MLB roundup: Werth, Nationals hand Mets first loss

Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals follows through on a third inning triple against the New...

Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals follows through on a third inning triple against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 9, 2012. (Jim McIsaac/AFP)

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American League

Final Score: Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 2

DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera hit a lead-off double in the eighth, Prince Fielder followed with a go-ahead RBI single and the undefeated Tigers bested the Rays, 5-2, in the opener of a three-game series. Jhonny Peralta and Gerald Laird added an RBI apiece in the eighth and Austin Jackson hit a solo homer for the Tigers, who, at 4-0, are off to their best start since winning five straight to start the 2006 season. Phil Coke (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win and Jose Valverde picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth. Rick Porcello allowed two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over a seven-inning start. Tampa Bay began the season with a three-game sweep of the Yankees and was in search of its best start in franchise history. Instead, Jake McGee (0-1) allowed two runs in one- third of an inning to suffer the loss. Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with and RBI in the setback and rookie Matt Moore surrendered two runs on four hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Final Score: New York 5, Baltimore 4 (12 innings)

BALTIMORE - Raul Ibanez stroked a ground-rule double in the 12th inning to score the go-ahead run, lifting the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Ibanez, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, bounced a 1-2 pitch from Pedro Strop (0-1) over the right-field wall to score Robinson Cano, who had led off the inning with a first-pitch double. The Yankees have won two straight after opening this three-game series with a 6-2 victory on Monday to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1973. Derek Jeter hit a leadoff homer in this one and the Yankees overcame a sloppy start by Freddy Garcia, who threw five wild pitches in 4 2/3 innings. Former Oriole Clay Rapada (1-0) retired two batters in the 11th to get the win and Mariano Rivera threw a perfect 12th to get his first save after blowing his first opportunity of the season.

Final Score: Texas 1, Seattle 0

ARLINGTON - Neftali Feliz worked seven scoreless innings and David Murphy drove in the lone run in the second inning as Texas slipped by Seattle, 1-0, in the second of four between the clubs from Rangers Ballpark. Feliz (1-0) gave up four hits and walked two while fanning four for the Rangers, who have taken the first two in the set and improved to 4-1 overall. Blake Beavan (0-1) was the hard-luck loser, allowing a single run on six hits for the Mariners, who had won three of four coming into the series.

Final Score: Kansas City 3, Oakland 0 (8 innings)

OAKLAND - Danny Duffy pitched six innings of one-hit ball in a steady rain and the Kansas City Royals earned a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics in the middle test of a three-game set at the Coliseum. A delay of 40-plus minutes preceded the start of the game, and the rain continued to fall throughout the night. The game was called with two outs in the top of the eighth inning when the conditions become more adverse. Duffy (1-0), a California native, walked four and struck out eight. Aaron Crow tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and picked up his first career save. Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits and scored a run for the Royals, who were shut out 1-0 in Monday's series-opener. Graham Godrey (0-1) allowed two runs on six hits in six frames for the A's. Cliff Pennington had the lone Oakland hit, a one-out double in the third.

Chicago at Cleveland, postponed

CLEVELAND - Tuesday night's game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. A makeup date has not yet been announced. Indians right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was scheduled to make his first start of the season after going 5-3 with a 4.47 ERA last year, while righty Philip Humber was set to pitch for Chicago after a breakout 9-9 season. The White Sox won the opener of the scheduled three-game series, 4-2, on Monday.

National League

Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Pittsburgh 1

LOS ANGELES - Andre Ethier belted a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their home opener, 2-1, over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The opener of the three-game set was also celebrated as the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. Ethier, on his 30th birthday, got ahead in the count 2-0 against right-hander Jason Grilli (0-1) and pulled a 2-1 slider into the seats in right field for the go-ahead run. The Dodgers moved to 4-1 this season and 2-0 in starts by ace lefty Clayton Kershaw. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up a run in the seventh inning that tied the game for Pittsburgh, but struck out seven and allowed just four hits and no walks. Ethier had two hits and Juan Uribe was 3-for-3 for the Dodgers, who won their fifth straight home opener. Alex Presley had two hits and a run scored for the Pirates, who were coming off two straight wins over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Final Score: Washington 6, New York 2

FLUSHING, NY - Jayson Werth went 4-for-5 with two RBI, and the Washington Nationals handed the New York Mets their first loss of the young season, 6-2, in the middle installment of a three-game series. Ian Desmond started the game with a home run, while Wilson Ramos added two hits, drove in a run and scored another behind Ross Detwiler. Detwiler (1-0), who beat out John Lannan for the final spot in Washington's starting rotation, earned the win with five innings of two-hit shutout ball. Dillon Gee (0-1), coming off a team-high 13 wins last season, was tagged for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. The Mets were without starting third baseman David Wright, who was sidelined because of a fractured finger suffered during Monday's win.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 1

CINCINNATI - Carlos Beltran hit a solo home run in the first and David Freese added a two-run shot in the sixth and the Cardinals beat the Reds, 3-1, in the second test of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park. Kyle Lohse (2-0), who allowed just two hits and a run in 7 1/3 innings in his first start of the year, was impressive again, yielding one run on four hits and one walk over six innings. Freese finished with two hits, while Lance Berkman, who left the game in the ninth inning with a left leg strain, added two hits, including a triple, and a run scored. Mike Leake (0-1) was touched for three runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings. Joey Votto knocked in the lone Cincinnati run and Jay Bruce tallied two hits in defeat.

Final Score: Milwaukee 7, Chicago 4

CHICAGO - Alex Gonzalez clubbed a three-run homer to highlight a five-run first inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to post a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at a frigid Wrigley Field. Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo home run and added an RBI single for the Brewers, who have opened this four-game set with consecutive wins. Milwaukee's Chris Narveson (1-0) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits in five innings of work. Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs for Chicago. Paul Maholm (0-1) struggled in his Cubs debut, surrendering six runs on six hits over four frames. The left-hander joined Chicago after a seven-year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, Houston 4

HOUSTON - Chipper Jones showed little rust in his 2012 debut on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves topped the Houston Astros, 6-4, in the middle tilt of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. Tyler Pastornicky cracked a solo homer, Dan Uggla had an RBI double, while Eric Hinske and Freddie Freeman also knocked in runs for the Braves, who picked up their first win of the season and avoided starting 0-5 for the first time since 1988. Tommy Hanson (1-1) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while fanning eight in five innings for the win. Carlos Lee went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Chris Johnson and Marwin Gonzalez also knocked in runs for the Astros, who fell to 3-2 on the young season. Eric Weiland (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings.

Final Score: Arizona 4, San Diego 2 (11 innings)

SAN DIEGO - The Diamondbacks are off to the best start in franchise history thanks to Chris Young's two-run homer off Micah Owings in the 11th inning, which lifted Arizona to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. The blast helped give the Diamondbacks a 4-0 record for the first time in their 15-year existence. Arizona's bullpen blew the win for Trevor Cahill, but silenced the Padres in the later frames. David Hernandez struck out Cameron Maybin with a runner on third to end the ninth, Craig Breslow (1-0) hurled a perfect 10th to earn the win and J.J. Putz worked around a leadoff single in the 11th to earn his third save. San Diego lost the opener of this three-game series after salvaging the finale of a four-game series against the Dodgers on Sunday.


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