ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jorge Posada homered twice and had five RBIs, Alex Rodriguez added a solo shot and the Yankees beat up on Bartolo Colon and the Los Angeles Angels in a 10-1 victory Sunday to avert a sweep.
New York avoided starting the season 1-5 for the first time since 1989, but still lost two of three in Oakland and two of three in Anaheim heading into Tuesday’s home opener against Kansas City.
Mike Mussina (1-0) was as dominant as Colon was awful. The right-hander retired six of the first seven batters he faced en route to allowing one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.
An offense that had stagnated since New York’s 15-2 victory over the Athletics last Monday broke out against Colon (0-1).
The right-hander retired the side in the first before being hit hard in the second and third. Colon gave up eight runs – seven earned – on seven hits in two-plus innings, struck out one and walked two.
Athletics 6, Mariners 4
SEATTLE – Rich Harden gave Oakland another top mound performance, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning Sunday in leading the Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 6-4.
Joe Blanton and Justin Duchscherer combined on a two-hitter Friday, and Barry Zito and three relievers strung together a one-hitter Saturday. In this one, Harden and four relievers combined on a five-hitter.
Harden (1-0) struck out eight and walked one in seven-plus innings. In his last four games against Seattle, he is 4-0 and has allowed one run in 21 innings.
Seattle had been held scoreless for 27 2-3 innings – four outs shy of the team record – and trailed 6-0 before breaking through.
Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO – Scott Kazmir came within an out of his first career complete game, outpitching Roy Halladay and leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday.
Kazmir (1-1), coming off an opening 9-6 loss to Baltimore, allowed 10 hits, struck out five and walked one. After getting the first two outs of the ninth, he allowed singles to Russ Adams and Reed Johnson.
Toronto then brought in Dan Miceli, who need just three pitches to end the game, retiring Frank Catalanotto on a lineout to shortstop for his second save.
Travis Lee homered and Russell Branyan hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth for the Devils, who took two of three from the new-look Blue Jays.
Texas 5, Detroit 3
ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas’ Brad Wilkerson ended a stretch of six strikeouts in seven at-bats with a tiebreaking, two-run double off the wall in right-center field, and the Rangers handed the Detroit Tigers their first loss of the season, 5-3 on Sunday.
Wilkerson struck out in his first three at-bats against Detroit starter Kenny Rogers (1-1), and then again in the eighth, making him 14-for-32 – for Ks – on the season. With two on and one out in the sixth, Wilkerson hit an 0-2 pitch for just his sixth hit, easily scoring both runners and knocking out Rogers.
Vicente Padilla (2-0) allowed runs in his first two innings, but settled down to help Texas avoid the fourth 1-6 start in franchise history. Padilla gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings, walking three and striking out three. Acquired from Philadelphia during the winter for the since-released Ricardo Rodriguez, Padilla has both of the Rangers’ wins thus far.
Indians 3, Twins 2
CLEVELAND – Jake Westbrook outpitched Minnesota ace Johan Santana and Aaron Boone drove in two runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Twins on Sunday.
Boone had a two-run double and Eduardo Perez homered as Cleveland improved to 5-1 for its best since opening the 2002 season 11-1.
Travis Hafner drew a walk in the first inning, reaching base safely for the 11th consecutive at-bat. He lined out to left-center leading off the fourth, ending his streak, and finished 0-for-3.
White Sox 3, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mark Buehrle pitched eight strong innings and Joe Crede drove in two runs as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Buehrle (1-0) gave up just six singles, walked one and struck out one. The Royals did not have a runner reach second base until the seventh inning.
The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second. Jermaine Dye walked with one out and advanced to third on A.J. Pierzynski’s single to center. Crede’s broken-bat double to left scored both.
Jim Thome homered deep into the left-field seats with two out in the eighth inning off Scott Elarton. It was the third of the season for Thome, the only White Sox player to homer.