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Tigers win for first 6-0 start in 30 years

PILLAGING PIRATES:Andrew McCutchen drove in four runs in his return and Casey Sadler secured his first win as Pittsburgh hammered the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2


The Cleveland Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall, left, tags out the Detroit Tigers’ Nick Castellanos on a steal attempt during the fifth inning at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday.

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Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers improved to 6-0 for the first time in 30 years with an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first off T.J. House (0-1), and J.D. Martinez added a solo shot in the ninth as the Tigers finished off a three-game sweep.

Cabrera went four for four with his first two homers this season, a double and single. With Cabrera needing a triple for the cycle, Indians manager Terry Francona intentionally walked him in the eighth, even though there was a runner on first.

Kyle Lobstein (1-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings, and Joakim Soria worked the ninth for his second save.


In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs in his return to Pittsburgh’s lineup, and Neil Walker hit a three-run shot.

McCutchen took himself out of Friday night’s game because of soreness in his left knee and did not play on Saturday.

Casey Sadler (1-0) earned his first major league win, going five innings in his first career start.

Kyle Lohse (0-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6-1/3 innings.


In Miami, Nathan Karns (1-1) allowed two runs — one earned — and two hits in seven innings for his second career victory.

The Marlins, who came into the season with high hopes, went 1-5 on their opening home stand. Center fielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from the lineup as punishment for being late to batting practice.

Miami reserve third baseman Don Kelly and backup catcher Jeff Mathis suffered similar injuries that forced them from the game. Each broke the ring finger on his right hand.

David DeJesus had a three-run homer off Henderson Alvarez (0-2) that helped the Rays build a 7-2 lead.


In Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Kevin Gregg (0-1) in the 11th inning and Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched two innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th by striking out Todd Frazier, as St Louis took two of three in the series and has won 13 consecutive three-game series against Cincinnati.

The Reds’ Cuban right-hander Raisel Iglesias allowed three runs and five hits in five innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Signed in July last year to a US$27 million seven-year contract, he became the first Reds player since Mike Leake in 2010 to reach the majors without playing a minor league game.


In Atlanta, Georgia, Bartolo Colon helped himself with his first RBI in a decade, and Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth, dropping the Braves to 5-1.

Backed by Michael Cuddyer’s two-run homer in the first inning, Colon led 3-2 before Jonny Gomes’ seventh-inning homer just inside the left-field pole. Colon (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Juan Jaime (0-1) walked Curtis Granderson and Anthony Recker opening the eighth.

Jeurys Familia got two outs for his first save.


In Baltimore, Maryland, Jose Bautista hit the last of Toronto’s three home runs, a two-run drive in the eighth off Darren O’Day.

Dalton Pompey and Kevin Pillar also connected for the Blue Jays, who doubled their home run total for the season. Toronto scored 23 runs in the three-game series, twice reaching double figures.

Aaron Loup (1-1) pitched 1-2/3 perfect innings after starter Drew Hutchison gave up a career-high tying seven runs and seven hits in 4-1/3 innings. Miguel Castro worked the ninth for his second save.

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