Orioles, Guthrie blank Rays
Sabathia picks up first win in Yankee uniform
Melvin Mora's third career grand slam capped a five-run first inning against Tampa Bay rookie Jeff Niemann, and the Orioles got six shutout innings from Jeremy Guthrie in a 6-0 victory last night in Baltimore.
Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have won two straight over the defending AL champions to clinch their first series win against Tampa Bay since Aug. 3-5, 2007.
Baltimore, which opened the season by taking two of three from the Yankees, is 4-1 for the first time since 2000.
Guthrie (2-0) allowed five hits and walked none in lowering his ERA to 2.25. It's the first time in his career the righthander has won his first two decisions.
Relievers Matt Albers, Jamie Walker, and Chris Ray preserved Baltimore's first shutout since April 19, 2008, against the Yankees.
Yankees 6, Royals 1 - CC Sabathia rebounded from his disappointing Yankees debut, and Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher drove in three runs apiece to carry New York past host Kansas City.
Sabathia, signed to a $161 million, seven-year contract in the offseason, gave up only six singles in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
It was a far cry from Opening Day in Baltimore when the lefty lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs.
The Royals avoided the shutout with a walk, a double, and Miguel Olivo's RBI grounder off Jose Veras in the ninth.
Blue Jays 5, Indians 4 - Cliff Lee couldn't stop his team's season-opening slide as Roy Halladay outpitched the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and Toronto withstood a ninth-inning rally to beat host Cleveland, dropping the Indians to 0-5 for the first time since 1985.
Halladay (2-0), a 20-game winner last season who finished second to Lee in Cy Young balloting, held Cleveland to one run and five hits in seven innings. The righthander struck out seven, including two in a sticky second, and was rarely in real trouble.
Tigers 4, Rangers 3 - Placido Polanco hit a tiebreaking double and five of Detroit's pitchers combined on a two-hitter against visiting Texas.
Nate Robertson (1-0) earned the win with two shutout innings of relief, and Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his first save. Detroit's bullpen didn't allow a baserunner in four innings of work.
Mariners 8, Athletics 5 - Kenji Johjima had a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning and visiting Seattle rallied twice from deficits to beat Oakland.
Russell Branyan homered and Franklin Gutierrez and Jose Lopez each drove in two runs for the Mariners, who won their third straight. Mike Sweeney added an RBI single in the ninth.
White Sox 8, Twins 0 - Bartolo Colon pitched six strong innings and Carlos Quentin homered, leading host Chicago over Minnesota.
After a rough spring training, Colon handled the Twins' lineup with relative ease. He allowed just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts, helping the White Sox end a three-game skid.
Mets 8, Marlins 4 - Livan Hernandez used his off-speed stuff to take a shutout into the seventh inning, and Jose Reyes had a two-run homer and three RBIs to help New York hand host Florida its first loss.
Florida had been the last undefeated team in the majors, but Hernandez tamed an offense that batted .309 and scored 31 runs as the Marlins won their first four games.
Phillies 8, Rockies 4 - Brett Myers, despite allowing three home runs, improved to 5-0 at Coors Field as Philadelphia received a three-run double from Ryan Howard and a two-run triple by Jayson Werth to rout Colorado.
Cardinals 11, Astros 2 - Albert Pujols hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to match a career high with seven RBIs, leading St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
It was Pujols's 24th multihomer game and first since Aug. 16, 2008, against Cincinnati. He matched his career best for RBIs set Aug. 22, 2006, against the Mets.
Pirates 10, Reds 2 - Paul Maholm allowed only three hits in seven innings and Ryan Doumit hit his first career grand slam - one of three Pittsburgh homers in Cincinnati.
Braves 5, Nationals 3 - Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings to win his major league debut, and Kelly Johnson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to power host Atlanta.
Cubs 6, Brewers 5 - Alfonso Soriano smacked a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth as visiting Chicago rallied to beat Milwaukee.
Dodgers 11, Diamondbacks 2 - Orlando Hudson homered, doubled, and drove in three runs against his former team, and Eric Stults gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings as Los Angeles routed Arizona.
Padres 6, Giants 3 - Jake Peavy struck out 10, Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs, and Henry Blanco hit two solo home runs to lead host San Diego over San Francisco.