MLB: Pujols, Kendrick power Angels over Tigers
DETROIT — Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases.
Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to make it 11-1.
Jered Weaver (1-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.
The Angels have won 10 straight against the Tigers, the longest active streak in the majors by one team over another.
Kendrick and Ian Stewart both had three hits for the Angels, with Stewart falling a homer shy of the cycle. Mike Trout doubled twice.
RAYS 11, YANKEES 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — James Loney drove in four runs and Tampa Bay overcame a four-run deficit to beat New York, stopping a four-game skid.
Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney’s two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning gave the Rays a 6-5 lead.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.
Yankees reliever Cesar Cabral was ejected by plate umpire Joe West after hitting his third batter, Logan Forsythe, in the eighth after Myers’ hit. The left-hander earlier plunked Evan Longoria and Loney.
Longoria had three hits and reached base in all five plate appearances. Jake McGee (1-0) got the win.
Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double as the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the second. New York had won five straight.
ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 4
BOSTON — Jonathan Schoop went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs as Baltimore roughed up Boston starter John Lackey.
Every Orioles starter had at least one hit except for Chris Davis. Baltimore got 10 of those hits off Lackey (2-2), who allowed six earned runs over 5 1-3 innings. It was the second straight start in which Lackey gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the sixth inning.
The first four-hit game of Schoop’s career extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-1) labored through five innings. Darren O’Day got four outs for his first save of the season.
RANGERS 12, WHITE SOX 0
ARLINGTON, Texas — Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and Texas routed Chicago.
Martin homered and was one of four Rangers batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.
Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston.
Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2). Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.
Chirinos and Jim Adduci set career highs with three hits apiece. Alex Rios also had three hits and scored each time he reached base.
Prince Fielder, who came in hitting .164, reached base all five times he batted, including a run-scoring double. He also singled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.
Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. His soft single to right in the fifth extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas pitched seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and Kansas City romped to a victory over Minnesota.
Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won four straight after getting swept in Minnesota last weekend.
Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins. He was coming off a 7-1 win over Kansas City in which he went eight innings.
Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.24 while going at least seven innings in each of his four outings this season.
BLUE JAYS 3, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND — Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion’s single, and Toronto held on to beat Cleveland.
The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the seventh before Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI single off reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1). Encarnacion delivered against Cody Allen.
Steve Delabar (1-0), one of three Toronto relievers to combine for eight walks in the eighth inning of a loss at Minnesota on Thursday, got the win in relief of starter Drew Hutchison.
Sergio Santos worked a very shaky ninth for his fifth save, one night after his three wild pitches in the eighth-inning debacle allowed the Twins to score three runs. Santos loaded the bases before retiring Michael Brantley on a hard grounder to first for the final out.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Indians, who have dropped six of eight.
ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. — Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and Oakland scored seven times in the first inning against Houston to back Sonny Gray.
Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp each added a two-run shot for the Athletics, who have won nine of 11. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer in the second inning to follow up his two-run single in the first against Jarred Cosart (1-2).
Cespedes’ single came one batter before Callaspo connected for his second home run of the season. John Jaso drew Cosart’s fourth walk of the first inning before Reddick hit his first homer with his own towering drive to right field.
That chased Cosart, who retired only one batter before being replaced by Paul Clemens.
Gray (3-0) allowed three runs in six innings, the first time this season he has given up more than one earned run.
BRAVES 6, METS 0
NEW YORK — Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright’s two-out single in the eighth as Atlanta beat the New York Mets.
As Harang’s pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang worked around six walks, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh.
Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. He was never in the on-deck circle — the decision had already been made that he was done.
Jordan Walden completed the combined one-hitter.
The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA. The closest they came to a hit off the 35-year-old right-hander was actually on a check-swing tapper by Travis d’Arnaud in the second inning.
Jonathan Niese (0-2) took the loss.
BREWERS 5, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH — Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Carlos Gomez homered to lead Milwaukee past Pittsburgh.
Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.
He fell one out shy of a complete game Sunday at Miller Park. This time, he was charged with three runs — two unearned — and four hits with three walks with five strikeouts.
Gomez homered deep to center to lead off the fifth and added an RBI single an inning later as the Brewers rallied from two runs down.
Charlie Morton (0-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings while losing to Lohse for the second time this week. Russell Martin had two hits and two RBIs for the Pirates, who have lost six of eight.
REDS 4, CUBS 1
CHICAGO — Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and Cincinnati won for the 16th time in its last 17 games at Wrigley Field.
Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless ninth for his second save, completing a six-hitter as the Reds stretched their winning streak to a season-best three.
Jeff Samardzija (0-2) gave up three runs — one earned — and six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 2, 12 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES — Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered to lead Arizona past Los Angeles.
The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 5-14, the worst record in the majors. To do it, they had to overcome Juan Uribe’s tying homer in the ninth off closer Addison Reed.
Chris Perez (0-1) gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollock in the 12th and plunked pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington on the left foot as he squared to bunt. Gerardo Parra advanced the runners with a sacrifice, and Hill’s liner to right-center broke the tie.
Joe Thatcher (0-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory and Trevor Cahill got three outs for his first major league save. Cahill was 0-4 with a 9.17 ERA in four starts before he was demoted to the bullpen.
NATIONALS 3, CARDINALS 1
WASHINGTON — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s throwing error combined with Michael Wacha’s wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and Washington get the win.
Gonzalez (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts and one walk as Washington ended an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis that dated to Game 5 of the teams’ 2012 NL division series.
Wacha (2-1) gave up five hits and one earned run. But a night after the Nationals made three errors — they initially were charged with four, but one was changed to a hit Friday — it was the Cardinals’ turn to be sloppy.
PADRES 2, GIANTS 1
SAN DIEGO — Tyson Ross held San Francisco to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and San Diego handed Matt Cain his third straight loss.
Ross (2-2) beat Cain five days after topping AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander was rarely in trouble, other than allowing a leadoff double to Angel Pagan. Ross then retired the next eight batters. He walked one.
Pablo Sandoval was the only Giants runner to reach third base, after hitting a single leading off the seventh and advancing on a walk and a double-play ball. He was stranded when Ross got Brandon Crawford to line to shortstop.
Cain (0-3) allowed four hits and one unearned run in seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.
ROCKIES 12, PHILLIES 1
DENVER — Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer after No. 3 hitter Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked in front of him, Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings for his first win of the season, and Colorado routed Philadelphia.
Tulowitzki went 3 for 3 on the night, drove in five runs and drew a key walk during the Rockies’ four-run first inning. Drew Stubbs and Charlie Blackmon added three hits apiece. The 18 hits represented a season high for the Rockies and their run total matched a season high.
Chatwood (1-0), who missed the first two weeks of the season with a left hamstring strain, allowed one unearned run on two hits in his second start of the season and first at home.
Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone (0-1) went four innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits.
MARLINS 8, MARINERS 4
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam with none out in the ninth inning, and Miami took advantage of an overturned call on a replay review to beat Seattle.
Reed Johnson was called out on a force play following a bunt, but the umpires reviewed the ruling and determined third baseman Kyle Seager had juggled the ball. The Mariners then deployed five infielders, and Stanton cleared them all with a towering homer to the left of the home-run sculpture.
Johnson singled to start the ninth against Yoervis Medina (0-1), and Christian Yelich beat out a bunt for his third hit. Marcell Ozuna’s bunt loaded the bases following the replay review, and Stanton hit his sixth homer on a 1-2 count.
Stanton had five RBIs to increase his total to 26, most in the majors.
Steve Cishek (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth.