Jamie Moyer turned in a vintage performance in becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league game.
The 49-year-old Moyer threw seven masterful innings and Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer, helping the Colorado Rockies hold on for a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Moyer (1-2) was sharp all evening as he picked up his 268th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list.
Relying on a consistent cutter and mixing in a 125kph fastball, the cunning lefty gave up just six hits and two runs — both unearned — as he kept the Padres hitters at bay and off balance.
That’s been a winning recipe for Moyer over a career that’s stretched nearly a quarter century and included 689 games.
MARLINS 5, CUBS 2
In Miami, Ozzie Guillen made a victorious return to the dugout when pitchers Josh Johnson and Heath Bell snapped out of early-season slumps to help Miami beat Chicago.
Guillen returned from a five-game suspension imposed after his comments praising former Cuban president Fidel Castro caused a backlash.
Johnson allowed two runs in seven innings and Bell earned the save after four rocky outings. Streaking Hanley Ramirez broke a 2-all tie with a three-run homer in the eighth, his third.
NATIONALS 1, ASTROS 0
In Washington, Gio Gonzalez earned his first win with Washington, pitching seven dominant innings in a win over Houston.
The Nationals improved to 9-3, their best start since moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005.
Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out eight in his third start for Washington. The left-hander acquired from Oakland in the offseason also earned a standing ovation at the plate when he flied out to the warning track.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Braves 9, Mets 3
‧ Brewers 5, Dodgers 4
‧ Cardinals 2, Reds 1 (10)
‧ Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4
‧ Giants 4, Phillies 2
Mike Napoli hit two of Texas’ six home runs as the Rangers romped past the Boston Red Sox 18-3 on Tuesday for their fifth straight victory.
Josh Hamilton homered and matched his career high with five RBIs. Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz also connected for the Rangers.
Texas finished with a season-high 21 hits, tagging Jon Lester for eight of them before the Boston ace was pulled in the third inning. The Rangers provided more than enough run support for Colby Lewis (2-0), who settled down after a shaky start and finished pitched seven solid innings.
It was the most home runs for the Rangers in a game since they hit six against Detroit in August 2008.
YANKEES 8, TWINS 3
In New York, C.C. Sabathia shook off early trouble to get a rare April win for the Yankees and backup catcher Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single and had three RBIs for the first time in his career to lead New York over Minnesota.
Sabathia (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in 7-1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After falling behind 3-1 in the third, he didn’t allow a hit and retired 13 in a row during one stretch.
In going 19-8 last year, Sabathia didn’t get his first win until his fifth start. He is just 7-4 in March and April since joining the Yankees in 2009 and 18-14 through April in his career.
BLUE JAYS 7, RAYS 3
In Toronto, Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie homered as Toronto took advantage of a three-error game by normally sure-handed Evan Longoria to beat Tampa Bay.