MLB ROUNDUP: Yankees beat Red Sox with aid of replay
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing, and the New York Yankees beat Boston 3-2 Sunday night with the aid of another disputed replay ruling that led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Beltran had three hits and was pressed into his first career appearance at first base for the banged-up Yankees. Ichiro Suzuki robbed David Ortiz of extra bases with a spectacular catch in the eighth inning to help New York take three of four in the first series of the season between the longtime rivals.
Mike Napoli homered and Felix Doubront (1-2) went 6 2-3 innings for the Red Sox, who scratched star second baseman Dustin Pedroia before the game due to a sore left wrist.
New York, playing without Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game, scored its third run with the benefit of instant replay in the fourth.
With runners at the corners and one out, the Red Sox thought they turned an inning-ending double play on Francisco Cervelli’s grounder. First base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out on a bang-bang play, and Cervelli grabbed his right hamstring as he tumbled to the ground.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, which was overturned after a 3-minute replay review. That gave New York another run and a 3-1 lead.
Farrell, surely still bothered by a replay review that curiously went against Boston the day before, pointed to his eyes as he argued with two umpires. He was quickly ejected by Davidson.
ATHLETICS 3, MARINERS 0: Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer that broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, lifting Oakland over Seattle.
Cespedes pulled a 2-2 slider from Charlie Furbush (0-1) into the left field bullpen. Cespedes’ second homer of the season came after Jed Lowrie drew a leadoff walk.
Josh Donaldson added a solo home run in the ninth, his third, off Lucas Luetge.
A’s starter Scott Kazmir pitched two-hit ball for six innings, striking out nine without a walk.
Dan Otero (2-0) retired two batters in the seventh. Luke Gregerson worked the eighth and Sean Doolittle allowed one hit in the ninth for his first save.
Chris Young made his first start since Sept. 9, 2012, while with the New York Mets. He pitched six shutout innings, allowed four hits, struck out two and walked three.
RANGERS 1, ASTROS 0: Martin Perez threw eight scoreless innings, Donnie Murphy had a sacrifice fly, and Texas got a series-clinching victory over Houston.
Perez (2-0) scattered five hits and walked three, but the left-hander benefited from four double-play grounders. He struck out two.
Murphy’s deep fly ball to the left-center gap in the sixth sent home Josh Wilson for the lone run of the game against Brett Oberholtzer (0-3).
Alexi Ogando worked a perfect ninth to convert his first save chance.
BLUE JAYS 11, ORIOLES 3: Mark Buehrle allowed one run over seven innings to win his third straight start, and Toronto hit three home runs and had a season-high 17 hits in an victory Baltimore.
Jose Bautista hit a three-run drive and Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie had solo shots to help Toronto win the decisive matchup of the three-game series.
Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind each collected three hits for the Blue Jays, who enjoyed their highest-scoring game of the year at the expense of Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3) and three relievers.
Buehrle (3-0) gave up five hits, walked none and struck out two.
Chris Davis hit his first homer of the season for Baltimore.
TWINS 4, ROYALS 3: Pitcher Wade Davis made a wild flip home on a comebacker in the eighth inning, and Minnesota rallied past Kansas City for a three-game sweep.
A madcap sequence put the Twins ahead and a crazy play ended it, too.
With two outs and none on in the ninth, Mike Moustakas popped a ball straight up. As he stood to watch it in the batter’s box, catcher Kurt Suzuki tripped over him, resulting in an interference call for the final out.
After the Royals scored three times in the eighth for a 3-2 lead, reliever Aaron Crow (0-1) walked two Minnesota batters to start the bottom half.
Davis struck out Joe Mauer, but Trevor Plouffe walked to load the bases. Chris Herrmann then hit a tapper back to the mound and Davis’ toss sailed past catcher Salvador Perez. Pedro Florimon scored the tying run and Brian Dozier slid home under Perez’s return throw to Davis covering the plate.
Casey Fien (1-0) got one out and Glen Perkins posted his third save.
WHITE SOX 4, INDIANS 3: Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer off John Axford in the ninth inning, rallying Chicago over Cleveland.
The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by closer Matt Lindstrom (1-1).
Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances. He issued a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks, who stole second.
One out later, Ramirez homered over the left field fence.
GIANTS 5, ROCKIES 4: Brandon Crawford led off the 10th inning with a splash homer to lift San Francisco over Colorado.
Pablo Sandoval homered and Angel Pagan drove in two runs for the Giants.
Wilin Rosario and Justin Morneau homered for the Rockies, who have lost 15 of their last 18 games in San Francisco.
Crawford turned on the second pitch thrown by Rex Brothers (1-1) and drove it into McCovey Cove for his first career walkoff homer and first splash homer.
Sergio Romo (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 6: Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and Los Angeles beat Arizona for a three-game sweep.
Gonzalez’s three-run shot off Trevor Cahill (0-4) in the third inning gave him 10 RBIs in the series. Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also homered for the Dodgers.
Dan Haren (2-0) allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer and Eric Chavez had a solo shot for the Diamondbacks.
Dee Gordon stole a career-best four bases for the Dodgers.
BRAVES 10, NATIONALS 2: Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each hit two-run homers off Gio Gonzalez and Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of Washington.
The Braves have won five of six against the Nationals this year.
Washington began the day by placing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb.
Aaron Harang (2-1) allowed one run in six innings. Gonzalez gave up six runs, nine hits and four walks in six innings.
CARDINALS 6, CUBS 4: Matt Carpenter drove in three runs, leading Michael Wacha and St. Louis over Chicago.
Carpenter hit a two-run single in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth that put St. Louis ahead to stay at 4-3.
Wacha (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first.
Trevor Rosenthal gave up a run in the ninth, but retired Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio with the tying runs on base to pick up his fourth save.
Edwin Jackson (0-1) allowed four runs in six innings.
PHILLIES 4, CUBS 3: Chase Utley extended his fast start with the tiebreaking homer among three hits, and Philadelphia finished off a three-game sweep of Miami.
The Marlins lost their seventh in a row.
Utley raised his average to .500 through 10 games, with six doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs. The five-time All-Star, who missed two games with the flu, has a hit in each of his games this season.
Utley broke a 3-all tie with two outs in the eighth by homering off Mike Dunn (0-1).
A.J. Bastardo (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Jonathan Papelbon got his third save.
PADRES 5, TIGERS 1: Tyson Ross outdueled AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, and Jedd Gyorko and Xavier Nady homered as San Diego beat Detroit to take two of three.
After two shaky opening starts, Ross (1-2) struck out seven and held the Tigers to one run and six hits in seven innings. He also hit an RBI single.
Scherzer (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings, struck out 10 and walked three. The Tigers have scored three runs for Scherzer in his three starts.
The Tigers have lost four of six under rookie manager Brad Ausmus, who was working in the Padres’ front office when Detroit hired him in November.
REDS 12, RAYS 4: Chris Heisey hit his first grand slam and Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in career-high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bay’s depleted pitching staff.
The Reds’ best offensive showing of the season featured Mesoraco’s three-run homer, Joey Votto’s two-run shot and Heisey’s pinch-hit slam in the eighth. Jay Bruce doubled, walked four times and scored four runs.
Zack Cozart got it going with a bases-loaded double off Cesar Ramos (0-1), making his first start of the season because of injuries.
Tony Cingrani (1-1) got the win. Ben Zobrist homered from both sides of the plate, hitting two-run shots off Cingrani and right-hander Nick Christiani.
The Rays are 3-3 on a trip that has been tough on their rotation. Matt Moore went on the disabled list with a sore elbow on Tuesday, and Alex Cobb joined him Sunday with a strained oblique. Also, reliever Joel Peralta was sick, leaving him unavailable.
ANGELS 14, METS 2: Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez hit consecutive home runs off Bartolo Colon in the first inning, setting the tone for Los Angeles’ rout of New York the decisive game of their series.
Hank Conger also went deep against Colon, who won the AL CY Young Award in 2005 with the Angels. Colon (1-2) gave up nine runs and 11 hits in five innings.