Chen pitches win in 14-5 rout of Yanks

BLOWOUT::Chen Wei-yin gave up four runs and nine hits over five innings as the Orioles batters had 20 hits, while Boston had five double plays in a 10-7 loss to the Rangers

AP, New York

Thu, Apr 10, 2014 - Page 20

AMERICAN LEAGUE

In New York, Delmon Young, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters homered as the Baltimore Orioles teed off for 20 hits, battering the New York Yankees 14-5 on Tuesday night.

Young and Wieters each drove in three runs, and Jones delivered one of the Orioles’ four doubles at a half-empty Yankee Stadium.

Everyone in Baltimore’s starting lineup got a hit and scored a run. The Orioles posted their second-highest hit total in the Bronx, eclipsed only by a 22-hit outburst in 1986.

Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin (1-1) weathered five innings for the win, giving up four runs and nine hits.

Ivan Nova (1-1) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3-2/3 innings.

RANGERS 10, RED SOX 7

In Boston, Robinson Chirinos started a five-run third inning with his first homer of the season and the Texas Rangers won 10-7 as the Boston Red Sox hit into five double plays on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox scored three runs in the ninth against Joakim Soria on an RBI single by Jonny Gomes and a two-run double by David Ortiz, but Mike Napoli struck out to end the game.

Boston’s five double plays were one fewer than the American League record for a nine-inning game shared by eight teams. The major league mark of seven was set by the San Francisco Giants in 1969.

All of them came against Martin Perez (1-0).

Texas won for the second time in five games as every starter reached base by the fourth inning. Boston lost their fourth game in their past five.

Chirinos’ second career homer broke a scoreless tie and began an inning in which the Rangers batted around against Felix Doubront (1-0).

RAYS 1, ROYALS 0

In Kansas City, Missouri, James Loney hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Tampa Bay over Kansas City.

Rays starter Chris Archer wriggled out of two bases-loaded jams and went seven innings in an impressive pitchers’ duel between top young arms. Royals rookie Yordano Ventura dazzled in his season debut, holding Tampa Bay to two hits in six shutout innings.

Loney’s grounder to right scored Wil Myers, who snapped an 0-for-15 slump when he reached on an infield single to start the ninth. Myers advanced on a two-out wild pitch by Greg Holland (0-1).

Joel Peralta (1-1) struck out Danny Valencia with the bases loaded, and Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his second save.

Ventura walked none and struck out six, including Myers three times.

MARINERS 5, ANGELS 3

In Seattle, Corey Hart hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, sending Seattle past Los Angeles in their home opener.

The Mariners became the final major league team to open at home and improved to 4-0 against the Angels this season.

Before the game, a sold-out crowd at Safeco Field gave Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and other members of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks a raucous ovation.

Seattle scored four times with two outs in the third inning, capped by Hart’s three-run drive off starter Hector Santiago (0-2).

Mariners starter James Paxton (2-0) gave up first-inning homers to Albert Pujols and David Freese, then retired 14 straight. Paxton left in the sixth after straining a muscle on the left side of his back.

Fernando Rodney earned his second save, despite walking his first two batters in the ninth.

Robinson Cano’s home debut in Seattle was mostly uneventful. Cano went naught for three and scored a run.

Pujols hit his first homer of the season and became the second active player with 1,500 career RBIs.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Blue Jays 5, Astros 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PHILADELPHIA

Ryan Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over Philadelphia 10-4 on Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies’ home opener.

Coming off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Brewers won their fourth straight game and improved to 5-2.

Kyle Lohse (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits, walking five.

Braun connected twice off Kyle Kendrick (0-1), snapping the longest homerless drought of his career. The 2011 NL MVP came in with only three singles in 20 at-bats this season.

However, Braun, who is bothered by a right thumb injury, felt just fine, as usual, in Philadelphia. He has 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 20 career games at Citizens Bank Park.

GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3

In San Francisco, Michael Morse hit a two-run single to back Tim Hudson as each made memorable home debuts with their new team, and Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for San Francisco.

Hudson (2-0) shut down the D-backs for the second time in seven days with an eight-inning gem in his first outing at AT&T Park since he agreed to a US$23 million, two-year contract in November last year.

Belt’s drive off Trevor Cahill (0-3) gave him five homers and the Giants a majors-leading 12.

New Giants left fielder Morse emphatically pumped his fist at first base after a third-inning single, then added a two-out double in the fifth.

Belt became the first Giants player since Jose Cruz Jr in 2003 to hit five home runs through the first eight games.

NATIONALS 5, MARLINS 0

In Washington, Gio Gonzalez threw six crisp innings to lead Washington.

Gonzalez allowed three singles and two walks. He allowed one baserunner to get as far as second, and struck out five hitters. He retired his last 10 batters and is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

Adam LaRoche had three hits and drove in a run off Henderson Alvarez (0-2). Anthony Rendon went two-for-four with three RBIs as Washington improved to 5-2.

Miami entered an NL-best 5-2, a year after finishing with a league-high 100 losses. Led by Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins were averaging a majors-best six runs a game, but they could not solve Gonzalez or four relievers.

METS 4, BRAVES 0

In Atlanta, Bartolo Colon combined with two relievers on an eight-hitter, while Ruben Tejada drove in two runs with two hits as New York beat Atlanta. Jose Valverde loaded the basses in the ninth, before Jason Heyward flied to the warning track in center field to end it.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Cardinals 7, Reds 5

‧ Pirates 7, Cubs 6

In interleague play, it was:

‧ Dodgers 3, Tigers 2, 10 Inns

‧ White Sox 15, Rockies 3

‧ Indians 8, Padres 6