Pearce's RBI single in 10th wins it for O's
AL ASSOCIATED PRESS,
Freddy Garcia dazzled in his Baltimore debut.
Steve Pearce's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Baltimore also got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold.
"That was a good debut for us. I'm real proud of Freddy," manager Buck Showalter said. "He was a difference-maker today. But that's Freddy. That's what he's been doing for a long, long time. He just kept getting us off the field. I mean, day game after a night game and the number of games we're played on the road, there's less than crisp legs.
"I heard everybody in Norfolk raving about what a good teammate he was down there and how impressed they were by the way he carried himself. So you can see why people want him around."
Garcia allowed two runs and three hits over 62-e innings in his Orioles debut after getting staked to a 4-0 lead. The 36-year-old right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh before Erick Aybar led off with a looping single to center. Mark Trumbo then drove a 2-1 delivery into the left field bullpen for his eighth homer and fifth in six games.
"I've been waiting for this start and this opportunity and I had to make it happen," Garcia said. "I had to throw strikes against this team because they're pretty good. I was throwing my sinker early and working fast. That was the key. Then I was throwing my other stuff and changing speeds like I always do. I tried to make a good pitch (On Aybar) and he hit a good pitch."
Former Angels right-hander Darren O'Day relieved Garcia after a single by Alberto Callaspo and struck out Howie Kendrick to end the seventh. But in the eighth, the right-hander gave up a bunt single by Hank Conger and a walk to pinch-hitter Scott Cousins, and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by J.B. Shuck. Conger scored on Aybar's groundout and Mike Trout delivered the tying run, fighting off a 2-2 pitch and fisting it over the head of first baseman Pearce for an RBI single.
Garcia began spring training with San Diego after signing a minor league contract in January, and was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six Cactus League starts before the Padres released him on March 24. The Orioles signed him three days later and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts.
Garrett Richards (1-3) making his first relief appearance after five starts in place of the injured Jered Weaver, gave up a leadoff single through the box by Adam Jones. Jones was forced on a grounder by Reimold who advanced to second on Hardy's grounder before Pearce lined an 0-1 pitch to right field for the deciding run.
Detroit 17, Astros 2: Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and tied a career high with six RBIs, leading Detroit over Houston.
Cabrera went 4 for 4 with a walk. Last year's Triple Crown winner is hitting .390 this season.
The Tigers have won eight of nine. Houston has lost five in a row.
Max Scherzer (4-0) gave up one run and three hits while striking out eight in eight innings. Lucas Harrell (3-3) gave up eight runs in 41-e innings.
Mariners 8, Blue Jays 1: Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam, Michael Saunders homered twice and the Seattle Mariners roughed up reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, beating the struggling Toronto Blue Jays.
Pitching on an extra day of rest as he tried to overcome neck and back soreness, Dickey (2-5) lost his third straight start. He allowed six hits, including a season-high three home runs.
Indians 7, Twins 3: Scott Kazmir earned his first victory in three seasons, Nick Swisher homered in his first at-bat since missing three games with a sore shoulder and the Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota for their sixth straight victory.
Kazmir (1-1), a two-time AL All-Star who pitched in an independent league last season, allowed two runs in six innings. It was his first win since beating Tampa Bay on Sept. 19, 2010, while with the Angels.
Yankees 4, Athletics 2: Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings of four-hit ball for his first win of the season, and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics.
Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered against Bartolo Colon (3-1), sending the A's to their only loss in the right-hander's six starts this year. Hughes (1-2) struck out nine and outpitched his former New York teammate for his first victory since Sept. 20 against Toronto.
Royals 2, White Sox 0: Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club-record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals' win over the Chicago White Sox.
Guthrie is 9-0 in the 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012, against the White Sox. Paul Splittorff held the Royals' record with 16 straight undefeated starts in 1977-78.