• Davis continues torrid pace
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     | April 05,2013
     
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    Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis, right, celebrates his two-run home run at home with teammate Adam Jones during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Davis homered for the third straight day and drove in four runs Thursday to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Davis went 7 of 11 with three homers, three doubles and a major league-leading 11 RBIs in helping the Orioles win two of three games in the season-opening series. He drove in four for the second day in a row, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning and a two-run double that broke a 2-2 tie against Roberto Hernandez (0-1) in the sixth.

    Adam Jones had three more hits, giving him seven in a series that saw the three-four-five spots in Baltimore’s lineup go 17 for 37 with four homers, six doubles, 13 runs scored and 15 RBIs.

    Miguel Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    TWINS 8, TIGERS 2

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Pelfrey pitched into the sixth inning in his Minnesota debut, Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit home runs and the Twins took the season-opening series from the Detroit Tigers.

    Pelfrey (1-0) wasn’t charged with any earned runs, taking the mound less than a year after Tommy John surgery. The former New York Mets first-round draft pick was given a 3-2 lead when Willingham and Plouffe went deep against Tigers starter Rick Porcello (0-1).

    Four relievers kept the Twins in front for four innings, until they broke the game open with a five-run eighth against Brayan Villarreal. Tigers relievers gave up 10 runs over 10 innings in these three games.

    Miguel Cabrera got another RBI, his fourth of the year, but the Tigers had another quiet afternoon at the plate.

    ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 1

    CHICAGO — Jeremy Guthrie struck out nine and gave up one run in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a two-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Chicago White Sox.

    Guthrie (1-0) scattered five hits and walked one for Kansas City, which took its first lead of the season with three runs in the fifth inning and made it stick. Kansas City reliever Greg Holland worked the ninth for his first save.

    Chicago right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-1) gave up four hits and two runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.

    Gordon Beckham was 4 for 4 for Chicago, matching a career high set on May 12, 2012, at Minnesota.

    ATHLETICS 8, MARINERS 2

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes gave Brandon Maurer a rude welcome to the big leagues by hitting two-run homers off the Seattle rookie that led the Oakland Athletics past the Mariners.

    A.J. Griffin (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings and John Jaso drove in a run against his former team as the Athletics won back-to-back games to earn a split of the season-opening series.

    Michael Morse homered for the third straight day and joined Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 as the only Mariners to homer four times in the first four games. But that wasn’t enough as Maurer (0-1) struggled in his major league debut.

    CUBS 3, PIRATES 2

    PITTSBURGH — Travis Wood allowed one hit over six innings and the Chicago Cubs held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday.

    Wood struck out four and walked two as the Cubs won a season-opening series for the first time in four years. Wood also scored the game’s first run, racing home on Starlin Castro’s single in the third inning. Nate Schierholtz smacked a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Cubs some breathing room.

    Chicago needed it after another shaky outing from Carlos Marmol. The closer picked up his first save of the season, but only after the Pirates drew within one. Pittsburgh had the tying run on third with no outs, but Pedro Alvarez struck out and Neil Walker hit into a game-ending double play.

    PADRES 2, METS 1

    NEW YORK — Jedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI, and the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets for their first win of the season.

    Eric Stults (1-0) and five relievers combined on a five-hitter and struck out 14 for the Padres, who had not led in their first two games. Stults, who beat the Mets seven years ago for the Los Angeles Dodgers for his first big league win, made an opening-day roster for the first time.

    Mets starter Dillon Gee (0-1) returned from shoulder surgery last summer and was nearly as sharp. He opened with a walk, then retired 10 in a row and wound up giving up three hits in 6 1-3 innings.

    NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 1

    WASHINGTON — Jordan Zimmermann worked around eight hits over six innings, Ryan Zimmerman’s three hits included a two-run double, and the Washington Nationals completed a season-opening three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins.

    Jayson Werth tacked on a three-run homer in the seventh, and Bryce Harper had another eventful day, collecting two hits, taking an elbow to the face while scoring a run, and getting thrown out trying to steal third.

    The defending NL East champion Nationals outscored the Marlins 11-1 in the series.

    At least Miami finally got someone home, ending a 19-inning run drought in the second Thursday on Justin Ruggiano’s homer to right off Zimmermann (1-0). Wade LeBlanc (0-1) took the loss.

    INTERLEAGUE

    REDS 5, ANGELS 4

    CINCINNATI — Shin-Soo Choo homered on Joe Blanton’s first pitch of the game, the first of Cincinnati’s three homers off the right-hander, and the Reds pulled away to a victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

    The Reds took two of three during the first interleague series to open a season. Todd Frazier had a solo homer off Blanton (0-1), and Chris Heisey’s two-run shot put Cincinnati up 5-3 in the fifth. Blanton gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.

    Bronson Arroyo (1-0) gave up three runs in six innings, including Josh Hamilton’s two-run single that was his first hit for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a groundout.

    Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his first save.

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