MLB roundup: Ortiz, Ross lift Red Sox past Rays

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox doubles in a run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays...

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox doubles in a run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park April 15, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both teams wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Jim Rogash/AFP)

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American League

Final Score: Boston 6, Tampa Bay 4

BOSTON - David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Cody Ross added a three-run home run as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4, on Sunday. Boston has won the first three of the four-game set by a combined score of 31-11. Vicente Padilla (1-0) tossed 1 2/3 frames of one-hit ball to earn the win. Carlos Pena smacked a two-run double for the Rays, who were 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Matt Moore (0-1) allowed six runs on eight hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings for Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight contests and five of six.

Final Score: Texas 4, Minnesota 3

MINNEAPOLIS - Josh Hamilton clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers completed their first series sweep in Minnesota in nearly 13 years with a 4-3 win over the Twins. Mike Napoli also homered and Elvis Andrus added an RBI triple for the Rangers, who last swept a series of at least three games in Minnesota April 22-25, 1999. Texas' Neftali Feliz was tagged for three runs on five hits in five-plus innings. The converted reliever struck out three and walked two in his second career start. Rookie Robbie Ross (2-0) tossed two innings to earn the win in relief for a second straight day. Clete Thomas hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut. The Twins claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Liam Hendriks limited the Rangers to a run on seven hits over six innings and was in line for his first major league win before Glen Perkins (0-1) surrendered the home run to Hamilton.

Final Score: Cleveland 13, Kansas City 7

KANSAS CITY - Shelley Duncan blasted a three-run homer and scored three runs as the Cleveland Indians pounded out 15 hits in a 13-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Travis Hafner finished 3-for-4 with a home run, Casey Kotchman added three hits, including a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis added a solo shot for the Indians, who completed a three-game sweep of the Royals. Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley contributed two RBI, while Jack Hannahan and Lou Marson had an RBI each for Cleveland. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0) gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks over five innings to earn the win. He also struck out five. Chris Getz went 3- for-5 with two RBI, while Brayan Pena had four hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have dropped five of their last six games. Luis Mendoza (0-2) was rocked for nine runs -- five earned -- on nine hits and four walks in four innings.

Final Score: Detroit 5, Chicago White Sox 2

CHICAGO - Rick Porcello went 7 2/3 strong innings on Sunday and the Tigers avoided a sweep with a 5-2 win over the White Sox. Porcello (1-0) allowed just one run -- an eighth-inning homer to Dayan Viciedo -- on five hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out four. Gerald Laird went 3-for-4 with a solo home run while Ramon Santiago and Prince Fielder each had an RBI for Detroit, which had dropped three of its last four, including the first two games of this series. Chris Sale (1-1), making his second major league start, gave up three runs on five hits over five-plus innings to take the loss. A.J. Pierzynski drove in a run in the ninth for Chicago, which saw its four-game win streak come to an end.

National League

Final Score: Philadelphia 8, New York Mets 2

PHILADELPHIA - Laynce Nix doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, as the Philadelphia Phillies' offense erupted late in an 8-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon. Ty Wigginton preceded Nix's double with a game-tying sacrifice fly and added a three-run double as part of a five-run eighth inning that featured a critical defensive miscue. Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence each had two hits, an RBI and scored twice for the Phillies, who had totaled just 20 runs in their first eight games of the season. A two-run homer by New York's Ike Davis was among the six hits allowed by Cole Hamels (1-1). The left-hander recorded 10 strikeouts over seven innings. Mike Pelfrey limited the Phillies to a run on eight hits in six frames. The Mets were seeking their first series sweep in Philadelphia since June 13-15, 2006.

Final Score: Atlanta 7, Milwaukee 4

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup, Brandon Beachy went seven solid innings and the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 7-4 win on Sunday. The Braves, winners of five straight, were without Jones for the previous two games due to swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. Beachy (1-1) allowed an unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Jason Heyward hit a solo home run, Eric Hinske had a two-run single and Brian McCann added an RBI. Chris Narveson (1-1) gave up five runs on four hits over four innings in the loss. Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI single in the second and a two-run homer in the ninth. Corey Hart added an RBI double in the ninth for the Brewers, who have dropped four in a row overall and eight straight at Turner Field.

Final Score: St. Louis 10, Chicago Cubs 3

ST. LOUIS - Matt Carpenter finished 4-for-4 with five runs batted in and a run scored to lift the Cardinals to a 10-3 victory over the Cubs in the finale of a three-game set at Busch Stadium on Sunday. Carpenter finished a double shy of the cycle, while Yadier Molina added a three-run home run for the Cardinals. Starter Jake Westbrook (2-0) was impressive, tossing seven innings of four-hit ball and allowing just two runs -- one earned -- while striking out two. The Cardinals dropped the first game of the series, but took the final two to earn the series victory. Paul Maholm (0-2) lasted just four innings for the Cubs, yielding six runs on six hits to take the loss. Reed Johnson recorded two hits, an RBI and two runs scored and Starlin Castro also knocked in a run. Chicago has now dropped each of its three series to open the season.

Final Score: Cincinnati 8, Washington 5 (11 innings)

WASHINGTON - Joey Votto crushed the go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 11th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds picked up their first road win of the season and avoided a series sweep with an 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-6 with a grand slam and two runs scored, while Ryan Hanigan and Scott Rolen each knocked in a run for the Reds, who had lost five of seven coming in. Zack Cozart added three hits and two runs scored for Cincinnati. Jose Arredondo (1-0) tossed a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win and Sean Marshall finished off the Nats in the 11th to nail down his first save of the season. Ian Desmond went 3- for-5 with a pair of RBI and Adam LaRoche had two hits, including a two-run single for Washington, which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Tyler Clippard (1-1) gave up three runs on four hits in the 11th to take the loss.

Final Score: Miami 5, Houston 4 (11 innings)

MIAMI - Hanley Ramirez hit a game-tying two-run home run in the in the bottom of the eighth and added the winning single with the bases loaded in the 11th, lifting the Marlins to a 5-4 victory over the Astros in the finale of a three-game series at Marlins Park on Sunday. Houston left the bases loaded in the top of the 11th, but the Marlins took full advantage of their opportunity in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter John Buck hit a leadoff single and pinch-runner Brett Hayes moved to second on Chris Coghlan's sacrifice bunt before back-to-back intentional walks loaded the bases for Ramirez. Ramirez then sent a 1-2 offering from David Carpenter (0-1) over the head of right fielder Travis Buck to complete the extra-inning victory. All three games in the series ended 5-4, with the Marlins taking the first and third, each in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning. Chad Gaudin (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and two walks. Logan Morrison had three hits and knocked in a run while Anibal Sanchez surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a six-inning start. Wilton Lopez served up the eighth-inning two-run homer to Ramirez starter J.A. Happ was lifted in the seventh after giving up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over six innings. Jose Altuve finished with two hits and two RBI while Brian Bogusevic also had two hits and scored twice.


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