Kendry Morales hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning, and the Angels came back to beat the New York Yankees, 6-4, last night in Anaheim, Calif.
Hideki Matsui, last year’s World Series MVP with the Yankees, led off the eighth with a single. Reggie Willits pinch ran before Morales drove a 1-and-1 pitch from Chamberlain (0-1) to right field for his fifth homer.
Fernando Rodney (2-0), back in the setup role since closer Brian Fuentes returned from the disabled list, pitched a hitless eighth for the victory. Fuentes set down the Yankees in the ninth for his second save.
Nick Swisher hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Yankees, who took two of three from the Angels last week in the Bronx.
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett allowed four runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. Angels counterpart Ervin Santana allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings.
Twins 8, Royals 3 — Jim Thome homered and drove in three runs, and Carl Pavano survived a bizarre inside-the-park homer by David DeJesus to lift Minnesota over host Kansas City.
Pavano (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings — and one head-scratching homer by DeJesus. With one out in the sixth, DeJesus lifted a fly to right that appeared to clear the wall for a homer and trickled to the base of the wall after hitting a fan’s hands.
Unsure if it was a homer or fan interference, Michael Cuddyer initially didn’t pick up the ball, looking back at the umpires instead. By the time he realized the ball was in play, the relay throw was too late and DeJesus had crossed the plate standing up.
Mets 5, Braves 2 — Ike Davis hit a 450-foot shot for his first major league homer to win a matchup of prize rookies, and host New York got past Atlanta.
Emergency reliever Hisanori Takahashi excelled after John Maine left with an elbow injury, helping the Mets win for the fourth time in five games.
Davis delivered a monster drive while Atlanta newcomer Jason Heyward struck out three times in going 0 for 4.
Blue Jays 6, Rays 5 — Brett Cecil had eight strikeouts, pitching into the seventh inning in his first appearance of the season to outduel Matt Garza. Alex Gonzalez had two RBIs during a four-run first, and visiting Toronto beat Tampa Bay.
Giants 4, Cardinals 1 — Tim Lincecum struck out eight to win his initial four starts for the first time in his career, and host San Francisco scored runs on a pair of errors and a wild pitch to end a four-game losing streak.
Athletics 10, Indians 0 — Justin Duchscherer (2-0) and two relievers combined on a five-hitter and Kurt
Astros 4, Pirates 3 — Carlos Lee had a two-run double, and Jeff Keppinger and Pedro Feliz drove in runs for host Houston, which has won six of eight after an 0-8 start.
Padres 10, Reds 4 — Adrian Gonzalez hit his second career grand slam, Kevin Correia did not allow a hit into the sixth inning, and visiting San Diego won its seventh straight Rangers 5, Tigers 4 — Elvis Andrus drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single to lift host Texas over Detroit.
White Sox 7, Mariners 6 — Andruw Jones won it with a home run in the ninth inning after homering in the first, leading host Chicago past Seattle.
Cubs 8, Brewers 1 — Ryan Dempster (2-0) pitched into the eighth inning to improve 9-1 in his last 11 starts against Milwaukee, and Kosuke Fukudome and Tyler Colvin homered to help visiting Chicago roll to the easy win.
Nationals 5, Dodgers 1 — Luis Atilano allowed one run on five hits in six innings in his major league debut, Adam Dunn homered twice, and host Washington got past Los Angeles.
Diamondbacks 7, Phillies 4 — Mark Reynolds and Adam LaRoche hit consecutive homers during a five-run fourth inning and Arizona beat visiting Philadelphia.
The Rockies-Marlins game in Denver was washed out by rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a regular doubleheader today, with the opener starting at 5:05 p.m.