Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking two-run single as part of the Rays four-run ninth inning that lifted them to a 4-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday, inflicting the Tigers first loss of the season.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander (0-1) took a one-hitter into the ninth and had not allowed a run all season, but he gave up one on a wild pitch. Evan Longoria then tied the game 2-2 with a single to left on Verlander’s 104th and final pitch.
Daniel Schlereth came on and allowed a walk to load the bases, and Zobrist singled up the middle off Jose Valverde.
Tampa Bay starter James Shields (1-0) allowed two runs in eight innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his third save.
MARINERS 4, RANGERS 3
In Arlington, Texas, John Jaso had an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to cap a three-run rally that gave Seattle victory over Texas.
Jaso, the No. 9 hitter playing his first game of the season, had a leadoff triple in the eighth and then scored Seattle’s first run on a single by Dustin Ackley.
Justin Smoak led off the ninth with a single against Joe Nathan (0-2) before Kyle Seager’s double. Jesus Montero then had a sacrifice fly and Michael Saunders an RBI double before Jaso’s liner up the middle.
Rookie left-hander Lucas Luetge (1-0) had two strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings for his first major league victory. Brandon League worked the ninth for third save in as many chances.
ATHLETICS 5, ROYALS 4, 12 INNINGS
In Oakland, Jonathan Broxton hit the batter with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, forcing Jemile Weeks home for the winning run.
Moments earlier, Broxton (0-1) had also hit Yoenis Cespedes to load the bases and the closer received a mound visit from the pitching coach, but stayed in.
It marked the third time in Athletics’ history they had won a game on a hit-by-pitch.
Coco Crisp’s RBI groundout earlier in the 12th tied it 4-4 after Kansas City’s Billy Butler had doubled home the go-ahead run in the top half of the inning against Andrew Carignan (1-1).
In Wednesday’s other games, it was:
‧ Yankees 6, Orioles 4,
‧ Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1
‧ Twins 6, Angels 5
‧ White Sox 10, Indians 6
AP, NEW YORK
The Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg outpitched the New York Mets’ Johan Santana in a matchup of aces on the mend, as the Nationals won 4-0 to spoil the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ first game.
Meeting in a blustery matinee, Strasburg (1-0) and Santana each got off to an erratic start, but settled into a duel between pitchers coming back from major arm operations.
Strasburg struck out nine in six innings.
Santana (0-1) allowed five hits in five-plus innings, while he and the bullpen combined to walk 10 and hit one batter.
REDS 4, CARDINALS 3
In Cincinnati, Joey Votto tied a career best with four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to complete Cincinnati’s comeback win over St Louis.
Down 3-0 in the third, the Reds tied the score in the fifth.
Votto doubled off Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) leading off the ninth. After an intentional walk and a strike out, Fernando Salas came on to pitch and pinch-hitter Chris Heisey lined a single to left for the crucial run.
Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman (2-0) struck out five in two scoreless innings.
PADRES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
In San Diego, Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted San Diego over Arizona, ending the Diamondbacks’ status as the last unbeaten team in the major leagues.