MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Twins' Gardenhire reaches grand milestone
Kyle Gibson limited Cleveland to one run in his season debut after Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run, leading Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Gibson (1-0) allowed three hits in five-plus innings as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Indians.
Gardenhire, who has managed Minnesota since 2002, joined Tom Kelly as the only managers in Twins history to reach 1,000 wins.
Gardenhire is the fifth active manager to hit the milestone and the 10th in major league history to get every one of the wins with the same team. The 56-year-old “Gardy” has guided the Twins to six AL Central titles.
Dozier homered on the second pitch from Carlos Carrasco (0-1).
TIGERS 7, ORIOLES 6: Torii Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Detroit Tigers withstood a five-run ninth inning by Baltimore.
Rick Porcello (1-0) allowed a run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in his first start of the season, and the Tigers (4-0) remained baseball’s only undefeated team. But the Orioles nearly pulled off a remarkable rally after trailing 7-1 entering the ninth.
Joe Nathan got the final two outs for his first save with the Tigers, retiring Chris Davis on a flyout with two on to end it.
MARINERS 3, ATHLETICS 1: Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs.
Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.
Dan Straily (0-1) allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings.
RAYS 5, RANGERS 4: James Loney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning.
Loney lined an opposite-field drive off Neal Cotts (0-1) that went over left fielder Shin-Soo Choo and put the Rays up 5-4. Brandon Gomes (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth before Grant Balfour got the final three outs for his first save.
Yunel Escobar and Matt Joyce homered for the Rays. David Price gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Texas right-hander Nick Martinez allowed three runs and four hits over six innings in his major league debut.
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 0: R.A. Dickey and three relievers combined for a shutout, and Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera homered.
Dickey (1-0) allowed six runs and five hits in his season-opening start at Tampa Bay last Monday but was much sharper against New York. The 2012 NL Cy Young winner gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out six.
Aaron Loup got one out and Brett Cecil two before Sergio Santos worked the final 1 1-3 innings for his second save in as many chances.
Right-hander Michael Pineda (0-1) made his first major league start for New York since he was acquired in a January 2012 trade with Seattle. Pineda hurt his shoulder that spring and underwent season-ending surgery in May.
ANGELS 5, ASTROS 1: Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run and Tyler Skaggs pitched eight innings of four-hit ball.
Skaggs (1-0) allowed an unearned run and struck out five. Skaggs was making his Angels debut after being acquired in the offseason from Arizona in a trade that sent outfielder Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.
Hamilton followed David Freese’s run-scoring single with his second homer in two days, extending the lead to 4-1 in the fifth off Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over five innings.
ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 3: Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning.
Alex Gordon doubled off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) before Perez hit Maikel Cleto’s second pitch down the left-field line.
Wade Davis (1-1) let the White Sox tie it at three when gave up two runs in the eighth on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and sacrifice fly.
Greg Holland worked around a leadoff walk for his second save in two days.
METS 6, REDS 3: Pinch-hitter Ike Davis hit a game-ending grand slam and the Mets were aided by a favorable ninth-inning replay review in rallying to beat the Reds.
Brandon Phillips had given the Reds a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer off Dillon Gee in the eighth, two innings after Curtis Granderson connected for a two-run drive off Johnny Cueto, his first homer with the Mets.
Trailing by a run in the ninth, Juan Lagares walked leading off against fill-in closer J.J. Hoover.
Anthony Recker bunted and first baseman Joey Votto threw to second base for the force play.
Second base umpire James Hoye called Lagares out and Mets manager Terry Collins raced out of the dugout to ask for a challenge.
After a review of 2 minutes, 15 seconds, the call was overturned by crew chief John Hirschbeck.
Hoover, pitching the ninth for Aroldis Chapman who is out after being hit in the face by a line drive during spring training, then walked Ruben Tejada to load the bases.
BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 2: Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven solid innings and had two hits, and Atlanta knocked out Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning.
Dan Uggla had a two-run single for the Braves and Freddie Freeman reached base five times with two hits and three walks.
Teheran (1-1) limited Washington to three hits, including a two-run home run by Adam LaRoche. The Braves right-hander was aided by a spectacular throw by B.J. Upton, who caught a liner to medium center by Bryce Harper and threw out Jose Lobaton at the plate for an inning-ending double play in the fifth.
Strasburg (0-1) allowed eight hits, three walks and three earned runs in 4 1-3 innings.
PHILLIES 2, CUBS 0: Chase Utley went 3-for-3 and homered for the second day in a row, and Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Philadelphia.
Dominic Brown drove in Utley for the Phillies’ other run with a single in the fourth inning.
Lee (2-0) allowed 10 hits and had just one 1-2-3 inning. But it never felt as if he was in trouble. He worked on the edges of both sides of the plate and kept the Cubs hitters off balance. Four of his six strikeouts were called third strikes.
The Cubs wasted another strong start from Jeff Samardzija (0-1), who allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
GIANTS 7, DODGERS 2: Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning and San Francisco hit three home runs.
Yasiel Puig started in right field and batted leadoff for the Dodgers a day after he was benched for arriving late for stretching and batting practice.
Michael Morse had a solo shot in the fourth inning and the Giants got back-to-back homers in the fifth from Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey.
Bumgarner (1-0) was charged with two runs and hit hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out 10 in his second outing.
Paul Maholm (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits through 4 1-3 innings in his first start for the Dodgers.
MARLINS 5, PADRES 2: Jose Fernandez struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71, and Miami won again.
The Marlins improved to 5-1, their best start since 2009. Last year their fifth victory came in their 21st game, and they finished with 100 losses.
Fernandez (2-0) improved his career record at home to 11-0 even though he was at less than his best.
Giancarlo Stanton had two RBIs to increase his season total to 11, one more than teammate Casey McGehee, who began the day leading the NL. Four of the Marlins’ runs scored with two outs.
Andrew Cashner (0-1) allowed only two runs in six innings for San Diego.
ROCKIES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 4: Nolan Arenado homered twice, rookie right-hander Tommy Kahnle picked up his first major league victory and Colorado overcame a four-run deficit.
Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4, tying the Rockies’ franchise record with nine hits in consecutive games, a mark set by Juan Pierre in September 2002. After going 6-for-6 Friday, Blackmon singled his first time up, and then grounded out to first base before adding two more singles.
Paul Goldschmidt had his 26-game hitting streak snapped. He went 0-for-2 with two walks as the Diamondbacks fell to 1-7, the worst start in franchise history.
Kahnle (1-0), selected in the 2013 Rule 5 draft from the New York Yankees, pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of starter Jorge De La Rosa, who struggled through his second straight start.