Monday’s American League results
Red Sox 3, Orioles 1 — Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Boston Red Sox won their ninth consecutive home opener. Nava broke open a scoreless duel between Buchholz (2-0) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) in the seventh inning with his second homer in two days. He hit an opposite-field shot over the Green Monster in left after Dustin Pedroia singled and took third on a double by Mike Napoli. The Red Sox are off to a strong start at 5-2 under new manager John Farrell. Buchholz gave up three hits and three walks and struck out eight.
Royals 3, Twins 1 — Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins in their home opener. Santana (1-1), who the Royals acquired in an Oct. 31 trade from the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league left-hander Brandon Sisk, gave up a run and eight singles. He struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter. Santana allowed only four hits after the first inning, when the Twins scored their lone run. Twins right-hander Kevin Correia (0-1) limited the Royals to five singles and no runs the first seven innings before Lorenzo Cain doubled to right-center to lead off the three-run eighth. After Chris Getz’s sacrifice bunt moved Cain to third, Alex Gordon singled him home to tie the score.
Rangers 5, Rays 4 — A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs off birthday boy Jeremy Hellickson and the host Texas Rangers held on to win. After Pierzynski’s first homer for Texas, a two-out solo shot in the fourth that made it 2-1, Moreland pulled a 428-foot shot deep into the Texas bullpen in right-center field. Alexi Ogando (2-0) allowed only one run on three hits but needed 89 pitches to get through 5⅓ innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out two. Joe Nathan, Texas’ fifth pitcher, gave up a run in the ninth but got his second save this season and 300th of his career.
Monday’s National League results
Brewers 7, Cubs 4 — Marco Estrada pitched seven effective innings and doubled home a run to help the Milwaukee Brewers stop a five-game slide in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field. With a strong wind blowing out at the start of the game — a rare sight for an April date at the iconic neighborhood ballpark — Estrada allowed two runs and five hits while bouncing back from a lackluster season debut against Colorado. The right-hander also drove in Alex Gonzalez with a drive into the gap in right-center during Milwaukee’s two-run seventh. Norichika Aoki collected three more hits and the Brewers won for the first time since Opening Day.
Reds 13, Cardinals 4 — Brandon Phillips kick-started a nine-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking bloop double and Shin-Soo Choo made amends for two botched fly balls with a three-run double, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals’ home opener. Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out and the Cardinals needed four more pitchers to get out of the inning.
Mets 7, Phillies 2 — Matt Harvey threw seven impressive innings, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the visiting New York Mets roughed up Roy Halladay. Harvey (2-0) followed up a dominant first start with another sharp outing. He gave up one run, three hits and struck out nine. The 24-year-old righty allowed one hit and fanned 10 in seven scoreless innings against San Diego last Wednesday. Halladay allowed seven runs and six hits in four-plus innings.
Braves 2, Marlins 0 — Justin Upton went 4-for-4, including his sixth home run, and Paul Maholm allowed one hit in seven sharp innings to help the Atlanta Braves spoil the Miami Marlins’ home opener. The Braves earned their fourth consecutive victory and improved to 6-1, their best start since 2007.
— Associated Press