Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch hit their first career homers in an eight-run fourth inning, and the Tigers went on to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 10-6, last night in Detroit.
Sizemore’s homer, which came one pitch after Gerald Laird’s first of the season, tied the game, 4-4. Miguel Cabrera added an RBI single later in the inning before Boesch’s grand slam to center field.
A third Tigers rookie, Austin Jackson, went 5 for 5, making him the first Tigers rookie with five hits in a game since the player he replaced, Curtis Granderson, did it on Sept. 18, 2005.
Rick Porcello (2-2) won despite allowing five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Joel Pineiro (2-3) gave up a career-high 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Rangers 2, Mariners 0 — Elvis Andrus scored on a wild pitch by Brandon League to break a scoreless tie in the top of the 12th inning as visiting Texas beat mistake-prone Seattle, spoiling Cliff Lee’s sterling debut.
Josh Hamilton’s RBI groundout off League (3-2) came a few pitches after the righthander skipped a pitch off catcher Adam Moore’s glove.
Frank Francisco (3-3) pitched a wild 11th for Texas before Neftali Feliz finished for his fourth save in five chances.
Texas starter Colby Lewis matched Lee’s three hits and seven scoreless innings, then exceeded it with nine scoreless in all. He retired 21 consecutive batters.
The Mariners had the bases loaded with one out in both the 10th and 11th innings.
Yankees 6, White Sox 4 — Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning to give him four RBIs, helping host New York beat Chicago.
Jeter also hit a tying two-run homer in the fifth for the Yankees, who have won three straight. Paul Konerko set a White Sox record with his major league-best 11th homer in April and Gordon Beckham added two hits as Chicago lost for the 12th time in its last 14 games in New York.
Twins 9, Indians 3 — Justin Morneau made an instant impact in his return to the Minnesota lineup, launching a two-run homer in a win over host Cleveland.
Morneau had missed two games with a stiff back. The Twins said it was unrelated to the stress fracture that kept him out of the final 20 games last season and the playoffs.
After Joe Mauer singled with two outs in the first, Morneau hit a 444-foot homer to center field against Fausto Carmona (3-1).
Braves 4, Astros 2 — Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Tommy Hanson pitched eight innings to help host Atlanta end its nine-game losing streak by beating Houston.
Heyward homered for the second consecutive night to break a 2-all tie and Nate McLouth also went deep against Brett Myers (1-2).
Hanson (2-2) gave up two runs in the second and then retired 20 of his last 21 batters.
Nationals 7, Marlins 1 — Ryan Zimmerman, in his first start since April 21 due to a hamstring injury, homered twice as visiting Washington won its third straight game.
Royals 3, Rays 2 — An error by reliever Randy Choate helped visiting Kansas City score twice in the ninth inning in its victory.
Dodgers 6, Pirates 2 — Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and James Loney added a three-run shot to help host Los Angeles snap a five-game losing streak.
Reds 3, Cardinals 2 — Jay Bruce had three hits and two RBIs, leading visiting Cincinnati past St. Louis after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay for its season-best fifth consecutive victory.
Giants 5, Rockies 2 — Barry Zito won four straight decisions to start the season for the first time in his career, helping host San Francisco beat Colorado.
Padres 3, Brewers 0 — Clayton Richard pitched six scoreless innings to lift host San Diego over Milwaukee.
Blue Jays 10, Athletics 2 — Alex Gonzalez hit two home runs and Vernon Wells also connected for host Toronto.
Cubs 11, Diamondbacks 5 — Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer and host Chicago connected for four in rallying to beat Arizona.
Mets 9, Phillies 1 — Rod Barajas homered twice, Jonathon Niese pitched seven impressive innings for visiting New York.