Saturday's American League Capsules
Games played April 5, 2014
Originally published April 5, 2014 at 10:29 p.m., updated April 5, 2014 at 11:25 p.m.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyle Gibson limited Cleveland to one run in his season debut after Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run, leading Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Gibson (1-0) allowed three hits in five-plus innings as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Indians.
Gardenhire, who has managed Minnesota since 2002, joined Tom Kelly as the only managers in Twins history to reach 1,000 wins.
Gardenhire is the fifth active manager to hit the milestone and the 10th in major league history to get every one of the wins with the same team. The 56-year-old "Gardy" has guided the Twins to six AL Central titles.
Dozier homered on the second pitch from Carlos Carrasco (0-1).
TIGERS 7, ORIOLES 6
DETROIT (AP) — Torii Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Detroit Tigers withstood a five-run ninth inning by Baltimore.
Rick Porcello (1-0) allowed a run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in his first start of the season, and the Tigers (4-0) remained baseball's only undefeated team. But the Orioles nearly pulled off a remarkable rally after trailing 7-1 entering the ninth.
Joe Nathan got the final two outs for his first save with the Tigers, retiring Chris Davis on a flyout with two on to end it.
Mariners 3, Athletics 1
OAKLAND, Calif. — Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs.
Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.
Dan Straily (0-1) allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
RAYS 5, RANGERS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Loney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning.
Loney lined an opposite-field drive off Neal Cotts (0-1) that went over left fielder Shin-Soo Choo and put the Rays up 5-4. Brandon Gomes (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth before Grant Balfour got the final three outs for his first save.
Yunel Escobar and Matt Joyce homered for the Rays. David Price gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Texas right-hander Nick Martinez allowed three runs and four hits over six innings in his major league debut.
Brewers 7, Red Sox 6, 11 innings
BOSTON (AP) — Khris Davis doubled in the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game, and scored on Logan Schafer's double.
Tyler Thornburg (1-0) earned the win with a perfect 10th inning. Burke Badenhop (0-1) came in to start the 11th and gave up Davis' one-out double, then Schafer one-hopped the Green Monster between the left and center fielders.
Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the 11th for his second save.
Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez each had three of Milwaukee's 19 hits. Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds each hit a solo homer in the second inning — the first hit of the season for Reynolds, who was signed as a free agent on Jan. 17.
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 0
TORONTO (AP) — R.A. Dickey and three relievers combined for a shutout, and Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera homered.
Dickey (1-0) allowed six runs and five hits in his season-opening start at Tampa Bay last Monday but was much sharper against New York. The 2012 NL Cy Young winner gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out six.
Aaron Loup got one out and Brett Cecil two before Sergio Santos worked the final 1 1-3 innings for his second save in as many chances.
Right-hander Michael Pineda (0-1) made his first major league start for New York since he was acquired in a January 2012 trade with Seattle. Pineda hurt his shoulder that spring and underwent season-ending surgery in May.
ANGELS 5, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run and Tyler Skaggs pitched eight innings of four-hit ball.
Skaggs (1-0) allowed an unearned run and struck out five. Skaggs was making his Angels debut after being acquired in the offseason from Arizona in a trade that sent outfielder Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.
Hamilton followed David Freese's run-scoring single with his second homer in two days, extending the lead to 4-1 in the fifth off Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over five innings.
ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning.
Alex Gordon doubled off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) before Perez hit Maikel Cleto's second pitch down the left-field line.
Wade Davis (1-1) let the White Sox tie it at three when gave up two runs in the eighth on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and sacrifice fly.
Greg Holland worked around a leadoff walk for his second save in two days.
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