MLB ROUNDUP: Dickey gets first win as Jays top Royals
After finding out Jose Reyes likely will be sidelined until the All-Star break, R.A. Dickey won his first game for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The NL Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings Saturday night, and Jose Bautista backed him with a two-run homer in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.
James Shields (1-2) was a hard-luck loser for the Royals, pitching a two-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks.
Acquired from the New York Mets after going 20-6 last season, Dickey was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first two starts for Toronto. Against the Royals, the knuckleballer struck out four, walked two and hit a batter, throwing 64 of 100 pitches for strikes.
TIGERS 7, ATHLETICS 3: Prince Fielder homered for the second straight game, Torii Hunter hit his first clout since joining Detroit to help back Justin Verlander and the Tigers snapped Oakland’s nine-game winning streak.
Jhonny Peralta followed Fielder’s leadoff shot in the fourth with a three-run homer.
A’s nemesis Verlander (2-1) outpitched Oakland lefty Brett Anderson before a sellout crowd. Verlander struck out six and walked three in six innings.
Anderson (1-2) allowed three home runs to match a career high. He was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out two and walked three.
ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 3: Nolan Reimold, Ryan Flaherty and Nick Markakis hit solo home runs, and Baltimore stopped the Yankees’ four-game winning string.
Nate McLouth doubled twice, singled and made a nifty catch in left field to back Jason Hammel (2-1).
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, Darren O’Day and Jim Johnson each pitched a scoreless inning. Johnson closed for his fifth save, shutting down a team that tagged him in last year’s AL playoffs.
Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells hit solo homers for the Yankees.
INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 4: Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam in a big fifth inning and Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh, leading Cleveland over Chicago.
Reynolds had an RBI single to give the Indians a 3-2 lead in the third inning. He connected off White Sox ace Chris Sale in a six-run fifth and tied a career high with five RBIs.
The loss was Chicago’s fifth straight, all on the road. The White Sox are 0-5 away from home for the first time since 1972.
McAllister (1-1) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings and retired 16 of 17 at one point.
Nick Swisher hit his first homer with Cleveland. Sale (1-1) gave up Swisher’s home run in the first and allowed a career-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1: Shane Victorino had a well-placed RBI single into a five-man infield in the 10th inning that lifted the Red Sox to a win over Tampa Bay.
David Ross had a solo homer for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Rays went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled with one out off Brandon Gomes (0-1), stole second and advanced on catcher Jose Lobaton’s throwing error. Victorino then hit a hard grounder into the unusual infield configuration that second baseman Ben Zobrist made a diving stop on to his right, but was unable to make a throw home.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 1: Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre each hit two-out, RBI singles in the eighth inning to lift Texas to a win over Seattle.
Joe Ortiz (2-0) pitched two innings for his second win in three days. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
Jason Bay had two hits and an RBI for the Mariners, who have lost four of five.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders remained unbeaten at Safeco Field with a no-decision despite a strong performance, allowing an unearned run on three hits in seven innings.
ANGELS 5, ASTROS 4: Albert Pujols hit a two-run double off Jose Veras with two outs in the ninth inning, Josh Hamilton his first home run for the Angels and Los Angeles beat Houston to stop a five-game losing streak.
Jose Veras (0-1) came on in the ninth to protect a 4-3 lead for Lucas Harrell and walked No. 9 hitter Luis Jimenez with one out. J.B. Shuck flied out, Mike Trout reached on a two-out infield single to the left side and Pujols followed with a drive inside third base and down the left-field line, giving the Angels their first win in five home games this season.
Left-hander Michael Roth (1-0), promoted earlier in the day from Double-A Arkansas, pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts to win in his major league debut.
Hamilton had gone 10 games and 37 at-bats without a home run.
METS 4, TWINS 2: Matt Harvey didn’t allow a hit until Justin Morneau homered off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the seventh inning and led New York over Minnesota.
Harvey (3-0) pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts, allowing one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
Before Morneau’s homer — his first this season — Minnesota’s only hard-hit ball came on Eduardo Escobar’s lineout to first base in the third.
Making his first start since elbow surgery in December, Twins starter Scott Diamond (0-1) allowed all four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
BRAVES 3, NATIONALS 1: Tim Hudson pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Evan Gattis homered and Atlanta beat Stephen Strasburg and Washington for its eighth straight victory.
Hudson (2-0) allowed one run, walked none and struck out three in improving his record against the Nationals to 15-5. He also singled twice off Strasburg (1-2), who gave up two unearned runs and five hits in six innings.
Atlanta took the lead for good in the third inning, when Gattis homered after a two-out throwing error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. It was the fourth homer in eight games for Gattis, who made his major league debut on April 3.
CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 0: Adam Wainwright (2-1) pitched a four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and drove in two runs with three hits, two in a seven-run sixth inning. St. Louis has thrown three consecutive shutouts.
Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo (0-1) allowed six runs — five earned — and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Gallardo dropped to 1-10 with a 6.83 ERA against the Cardinals; including a defeat in the 2011 NL division series, he’s 1-11 with a 6.86 ERA.
Milwaukee has gone scoreless in 25 innings and has just five home runs in 10 games. Minus injured sluggers Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers are 1-8 since winning on opening day.
GIANTS 3, CUBS 2: Madison Bumgarner (3-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings on a 38-degree afternoon, and Marco Scutaro had three hits for San Francisco.
Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro, batting right-handed, had a two-out, two-run homer off Bumgarner in the seventh. On Friday, the switch-hitter had a tying, pinch homer from the left side.
Chicago put two on with no outs in the eighth, and Alfonso Soriano grounded out and Welington Castillo hit into a double play against Santiago Casilla, who finished for his first save.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.
MARLINS 2, PHILLIES 1: Chris Coghlan hit a game-ending single against a draw-in infield with one out in the ninth inning, giving Miami its second win.
Marlins 20-year old phenom Jose Fernandez pitched six scoreless innings to outduel Cole Hamels, and Miami (2-9), playing without slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the second straight day because of a bruised left shoulder, became baseball’s last team to win two games this year.
Fernandez gave Miami the lead in the fifth with an RBI single.
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out nine in six innings, getting his first three major league hits in the process, and Los Angeles held off Arizona.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as the Dodgers stopped a six-game losing streak in Arizona dating to last season. Matt Kemp singled in two runs, Skip Schumaker had an RBI double and Andre Ethier singled in a run for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers led 6-1 after six innings but Arizona tried to rally behind pinch-hit RBIs from Eric Hinske, Eric Chavez and Aaron Hill, and a home run by Martin Prado.
ROCKIES 9, PADRES 5: Wilin Rosario had a career-high four hits and drove in three runs, and Jhoulys Chacin beat San Diego for the second time this season.
Rosario broke a 1-1 tie in the second with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run drive off Edinson Volquez (0-3). Rosario made it 5-1 with an RBI single in the third, singled off Thad Weber leading off the fifth and singled off Joe Thatcher in the ninth.
Chacin (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, his ERA rising from 1.35 to 1.96. He threw 83 pitches, extending the Rockies’ streak of consecutive games without a 100-pitch start to 113. Colorado is 5-0 against the Padres this season.