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(Friday, April 17)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Chicago 1
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Iglesias' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the red-hot Detroit Tigers over the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game series. After Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings, the White Sox sent Zach Duke (1-1) to the mound in the ninth. Nick Castellanos led off with a hit to right that fell in front of a charging Avisail Garcia. The right fielder made a nice throw to second and shortstop Alexei Ramirez appeared to make the tag on Castellanos, who was going for a double. But Castellanos was called safe. Andrew Romine came on as a pinch-runner and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Iglesias' hit to right-center field. Detroit starter David Price gave up one run on four hits while striking out nine and walking two over eight innings. Joakim Soria (1-0) tossed a perfect ninth to pick up the win. The Tigers are now 9-1 on the season, matching the 1984, 1968 and 1911 teams for the best 10-game start in club history. Samardzija allowed one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Final Score: New York 5, Tampa Bay 4
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Rodriguez belted a pair of long home runs, then came through with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Rodriguez finished 3-for-4 with four RBI in the controversial slugger's best game since returning from his year-long suspension for PED use. Dellin Betances (2-0) picked up the victory with a scoreless inning of work, combining with three other Yankee relievers to shut the Rays out over the final five frames. Stephen Drew added a solo homer for New York, which avoided its first 3-7 start to a season since 1989. Tampa Bay's Allan Dykstra smashed his first career major league homer, a three-run blast in the fourth inning that preceded a solo shot from Logan Forsythe. Forsythe ended 3-for-4 for a Rays team that returned home having won five of six to conclude a seven-game road swing.
Final Score: Boston 3, Baltimore 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Xander Bogaerts singled home Mike Napoli with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Boston clipped Baltimore, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game set from Fenway Park. Ryan Hanigan slugged a two-run shot for the Red Sox, while Bogaerts finished with a pair of hits. Caleb Joseph went deep for the Orioles, who extended their major-league best home run total to 16 in defeat. Brian Matusz (0-1) walked three and was charged with the deciding run in his 1 1/3 relief frames.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Houston 3
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Trout cracked a pair of home runs, the last a three-run shot that broke a tie game in the eighth inning and propelled the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros. Trout delivered a two-run shot, the reigning American League MVP's 100th homer of his career, earlier as part of a five-RBI night. Kole Calhoun added a pair of hits and scored three times in his return to the lineup to help the Angels take the opener of this three-game series. Jason Castro had a solo homer for Houston and Evan Gattis finished 2-for-4 in the loss, the Astros' third in four games.
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2 (11 innings)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevor Plouffe's solo shot in the 11th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Plouffe crushed a 3-1 hanging cutter off Bryan Shaw (0-1) into the second deck in left field to ensure Minnesota's third straight win. Chris Herrmann went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Blaine Boyer (1-0) struck out two and worked around a leadoff double in the top of the 11th to record his first win since Aug. 10, 2010 as a member of the Diamondbacks. Brandon Moss homered and Cory Kluber got off to a terrific start, but allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over eight innings in a no-decision.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Oakland 4
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Paulo Orlando drove in the go- ahead run with a triple in the eighth inning, as the Kansas City Royals eked out a 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a three-game series. Friday's game was a rematch of last year's memorable AL Wild Card showdown won by the Royals in comeback fashion. The Royals pounded out 15 hits, including three each from Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. Stephen Vogt wen 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers, and Ike Davis added a solo blast for the A's, who were coming off a series win in Houston.
Final Score: Texas 3, Seattle 1
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Robinson Chirinos' solo home run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Texas Rangers won 3-1 on Friday to send the Seattle Mariners to a fourth straight loss. Prince Fielder went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Yovani Gallardo (2-1) tossed six-plus scoreless innings for the Rangers, who were coming off a series loss to the Angels. J.A. Happ (0-1) pitched well enough to get the win but took the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits over seven frames. Nelson Cruz continued his hot start with three hits, though the slugger's streak of homering in five straight games came to an end.
Final Score: Atlanta 8, Toronto 7
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonny Gomes and Freddie Freeman hit eighth- inning home runs to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Atlanta collected 12 hits, including four from Nick Markakis, who reached base five times and scored three runs. Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs on a double and scored twice himself. Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson each hit their first two home runs of the season for the Blue Jays, and Devon Travis also went deep to lead off the game.
04/18 01:21:59 ET
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