AMERICAN LEAGUE: Yankees 10, Rays 2
CC Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field, leading New York past David Price and Tampa Bay on Thursday night in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners. Sabathia (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits, improving to 2-7 in 12 starts at Tropicana Field since joining the Yankees in 2009. Price (2-1) entered 6-1 in nine starts against Sabathia but gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple play and had a solo homer for the Rays, who have lost four straight.
Rangers 8, Mariners 6
Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled twice and scored two runs as host Texas won its third straight. Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas and J.P. Arencibia had two RBI groundouts. Robinson Cano hit his first homer for the Mariners, going back-to-back with Corey Hart. Pedro Figueroa (2-1) earned his second win in less than 24 hours. Joe Beimel (0-1) was the loser.
Twins 7, Blue Jays 0
Kyle Gibson (3-0) allowed four singles in a career-high eight scoreless innings in a day-night doubleheader opener in Minnesota. At 31 degrees, he took the mound for the coldest start for an outdoor game in Twins history. Josmil Pinto highlighted a five-run fifth inning against R.A. Dickey (1-3) with a two-run double, missing a grand slam by a few inches. Trevor Plouffe also had two RBI.
Twins 9, Blue Jays 5
Host Minnesota scored three straight runs on wild pitches by Toronto’s Sergio Santos in the eighth inning, when the Twins walked eight times off three relievers in rallying for a win and a sweep of the day-night doubleheader. Steve Delabar walked two batters starting the six-run eighth, setting up closer Santos (0-1). Santos walked all three batters he faced, loading the bases with one out when he put on pinch-hitter Trevor Plouffe. The Twins cut the lead to 5-4 when Josmil Pinto came home on a wild pitch.
Red Sox 3, White Sox 1
Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tie-breaking RBI double in Boston’s two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox over host Chicago. Lester (2-2) allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitcher’s duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Royals 5, Astros 1
James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings as host Kansas City completed a three-game sweep of Houston. Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. Scott Feldman (2-1) yielded four earned runs and nine hits in six innings.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pirates 11, Brewers 2
Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee its first road loss. Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. Edinson Volquez (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for his first win.
Phillies 1, Braves 0
Ben Revere’s RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning lifted host Philadelphia to a 1-0 win over Atlanta. A.J. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2). Dominic Brown led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Revere’s hit up the middle. Antonio Bastardo (2-1) worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the four-hitter with a perfect ninth.
Dodgers 2, Giants 1
Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and Los Angeles beat host San Francisco to avoid a sweep. Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in seven innings. Yasiel Puig returned to the Dodgers starting lineup and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Rockies 3, Padres 1
Franklin Morales allowed four hits in six innings and Wilin Rosario hit a tie-breaking groundout in a three-run seventh, lifting Colorado over host San Diego. Morales (1-1) allowed a solo homer to Xavier Nady in the fourth, and Ian Kennedy (1-2) took a one-hit shutout into the seventh.
Cardinals 8, Nationals 0
Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by host Washington. Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond’s infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche’s single to right in the ninth. It was Wainwright’s 17th complete game and fourth two-hitter.