Manny Ramirez homered for the first time this season, the first of four long balls by the Dodgers, and Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5, yesterday to win its home opener for the third consecutive year.
Casey Blake hit a two-run drive, Matt Kemp added a solo shot, and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who beat San Francisco, 11-1, in their 2009 home opener. Blake went 1 for 2 with a walk and is batting .389, carrying over his strong spring into the regular season.
Ramirez, Kemp, and Ethier homered in the same game for the second time since Ramirez joined the Dodgers in 2008.
Clayton Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old lefthander struck out seven and walked five in his second start after a no-decision in the Dodgers’ 4-3, 10-inning loss at Pittsburgh last week.
Ian Kennedy (0-1) gave up six runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first game vs. the Dodgers.
Ramirez’s leadoff homer in the fourth — No. 547 of his career and his 2,501st hit — gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. He hit a 2-and-2 pitch from Kennedy halfway up the pavilion in left-center, electing chants from the sellout crowd of 56,000.
Ramirez responded with a brief curtain call from the top of the dugout steps.
Rays 8, Orioles 6 — Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer off Matt Albers in the 10th inning, and visiting Tampa Bay extended Baltimore’s early-season swoon.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Orioles, whose 1-7 start is their worst since they opened the 1988 season with 21 straight defeats.
Ben Zobrist led off the 10th with a walk off Albers (0-1) and took second on a wild pitch. After Evan Longoria walked, Pena hit a 2-and-2 pitch into the right-field seats.
Lance Cormier (1-0) worked the ninth, and Rafael Soriano gave up Ty Wigginton’s second homer of the game but got three outs for his second save.
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2 — Ricky Romero became the latest Blue Jays pitcher to take a no-hit try into the late innings, losing his bid in the eighth when former teammate Alex Rios homered in host Toronto’s win over Chicago.
Romero struck out 12 and was in complete control until hitting A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch to start the eighth. Rios followed with a drive to deep left.
A pitching staff that lost ace Roy Halladay in the offseason again came close to a no-hit gem. Shaun Marcum held Texas hitless for 6 1/3 innings on Opening Day.
Tigers 6, Royals 5 — Host Detroit scored six runs in the seventh to beat Kansas City, the second time in three days it won despite trailing, 5-0.
Jose Guillen hit his fourth home run in three games as the Royals took a 5-0 lead against Dontrelle Willis and the Detroit bullpen. But just like Sunday, when the Tigers fell behind, 5-0, to Cleveland, they recovered to win.
Rockies 11, Mets 3 — Greg Smith won for the first time in 19 months, riding a six-run third inning by host Colorado to a rout of New York.
Smith (1-1) struck out eight over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits.
Pirates 6, Giants 5 — Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the eighth as Pittsburgh earned its first win in San Francisco since September 2008.
Reds 10, Marlins 8 — Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th, and Cincinnati beat host Florida in extras for the second night in a row.
Mariners 3, Athletics 0 — Milton Bradley hit a three-run homer in the eighth to power host Seattle.