AMERICAN LEAGUE: Tigers 2, Royals 1
IIan Kinsler homered and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning to lift the host Detroit Tigers. Max Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tigers, but Joe Nathan blew his first save chance since signing with Detroit in the offseason. Kinsler, acquired from Texas for Prince Fielder in a November blockbuster trade, homered in the fourth and won the game with a line drive to left-center field off Tim Collins (0-1). Detroit benefited from two replay overturns at first base. The second enabled Al Alburquerque (1-0) to get out of the top of the 10th. Scherzer allowed four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts, but Nathan blew a save at Comerica Park for the first time.
White Sox 7, Twins 6
Leury Garcia reached a bunt single in the 11th inning and came home on a balk and a pair of wild pitches by Samuel Deduno, giving the host Chicago White Sox a win over the Minnesota Twins. Before a crowd of just 10,625, Chicago trailed 6-4 in the ninth before Garcia’s run-scoring single off Glen Perkins and Adam Eaton’s RBI grounder forced extra innings. The speedy Garcia bunted up the third-base line on an 0-2 pitch leading off the 11th and took second when Deduno (0-1) never came to a set position and balked. An out later, Deduno bounced an outside pitch that hit off Suzuki’s glove as Garcia advanced, and Marcus Semien took a called third strike. After an intentional walk to Jose Abreu, Deduno threw way outside on a 3-2 to pitch to Adam Dunn, and the ball bounced off Suzuki’s glove as Garcia came home.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 0
Mark Buehrle allowed four hits over 8⅔ innings, Jose Bautista homered twice, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the host Tampa Bay Rays. Buehrle (1-0) struck out 11 and walked one. Sergio Santos entered after Ben Zobrist had a two-out single off Buehrle in the ninth and walked Evan Longoria. Brett Cecil then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Joyce for his first save. Bautista put the Blue Jays ahead 1-0 on his first homer of the season, a solo shot off Matt Moore (0-1) in the fourth.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 2
Mike Napoli homered and drove in four runs, John Lackey allowed three hits in six innings and the visiting Boston Red Sox spoiled the Baltimore debut of former Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez. David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Dustin Pedroia had four hits for the defending World Series champion Red Sox. Nelson Cruz homered for the second time in two games for the Orioles, who had six hits.
Astros 3, Yankees 1
Dexter Fowler homered and tripled and Matt Dominguez added a home run late to help the host Houston Astros take the opening series. Fowler’s leadoff homer put Houston up and he scored the second run after his triple in the third. The Yankees scored in the seventh before the Astros added an insurance run with Dominguez’s homer in the bottom half. Jarred Cosart (1-0) allowed four hits in five scoreless innings and Josh Fields pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: Braves 1, Brewers 0
Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two out in the seventh inning, sending the host Braves to a dramatic victory. Harang didn’t allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh. This marked the first time both starting pitchers had not allowed a hit through six innings since June 13, 2010, when Ted Lilly of the Cubs and Gavin Floyd of the White Sox accomplished the feat. Harang (1-0), in his Braves debut, gave up two hits in 6⅔ innings and struck out three. Relievers Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel were hitless, with Kimbrel getting three outs for his second save.
Nationals 5, Mets 1
Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start for the second season in a row and pitched three-hit ball to lead the visiting Washington Nationals. Ian Desmond also went deep and Jayson Werth had four hits for the Nationals. Gonzalez struck out six and walked one in six innings, improving to 6-0 in his last seven starts against New York. New York provided little support for Bartolo Colon (0-1), touched up for nine hits over six innings in his Mets debut.
Rockies 6, Marlins 5
Jordan Pacheco had three hits, Jordan Lyles won in his Colorado debut as the Rockies held on for their first win of the season. Charlie Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and an RBI for Colorado. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, all after Miami fell behind 6-1.
Rangers 4, Phillies 3
Shin-Soo Choo drew a bases-loaded, game-ending walk on a full-count pitch against Jonathan Papelbon as the host Texas Rangers rallied in the ninth inning for the second night in a row. The Rangers scored three times in the ninth off Papelbon (0-1), who gave up four hits while retiring only one batter.