Twins and Braves avoid 0-10 starts with breakthrough wins
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 16, 2016 04:00 PM
Minnesota Twins' Trevor Plouffe slides safely past Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Perez to score the go-ahead run on a double by Byung Ho Park during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Twins won 5-4, their first win of the season. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota and Atlanta both avoided the ignominy of starting the season 0-10 when they both broke through for their first victories on Friday, with the Twins edging the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta coming from three runs down after seven innings to beat Miami 6-3.
Elswhere, Chris Sale pitched a shutout as the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay in a one-run game, and the New York Mets held on to narrowly beat fast-finishing Cleveland in an interleague clash.
Minnesota's Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe hit consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth inning to provide such much-needed offensive power for the Twins, who had not scored more than three runs in a game before Friday.
Byung Ho Park drove in the go-ahead run for the Twins with a double in the eighth inning.
The Angels lost for the first time in five games.
Atlanta looked like becoming the first team since Detroit in 2002 to start 0-10 when they trailed 3-0 at Miami after seven innings.
Their comeback began with three consecutive hits in the seventh, including a double by Adonis Garcia to drive in the first Atlanta run. Nick Markakis' RBI single in the eighth made it 3-3, and Garcia's two-run double put the Braves ahead.
Chicago's Sale gave up only two hits as the White Sox beat Tampa Bay 1-0.
The sole run came when Melky Cabrera singled in Jimmy Rollins in the ninth.
Sale (3-0), struck out nine and retired 16 straight between hits in the second and seventh innings.
New York's Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning which lifted the Mets to a 6-5 victory over Cleveland.
The Mets had a majors-low two homers total over their first eight games, but emphatically ended that dry run as Michael Conforto and Alejandro De Aza added to the long shots by Cespedes and Walker.
Cleveland rallied with three times in the ninth and had two runners on base when Jeurys Familia retired Jose Ramirez to end it.
Houston's Dallas Keuchel pitched eight scoreless innings to steer the Astros to a 1-0 win against Detroit.
Keuchel (2-1), who was last year's American League Cy Young winner as the top pitcher, has won a franchise-record 17 straight regular season games at home. He hasn't lost in Houston since Aug. 10, 2014.
Colby Rasmus provided the offense with an RBI single.
Colorado took advantage of some shaky Chicago defense to win 6-1 and end the Cubs' five-game winning streak.
Chad Bettis (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his first career start against the Cubs, while Ben Paulsen had an RBI single and threw out a runner at the plate.
The Cubs managed only four singles and made four errors.
On a day that celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, a player named after him shone, with Robinson Cano getting two hits to help Seattle beat the New York Yankees 7-1.
Cano's father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great who broke the color barrier in the majors.
Cano began the season on a home run binge but had cooled off considerably, and was on a run of one hit from 19 plate appearances when he hit an early RBI single.
Boston's Rick Porcello pitched 6-1/3 solid innings to guide the Red Sox past Toronto 5-3.
Porcello (2-0) gave up only two hits while striking out eight and walking just one.
Travis Shaw hit a two-run double for Boston.
Washington improved to 8-1 for the first time since the franchise began as the Montreal Expos back in 1969, beating Philadelphia 9-1 as Bryce Harper had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun hit two long two-run home runs to power the Brewers to an 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh.
Baltimore's Mark Trumbo hit two of the Orioles' four home runs in a nine-run seventh inning that lifted them over Texas 11-5.
St. Louis' Matt Holliday had two of the Cardinals' six home runs in a 14-3 rout of Cincinnati.
Los Angeles' Kike Hernandez homered his first two times up against Madison Bumgarner, drove in four runs and prevented two more with a diving catch in left field, leading the Dodgers over San Francisco 7-3.
Kansas City extended its winning run to four with a 4-2 victory at Oakland, led by Kendrys Morales who had three hits and got his 500th career RBI.
Arizona's Jake Lamb dashed home with the go-ahead run on a soft infield single by Phil Gosselin with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Diamondbacks over San Diego 3-2.