Scott Baker pitched seven strong innings in his first start against the New York Yankees, leading the host Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 victory last night that extended their winning streak to four.
Baker (1-1) gave up one run, three hits, and one walk while striking out four -- silencing an offense that scored 40 runs while winning its previous four games.
Juan Castro's two-out RBI single pushed the Twins' lead to 3-1 and chased Yankees starter Mike Mussina in the seventh. In the eighth against Kyle Farnsworth, Morneau drove in Torii Hunter with a single and Tony Batista doubled in Morneau to make it 5-1.
Those big hits made moot a missed fifth-inning call by plate umpire Ed Montague. Jorge Posada reached second base on a single and an error leading off the fifth.
Posada took advantage of left fielder Shannon Stewart's weak arm, moving to third on a fly out. Bernie Williams followed with a medium fly to right fielder Lew Ford, who charged, wound up and made a perfect one-hop throw to catcher Joe Mauer. Posada used a textbook slide to sneak his hand on the plate, and replays showed he eluded Mauer's sweep tag. But Montague ruled him out.
Rangers 6, Athletics 3 -- Kevin Millwood, Texas's top signing in free agency in the offseason, struck out seven in his first win, beating Barry Zito and host Oakland.
Blue Jays 13, White Sox 7 -- Troy Glaus put Toronto ahead with a two-run double in a five-run fifth inning and Vernon Wells homered for the third straight game to lead the Jays at Chicago.
Tigers 5, Indians 1 -- Kenny Rogers won his home debut for Detroit while Brandon Inge homered twice. Rogers (2-1) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings, struck out five, and walked three.Devil Rays 7, Royals 2 -- Jorge Cantu hit a go-ahead, three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning as host Tampa Bay extended Kansas City's losing streak to five.Braves 5, Padres 4 -- Jeff Francoeur homered for the second night in a row, hitting a two-out shot in the eighth inning that gave host Atlanta a win.
Mets 4, Brewers 3 -- Tom Glavine took advantage of the lowest-scoring team in the major leagues, striking out 11 batters over six innings as host New York defeated Milwaukee. Glavine (2-0) limited the Brewers to six singles and earned his 277th victory.
Cubs 11, Pirates 6 -- Matt Murton's bases-loaded triple and Todd Walker's four hits helped give Chicago a six-run lead and the Cubs withstood three Pirate homers in a span of four batters in the sixth (Nate McLouth, Craig Wilson, and Jason Bay) to win their eighth in a row at Pittsburgh.
Phillies 10, Rockies 8 --At Denver, Chase Utley hit his third career grand slam and homered twice for the second straight day. He was in a 1-for-19 slide with no homers this season before connecting twice in Thursday's 7-6 win at Atlanta.
Diamondbacks 5, Astros 1 -- At Phoenix, Brandon Webb (1-0) allowed seven hits in eight innings to beat Andy Pettitte (1-2), who gave up three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in six innings.
Marlins 5, Nationals 3 -- Dontrelle Willis got his first win of the season and also drove in a run with a bunt for host Florida.
Reds 1, Cardinals 0 -- At St. Louis, Aaron Harang stymied the Cardinals for seven shutout innings and drove in his fourth career run in Cincinnati's victory.