Wednesday's American League Capsules
Games played April 9, 2014
Originally published April 9, 2014 at 8:01 p.m., updated April 9, 2014 at 10:34 p.m.
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Ortiz's second homer was heading down the right-field line before it curled around the pole just 302 feet from home plate. Ortiz remained in the batter's box until first-base umpire Jerry Meals signaled a home run.
Rangers manager Ron Washington came out after Ortiz crossed the plate to ask for a review. After 44.1 seconds, the play was upheld.
Andrew Miller (1-0) won despite allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, and Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his second save. Alexi Ogando (0-1) was the loser.
ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Markakis had an RBI single in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Shawn Kelley, and Baltimore rallied for a victory in Masahiro Tanaka's first Yankee Stadium start.
Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer off Tanaka in the second inning of his first start at Yankee Stadium but Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson connected against Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning.
The Orioles, who managed seven hits while striking out 10 times against Tananka in seven innings, lined four straight singles to center field off Kelley (0-1).
Tommy Hunter gave up a run before getting Yangervis Solarte to ground into a double play for his third save. Brian Matusz got two outs (1-0) for the win.
BLUE JAYS 7, ASTROS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie hit a two-run homer and Brandon Morrow won for the first time in almost 11 months.
Alex Presley hit a two-run homer for the Astros, who have lost six of seven following a 2-0 start.
Morrow (1-1), limited to 10 starts last season with a nerve injury in his forearm, won for the first time since May 23, 2013, when he beat Baltimore. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings and struck out nine.
Steve Delabar got one out in the ninth but had to leave after he was hit on the lower right leg by Jose Altuve's liner. Esmil Rogers finished.
Jose Bautista hit an RBI double in the first and Adam Lind added an RBI single as the Blue Jays jumped out to a quick lead against Lucas Harrell (0-2).
INDIANS 2, PADRES 0
PADRES 2, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Robbie Erlin (1-0) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, and Chase Headley's single in the sixth off Trevor Bauer (0-1) drove in the go-ahead run as San Diego gained a doubleheader split.
Zach McAllister (1-0) allowed five hits in 7 2-3, innings and Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Eric Stults (0-2) as Cleveland won the opener.
ATHLETICS 7, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning off Jared Burton (0-1), and Oakland Athletics bounced back from another blown save by new closer Jim Johnson.
Dan Otero (1-0) got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who has given up seven runs, nine hits and six walks in five appearances with the A's.
Oakland has eight straight wins over the Twins, all with at least seven runs.
Minnesota trailed 4-0 after a rocky first inning by Phil Hughes, who needed 40 pitches to get for his first out and wound up allowing four runs, five hits and three walks in five innings.
ROYALS 7, RAYS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer and matched a career high with four RBIs.
Jeremy Guthrie (2-0) recovered from a sloppy start to hold the Rays to four hits over seven innings.
Kansas City broke open the game with a five-run fifth off Jake Odorizzi (1-1), part of 2012 trade that brought James Shields from Tampa Bay to Kansas City.
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