Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth and the Boston Red Sox earned their sixth straight win with a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
The Red Sox return home to play Kansas City tonight, their first game at Fenway Park since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. David Ortiz is expected back in the lineup for the first time this season after nursing an injured right Achilles.
Lester (3-0) held the Indians to two runs and four hits. Daniel Nava had two RBIs while Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and Mike Carp each drove in a run.
Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his second save.
Indians manager Terry Francona, who managed in Boston for eight seasons and led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, was swept in the first series against his former team. Cleveland has lost four straight.
Zach McAllister (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings.
ORIOLES 10, RAYS 6: Matt Wieters hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning and Baltimore withstood four solo homers by Tampa Bay.
Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce also homered for the Orioles, who took two of three from their AL East rivals. It was Baltimore’s 17th straight extra-inning victory, including 16 last season. It was Baltimore’s first game-ending grand slam since Harold Baines did it against the Chicago White Sox on May 4, 1999.
BLUE JAYS 3, WHITE SOX 1: R.A. Dickey threw six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back during Toronto’s victory over Chicago. Dickey (2-2) retired his first 11 batters and allowed two hits, both singles.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner walked one, struck out a season-high seven and lowered his ERA from 5.82 to 4.30. Esmil Rogers got four outs and Casey Janssen finished for his fifth save. Rajai Davis sparked the Blue Jays’ offense with two stolen bases and an RBI double.
MARINERS 2, TIGERS 0: Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help Seattle beat Detroit. Verlander (2-2) threw 126 pitches in seven innings. He struck out 12 and gave up nine hits.
Endy Chavez followed Seager’s double with a run-scoring single. Carter Capps (1-1) worked two innings in relief of starter Hisashi Iwakuma for his first major league win.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, YANKEES 2: Cody Ross hit a go-ahead single in the 12th inning, Eric Chavez followed with a three-run double against his former team and Arizona beat New York. David Phelps (0-1) escaped trouble in the 11th, but couldn’t do it again an inning later.
Didi Gregorius hit his first major league home run and Martin Prado also went deep for the Diamondbacks. Heath Bell (1-0) picked up the win for Arizona in a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes.
CUBS 6, RANGERS 2: Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season, Anthony Rizzo also homered and Chicago beat Texas at a soggy Wrigley Field. Despite torrential rains that caused citywide floods, the teams were able to play in an occasional drizzle.
Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Soriano followed with a shot that gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead against Alexi Ogando (2-1). Soriano’s homer accounted for his first RBI of the season.
ROCKIES 11, METS 3: It was 28 degrees when Jon Garland threw the first pitch, and he worked seven solid innings to give Colorado a win over New York in the wrap-up of a wintry series at Coors Field. The crowd was announced at 18,341. Garland (2-0) allowed two runs and six hits.
He walked none and struck out four. Troy Tulowitzki homered and hit a go-ahead single off Jonathon Niese (2-1). Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge also hit home runs as the Rockies won their sixth straight home game.
BREWERS 7, GIANTS 2: Yovani Gallardo homered and struck out six in his first start since being arrested on a drunken driving charge, and Milwaukee beat San Francisco for a three-game sweep. Gallardo (1-1) was arrested early Tuesday morning.
The right-hander allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run in six innings. Milwaukee won its season-high fourth in a row after a 1-8 skid. Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which swept the Giants for the first time since July 18-20, 2008.
San Francisco lost for the fourth time in six games and fell to 0-4 when Matt Cain pitches.
Cain (0-2) gave up seven earned runs and seven hits while striking out four without a walk in six innings.
CARDINALS 4, PHILLIES 3: Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings and St. Louis held on to beat Philadelphia.
The Phillies put runners at first and third with no outs in the ninth against Edward Mujica, but the fill-in closer retired three straight batters for his first save.
Wainwright (3-1) gave up three runs and nine hits while striking out four and walking none. Beltran broke a 3-all tie with one out in the eighth when he hit an opposite-field homer to left off Mike Adams (0-1).
Besides the homer, Beltran also saved a run in the seventh with an excellent catch of Jimmy Rollins’ two-out drive to deep right.
REDS 11, MARLINS 1: Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and Cincinnati won its fourth win in a row.
Rookie Jose Fernandez (0-1) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits while taking his first big league loss.
It fell apart for Fernandez in the fourth. The Reds put together a walk, three singles, Choo’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco for a 5-1 lead.