Posted: Apr 19, 2014 7:48 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2014 7:48 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) Mark Buehrle pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and remained unbeaten this season, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Saturday.
Jose Reyes hit an RBI single in his first game since opening day, when he strained his left hamstring in his first at-bat of the season and went on the disabled list.
Buehrle (4-0) lowered his ERA to 0.64 in four starts.
The left-hander who once pitched a perfect game was pulled after giving up a single and walk to start the eighth. He allowed four hits overall, struck out three and walked three.
Corey Kluber (1-2) allowed five runs in 6 2-3 innings.
TIGERS 5, ANGELS 2
DETROIT (AP) Max Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings and Detroit finally managed to beat Los Angeles.
Detroit had lost 10 straight to the Angels and hadn't beaten them since Aug. 26, 2012. The Tigers snapped that skid behind a sharp outing by Scherzer and home runs from Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez.
Albert Pujols hit his 498th homer, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth.
Scherzer (1-1) allowed a run and three hits with two walks. The AL Cy Young winner earned his first victory of the season, striking out Mike Trout three times and Pujols twice.
C.J. Wilson (2-2) gave up three earned runs in five innings.
J.B. Shuck led off the game with a homer, but that was all the scoring for the Angels until Pujols homered for the second straight day, hitting his sixth shot of the season.
RED SOX 4, ORIOLES 2
BOSTON (AP) Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera's suicide squeeze, lifting Boston over Baltimore.
David Ortiz had a solo homer and two hits for the World Series champion Red Sox, who have won three of four.
Nelson Cruz had a pair of run-scoring singles for the Orioles, who had a three-game winning streak halted.
Junichi Tazawa (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings of relief. Koji Uehara struck out three after a leadoff walk for his fourth save.
The benches emptied briefly in the seventh after Bud Norris (0-2) threw high and tight to David Ross, who was trying to sacrifice. Ross yelled something, but Orioles catcher Matt Wieters stepped in between and both sides retreated to the dugouts.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bruce Chen labored through five innings before the Kansas City bullpen took over, shutting down Minnesota.
The Royals have won five straight after getting swept last weekend in Minnesota.
Chen (1-1) allowed all four runs on eight hits and four walks, but the damage could have been worse. He twice walked the bases loaded, and his only clean inning was the first, when Brian Dozier hit a fly out that nearly left the park.
Still, a five-run fourth inning off Kevin Correia (1-1) staked Chen to a lead, and his bullpen made it stand up.
Danny Duffy tossed two scoreless innings, and Wade Davis navigated a perfect eighth before turning the game over to All-Star closer Greg Holland. He set down the top of the Minnesota lineup in order for his sixth save in as many chances.
ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Reddick hit an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning as Oakland handed Houston its sixth straight loss.
Jed Lowrie started the comeback with a leadoff home run against Chad Qualls (0-1).
Josh Donaldson walked and Yoenis Cespedes then singled. After Qualls struck out pinch-hitter John Jaso, Alberto Callaspo hit a tying single and Reddick followed with a one-out liner to right-center.
Dan Otero (3-0) pitched the ninth for the win after starter Scott Kazmir had gone eight strong innings.