Texas beats Hamilton, Angels 3-2

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.

Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP with Texas before going to the AL West rival Angels with a $125 million, five-year contract last winter. He finished 0 for 4 and is 1 for 16 this season. The slugger was booed when he was introduced, then cheered when he struck out twice.

Kinsler's sharp single to right was fielded by Hamilton, who short-hopped a throw to the plate as speedy Craig Gentry slid home for the tiebreaking run.

Tanner Scheppers (1-0) pitched an inning in relief of starter Derek Holland. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his first save, an inning that started with him retiring Albert Pujols and Hamilton on flyouts.

Gentry reached with a one-out single off Scott Downs (0-2) and stole second base.

TIGERS 8, YANKEES 3

DETROIT (AP) — Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning and added a soaring, two-run shot in the seventh to lift Detroit over New York in the Comerica Park opener.

Fielder connected for his first two home runs of the season before a crowd of 45,051, the most on opening day in the 14 years since the ballpark opened.

Doug Fister (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits — including Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer — over five innings. Drew Smyly struck out five in four perfect innings for his first career save.

Ivan Nova (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits over 4 2-3 innings. Fielder greeted Boone Logan with a three-run shot that put the Tigers up 5-3. Alex Avila homered off Shawn Kelley in the sixth.

The banged-up Yankees took another hit, too. Eduardo Nunez, filling in for injured shortstop Derek Jeter, was hit on his right biceps by Fister's pitch in the fourth and left the game. X-rays were negative.

ORIOLES 9, TWINS 5

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis extended his torrid start with a grand slam and five RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles used a five-run eighth inning to beat Minnesota in their home opener.

Davis became the fourth player in major league history to homer in his first four games of the season, joining Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz. He is 9 for 15 (.600) with four homers and 16 RBIs.

The Orioles trailed 5-4 before loading the bases with one out in the eighth against Casey Fien (0-1). After Adam Jones tied it with an RBI single, Davis greeted Twins reliever Tyler Robertson with an opposite-field shot to left on the first pitch.

Luis Ayala (1-0) worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the Orioles.

Brian Dozier drove in three runs for the Twins.

RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4

TORONTO (AP) — Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Boston beat the Blue Jays in manager John Farrell's return to Toronto.

Will Middlebrooks added a solo shot for the Red Sox and Junichi Tazawa (1-0) got the win despite allowing a tying homer to Jose Reyes in the seventh.

Andrew Bailey pitched the eighth and Joel Hanrahan finished for his second save.

A crowd of 45,328 booed Farrell all night. The former Toronto manager left the Blue Jays last fall to replace Bobby Valentine in Boston.

Reyes went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Josh Johnson gave up nine hits over six innings in his Toronto debut. Mark DeRosa hit his first home run in three years.

Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes drew a one-out walk from Esmil Rogers (0-1) in the eighth and went to third on Dustin Pedroia's double before Napoli followed with a grounder to third.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the lineup with a sore right ankle.

RAYS 4, INDIANS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore pitched six sharp innings and Ben Zobrist drove in three runs to lead Tampa Bay over Cleveland.

Moore (1-0) limited the Indians to a pair of hits by Michael Bourn, walked two and struck out eight. The 23-year-old left-hander retired his final eight batters and was pulled after 100 pitches.

Zobrist, who has driven in a team-leading seven runs in four games, did most of the damage against Zach McAllister (0-1) with a pair of doubles.

Jake McGee and Brandon Gomes each worked a perfect inning for the Rays. Joel Peralta finished the two-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth.

ATHLETICS 8, ASTROS 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a leadoff homer and added two doubles in Oakland's big fifth inning against Houston.

Crisp sent the fourth pitch of the night over the wall in the right-field corner for his ninth career leadoff homer. Dan Straily (1-0) allowed five hits and struck a career-high 11 in 6 2-3 solid innings.

The Athletics were up 1-0 when Crisp doubled with one out in the fifth to chase Astros starter Brad Peacock (0-1). Crisp's second double drove in two runs later in the seven-run fifth.

Josh Donaldson added a two-run single in the inning.

MARINERS 8, WHITE SOX 7, 10 INNINGS

CHICAGO (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Jesus Montero tacked on a run-scoring single to lead Seattle over Chicago.

Franklin Gutierrez sparked the winning rally when he led off with an infield single. He advanced on Michael Saunders' sacrifice and came home when Morales drove the next pitch from Nate Jones (0-1) down the first-base line.

Montero then singled in pinch-runner Robert Andino as Seattle earned its fourth win in its last 20 games at Chicago dating to the 2008 season. The Mariners have only 11 wins in their last 44 games against the White Sox overall.

Gutierrez also homered and drove in three runs for Seattle, which blew a 6-1 lead on a chilly night at U.S. Cellular Field. Kameron Loe (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Tom Wilhelmsen held on for his second save.

Dewayne Wise hit a two-out RBI single for the White Sox in the 10th and Alexei Ramirez walked to load the bases before Tyler Flowers struck out to end it.

Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios homered for Chicago, which went 8-1 against Seattle last season.