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Cabrera’s homer lifts Indians over White Sox

AP, CLEVELAND, OHIO

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer and assisted in the majors’ first triple play of the season to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Sunday.

Cabrera connected in the sixth inning off John Danks (0-1), putting Cleveland ahead 2-1.

The Indians got their first triple play in three years in the fourth.

First baseman Carlos Santana made a diving catch on Alexei Ramirez’s bunt, then threw the ball to Orlando Cabrera, who had moved from second base to first to get the out on A.J. Pierzynski.

Cabrera then threw to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera at second base for the putout on Carlos Quentin.

Indians starter Justin Masterson (1-0) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings.

RANGERS 5, RED SOX 1

In Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season as Texas swept their season-opening series with Boston.

David Murphy and Mike Napoli also homered as Texas’ first three hits — and four of five — were solo shots.

The reigning American League champion Rangers hit 11 home runs and outscored the Red Sox 26-11 in the series.

Texas is 3-0 for the second time in three years. Boston fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1996.

Boston’s Clay Buchholz (0-1) allowed only five hits over 6 1-3 innings, but four of them were homers.

TWINS 4, BLUE JAYS 3

In Toronto, Danny Valencia and Denard Span each homered to help Minnesota avoid a three-game sweep.

Jose Bautista hit his second homer of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Jays, who left the bases loaded in the ninth when Adam Lind grounded out against closer Joe Nathan.

Nick Blackburn (1-0) pitched 5 2-3 innings for the win and Nathan got his first save since 2009.

ORIOLES 5, RAYS 1

In St Petersburg, Florida, Zach Britton pitched six strong innings in his major league debut and J.J. Hardy hit a two-run double to lead Baltimore to the three-game sweep.

Britton (1-0) allowed one run and three hits, struck out six and walked three.

Mark Reynolds hit a tie-breaking RBI double in Baltimore’s three-run seventh, then added another RBI double in the ninth.

Tampa Bay’s Wade Davis (0-1) gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings.

In other games, it was:

‧ Tigers 10, Yankees 7

‧ Athletics 7, Mariners 1

‧ Royals 12, Angels 9, 13 inns

NATIONAL LEAGUE

REUTERS, LOS ANGELES

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored four runs in the seventh inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday and give them a 3-1 opening series victory over their arch-rivals.

Marcus Thames slugged a RBI triple in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie as the Dodgers scored four runs in the inning.

San Francisco, who had tied it by the top of the seventh after Pat Burrell hit a home run to follow Pablo Sandoval’s in the second, fought back with a run in the eighth.

The World Series champions also had the tying run at the plate in the ninth after Aaron Rowand’s lead-off home run, before Dodgers’ closer Jonathan Broxton got the final out.

Giants’ starting pitcher Barry Zito, who was involved in a car crash last week, threw six -innings and allowed three runs in a no-decision.

Reliever Dan Runzler was credited with the loss after he allowed four runs in one-third of an inning.

The Dodgers took an early 3-0 led in the first, with outfielder Matt Kemp hitting a two-run home run as he continued his powerful start to the season.

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