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Rangers no-hit into 7th, rally to beat Blue Jays

Rangers no-hit into 7th, rally to beat Blue Jays

Shaun Marcum didn't give up a hit into the seventh inning for Toronto before the Texas Rangers rallied for a 5-4 win on opening day Monday thanks to a Jarrod Saltalamacchia RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Texas scored twice in the ninth off Blue Jays closer Jason Frasor (0-1).
Michael Young, the longest-tenured Texas player in his 10th season, had a leadoff double before Josh Hamilton took a called third strike. Vladimir Guerrero then had an infield single, though second baseman Aaron Hill made a diving stab deep behind the base to keep the tying run from scoring.
But Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double down the right-field line and Chris Davis was intentionally walked to load the bases. Saltalamacchia's flyball to right-center was well out of reach for the drawn-in outfield.
White Sox 6, Indians 0
At Chicago, Mark Buehrle allowed three hits over seven innings and Paul Konerko got his 12th season in Chicago off to a good start with a two-run homer in the first inning.
Buehrle simply shut down the Indians, spoiling Cleveland manager Manny Acta's debut and Jake Westbrook's first start in nearly two years.
Alex Rios added a solo homer off Tony Sipp in the eighth and ended the game with a diving catch on Travis Hafner's line drive to center.
Buehrle, starting his club-record eighth opener, looked more like the four-time All-Star he is than the guy who won just twice after his perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23.
Tigers 8, Royals 4
At Kansas City, Missouri, Johnny Damon and Brandon Inge drove in two runs each in a six-run seventh inning against Kansas City's shaky bullpen.
Earlier on the wind-swept opening day, Yuniesky Betancourt's two-run home run and Billy Butler's bases-loaded single staked Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke to a 4-2 lead over Justin Verlander in a duel between two of baseball's premier starters.
Greinke departed after allowing six hits and one earned run through six innings.
Robinson Tejeda (0-1) got just one out and allowed three runs. Joel Zumaya (1-0) went one inning and a batter, throwing 12 pitches.
Angels 6, Twins 3
At Anaheim, California, Hideki Matsui drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and added an eighth-inning homer in his dynamic Angels debut, and Jered Weaver pitched six strong innings to help Los Angeles beat Minnesota.
Jeff Mathis and Kendry Morales also homered as the Angels opened their 50th season and their run at a fourth straight American League West title with their sixth victory in the last seven openers.
Delmon Young hit a two-run homer as the Twins opened chase of their sixth division title in nine seasons with an unimpressive effort from Scott Baker (0-1).
Mariners 5, Athletics 3
At Oakland, California, Casey Kotchman hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to go along with two earlier RBIs in an impressive Seattle debut, lifting the Mariners over Oakland.
Kotchman hit an RBI double in the first and a third-inning sacrifice fly that staked ace Felix Hernandez to a 3-0 lead that Seattle couldn't keep.
Brandon League (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win and David Aardsma finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
Brad Ziegler (0-1) took the loss.
Chone Figgins _ Seattle's speedy new No. 2 hitter _ stole two bases and scored twice.


Updated : 2021-07-31 08:01 GMT+08:00