CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera had four RBIs, Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians kept the built-to-win Boston Red Sox winless on Wednesday night with an 8-4 victory that dropped one of baseball’s big spenders to 0-5.
From Cambridge to Cape Cod, the panic buttons are glowing.
The Red Sox are off to their worst start in 15 years and look nothing like the team many forecast to be the last one standing in October. Boston hasn’t started this poorly since 1996, and after finishing this series Thursday, the Sox head home to face the rival New York Yankees on Friday and what could be angry fans in Fenway Park.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1) took the loss.
Angels 5, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The winless Tampa Bay Rays lost again when Dan Haren and the Los Angeles Angels shut down the AL East champions.
The Rays fell to 0-5. In four of those games, they finished with exactly one run and four hits.
Rookie Jeremy Hellickson (0-1) lost despite striking out 10 in 5 2-3 innings. Rays left fielder Johnny Damon replaced Ramirez as the DH. Damon went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, and is 1 for 15 this year.
Haren (1-0) scattered four hits over 7 2-3 innings and struck out six.
Rangers 7, Mariners 3
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking double off Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez and Texas remained unbeaten.
The AL champion Rangers are 6-0 for the first time since 1996, when they set a team record by winning their first seven games.
Tigers 7, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE — Alex Avila homered and had a career-high five RBIs to back an effective pitching performance by Justin Verlander, and the Detroit Tigers ended the Baltimore Orioles’ unbeaten run.
Derrek Lee hit his first homer with the Orioles and Vladimir Guerrero got his first RBI. But Baltimore came up short in a bid to match the franchise-record 5-0 start of the 1970 squad that went on to win the World Series.
White Sox 10, Royals 7, 12 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carlos Quentin and the White Sox pulled off a two-out rally in the ninth inning against All-Star closer Joakim Soria, then Brent Morel hit a go-ahead two-run single in the 12th off Sean O’Sullivan (0-1).
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 3
TORONTO — Travis Snider hit a three-run home run, Yunel Escobar had three hits before leaving with an injury and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics.
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