Manny Machado’s three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox had gone ahead 5-3 in the sixth on consecutive homers by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but closer Joel Hanrahan could not hold the lead on a night when their nearly 10-year home sellout streak ended after two seasons in which they missed the playoffs.
Chris Davis led off the ninth with his fifth homer. Hanrahan (0-1) retired the next two batters, then allowed a single by Ryan Flaherty. He then walked Nolan Reimold and Nate McLouth to load the bases and threw a wild pitch that brought pinch runner Alexi Casilla home with the tying run.
On the next pitch, Machado hit the ball over the Green Monster for his first homer.
Darren O’Day (1-0) got the win and Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his third save.
Boston’s sellout streak began on May 15, 2003, lasted 820 games, including the post-season, and was the longest in major pro sports history. It broke the record of 814 set by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 1977 to 1995.
BLUE JAYS 8, TIGERS 6
In Detroit, Michigan, J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh inning as Toronto rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Detroit.
Detroit led 6-1 in the sixth, but starter Rick Porcello allowed hits to the first three batters. They all eventually scored, and Toronto added four more runs the following inning. Brayan Villarreal (0-1) came on with one on and one out in the seventh and proceeded to walk three straight hitters, forcing in a run. Arendcibia followed with a drive to the gap in left-center off Octavio Dotel.
Aaron Loup (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the Blue Jays. Casey Janssen, the last of five Toronto relievers, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
RAYS 2, RANGERS 0
In Arlington, Texas, Matt Moore and four Rays relievers combined on a five-hitter as Tampa Bay beat Texas in the coldest day game ever at Rangers Ballpark.
It was only 4oC when the game started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes. That was 22oC colder than Tuesday night.
Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Their other run came on a grounder after Derek Holland (0-1) walked the bases loaded, his only three walks in his eight innings.
Moore (2-0) limited Texas to a single and struck out five in five-plus innings, but walked six.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Royals 3, Twins 0
‧ Athletics 11, Angels 5
‧ Astros 8, Mariners 3
‧ Yankees-Indians postponed
AP, ST LOUIS
Jake Westbrook pitched a five-hitter as the St Louis Cardinals backed him with four home runs on Wednesday in routing the Cincinnati Reds 10-0.
Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in a span of seven at-bats off Homer Bailey as the Cardinals took two of three from the NL Central champions.
Matt Carpenter added a two-run homer on a four-hit day. Adams homered for the second straight game, and added an RBI double and a walk.
The Cardinals have dominated the Reds at home the past decade, losing just three of 28 series with two splits.
Westbrook (1-1) threw his fourth career shutout, walking four and striking out three.
It was his first shutout since Aug. 9, 2006, against the Angels with Cleveland, and his 15th career complete game. He even contributed an RBI single for St Louis’ final run.