KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Tuesday.
The Royals, who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate in a five-run first. Mike Pelfrey (1-1) gave up hits to the first five batters he faced.
Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar each hit solo homers to keep the Twins close.
Guthrie (2-0), an Ashland native, improved to 7-0 in his past 13 starts dating to last August. He allowed four runs on six hits, including the three home runs, in 62/3 innings.
Athletics 9, Angels 5
At Anaheim, Calif., pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat the Los Angeles Angels in the majors' final home opener.
Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in four runs, delivering an early two-run single before adding a two-run homer after Jaso's shot. Coco Crisp also hit his fourth homer for the A's, who have won six straight after an 0-2 start.
Astros 16, Mariners 9
At Seattle, Jose Altuve drove in four runs and hit one of Houston's five homers, and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump against the Seattle Mariners.
After totaling nine runs during a six-game losing streak, the Astros scored nine in two innings and won for the first time since opening night. The smallest crowd in Safeco Field history (10,745) saw the Astros batter rookie starter Brandon Maurer (0-2) and continue their outburst against reliever Kameron Loe. By the time Loe was replaced after the third inning, the Astros led 11-0 and had 13 hits.
Yankees 14, Indians 1
At Cleveland, Robinson Cano hit one of New York's five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped to a over the Cleveland Indians, who had starter Carlos Carrasco ejected from his first appearance since 2011.
Tigers 7, Blue Jays 3
At Detroit, AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs, left fielder Don Kelly made a home run-robbing catch and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rangers 6, Rays 1
At Arlington, Texas, Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Giants 9, Rockies 6
At San Francisco, Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat the Colorado Rockies for the eighth straight time.
Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer to start the comeback and Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series.
Braves 3, Marlins 2
At Miami, Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings and the Atlanta Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the punchless Miami Marlins.
Phillies 8, Mets 3
At Philadelphia, Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets.
Padres 9, Dodgers 3
At San Diego, Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for San Diego, which rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win its home opener.
Cubs 6, Brewers 3
At Chicago, pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cardinals 5, Reds 1
At St. Louis, Lance Lynn (1-0) struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Cincinnati.
Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 5
At Phoenix, Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and Pittsburgh beat Arizona for its first winning streak of the season.
Nationals 8, White Sox 7
At Washington, Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and Washington opened an early interleague series by edging the Chicago White Sox.
Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy (1-1) in the sixth, an inning after Desmond went deep. LaRoche added a solo homer off Matt Thornton in the eighth.