Birds bow to Twins
Aaron Hicks ended an 0-for-13 skid with a tiebreaking RBI single in a two-run seventh inning, rallying the Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Sunday.
J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who dropped the final two games of the weekend set. It was their first series loss to the Twins since July 2010.
Trailing 3-2, the Twins started their comeback when Jason Hammel (1-1) plunked Trevor Plouffe on the left elbow leading off the seventh and Wilkin Ramirez followed with a single. After Brian Dozier's sacrifice bunt, pinch-hitter Chris Parmelee tied it with a sacrifice fly and Hicks got his go-ahead hit.
Anthony Swarzak (1-0), activated from the disabled list before the game after missing time with fractured ribs, pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his second save.
Hardy's two-run homer gave the Orioles the lead in a three-run second.
Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 0: Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs, two off NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, and Boston routed Toronto.
Yankees 7, Tigers 0: CC Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings and Jayson Nix homered off Justin Verlander in the three-run second, lifting New York.
Indians 13, Rays 0: Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hit three-run homers off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price, Justin Masterson pitched seven strong inning and Cleveland hammered Tampa Bay.
Athletics 9, Astros 3: Brett Anderson struck out 10 more Houston batters and Oakland backed him with three home runs for a three-game sweep.
White Sox 4, Mariners 3: Dayan Viciedo hit a solo home run with one out in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago.
Rangers 7, Angels 3: Lance Berkman, David Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered for Texas, which won two of three games in its home-opening series against Los Angeles.
In the National League:
Dodgers 6, Pirates 2: Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first major league victory, shrugging off a two-run homer in the first inning by Andrew McCutchen and pitching Los Angeles to a three-game sweep.
Cardinals 14, Giants 3: Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Matt Carpenter and St. Louis roughed him up in a romp.
Braves 5, Cubs 1: Tim Hudson pitched six-plus strong innings and added an RBI and Ramiro Pena hit a two-run single to lead Atlanta.
Mets 4, Marlins 3: Marlon Byrd grounded a two-run single just inside third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to key New York.
Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 7: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske belted a long two-run homer in the 11th inning and Arizona completed a three-game series sweep.
Rockies 9, Padres 1: Dexter Fowler hit an early two-run homer and Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning, helping Colorado to its first sweep of San Diego at Coors Field in 10 years.