The Associated Press
Apr. 16, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night.
Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with his new team, hitting a line drive to right-center off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan (0-1) leading off the second inning. Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff went deep to left.
Kouzmanoff also had two doubles, the second one driving in two runs to put the Rangers up 4-0 in the eighth. Ross (1-0), a former reliever, got his first win as a starter in his third try as the Rangers recorded their third straight win by shutout and fourth in seven victories overall.
Fielder's homer drought was the second-longest of his career to start the season. He twice went 14 games before his first long ball — in 2008 and 2010.
WHITE SOX 2, RED SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez scored the winning run in the ninth inning on a two-out throwing error by Xander Bogaerts, and Chicago edged Boston on a frigid night.
With the score tied at 1, Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) allowed a one-out single to Ramirez. After Tyler Flowers stuck out, Chris Capuano walked Adam Eaton. On a 3-2 count, Marcus Semien hit a grounder to Bogaerts, who one-hopped his throw to first baseman Mike Carp.
Carp wasn't able to scoop the throw and Ramirez, already running on the pitch, never stopped while rounding third and scored without a throw.
Daniel Webb (1-0) got one out for the victory.
The temperature at first pitch was 40 degrees. The upper deck was closed because of ice on the ramps.
Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox, who have won four of five. Daniel Nava homered for Boston, which has lost three straight.
Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli left in the ninth after injuring his left ring finger sliding into second base.
ROYALS 4, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Yordano Ventura threw seven strong innings for his first major league win to lead Kansas City over Houston.
Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals.
Ventura (1-0), an elite prospect with a 100 mph fastball, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in his fifth major league start.
Infante hit a solo shot in the first off Lucas Harrell (0-3) as the Royals found some offense after managing just five runs combined while getting swept last weekend in Minnesota.
Carlos Corporan homered for the Astros.
BLUE JAYS 9, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help Toronto beat Minnesota.
Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and an RBI, and Aaron Loup (1-0) won in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who lasted 3 2-3 innings on a 35-degree night at Target Field. The Blue Jays led 5-2 going into the ninth before Lawrie's drive off Jared Burton put it away.
Chris Colabello had three hits and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who had won three straight. Phil Hughes (0-1) watched an impressive start go to waste in Toronto's five-run sixth.