Chris Tillman outpitched Justin Verlander, allowing one run while working into the ninth, as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Sunday, handing the MLB’s last undefeated team their first loss.
Tillman (1-0) gave up five hits, including Torii Hunter’s solo homer in the fourth, in 8-1/3 innings. Tommy Hunter entered with one out in the ninth and Victor Martinez on second base, and retired the last two batters for his second save.
Verlander (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings, striking out three to move past Tommy Bridges into fourth place on the Tigers’ all-time list with 1,674 strikeouts in his career.
In other American League games, Texas’ Yu Darvish allowed seven hits over seven innings in his season debut, as Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer to lead the Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.
Darvish (1-0) struck out six and walked one in his first outing since a spring training game on March 16.
The Japanese star got his 500th career strikeout — coming in 401-2/3 innings — by fanning David DeJesus and Wil Myers in the first to become the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts in MLB history.
In Toronto, the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory of the season as New York topped the Blue Jays 6-4.
Sabathia (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six, while Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer for New York.
Elsewhere in the AL, the Boston Red Sox’s slow start to the season continued with a 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in which Yovani Gallardo (2-0) made his second straight scoreless start as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep.
The World Series champions, who never had a losing record last year, fell to 2-4, matching their longest skid of last year.
The Red Sox were swept just once last season, in a three-game series against the Texas Rangers, and Sunday’s loss marked the first time they have dropped their initial three home games since 1984.
In other AL games, the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7, the Houston Astros ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals 5-1 and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3
In the National League, Ian Desmond led off the seventh inning with a home run — the only run of the game scored on a hit — as Washington and their makeshift lineup avoided a sweep with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.
In the Nationals’ first hit of the game, Desmond ripped a fastball from Alex Wood (1-1) well into the left-field bleachers, as Taylor Jordan allowed one run over 6-2/3 innings and Jerry Blevins (1-0) retired two batters in the seventh for the win.
Also on Sunday, Pittsburgh’s Tony Sanchez hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the seventh as the Pirates edged the St Louis Cardinals 2-1.
Sanchez’s double to deep center field with two outs came off Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (1-1) and broke a 1-1 tie.
In Chicago, Ryan Kali two-run double and an RBI triple as the Cubs avoided a sweep by topping the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3.
Elsewhere in the NL, the San Diego Padres got a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 2-1, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 and the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the San Francisco Giants 6-2.