MLB roundup: Angels clobber Yankees

Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitches against the Yankees during the first inning of their baseball...

Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitches against the Yankees during the first inning of their baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/REUTERS)

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American League

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, New York 1

Bronx, NY - Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and C.J. Wilson pitched six solid innings, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took down the New York Yankees, 7-1, in the middle test of a three- game series. Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells also homered for the Angels, who snapped a three-game skid. Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Wilson (2-0) gave up one run on six hits to pick up his first career win against the Yankees. He struck out two and walked two while improving to 1-3 in 22 lifetime appearances (five starts) against New York. Robinson Cano drove in the lone run for the Yankees, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Phil Hughes (0-2) lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. He fanned six and walked two.

Final Score: Texas 6, Minnesota 2

Minneapolis, MN - Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI, as the visiting Texas Rangers posted a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the middle test of a three-game series. Yu Darvish made his first major league road start and the most impressive part about the outing was his ability to limit the damage. Texas' prized acquisition gave up nine hits, issued four walks and hit another batter yet allowed only one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Hamilton clubbed a solo homer, doubled twice and scored three runs for the Rangers. Nelson Cruz and Brandon Snyder also had three hits and scored a run. Denard Span collected three hits and knocked in a run for Minnesota, which finished 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base. Nick Blackburn started for the Twins and surrendered two runs on seven hits before leaving in the sixth inning with a right posterior shoulder strain.

Final Score: Boston 13, Tampa Bay 5

Boston, MA - David Ortiz went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and three-run double as the Boston Red Sox pummeled the Tampa Bay Rays, 13-5, in the second of a three-game set. Cody Ross also hit a two-run home run and finished with four RBI, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer while Mike Aviles and Dustin Pedroia added solo shots for the Red Sox, who have taken the first two games of this set. Clay Buchholz (1-0) gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings of work. Before the game, the Red Sox placed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury which could possibly sideline him anywhere from six to eight weeks. Luke Scott hit a three-run home run and drove in four for the Rays, who have dropped three straight. Jeremy Hellickson went five innings in the start and gave up five runs on seven hits. Burke Badenhop (0-1) took the loss for giving up a run in 1 1/3 innings.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Detroit 1

Chicago, IL - Tyler Flowers, Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko hit solo homers and Gavin Floyd pitched six scoreless innings, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers, 5-1, in the middle test of a three-game series. Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn each knocked in a run for the White Sox, who have won four in a row to improve to 5-2 on the young season. Floyd (1-1) gave up just three hits to go with six strikeouts and three walks. He improved to 7-2 in 18 career starts against Detroit. Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run for the Tigers, who have lost three of four since starting the year 4-0. Adam Wilk (0-1), filling in for an injured Doug Fister, allowed two runs on three hits in his first career start. But Wilk left the game with an injury after a Prince Fielder foul ball hit him in the dugout during the top of the sixth inning.

Final Score: Cleveland 11, Kansas City 9 (10 innings)

Kansas City, MO - Shin-Soo Choo belted the go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 10th inning as the Cleveland Indians survived blowing a seven-run lead and snuck past the Kansas City Royals, 11-9, in the middle game of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Choo was plunked in the thigh by a Jonathan Sanchez fastball in the third inning, provoking a benches-clearing situation which resulted in multiple ejections. He was booed heavily in his remaining at-bats by the home crowd, but came through in the clutch by ripping a fastball into left field off of Greg Holland (0-1). Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored, Jason Kipnis crushed a two-run homer, Casey Kotchman added a solo shot, while Carlos Santana and Jose Lopez had two RBI apiece for the Indians, who have won the first two games in this series. Jairo Asencio (1-1) picked up with win with a scoreless ninth inning and Chris Perez pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th to earn his second save of the season.

Final Score: Seattle 4, Oakland 0

Seattle, WA - Offseason acquisitions Hector Noesi and Jesus Montero are paying early dividends for the Seattle Mariners. Noesi, acquired in a trade with the Yankees, tossed eight scoreless innings in Seattle's 4-0 win over Oakland on Saturday. The eight innings marked a career-high for Noesi (1-1), as did his six strikeouts. He allowed just five hits in all. Montero, a part of that same trade, backed the stellar performance with a solo homer and a two-run double and extended his hit streak to eight games. Justin Smoak added an RBI for the Mariners, who had lost four of five, including the opener of this three-game series on Friday. Tommy Milone (1-1) gave up four runs on four hits over six innings in the loss for the Athletics. They had won three of four entering Saturday.

National League

Final Score: St. Louis 5, Chicago 1

St. Louis, MO - Yadier Molina had two hits, two RBI and a run scored as the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Chicago Cubs, 5-1, in the middle test of a three-game set. Jon Jay added a home run while Lance Lynn (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks through 5 1/3 innings for the Cardinals, who snapped a two-game slide. Chris Volstad (0-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits while striking out four to extend his winless streak to 13 games. He has not earned a win since July 10, 2011, recording six losses and seven no-decisions in that span. Starlin Castro knocked in the lone run for Chicago, which had won its previous two.

Final Score: Washington 4, Cincinnati 1

Washington, DC - Edwin Jackson tossed a complete game, two- hitter and the Washington Nationals took down the Cincinnati Reds, 4-1, in the third test of a four-game set at Nationals Park on Saturday. Jackson (1-0) gave up just one run and one walk while striking out nine for Washington, which has won five consecutive games. Adam LaRoche finished 2-for-3 with a two-run double, while Jayson Werth added an RBI double and Jesus Flores smacked an RBI single for the Nats. Homer Bailey (0-2) gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks over six innings for the Reds, who have dropped three straight. Drew Stubbs knocked in the only run for Cincinnati in defeat.

Final Score: New York 5, Philadelphia 0

Philadelphia, PA - Five days after fracturing the pinkie on his right hand, David Wright felt no ill-effects in his return to the Mets' lineup. The New York third baseman homered in his first at-bat and singled twice as the Mets blanked the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0, in the middle test of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Lucas Duda clubbed a two-run homer for the Mets, who have taken the first two games of this series to improve to 6-2 on the young season. Jon Niese (2-0) limited the Phillies to five singles over 6 2/3 innings. Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch shut down Philadelphia the rest of the away. Vance Worley (0-1) gave up four runs on eight hits and walked four in six frames for Philadelphia, which fell to 3-5.

Final Score: Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1

Atlanta, GA - Mike Minor allowed just two hits over a career- high 7 1/3 innings, and the Braves held on for a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee to beat the Brewers in Atlanta for the seventh consecutive time. The Braves, who have won four in a row following an 0-4 start, scored both of their runs in the second inning. Minor (1-1) walked one batter and struck out four, while giving up an unearned run in the eighth. Jonny Venters escaped trouble later in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to record his fourth save of the year. Shaun Marcum (1-1) was the hard-luck loser as the righty allowed three hits and two runs while walking a pair and fanning six over seven innings.

Final Score: Houston 5, Miami 4

Miami, FL - Logan Morrison dropped a fly ball with two outs in the ninth, allowing Justin Maxwell to cap the four-run frame with the go- ahead run in Houston's 5-4 triumph over the Miami Marlins. Carlos Lee finished 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth. With Miami on top 4-1, Heath Bell (0-1) entered looking for his first save as a Marlin. Bell allowed a one-out double to Jose Altuve, who quickly scored on a single from pinch-hitter Travis Buck. After Jordan Schafer reached on catcher's interference, Bell induced a fly out from Jed Lowrie before surrendering consecutive RBI singles to J.D. Martinez and Lee to tie the game. Randy Choate entered for Bell and seemed to have the threat quelled as Brian Bogusevic lifted a routine fly ball to left. Morrison bent his knees, but was unable to corral the fly ball as it popped out of his glove. That allowed pinch-runner Maxwell to score. Brett Myers punched out two in a perfect bottom of the ninth to get his second save of the year. Rhiner Cruz (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief to record his first major league win and snap Houston's three-game skid.

Final Score: Colorado 8, Arizona 7

Denver, CO - Todd Helton certainly picked a good time to hit his first home run of the season. The Colorado first baseman's two-out, two- run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Rockies to an 8-7 win over Arizona in a rain-soaked game that lasted almost five hours, including a pair of rain delays. Helton's seventh career walkoff homer, a moon shot blast down the right-field line, simultaneously ended a comeback bid by Arizona, which has dropped the first two contests of this three-game set. It also ended the active consecutive saves streak, held by J.J. Putz (0-1). He saved 28 in a row entering Saturday. Tyler Chatwood (1-0) recorded the win by tossing two innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Colorado won its second straight and third in its last four.

Final Score: Los Angeles 6, San Diego 1

Los Angeles, CA - Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run home runs to help the Los Angeles Dodgers spoil the major league debut of Padres prospect Joe Wieland in 6-1 fashion on Saturday. Kemp finished 3-for-4 and Andre Ethier contributed a solo homer for the red-hot Dodgers, who have won five in a row to open the season with an 8-1 record. That's their best start since 1981 when they began 9-1, on the way to the franchise's fifth World Series title. Wieland (0-1) gave up six runs, all in the first two innings. His complete line included six hits, two walks and one strikeout in five full innings. Ted Lilly (1-0) tossed seven frames, allowing just one unearned run on two hits and one walk while striking out four in his first start of the year. Lilly began the season on the disabled list because of neck stiffness.

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Pittsburgh 3

San Francisco, CA - Emmanuel Burriss scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on an errant throw to the plate, as the Giants edged Pittsburgh, 4-3, on Saturday. Burriss singled to start the ninth against Chris Resop (0-1) and pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot's base hit put runners on the corners. Angel Pagan was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out. Melky Cabrera then hit a grounder to shortstop Clint Barmes, who delivered a low throw to the plate that wasn't handled cleanly by catcher Rod Barajas. Before the game, the Giants received disturbing and potentially devastating news regarding their closer. Manager Bruce Bochy announced Brian Wilson likely has structural issues in his elbow. If the issue is confirmed -- Bochy said that Wilson would be seeking a second opinion, probably from orthopedist Dr. James Andrews -- the righty will likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery.


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