Derek Jeter singled and scored in the first inning, and then broke the game open with a homer during a four-run seventh.
The damage came against Royals starter Bruce Chen (0-4), who has lost four straight after a pair of no decisions to start the year.
TWINS 3, MARINERS 2
In Seattle, Washington, Joe Mauer’s two-out RBI single in the seventh inning helped Minnesota rally to beat Seattle, handing the Mariners their seventh straight loss.
The Twins snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak when they scored three runs in the seventh.
Seattle’s Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) struggled through four batters and made a costly throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. Mauer followed with a single up the middle that glanced off the glove of the shortstop.
Twins starter Carl Pavano (2-2) needed just 69 pitches to get through six innings. Matt Capps worked the ninth for the save.
Washington’s Wilson Ramos delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Nationals a 4-3 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
Steve Lombardozzi started the winning rally against Michael Schwimer (0-1) by singling with two outs, and 19-year-old Bryce Harper — the youngest player in the majors — drew his third walk of the game before Jayson Werth also walked to load the bases.
That brought up Ramos, who drove in Lombardozzi.
Ryan Perry (1-0) earned the win.
CUBS 5, DODGERS 4
In Chicago, Illinois, Paul Maholm allowed only one run in six crisp innings to lead Chicago to a tight win over Los Angeles. Maholm (3-2) has won his past three outings, giving up just three runs over 18-1/3 innings during the streak.
David DeJesus and Alfonso Soriano each had three hits for the Cubs.
Chad Billingsley (2-2) gave up four runs in six innings for the Dodgers.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 4
In New York, Cody Ransom hit a two-run homer and a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help Arizona hand New York their fourth straight loss.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Reds 6, Pirates 1
‧ Braves 9, Rockies 8, 11 inns
‧ Astros 5, Cardinals 4
‧ Brewers 6, Giants 4
‧ Marlins 9, Padres 8, 12 inns