David Ortiz drives in 5 as Red Sox rout Rays: AL roundup
C.J. Wilson, Angels dust Yankees
BOSTON — David Ortiz drove in five runs and hit one of Boston's five home runs as the Red Sox pounded the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight day, 13-5 on Saturday.
The game was tied 5-all until Mike Aviles hit a go-ahead homer after replacing the injured Jacoby Ellsbury as the leadoff hitter, starting a three-run seventh inning. The Red Sox added five runs in the eighth one day after scoring eight in that inning.
The outburst was more remarkable because Boston had scored a total of just 57 runs in 18 games against Tampa Bay last season.
The Red Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning as Clay Buchholz (1-0) settled down after that rough start.
NEW YORK — C.J. Wilson beat the Yankees for the first time in his career, Albert Pujols and his teammates teed off and the Los Angeles Angels romped past New York 7-1 Saturday.
Howie Kendrick, Chris Iannetta and Vernon Wells homered as the Angels ended their three-game skid and stopped New York's winning streak at four.
Pujols got in the swing, too, after a quiet start with his new club. He singled sharply his first time up, then hit an RBI double that one-hopped the centre-field wall. He later lined out twice and flied out to the fence in left.
Wilson (2-0) effectively pitched inside and worked out of frequent trouble, allowing only one run in six innings. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the game and stranded runners at second and third in each of his last three innings.
MINNEAPOLIS — Yu Darvish kept wriggling out of trouble in five-plus innings, Josh Hamilton homered among his three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Saturday.
Adrian Beltre drove in two runs and put Texas ahead with a single in the seventh that scored Brandon Snyder, who had a career-high three hits.
The Rangers won their third straight and for the sixth time in seven games.
Denard Span led the Twins with three hits and an RBI double that tied the game at 2 in the sixth.
But the Twins failed to score with the bases loaded on three occasions, and lost for the sixth time in their first eight games.
Darvish, making his second start, was removed after hitting Jamey Carroll and walking Justin Morneau to load the bases with two outs in the sixth. He allowed two runs — one earned — on nine hits, striking out four and walking four.
CHICAGO — Gavin Floyd overcame control problem to pitch six scoreless innings and Alexei Ramirez homered as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Saturday.
Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk, making first big league start, was hit in his pitching shoulder by teammate Prince Fielder's foul ball while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning.
Wilk (0-1) left with a bruised shoulder but is expected to make his next start. He allowed two runs on three hits in five innings Saturday. He struck out four and walked one.
Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox, who won their fourth straight game.
Floyd (1-1) pitched around three walks and three hit batters. He struck out six and allowed only three hits.
TORONTO — Nolan Reimold hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Reimold blasted a 1-0 pitch from Jays reliever Francisco Cordero (0-1) to deep left field, making a winner of reliever Luis Ayala (1-0).
Chris Davis and Wilson Betemit also homered for Baltimore (5-3) and Jim Johnson worked the ninth inning for his fourth save. Kelly Johnson hit a solo homer for Toronto (4-4).
Jays starter Henderson Alvarez settled down after a shaky start to pitch seven effective innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits.
The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the opening frame. Alvarez got Matt Wieters to ground to short but Adam Jones prevented a double play with a hard slide, allowing J.J. Hardy to score the game's first run.
Johnson answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer.
SEATTLE — Jesus Montero finally made the splash Seattle's been waiting for with a solo home run and a two-run double, Hector Noesi threw eight shutout innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Saturday night.
The two centrepieces Seattle received in its major off-season trade with the New York Yankees shined together on the same night. Montero showed off his power with a line-drive homer in the second inning and later his ability to go to opposite fields by lining a two-out double just inside the right-field line to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Noesi (1-1) was brilliant on the mound, rebounding from a rough first start for Seattle. Noesi gave up five hits, struck out six and picked up his first major league victory as a starter.
Oakland's Tommy Milone (1-1) took a one-hitter into the sixth inning before Seattle scored three times to break the game open.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-9 on Saturday night in a testy affair with three ejections and a pair of bench-clearings.
The Royals rallied from a seven-run hole to force extra innings before Choo pounded a pitch from Greg Holland (0-1) to centre field. Jarrod Dyson nearly caught it at the top of the wall, but the ball popped loose and Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley scored the go-ahead runs.
Jairo Asencio (1-1) earned his first major league win by pitching a clean ninth inning, while Chris Perez set the Royals down in order for his second save of the season.
With files from The Canadian Press