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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Rangers 11, Mariners 5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish overcome a rocky start and got a big boost from the powerful Texas lineup, winning his much-anticipated major league debut in the Rangers' 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

After giving up four runs while throwing 42 pitches in the first inning, then allowing another run in the second, Darvish (1-0) settled down and later retired 10 in a row while pitching into the sixth.

Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the third for Texas to tie the game at 5, then Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton both went deep in the fourth to give Darvish an 8-5 lead. Ian Kinsler added a three-run blast in the eighth.

Darvish was Japan's top pitcher before the Rangers committed more than $107 million to acquire him, including his guaranteed $56 million, six-year contract.

Angels 5, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Wilson won his awaited Angels debut with seven smooth innings, giving Los Angeles all the boost it needed to beat the Twins 5-1 and spoil Minnesota's home opener.

Wilson (1-0) allowed three hits while striking out five, giving up only one fly ball, a home run by Josh Willingham. Wilson, who struck out Joe Mauer twice, had a 2-0 lead before he even touched the mound, after Torii Hunter's single and Bobby Abreu's double drove in first-inning runs against Nick Blackburn.

Albert Pujols didn't get a ball out of the infield in four at-bats, but he reached on a fielder's choice, hustled from first to third on a single to center and scored the Angels' first run. Pujols is 3 for 14 through four games, with one run batted in.

Blackburn (0-1) was charged with five runs over six innings, but he recorded 15 straight outs in one stretch and surrendered just five hits, a decent first start after two straight rough seasons.

White Sox 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Chris Sale won his first career start, limiting Cleveland to one run in 6 2-3 innings and leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Indians on Monday night.

Sale pitched out of Chicago's bullpen the past two seasons but moved into the rotation after ace Mark Buehrle left as a free agent this winter. The left-hander, who had made 79 relief appearances, took a one-hit shutout into the sixth. In his longest outing, Sale allowed three hits and struck out five.

The 23-year-old had little trouble with a Cleveland team that came in batting .153.

Rookie Hector Santiago gave up Jose Lopez's homer in the ninth before getting his second save.

A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer in the first, four batters after Alejandro De Aza homered leading off against Josh Tomlin (0-1).

Yankees 6, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees finally won their first game of the season, using four hits by Derek Jeter and an effective pitching performance by Ivan Nova to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday night.

Andruw Jones homered for the Yankees, who averted the fourth 0-4 start in franchise history — the first since 1973. New York began the season by losing three straight to Tampa Bay.

Matt Wieters went 4 for 4 with a homer for the Orioles, who were coming off a season-opening, three-game sweep of Minnesota.

Jeter singled and scored in the first inning, singled in the third, hit an RBI double in a three-run fourth, sacrificed in the sixth and singled in the eighth to cap a 4-for-4 night. He came in batting .231 with no runs and no RBIs.

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Sweeney singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Blue Jays 4-2 on Monday night, spoiling Toronto's home opener and avoiding the first back-to-back 0-4 starts in team history.

Dustin Pedroia homered and scored the tying run as the Red Sox handed new Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos his second blown save in three appearances.

Handed a 2-1 lead to start the ninth, Santos (0-1) surrendered a leadoff double to Pedroia, who advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.

Kevin Youkilis struck out before David Ortiz and Cody Ross drew consecutive walks. After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Bruce Walton, Sweeney hit an RBI single through the right side.

Athletics 1, Royals 0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Milone allowed three hits over a career-high eight innings in an impressive Oakland debut, and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Monday night.

Milone (1-0) faced the minimum in five of his innings, including getting through the fourth despite throwing only two strikes among his 10 pitches.

Perhaps for a night, Milone made it easier for the small group of fans who turned out at the Coliseum to picture life without lefty Gio Gonzalez. The A's acquired Milone from the Nationals in December, sending All-Star Gonzalez to the nation's capital.

Milone won his sixth career start after the Nationals won all of his five starts last season. Grant Balfour finished the three-hit shutout for his second save in as many chances.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Marlins 6, Phillies 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anibal Sanchez took a three-hitter into the seventh, Omar Infante (in-fahn-TAY') hit a pair of solo homers and the Miami Marlins spoiled the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener, 6-2.

Sanchez (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, outpitching two-time All-Star Cole Hamels (0-1).

Gaby Sanchez had two hits and two RBIs, Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and Austin Kearns hit a solo shot off Jonathan Papelbon.

Missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the middle of their lineup, the Phillies continued to struggle offensively. They've scored eight runs and are off to a 1-3 start.

The Phillies didn't score until the seventh when Freddy Galvis hit a two-run double for his first major league hit, snapping an 0 for 12 start.

Giants 7, Rockies 0

DENVER (AP) — Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) threw a four-hitter for his first shutout in nine years and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Zito (1-0), who hasn't lost to Colorado since Sept. 25, 2008 — a span of nine starts — allowed three harmless singles and a double. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four in tossing his fifth career shutout and first since April 18, 2003, against Texas.

The lefty worked quickly and efficiently after Sandoval gave him all the support he'd need with a two-run shot over the right field wall in the first inning off Jhoulys Chacin (0-1).

The Giants avoided their first 0-4 start since 1950 by combining the strong pitching, offense and defense they expect will help them contend for the NL West crown. They had started the season with three straight one-run losses at Arizona, their first 0-3 start since 1984.

Dogged by poor fielding and a lack of clutch hitting, the Rockies have lost three straight since their season-opening win at Houston.

Cardinals 7, Reds 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Holliday, David Freese (freez) and Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nah) homered during the St. Louis Cardinals' big first inning, and Jake Westbrook found his control after a rough start, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Monday night.

The defending World Series champions improved to 4-1 with an offense that hasn't missed Albert Pujols so far.

Only 20 pitches into the game, Reds starter Homer Bailey (0-1) trailed 4-0. It was the second time this season that St. Louis hit three homers in an inning. Molina also doubled home a pair of runs in the eighth.

Westbrook (1-0) overcame an early bout of wildness, allowing only three hits and one unearned run in seven innings.

Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips left the game with a hamstring cramp.

Mets 4, Nationals 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the undefeated New York Mets took advantage of a throwing error by reliever Henry Rodriguez to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Monday night.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his first major league homer for the Mets, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2007. Coming off a surprising three-game sweep of Atlanta to start the season, New York rallied from a three-run deficit before a crowd of 23,970.

Several fans left Citi Field chanting "Undefeated! Undefeated!"

The Mets received another excellent effort from a retooled bullpen that ranked 28th in the majors last season with a 4.33 ERA. Miguel Batista got out of trouble in the sixth, Ramon Ramirez escaped a seventh-inning jam with a double-play ball and Jon Rauch (1-0) worked two hitless innings for his first win with New York.

Brewers 7, Cubs 5

CHICAGO (AP) — Aramis Ramirez drove in two runs in his return to Wrigley Field, Ryan Braun got booed relentlessly and the Milwaukee Brewers hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Monday night.

The Brewers were sailing along with a four-run lead going into the ninth when things got real interesting. The Cubs scored two runs and had the bases loaded when John Axford struck out Starlin Castro looking on three pitches to end the game.

Axford came in with runners on first and third with one out, and Ramirez immediately booted Marlon Byrd's grounder to third, allowing one run to score. A pinch-hitting Steve Clevenger drove a run-scoring single to center that Carlos Gomez misplayed, putting runners on second and third and making it a two-run game.

After David DeJesus struck out, Darwin Barney walked to load the bases, but Axford struck out Castro for his first save.

Astros 8, Braves 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Travis Buck drove in two runs, Justin Maxwell homered in his Houston debut and the Astros rebounded from an early deficit thanks to sloppy defensive play by the Atlanta Braves in an 8-3 win on Monday night.

The loss drops Atlanta to 0-4 for the first time since losing 10 straight to open the 1988 season. The Astros are 3-1 after finishing last season with baseball's worst record.

Houston trailed 3-0 in the third before a trio of errors by the Braves, with two from third baseman Juan Francisco, led to three unearned runs and tied the game.

Astros starter J.A. Happ drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the fourth inning that made it 4-3. Pinch-hitter J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve drove in a run each in the sixth to stretch the lead to 6-3.

Happ (1-0) allowed six hits and three runs with five strikeouts in six innings for the win.

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