees debut. The Japanese right-hander went 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers last year.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Texas 3
Arlington, TX - Alex Rios hit a leadoff homer against Joe Nathan in the top of the ninth inning Saturday, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 and knocked in the other three White Sox runs while Matt Thornton (1-0) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to pick up the win. Chicago bounced back from a 3-2 loss in the opener of this three-game series on Friday. Mike Napoli, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre knocked in runs for the Rangers but Andrus made the final out in a 1-2-3 ninth that got Hector Santiago his first MLB save. Both starting pitchers gave up three runs and struck out five batters in six innings. Jake Peavy allowed eight hits and a walk for Chicago while Derek Holland gave up three hits and three walks for Texas. After getting a save the day before, Nathan (0-1) came in for Mike Adams to start the ninth Saturday and got ahead of Rios 1-2 before the White Sox right fielder stroked a high fastball over Josh Hamilton's glove at the center field wall for the 4-3 lead.
Final Score: Seattle 8, Oakland 7
Oakland, CA - Chone Figgins had three hits, two RBI and a run scored as the Seattle Mariners held on to take an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics to conclude a brief two-game set at the Coliseum. Ichiro Suzuki finished with two hits, including an RBI triple, while Michael Saunders smacked a solo home run for the Mariners, who took three out of four games against the A's to start the season. Felix Hernandez (1-0) earned his first win of the year despite allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven through 6 1/3 innings. Brandon League worked a perfect ninth to tally his second save of the year. Bartolo Colon (1-1) was touched for seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Washington 7, Chicago 4
Chicago, IL - Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy stroked a go-ahead two- run single to highlight a five-run eighth inning, as the Washington Nationals rallied for a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. It marked Washington's second come-from-behind win in as many games this season. The Nationals posted a 2-1 victory in Thursday's opener by scoring the tying run in the eighth and the go-ahead run in the ninth. The Cubs carried a 4-2 lead into the eighth on Saturday and Chicago reliever Kerry Wood (0-1) retired the first two Washington batters of the inning, but couldn't get another out. Danny Espinosa made it a one-run game with a solo homer and Ryan Zimmerman kept the inning alive with a single. He raced to third on another base hit by Adam LaRoche, ending Wood's day, and Carlos Marmol walked Jayson Werth to load the bases before Tracy ripped a base hit into right field to give the Nats a 5-4 lead. Roger Bernadina then doubled home Werth and Steve Lombardozzi greeted Shawn Camp with a run-scoring infield base hit to cap the uprising. The win went to Ryan Mattheus (1-0), who struck out two in his lone inning of relief. LaRoche finished 4-for-5 with a two-run homer in the victory.
Final Score: New York 4, Atlanta 2
Flushing, NY - Lucas Duda recorded his first career multi- home run game and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, at Citi Field. David Wright also homered as part of a three-hit performance for the Mets, who are off to their first 2-0 start since 2009. A two-run blast by Martin Prado was among the five hits given up by New York starter R.A. Dickey (1-0) over his six innings of work. Jair Jurrjens (0-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and walked three in 4 1/3 innings for Atlanta, which was shut out by the Mets in Thursday's season-opener.
Final Score: Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 0
Milwaukee, WI - Corey Hart blasted two home runs to spoil Adam Wainwright's return to the mound as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0, on Saturday. Hart took the righty deep for a solo homer in the second inning and hit a two-run shot off Victor Marte in the sixth. Rickie Weeks homered off Fernando Salas in the eighth, part of a 2-for-4 afternoon in which he scored twice. Zack Greinke (1-0) was excellent in his first start of the season, allowing just three singles in seven innings while striking out seven. Wainwright (0-1), who placed second in NY Cy Young voting in 2010, missed the Cardinals' entire campaign last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early 2011. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Arizona 5, San Francisco 4
Phoenix, AZ - Aaron Hill hit a pair of homers and finished with three RBI, as the Arizona Diamondbacks held on for a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants in the second of a three-game set. Chris Young had a pair of doubles and two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won both games so far by identical scores. Daniel Hudson (1-0) gave up four runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings and added two hits and a run scored at the plate. Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill each hit a two-run home run for the Giants, who saw starter Madison Bumgarner (0-1) give up four runs on seven hits in just four innings.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Philadelphia 1 (10 innings)
Pittsburgh, PA - Alex Presley beat out an infield single in the 10th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In the 10th with Joe Blanton (0-1) on the mound, Rod Barajas led off with a double off the top of the wall in center. Michael McKenry then took the base for Barajas and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Clint Barmes. After Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch, Jose Tabata popped out to second. Presley then hit a slow grounder that Jimmy Rollins fielded, but Presley beat out the throw to first and McKenry crossed the plate for the winning run.
Final Score: Houston 7, Colorado 3
Houston, TX - J.D. Martinez had a two-run home run and drove in three runs as the Houston Astros defeated the Colorado Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday. Lucas Harrell (1-0), acquired off waivers from the Chicago White Sox last July before being called up in September, tossed seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball for Houston. At age 49, Jamie Moyer (0-1) became the oldest pitcher to appear in a game since the Dodgers' Hoyt Wilhelm on July 10, 1972, but his first outing since returning from Tommy John Surgery didn't go as planned. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and one walk in five innings. His quest to become the oldest pitcher to ever record a win will have to wait at least one more start. Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers is the current record holder. He picked up a victory on September 13, 1932, when he was 49 years and 70 days old. Moyer is currently 71 days older than when Quinn posted that win.
Final Score: Miami 8, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH - Omar Infante finished a single short of the cycle as the Miami Marlins picked up their first win of the season, an 8-3 takedown of the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI while Hanley Ramirez and John Buck each launched two-run homers in the win. Ricky Nolasco (1-0) tossed eight frames, scattering six hits and giving up three runs while striking out five and walking none. Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth in his Marlins debut. Mat Latos (0-1) was touched for four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon each offered up two runs in relief.
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, San Diego 5 (11 innings)
San Diego, CA - Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 and knocked in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers snuck past the San Diego Padres, 6-5, in the third test of a four-game series. Gordon also scored twice and stole three bases for the Dodgers, who have started the year with three straight victories for the first time since 1999. A.J. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a solo homer for Los Angeles. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp each drove in two runs. Chris Capuano got the start for LA and gave up four runs on two hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings. Todd Coffey (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up his first win in a Dodgers uniform.