Guthrie solid; Royals top Twins
Published on -4/10/2013, 9:42 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mike Pelfrey gave his fan section little to applaud against the Kansas City Royals.
Pelfrey, who went to Wichita Heights High School and Wichita State, gave up five runs in the first and lasted just two innings as the Minnesota Twins lost 7-4 on Tuesday night.
"I'm sure that is not what they wanted to see, and it's not what I envisioned," said Pelfrey, who made his first career start against the Royals.
The Royals (5-3), who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate against Pelfrey (1-1), who gave up hits to the first five batters he faced.
Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have three straight and five of six.
Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar -- the first of his career -- each hit solo homers to keep the Twins close, but it was not enough to overcome Pelfrey's horrid start.
"That was pretty tough," Pelfrey said. "They came out in the top of the first and got me a run. I put the offense and the bullpen in a bad spot. It was totally unacceptable. It was frustrating because I had a lot better stuff than the last time."
Yankees 14, Indians 1
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Robinson Cano hit one of New York's five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped to a 14-1 win Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who had starter Carlos Carrasco ejected from his first appearance since 2011.
The 40-year-old Pettitte (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in his second strong start.
Cano hit a two-run double in the second off Carrasco (0-1) and connected for his third homer in two days in the fourth. Following Cano's two-run homer, Carrasco, who just served a five-game suspension for throwing at a hitter in 2011, drilled Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder with a pitch and got tossed.
Youkilis and Brennan Boesch hit two-run homers, and Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay had solo shots for the Yankees.
TIGERS 7, BLUE JAYS 3
DETROIT (AP) -- AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs, left fielder Don Kelly made a home run-robbing catch and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays, who spent millions during the winter to upgrade their roster, fell to 2-5 for their worst start since 2004.
Cabrera, coming off his Triple Crown season, had four hits and scored three times.
Torii Hunter had three hits, including the 2,000th of his career, and Alex Avila homered.
Kelly took away a home run from J.P. Arencibia leading off the second. Anibal Sanchez (1-0) struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed two runs and five hits with one walk. Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth and gave up Cody Rasmus' solo home run.
Brandon Morrow (0-1) gave up five runs and nine hits in 3.2 innings.
RANGERS 6, RAYS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tepesch retired 12 straight batters before hesitating to pick up a slow roller from Kelly Johnson that went for a one-out single in the eighth. The 24-year-old right-hander left to a standing ovation after Desmond Jennings followed with his second double of the game.
Tepesch (1-0) allowed four hits and a run with three walks and five strikeouts.
Roberto Hernandez (0-2) gave up eight hits and six runs -- five earned -- in 6.2 innings.
ATHLETICS 9, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat the Los Angeles Angels in the majors' final home opener.
Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in four runs, delivering an early two-run single before adding a two-run homer after Jaso's shot. Coco Crisp also hit his fourth homer for the A's, who have won six straight after an 0-2 start.
Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice fly in his home debut for the big-budget Angels, who dropped to 2-5.
Howie Kendrick had three hits and capped Los Angeles' three-run rally in the sixth with a tiebreaking triple off Ryan Cook (1-0). Albert Pujols reached base four times for the Angels.
Kevin Jepsen (0-1) gave up the homers to Jaso and Moss.
ASTROS 16, MARINERS 9
SEATTLE (AP) -- Jose Altuve drove in four runs and hit one of Houston's five homers, and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump against the Seattle Mariners.
After totaling nine runs during a six-game losing streak, the Astros scored nine in two innings and won for the first time since opening night. The smallest crowd in Safeco Field history (10,745) saw the Astros batter rookie starter Brandon Maurer (0-2) and continue their outburst against reliever Kameron Loe. By the time Loe was replaced after the third inning, the Astros led 11-0 and had 13 hits.
Chris Carter homered twice for his first multihomer game. J.D. Martinez and Marwin Gonzalez also connected for Houston. The Astros entered the night with just two homers and 17 runs all season.
The 16 runs and 22 hits were the most since August 2010 when the Astros won at St. Louis 18-4. Houston scored six off Maurer in the first as he lasted just two outs. The six-run first was the biggest inning for Houston since Sept. 10, 2011, against Washington.
Paul Clemens (1-0) got the win in his major league debut because starter Erik Bedard was pulled after four scoreless innings.
Braves 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) -- Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings Tuesday night, and the Atlanta Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the punchless Miami Marlins 3-2.
The Braves improved to 7-1, their best start since 2007. The Marlins fell to 1-7 with their fourth consecutive defeat, and they're off to their worst start since the 1998 team began the season 1-11. Evan Gattis hit his second homer and Justin Upton doubled home a run.
Craig Kimbrel pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances to complete a four-hitter. Atlanta has allowed six hits and two runs in the first two games of the series.
Announced attendance was 14,222, the smallest crowd at Marlins Park since it opened a year ago.
PHILLIES 8, METS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets.
John Mayberry Jr. also went deep for Philadelphia and Young had three hits, missing the cycle by a double.
Lee (2-0) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits, striking out six in 8.2 innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner didn't win his second game until July 31 last year.
The Phillies (3-5) roughed up Dillon Gee (0-2) for seven runs and 10 hits in three innings. It was his shortest career outing in 51 starts.
PADRES 9, DODGERS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the San Diego Padres, who rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win their home opener against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Venable tied his career high with four RBIs. He homered in the first and his two-out triple highlighted a five-run eighth against three Dodgers relievers. The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, five of whom walked.
Nick Hundley also homered off Josh Beckett for the Padres, who were outhomered 10-1 and outscored 40-14 in going 1-5 in a swing through New York and Colorado.
CUBS 6, BREWERS 3
CHICAGO (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Carlos Marmol (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Kyuji Fujikawa worked a scoreless ninth for his second save, stranding two runners when he got Jonathan Lucroy to pop out.
The Cubs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was in the dugout after spending part of the day at a hospital emergency room because of back pain. One day after being demoted as the Brewers' closer, John Axford (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
CARDINALS 5, REDS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Lynn (1-0) struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in runs.
Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati. The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals. Choo has four straight two-hit games.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first winning streak of the season.
Pittsburgh has snapped out of its offensive funk in the desert, winning the first two games of the series by scoring 11 runs -- three more than the first six games combined.
The Pirates fell into an early hole after James McDonald (1-1) allowed four runs in the first inning, but rallied with a five-run fourth off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy (0-1).
GIANTS 9, ROCKIES 6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat the Colorado Rockies for the eighth straight time.
Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer to start the comeback and Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series.
Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge each drove in two runs in a five-run second inning against Tim Lincecum, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer off the former Giants ace to help the Rockies build a 6-2 lead.
But the Giants scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game and then won it in the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-1).
Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Sergio Romo got his fifth save.
WHITE SOX 7
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and the Washington Nationals opened an early interleague series by edging the Chicago White Sox.
Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy (1-1) in the sixth.