MLB roundup: White Sox defeat Indians

A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run home...

A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 11, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

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American League

Final Score: Chicago 10, Cleveland 6

Cleveland, OH - A.J. Pierzynski smacked a three-run homer, registered three hits and drove in four runs as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians, 10-6, on Wednesday. Alejandro De Aza added a two-run homer, while Paul Konerko had two hits and a pair of RBI for the White Sox, who swept the weather-shortened two-game series. Travis Hafner had three RBI, including a solo shot for Cleveland, which is off to a 1-4 start.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 2

Detroit, MI - A four-run rally in the ninth inning, which began against the nearly unhittable Justin Verlander and culminated with Ben Zobrist's go-ahead two-run single, gave the Rays a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Verlander (0-1) held a 2-0 lead and had allowed just one hit entering the ninth, but singles by Jeff Keppinger and Desmond Jennings put runners at the corners with one down. Keppinger scored on a wild pitch and Evan Longoria tied it with an RBI single, driving the 2011 American League MVP and CY Young Award winner from the game. The bases were loaded two batters later when Zobrist put Tampa Bay on top with a two-run single up the middle off of Jose Valverde. Fernando Rodney retired Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta in order to earn his third save of the season. James Shields (1-0) got the win after allowing two runs on six hits over eight innings and the Rays, who swept the Yankees to begin the season, rebounded from Tuesday's 5-2 loss in the opener of this three-game series. Verlander suffered his first loss in 15 starts dating back to July last year. He was charged with all four runs on four hits over 8 1/3 innings. Cabrera knocked in a run for the Tigers, who were attempting to start the season with five straight wins for the first time since 2006.

Final Score: Oakland 5, Kansas City 4 (12 innings)

Oakland, CA - After the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th, the A's scored two runs in the bottom of the frame without recording a hit to take a 5-4 decision over Kansas City in the finale of a three-game series at Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday. Billy Butler broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out RBI double to score Eric Hosmer in the top of the frame off of Andrew Carignan (1-0) before the Royals imploded in the bottom of the 12th. Jonathan Broxton (0-1) came on for the save opportunity, punching out Daric Barton to start the inning. Seth Smith then reached on an error by shortstop Alcides Escobar before Jemile Weeks and Eric Soggard worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. Coco Crisp followed with an RBI groundout, scoring Smith to tie the game and Yoenis Cespedes took a pitch off the shoulder to load the bases again. Jonny Gomes then stepped to the plate, and Broxton's first offering drilled Gomes, giving Oakland a rare walk-off hit by pitch for the victory. Brandon McCarthy allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings as the A's starter. Gomes hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI, while Cespedes finished with two hits and two runs scored for Oakland, which took the series after splitting the first two with the Royals. Bruce Chen made the start for Kansas City and lasted just five innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and two walks. Alex Gordon, who started the season 0-17, finished 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, while Butler added a solo shot.

Final Score: Minnesota 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 5

Minneapolis, MN - The Twins scored three runs in the seventh, capped by Jamey Carroll's go-ahead RBI single as Minnesota got its first win of the season with a 6-5 victory over the Angels at Target Field on Wednesday. After the Angels tacked on a run in the top half of the seventh to make it 5-3, Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia stroked back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom half and chase Jered Weaver from the game. Hisanori Takahashi (0-1) replaced Weaver and surrendered a two-run triple to Chris Parmelee, scoring Doumit and Valencia to tie the game, before Parmelee came around to score on Carroll's single to right. Matt Capps worked around a one-out double from Torii Hunter in the top of the ninth to record his first save of the season. Carl Pavano was touched for five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings as the starter, while reliever Jeff Gray (1-0) got the win by retiring Peter Bourjos to end the seventh. Josh Willingham belted a two-run home run and Parmelee added two hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who avoided the first 0-5 start in franchise history. Albert Pujols and Chris Iannetta knocked in a run apiece, while Bourjos hit a three-run inside-the-park homer in the fifth. Weaver made the start for the Angels, allowing five runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in six-plus innings on the mound.

Final Score: New York 6, Baltimore 4 (10 innings)

Baltimore, MD - Nick Swisher belted the go-ahead two-run homer in the 10th inning, giving the Yankees a 6-4 victory over the Orioles to complete a three-game series sweep at Camden Yards. Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano (1-0) struck out Adam Jones with the bases loaded to send the game to extra innings, and after Mark Teixeira reached on a bloop double down the left-field line with two outs in the 10th, Swisher crushed Kevin Gregg's (0-1) offering deep into the right-field seats. Mariano Rivera worked around a two- out single in the bottom half to record his second straight save in extra frames. Rivera also recorded his 40th save at Camden Yards, a new record for a visiting player at any ballpark. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for New York, which evened its record after getting swept in Tampa Bay to begin the year. Robert Andino and Mark Reynolds each drove in a pair of runs in defeat.

Final Score: Seattle 4, Texas 3

Arlington, TX - John Jaso's RBI single capped a three-run ninth inning the Seattle Mariners used to top the Texas Rangers, 4-3, in the third of a four-game series at Rangers Ballpark. Jesus Montero had a sacrifice fly and Michael Saunders had a run-scoring double in the ninth before Jaso slapped a base hit up the middle for the game- deciding run. Kevin Millwood made his Mariners debut and allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven through a six-inning start. Lucas Luetge (1-0) earned the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief before Brandon League stranded the tying run on second base for his third save of the year. Joe Nathan (0-2) allowed all three runs on four hits in the ninth inning to suffer the loss.

National League

Final Score: Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 3

Cincinnati, OH - Pinch hitter Chris Heisey lined the second pitch he saw into left-center field to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Heisey's hit scored Joey Votto, who had led off the ninth with a double, and salvaged a win for Cincinnati in the finale of the three- game series. Votto had four hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Reds, who went 3-3 on their season-opening homestand and will start a 10-game road trip Thursday in Washington. Jon Jay hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who had won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 10-2. Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) surrendered Votto's double in the ninth and took the loss, while Aroldis Chapman (2-0) got the win for Cincinnati after striking out five in two scoreless innings.

Final Score: Washington 4, New York 0

Flushing, NY - Stephen Strasburg outdueled Johan Santana on Wednesday afternoon and the Washington Nationals topped the New York Mets, 4-0, in the finale of a three-game series. Strasburg (1-0) struck out nine and gave up just two hits and three walks in six innings. He went over 100 pitches for the first time in his career, with 63 of 108 going for strikes. Santana (0-1) took the loss despite allowing just one run on five hits and three walks over five-plus innings while striking out eight. The Mets dropped the last two games of the series after starting the season 4-0. Strasburg and three other Nats pitchers struck out 15 batters in the three-hit shutout. Nationals batters drew 10 walks for the first time in almost three years and Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Larry Vanover during the game.

Final Score: Milwaukee 2, Chicago 1

Chicago, IL - George Kottaras backed Yovani Gallardo's strong start with a two-run seventh-inning homer in the Brewers' 2-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday. Gallardo (1-1) went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out six, Francisco Rodriguez stranded a pair in the eighth and John Axford worked around a two-out ninth-inning double for his second save of the season. Mat Gamel added a single and a double for Milwaukee, which will look for the sweep of this four-game series on Thursday. Starlin Castro knocked in a run in the first inning for the Cubs and Ryan Dempster (0-1) took the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Final Score: San Diego 2, Arizona 1

San Diego, CA - Chris Denorfia's two-run shot in the eighth inning sent San Diego over Arizona, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game series. Ernesto Frieri (1-0) posted 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and Huston Street followed suit in the ninth for his first save of the season for the Padres, who dropped an extra-inning decision in the opener on Tuesday. Starter Cory Luebke left after 5 1/3 frames, charged with four hits and a run while walking four and fanning five. Jason Kubel's bases-loaded walk in the first was the lone offense for the D-Backs, who had won four in a row to begin the year. David Hernandez (0-1) took the loss and the blown save after serving up the deciding homer. Joe Saunders allowed four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over his seven-inning outing.

Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Miami 1

Philadelphia, PA - A presumed pitchers' duel between Phillies ace Roy Halladay and Marlins counterpart Josh Johnson never materialized as Philadelphia's bats awoke in a 7-1 win Wednesday night. Halladay (2-0) tossed his obligatory seven innings, limiting the Marlins to five hits. Johnson (0-2), meanwhile, surrendered six runs on a career-high 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings, and suffered his first loss in seven games (six starts) at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia produced five of those runs in a third inning punctuated by rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis' two-run double. The offensive surge was a welcome sight for the Phillies after they had totaled just eight runs in dropping three of their first four games, including Monday's series-opener. The early season showdown of prominent hurlers came a day after an apologetic Ozzie Guillen addressed the media in Miami over favorable comments he made about Fidel Castro in a Time magazine article. The Marlins manager's statements have created an uproar in a community heavily populated with Cuban-Americans and led to a team-imposed five-game suspension that he started serving on Wednesday. Bench coach Joey Cora is the acting manager in Guillen's absence.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, Houston 3

Houston, TX - Jason Hayward blasted a solo home run, part of a 3-for-4 night with two RBI and two runs scored as the Braves earned their first series win of the season with a 6-3 decision over the Astros. David Ross hit a two-run double and Chipper Jones had two hits for Atlanta, which has won back-to-back games after dropping four in a row to open the season. Randall Delgado (1-0) picked up the win by tossing five innings in the start, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six. Craig Kimbrel notched his second save in as many nights, striking out three in a scoreless ninth. Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) also pitched five innings but gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits. He struck out five and issued one walk in a losing effort, while J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer and recorded two RBI.

Final Score: Colorado 17, San Francisco 8

Denver, CO - Carlos Gonzalez tripled twice, drove in four runs and scored four times as Colorado dominated San Francisco, 17-8, in the second of a three-game set. The previous game in the series on Monday saw the Rockies get blanked, but they scored runs in the first five innings in the commanding performance. Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, Ramon Hernandez and Chris Nelson each drove in two runs for the Rockies, who snapped a three- game skid. Matt Reynolds (1-0) picked up the win for pitching 1 2/3 innings. Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in three runs while Brandon Crawford also homered for the Giants, whose win on Monday was their first of the season. Guillermo Mota (0-1) was charged with five runs -- four earned -- in the fourth inning to take the loss. Neither starter factored in the decision as Jeremy Guthrie was touched for six runs on nine hits in just 3 1/3 frames for Colorado while Tim Lincecum was banged around for six runs in just 2 1/3 innings for San Fran.

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Pittsburgh 1

Los Angeles, CA - Andre Either drove in the winning run in the sixth and Chad Billingsley tossed six solid innings as the Dodgers downed the Pirates, 4-1, in the second of a three-game set. Billingsley (2-0) gave up just one run on five hits with four strikeouts for the Dodgers, who have taken the first two games of this set. Juan Rivera went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Clint Barmes' solo home run was the only run for the Pirates, who have dropped their past two after taking two of three from the Phillies to start the season. Erik Bedard (0-2) gave up two runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts over five-plus innings of work.


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