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Orioles hand Tigers first loss of season, 3-1

April 7, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Chris Tillman outpitched Justin Verlander, allowing one run while working into the ninth, as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Sunday, handing Major League Baseball’s last undefeated team its first loss.

Tillman (1-0) gave up five hits, including Torii Hunter’s solo homer in the fourth, in 8 1-3 innings. Tommy Hunter entered with one out in the ninth and Victor Martinez on second base and retired the last two batters for his second save.

Verlander (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out three, moving past Tommy Bridges into fourth place on the Tigers’ all-time list with 1,674 in his career.

In other American League games, Texas’ Yu Darvish allowed seven hits over seven innings in his season debut and Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer to lead the Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.

Darvish (1-0) struck out six and walked one. Sidelined by neck stiffness, it was his first outing since a spring training game on March 16.

The Japanese star got his 500th career strikeout, coming in 401 2-3 innings, by fanning David DeJesus and Wil Myers in the first. According to the Rangers, it is the fewest innings for a starter to reach 500 strikeouts in MLB history.

The Yankees’ CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory of the season as New York topped the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4.

Sabathia (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six. He was hit hard in Tuesday’s opening day loss at Houston, allowing six runs and eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings.

Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run for New York.

The Boston Red Sox’s slow start to the season continued with a 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Yovani Gallardo (2-0) made his second straight scoreless start as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep.

The World Series champion Red Sox, who never had a losing record last year, fell to 2-4 and matched their longest skid of 2013. They were swept just once last season, in a three-game series against the Texas Rangers from May 3-5.

The Red Sox have lost their first three home games for the first time since 1984.

In the National League, Ian Desmond led off the seventh inning with a home run — the only run of the game scored on a hit — as the Washington Nationals and their makeshift lineup avoided a sweep with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Desmond ripped a fastball from Alex Wood (1-1) well into the left field bleachers, the Nationals’ first hit of the game since the first inning.

Taylor Jordan allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings, working out of several jams along the way, and Jerry Blevins (1-0) retired two batters in the seventh to get the win.

Pittsburgh’s Tony Sanchez hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning as the Pirates edged the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1.

Sanchez’s double to deep center field with two outs came off Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (1-1) and broke a 1-1 tie.

The hit was Sanchez’s second game-winning hit of the week after he singled home the winning run in the 16th inning of Wednesday’s victory over the Chicago Cubs.

In Chicago, Ryan Kalish hit a two-run double and an RBI triple as the Cubs avoided a sweep by topping the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3.

Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva (1-2) allowed a run in five innings in his first start and third outing of the season.

A.J. Burnett (0-1), who signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies after he spent the last two seasons with the Pirates, allowed eight runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out three but walked six.

In other AL games, the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7, the Houston Astros ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals 5-1, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3.

In the NL, the San Diego Padres got a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 2-1, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3, and the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the San Francisco Giants 6-2.

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