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April 4, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Yangervis Solarte had three hits in his first major league start and Derek Jeter drove in a run to give the New York Yankees their first win this season, 4-2 over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Solarte singled during a two-run third inning that put New York up 2-1. He doubled in the fifth and scored on a single by Jeter to make it 3-1.

Houston cut the lead to one in the bottom half before Solarte came through again, this time with a single that drove in Ichiro Suzuki.

Solarte also had a nifty defensive play at third when he grabbed a liner hit right at him by Jose Altuve for the third out in the eighth.

Ivan Nova (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. David Robertson, who took over as closer for Mariano Rivera, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer also went 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.


BALTIMORE (AP) — David Ortiz had three of Boston’s 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen as the Red Sox got an effective pitching performance from Felix Doubront and four relievers.

Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three in the season-opening series between AL East rivals. Boston finished with 14 hits, 12 of them singles.

Matt Wieters had three hits for the Orioles, and Chris Davis had two hits and scored twice.

Doubront (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, and Boston’s bullpen maintained its 0.00 ERA with 3 1-3 innings of three-hit relief. Koji Uehara needed only seven pitches to retire the side in the ninth for his first save.

Chen (0-1) gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings.


ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Chris Archer threw six solid innings and Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer as Tampa Bay split a four-game series with Toronto.

Archer (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in his first start since he agreed to a $25.5 million, six-year deal Wednesday. The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million.

Longoria tied Carlos Pena for first on the Rays’ career home run list with 163 on his seventh-inning shot off Esmil Rogers that put Tampa Bay ahead 7-2.

Toronto’s Brandon Morrow (0-1) gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings in his first start since May 28.


CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Colabello had a career-high six RBIs and Oswaldo Arcia hit a go-ahead triple as Minnesota avoided a season-opening sweep.

Trailing 9-8 heading into the ninth, the Twins scored twice off Chicago closer Matt Lindstrom (0-1), who blew his first save chance in two opportunities. Trevor Plouffe hit a tying RBI single with two outs before Arcia’s triple off the wall in center gave Minnesota a 10-9 lead.

Glen Perkins picked up his first save after squandering Minnesota’s lead Wednesday. He got Paul Konerko to ground to third to end the game, giving manager Ron Gardenhire his 999th career win.

Caleb Thielbar (1-0) allowed Marcus Semien’s go-ahead homer in the eighth.


OAKLAND, California (AP) — Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Oakland over Seattle.

Crisp, who scored the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning, hit a towering home run off Seattle reliever Hector Noesi (0-1) on an 0-1 pitch. The ball landed just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. It’s the sixth game-ending hit of Crisp’s career.

Yoenis Cespedes and Sam Fuld also drove in runs for Oakland, which rallied from two runs down for its first walkoff win of the season.

Drew Pomeranz (1-0), the fifth A’s pitcher, worked one scoreless inning for the win.

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