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Rays still seeking first win

Haren, Angels put clamps on Tampa Bay

Associated Press / April 7, 2011

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Dan Haren added to the woes of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The winless Rays lost again yesterday when Haren and the Los Angeles Angels shut down the AL East champions, 5-1, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Rays fell to 0-5 and for the fourth time finished with exactly one run and four hits.

Rookie Jeremy Hellickson lost despite striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay designated hitter Manny Ramirez, who has one hit in 17 at-bats this season, was out of the starting lineup. He flied out as a pinch hitter in the eighth and will miss today’s game at Chicago while tending to a personal matter.

“How many games have we’ve played?’’ Ramirez said. “We’ve got plenty of time.’’

Johnny Damon moved out of left field to replace Ramirez as the DH. Damon went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, and is 1 for 15 this year.

Rangers 7, Mariners 3 — Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning off Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez and host Texas had a three-run eighth to help the Rangers go to 6-0 for the first time since 1996, when they set a team record by winning their first seven.

Moreland put the Rangers ahead to stay with his RBI double into the right-field corner. He then started the eighth inning with an incredible snag of Adrian Beltre’s bounced throw after the Gold Glove third baseman made an equally impressive stop.

Tigers 7, Orioles 3 — Alex Avila homered and had a career-high five RBIs to back an effective pitching performance by Justin Verlander, and Detroit ended host Baltimore’s winning streak to open the season at four.

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez also connected for the Tigers, who became the first team this season to score more than one run against Baltimore.

Pirates 3, Cardinals 1 — Kevin Correia pitched seven shutout innings, Neil Walker hit his second home run, and surprising Pittsburgh beat host St. Louis.

The Pirates won their second road series of the season, having taken two of three from St. Louis and Chicago. Last year, Pittsburgh was a majors-worst 17-64 on the road on the way to a 57-105 record overall.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 5 — Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki homered, and Jason Hammel picked up the win despite allowing two home runs in five innings and falling behind, 4-2, in the third as host Colorado swept its two-game series with Los Angeles.

Helton’s three-run homer off Chad Billingsley (1-1) gave Colorado a 5-4 lead in the third. Tulowitzki went deep for the second straight day, sending Blake Hawksworth’s offering into the left-field bleachers an inning later for a two-run shot that made it 7-4.

Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 4 — Chris Young drove in two runs, scored twice, and made a pair of nice catches in center field as visiting Arizona ended an eight-game losing streak against the Cubs.

Armando Galarraga won in his first NL start, giving up five hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings. J.J. Putz pitched a perfect ninth.

White Sox 10, Royals 7 — Carlos Quentin and Chicago pulled off a two-out rally in the ninth inning against All-Star closer Joakim Soria, then Brent Morel hit a go-ahead single in the 12th to beat host Kansas City.

The Royals were in position to improve to 5-1 after Soria retired the first two batters in the ninth with a 6-3 lead. But Alex Rios and Paul Konerko hit RBI singles and Quentin’s two-run double capped a four-run comeback for a 7-6 edge. Kansas City tied it on Kila Ka’aihue’s RBI double off Matt Thornton.

Phillies 10, Mets 7 — Ryan Howard tied a career high with four hits and fell a triple short of the cycle, Ben Francisco also homered, and host Philadelphia held off New York after wasting a 7-0 lead.

Giants 8, Padres 4 — Tim Lincecum struck out 13 and held host San Diego to one run and three hits in seven innings to help defending World Series champion San Francisco win for the second time in six games.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 3 — Travis Snider hit a three-run home run, Yunel Escobar had three hits before leaving with an upper-body injury, and Jesse Litsch pitched 6 1/3 innings for his first win since July 20 to lift host Toronto.

Reds 12, Astros 4 — Brandon Phillips and Paul Janish had three hits apiece, and host Cincinnati overcame a four-run deficit to beat Houston and remain the NL’s only unbeaten team at 5-0. The Astros (0-5) are the lone NL team without a victory.

Marlins 7, Nationals 4 — John Buck hit a bases-loaded triple and Florida erased a four-run deficit to beat visiting Washington.

Brewers 5, Braves 4 — Prince Fielder drove in his first three runs this season and scored two more, and Marco Estrada earned his first major league victory as host Milwaukee edged Atlanta.

The Twins-Yankees game in New York was postponed because of rain and will be made up this afternoon.

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