Blue Jays edge Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brett Cecil pitched into the seventh inning in his first appearance of the season, Alex Gonzalez had two RBIs during a four-run first and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Friday night.

Cecil (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the injured Brian Tallet, gave up four runs, six hits, one walk and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander departed after allowing Gabe Kapler's two-run homer in the seventh that got Tampa Bay to 6-4.

Vernon Wells hit an RBI double, Gonzalez drove in two with a single and Jose Bautista added a run-scoring double as the Blue Jays took a 4-0 lead in the first.

Matt Garza (3-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 3

BOSTON (AP) - Jim Johnson walked Adrian Beltre with the bases loaded to force in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and David Ortiz hit his first homer of the season, leading Boston to its ninth straight win over Baltimore.

Boston won its third in four games after a five-game losing streak. The Red Sox were 16-2 against the Orioles in 2009, winning the final eight meetings.

Adam Jones had a two-run homer for Baltimore, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit but dropped to a major league-worst 2-15 this season.

Manny Delcarmen (1-1) got the win despite allowing an inherited runner to score in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his fourth save.

Matt Albers (0-2) took the loss.

Twins 8, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jim Thome homered and drove in three runs, and Carl Pavano overcame a bizarre inside-the-park homer by David DeJesus to lift Minnesota.

Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs and J.J. Hardy homered for the Twins, who had 11 hits to clinch their first winning April (12-5) since 2007.

Royals starter Gil Meche (0-2) struggled with his command, nibbling at the corners a little too much for his second straight early-exit.

Pavano (3-1) shook of a shaky start against the Royals on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings - and one head-scratching homer by DeJesus.

Rangers 5, Tigers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Elvis Andrus drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single to lift Texas past Detroit.

Justin Smoak, called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day for his major league debut, led off the ninth with a walk off Fu-Te Ni (0-1).

Smoak advanced to second on Matt Treanor's sacrifice bunt, and pinch hitter Ryan Garko was intentionally walked. Ryan Perry walked pinch hitter Nelson Cruz to load the bases, and Andrus drove in pinch runner Joaquin Arias from third with a line drive to right-center.

Vladimir Guerrero homered and reached base three times for Texas.

The Rangers got strong work from their bullpen until closer Naftali Felix (1-0) faltered in the ninth for his first blown save after converting his first two opportunities of the season.

White Sox 7, Mariners 6

CHICAGO (AP) - Andruw Jones hit a game-ending home run in the ninth inning and also homered in the first, leading the White Sox past Seattle.

Paul Konerko homered and drove in two runs and Alex Rios hit a tying RBI double for the White Sox, who won for the second time in eight games.

Former Mariners reliever Matt Thornton (2-1) was dominant, striking out five in 2 1-3 innings.

With two outs in the ninth, Jones came back from an 0-2 to count to homer off Mariners reliever Mark Lowe (1-2) into the left field bullpen.

Jose Lopez hit his first career grand slam in the seventh inning for the Mariners who lost for just the second time in nine games.

Athletics 10, Indians 0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kurt Suzuki homered for the second consecutive game and three Oakland pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

Justin Duchscherer (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings to win for the second time in three starts and Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in two runs to snap out of a long batting slump with runners in scoring position. At 11-7, the A's have their best record after 18 games since going 12-6 in 1992.

Suzuki, whose three-run home run off Yankees ace CC Sabathia keyed Oakland's 4-2 win over New York on Thursday, hit a two-run shot off Cleveland's Jake Westbrook (0-2) in the sixth inning. Suzuki also had two singles.

Angels 6, Yankees 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kendry Morales hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning to lead the Angels.

Angels catcher Bobby Wilson, making his first big league start, sustained a concussion and injured left ankle in a collision at the plate with Mark Teixeira. Wilson will go on the disabled list Saturday.

Hideki Matsui, last year's World Series MVP with the Yankees, led off the eighth with a single. Reggie Willits pinch ran before Morales drove a 1-1 pitch from Chamberlain (0-1) to right field for his fifth homer.

Fernando Rodney (2-0), back in the setup role since closer Brian Fuentes returned from the disabled list, pitched a hitless eighth for the victory. Fuentes set down the Yanks 1-2-3 in the ninth for his second save.


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