MLB Roundup: Wilson and Angels keep Twins winless

C.J. Wilson of the Angels delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins during...

C.J. Wilson of the Angels delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins during the home opener on April 9, 2012 at Target Field. (Hannah Foslien/AFP)

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American League

Final Score: Los Angeles Angels 5, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS - C.J. Wilson tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his debut with the Angels, and LA defeated Minnesota, 5-1, in the first game of a three-game series at Target Field on Monday. Wilson (1-0) inked a five-year, $77.5 million deal with LA in the offseason after going 16-7 with a 2.94 earned run average in 34 starts with the rival Texas Rangers last year. The lefty hurler allowed just three hits while striking out five and walking four. Chris Iannetta belted a two-run double in the seventh, while Torii Hunter, who the Twins drafted 20th overall in the 1993 MLB draft, knocked in a run and added two hits against his former club. Bobby Abreu and Erick Aybar added an RBI apiece as the Halos bounced back after dropping two of three to the Royals to start the season. Nick Blackburn (0-1) allowed five runs on five hits over six-plus innings of work and Josh Willingham smacked a solo home run in the fourth to account for Minnesota's lone run. Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit tallied hits for the Twins, who fell to 0-4 for the first time since losing the first four games of the 1981 season.

Final Score: New York Yankees 6, Baltimore 2

BALTIMORE - Derek Jeter was 4-for-4, Ivan Nova struck out seven batters in seven innings and the New York Yankees topped the Baltimore Orioles, 6-2, on Monday night for their first win of the season. The Yankees, swept in a three-game series at Tampa Bay to begin the season, avoided their first 0-4 start since 1973 despite giving up 13 hits in the opener of this three-game set. Nova (1-0) surrendered two runs and 10 hits, but didn't issue a walk and got out of numerous jams, while Andruw Jones hit a solo homer in the victory. Matt Wieters was 4-for-4 with a solo shot for the Orioles, who suffered their first loss after sweeping a three-game series against Minnesota to open the season. Brian Matusz (0-1) threw 96 pitches in just four innings and gave up four runs on six hits and four walks to take the loss.

Final Score: Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland 2

CLEVELAND - Chris Sale tossed 6 2/3 strong innings and the Chicago White Sox topped the Cleveland Indians, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Progressive Field on Monday. Sale (1-0) gave up just one run on three hits while striking out five and walking two in his first career start. He threw 60 of his 100 pitches for strikes. Sale was Chicago's first round draft selection (13th overall) in 2010, and all 79 of his major league appearances were as a reliever. Hector Santiago gave up a run in the ninth, but still collected his second save of the season. A. J. Pierzynski cracked a two-run homer and Alejandro De Aza added a solo shot for the White Sox, who bounced back from a 5-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Paul Konerko finished with a pair of hits and Brent Morel contributed an RBI single. Josh Tomlin (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking one in five full frames. Jose Lopez ripped a solo home run and Carlos Santana added an RBI single for the Tribe, who fell to 1-3 on the young season.

Final Score: Texas 11, Seattle 5

ARLINGTON - It was a rough start for Yu Darvish, but he settled down to pitch into the sixth inning and the bats picked him up as Texas clobbered Seattle, 11-5, in the opener of a three-game set. After a fee of $51.7 million to Japan's Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and a six-year, $60 million contract in the offseason, Darvish (1-0) was torched for four runs in the first inning, but settled down to finish his start giving up five runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames. Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz each hit a three-run home run while Mitch Moreland added a two-run home run and two runs scored for the Rangers, who took two of three from the White Sox to start the season. Kyle Seager went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored while Ichiro Suzuki added three hits and two runs scored for the Mariners, who took a pair of games from Oakland on Friday and Saturday. Hector Noesi (0-1) was banged up for seven runs on six hits with three walks over just three-plus innings of work.

Final Score: Oakland 1, Kansas City 0

OAKLAND - Tom Milone worked eight innings to help the Oakland Athletics take a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game set. Milone (1-0) gave up just three hits, all doubles and three walks in his debut for the Athletics, who acquired the lefty in the deal that sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington over the winter. Josh Donaldson drove in Seth Smith in the second inning for the only run of the game while Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 in the win for Oakland, which was coming off a pair of losses to Seattle on Friday and Saturday. Jason Bourgeois, Yuniesky Betancourt and Alcides Escobar each hit a double for the Royals, who took two of three from the Angels to open up the season. Luis Mendoza (0-1) was the hard-luck loser as he gave up one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

National League

Final Score: Miami 6, Philadelphia 2

PHILADELPHIA - Omar Infante hit two of his club's three home runs, while Anibal Sanchez outdueled Cole Hamels and the Miami Marlins put a damper on the Phillies' home opener with a 6-2 win on Monday Sanchez (1-0) lasted 6 1/3 frames, allowing six hits and a pair of runs. Hamels (0-1), on the other hand, worked 5 1/3 innings, charged with eight hits and four runs -- three earned -- despite fanning nine. Gaby Sanchez added two hits and two RBI. Austin Kearns also went deep for the Marlins, who had dropped three of four to start the year. Freddy Galvis knocked in both runs for Philadelphia, the five-time defending NL East champs who lost two of three in Pittsburgh this past weekend.

Final Score: San Francisco 7, Colorado 0

DENVER - Barry Zito threw his first shutout in almost nine years Monday, giving up just four hits to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. Zito (1-0) struck out four and didn't surrender a walk, throwing 71 of his 114 pitches for strikes while facing the minimum in five innings -- including the last two. Pablo Sandoval hit a two- run homer and Brandon Crawford had a three-run double for the Giants, who snapped a three-game losing streak after being swept in a season-opening series in Arizona. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) threw 90 pitches in just four innings and gave up four runs on four hits and five walks to take the loss in the Rockies' home opener.

Final Score: Milwaukee 7, Chicago Cubs 5

CHICAGO - Aramis Ramirez finished 1-for-3 and knocked in two runs in his first game back in Chicago since signing a four-year deal with the Brewers in the offseason, and Milwaukee fought off a late rally from the Cubs to take a 7-5 decision at Wrigley Field on Monday. Ramirez, who played nine seasons in Chicago, hurt the Cubs early, but almost handed his former club the game late, as his error in the ninth kept the Chicago rally going and allowed the Cubs to score two runs in the frame before closer John Axford shut the door with two big strikeouts to complete the save and leave the bases full of Cubs. Shaun Marcum (1-0) made the start for the Brewers, allowing three runs on five hits while fanning five over six innings of work. Rickie Weeks belted a solo home run, while Mat Gamel finished with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI as Milwaukee improved to 2-2 after dropping 2-of-3 to the Cardinals to open the season. Milwaukee took the lead for good in the sixth as Shawn Camp (0-1) started the frame in place of Chris Volstad, who started his first game as a Cub after spending the last four seasons with the Marlins and yielded three runs on five hits over his five innings on the mound.

Final Score: New York Mets 4, Washington 3

FLUSHING, NY - Daniel Murphy's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning kept the Mets perfect on the season as New York took a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in the first of three games at Citi Field. The Mets improved to 4-0 on the season, winning their first four games of the year for the first time since 2007. Jon Rauch (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win. Starter Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs on 10 hits and a walk while tying his career-high with eight strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings. Henry Rodriguez (0-1) gave up the deciding run after a costly throwing error to suffer the loss. Edwin Jackson allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a five-inning start for the Nationals, who have dropped their past two.

Final Score: St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 1

CINCINNATI - Three first-inning home runs propelled the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series between the NL Central rivals on Monday. With two outs, Matt Holliday began the onslaught by pulling Homer Bailey's slider into the left-center-field seats. After Lance Berkman walked, David Freese and Yadier Molina went back-to-back, as Freese launched a fastball out to the opposite field before Molina blasted the first offering from Bailey 413 feet to dead center field. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (1-0) walked four of the first seven batters but then settled down and did not issue a free pass thereafter, eventually tossing seven frames while allowing just one unearned run on three hits. Bailey (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

Final Score: Houston 8, Atlanta 3

HOUSTON - Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and the Houston Astros rallied from an early hole to top Atlanta, 8-3, to keep the Braves winless on the young season. J.A. Happ (1-0), who retired 11 batters in a row at one point, tossed six solid innings of three-run ball for the Astros, who have won three straight since dropping their season-opener to Colorado. Justin Maxwell, claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Sunday, smacked a two- run home run in his first Astros at-bat. Brandon Beachy (0-1) allowed four runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three walks in five innings for Atlanta, which is 0-4 for the first time since 1988.


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