MLB: Yanks, Red Sox get first wins
Published 12:00 am Monday, April 9, 2012
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BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees finally won their first game of the season, using four hits by Derek Jeter and an effective pitching performance by Ivan Nova to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday night.
Andruw Jones homered for the Yankees, who averted the fourth 0-4 start in franchise history — the first since 1973. New York began the season by losing three straight to Tampa Bay.
Matt Wieters went 4 for 4 with a homer for the Orioles, who were coming off a season-opening, three-game sweep of Minnesota.
RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO — Ryan Sweeney singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Blue Jays 4-2 on Monday night, spoiling Toronto’s home opener and avoiding the first back-to-back 0-4 starts in team history.
Dustin Pedroia homered and scored the tying run as the Red Sox handed new Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos his second blown save in three appearances.
Handed a 2-1 lead to start the ninth, Santos (0-1) surrendered a leadoff double to Pedroia, who advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.
WHITE SOX 4, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND — Chris Sale won his first career start, limiting Cleveland to one run in 6 2-3 innings and leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Indians on Monday night.
Sale pitched out of Chicago’s bullpen the past two seasons but moved into the rotation after ace Mark Buehrle left as a free agent this winter.
CARDINALS 7, REDS 1
CINCINNATI — Matt Holliday, David Freese and Yadier Molina homered during the St. Louis Cardinals’ big first inning, and Jake Westbrook found his control after a rough start, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Monday night.
BRAVES 8, ASTROS 3
HOUSTON — Travis Buck drove in two runs, Justin Maxwell homered in his Houston debut and the Astros rebounded from an early deficit thanks to sloppy defensive play by the Atlanta Braves in an 8-3 win on Monday night.
The loss drops Atlanta to 0-4 for the first time since losing 10 straight to open the 1988 season.
GIANTS 7, ROCKIES 0
DENVER — A new delivery helped Barry Zito look like his old self.
San Francisco’s 33-year-old lefty tweaked his delivery and toyed with the Colorado Rockies, throwing a four-hitter for his first shutout in nine years and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer to lead the Giants to a 7-0 win Monday.
BREWERS 7, CUBS 5
CHICAGO — Aramis Ramirez drove in two runs in his return to Wrigley Field, Ryan Braun got booed relentlessly and the Milwaukee Brewers hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Monday night.
The Brewers were sailing along with a four-run lead going into the ninth when things got real interesting. The Cubs scored two runs and loaded the bases before John Axford struck out Starlin Castro looking on three pitches to end the game.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA — That ailing shoulder is no longer a question for Anibal Sanchez.
The righty took a three-hitter into the seventh, Omar Infante hit a pair of solo homers and the Miami Marlins spoiled the Philadelphia Phillies’ home opener with a 6-2 victory on Monday afternoon.
METS 4, NATIONALS 3
NEW YORK — Daniel Murphy singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the undefeated New York Mets took advantage of a throwing error by reliever Henry Rodriguez to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Monday night.