Final Score: Detroit 7, Tampa Bay 2
Detroit, MI - Brennan Boesch celebrated his 27th birthday by going 2-for-4 with four RBI, as the Detroit Tigers took down the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2, in the final test of a three-game series. Andy Dirks and Alex Avila each had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Tigers, who are off to a 5-1 start. Drew Smyly gave up one run on four hits over four- plus innings in his MLB debut. He struck out four and walked three. Collin Balester (1-0) allowed one run in two-plus innings of relief to pick up the win. Carlos Pena hit a solo home run for the Rays, who lost two of three in the series. Evan Longoria also knocked in a run. Jeff Niemann (0-1) allowed three runs on four hits in five full frames to suffer the loss. He struck out six and walked two.
Final Score: Minnesota 10, LA Angels of Anaheim 9
Minneapolis, MN - Justin Morneau got one more chance and took full advantage. Morneau, after leaving the bases loaded in the third and sixth innings, followed a Joe Mauer single with his first home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth to give Minnesota the lead and the Twins went on to a 10-9 victory over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a three-game set at Target Field. Mauer also connected for his first homer, a three-run shot in fifth, and finished 3-for-5 to highlight the Twins' 20-hit attack. Josh Willingham added three hits with a solo homer and Denard Span went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the victory.
Final Score: Texas 5, Seattle 3
Arlington, TX - Michael Young hit a homer and knocked in four runs, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Seattle Mariners, 5-3, in the final test of a four-game series. Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Rangers, who went 5-2 on a seven-game homestand. Derek Holland (1-0) gave up two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings to pick up the win. He fanned eight while improving to 6-1 lifetime against Seattle in 11 games (seven starts). Kyle Seager hit a solo homer for the Mariners, who lost three of the four games in the series. Miguel Olivo and Alex Liddi each knocked in a run. Jason Vargas (1-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss. He struck out six and walked one.National League
Final Score: Washington 3, Cincinnati 2 (10 innings)
Washington, DC - Ryan Zimmerman slid across the plate with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a four-game series Thursday. Zimmerman led off the inning and was hit on the arm by Reds' reliever Alfredo Simon. He advanced to second on a one-out single to left by Jayson Werth, then moved to third on a groundout by Xavier Nady. Facing Roger Bernadina, Simon (0-1) bounced a breaking ball that got away from catcher Devin Mesoraco, allowing the winning run to score. Craig Stammen (1-0) struck out the side in the top of the 10th to pick up the victory after Washington blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth.
Final Score: Chicago 8, Milwaukee 0
Chicago, IL - Matt Garza tossed 8 2/3 shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep with an 8-0 drubbing of the Milwaukee Brewers in the final test of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. Garza (1-0) allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out nine for the Cubs, who are off to a 2-5 start this season. Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, Alfonso Soriano knocked in a pair of runs, while Reed Johnson, Ian Stewart and Darwin Barney all drove in a run for Chicago. Nyjer Morgan collected two of the three hits for the Brewers, who fell to 4-3 on the young season. Zack Greinke (1-1) was shelled for all eight runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 2
Denver, CO - It wasn't a son beating his father, though their age difference certainly matched up for that sort of thing. Madison Bumgarner, 22, outdueled 49-year-old fellow lefty Jamie Moyer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-2, on Thursday afternoon to close a three- game series. Bumgarner (1-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and gave up just one run on four hits and two walks in 7 1/3 to beat Moyer, who was in his fourth MLB season already by the time the Giants starter was even born. Moyer (0-2) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and a walk in his second bid to become the oldest pitcher ever to record a win in the majors. The Rockies loaded the bases and scored a run off Brian Wilson in the ninth, but the laboring Giants closer held on for his first save of the season.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Miami 1
Philadelphia, PA - Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings in his first start of the season and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins, 3-1, in the finale of a three-game series Thursday night. Blanton (1-1), who lost in a relief appearance Saturday at Pittsburgh, gave up a run on just three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton hit leadoff home runs three innings apart and Jonathan Papelbon picked up his second save for the Phillies, who won the last two games of the series. Papelbon gave up two singles, but got John Buck on a double play to end the game. Mark Buehrle (0-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings in his second National League start, giving up three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. The 33- year-old lefty lost his first NL start last Thursday at Cincinnati. Florida had six hits and went 2-4 on a six-game road trip.
Final Score: Arizona 3, San Diego 1
San Diego, CA - Chris Young hit a solo home run, Ian Kennedy recorded nine strikeouts over six innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres, 3-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Petco Park. Kennedy (2-0) settled in nicely after allowing three consecutive hits to start the first inning. The right-hander gave up only two more hits over the rest of his outing while improving to 6-0 against San Diego in his career. Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel knocked in the other runs for the Diamondbacks, who bounced back from their first loss of the season. Anthony Bass started in place of the injured Dustin Moseley and limited Arizona to a run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 2
Los Angeles, CA - Chris Capuano pitched into the sixth inning and a big first inning helped the Dodgers take a 3-2 victory over the Pirates to complete a three-game sweep. Capuano (1-0) gave up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings for the Dodgers, who at 6-1 are off to their best start since going 9-1 to start the 1981 season. Juan Rivera, James Loney and Juan Uribe each drove in a run. Jeff Karstens (0-1) gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings for the Pirates, who entered the series having taken two of three from the Phillies. Andrew McCutchen went 3- for-3 with a run scored while Michael McKenry hit a solo homer in the loss.