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  • Long ball lifts Mariners to win

  • SEATTLE — Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run shot to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Thursday.
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  • SEATTLE — Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run shot to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Thursday.
    Peguero hit his solo shot on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1) in the third, 451 feet to deep center. The only two longer home runs in the stadium's 121/2;-year history were 462 feet by San Francisco's Barry Bonds (June 16, 2006) and 460 feet by Mariners' Raul Ibanez (June 20, 2007).
    It's believed Peguero is the second player ever to hit the centerfield batter's eye. The other was Mike Napoli in 2008.
    Rookie Brandon Maurer (2-3) went 61/3 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one.
    Red Sox 7, Astros 2
    At Boston, David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average over .500 as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros to win their eighth straight series opener.
    Ortiz, who also scored three runs, is 11 for 20 (.550) with five RBIs since returning last weekend. He missed 71 of last year's final 72 games and most of the first three weeks this season because of a heel injury.
    Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3
    At New York, with Derek Jeter making his first visit to the Bronx this season, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and New York used a flurry of early long balls to outslug Toronto.
    Vernon Wells homered again against Mark Buehrle, and Francisco Cervelli also connected for New York in its third win over the Blue Jays in a week. The Yankees took two of three in a weekend series in Toronto.
    Rangers 2, Twins 1
    At Minneapolis, Nick Tepesch pitched six strong innings for his second win, and Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead Texas to its sixth victory in seven games.
    Tepesch (2-1) allowed five hits in 62/3 innings. He shut the Twins out through six before Josh Willingham homered in the seventh inning to make it 2-1. The rookie right-hander had allowed only two baserunners up to that point and showed no lingering effects from taking a liner off his right forearm in his previous start against Seattle last weekend.
    White Sox 5, Rays 2
    At Chicago, Chris Sale overcame a shaky first inning to combine with two relievers on a five-hitter and Adam Dunn homered to lead Chicago over Tampa Bay.
    Desmond Jennings walked leading off the game and scored on Evan Longoria's single, but Sale (2-2) settled down and won for the first time since opening day.
    Royals 8, Tigers 3, 10 innings
    At Detroit, Alex Gordon's grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for the Kansas City, which rallied against Detroit's bullpen after Justin Verlander left with a thumb injury.
    George Kottaras put the Royals ahead 4-3 with a bases-loaded walk off Phil Coke (0-3). Darin Downs came on for Detroit after that, but Gordon broke the game open one out later with his homer over the center-field wall.
    Orioles 10, Athletics 2
    At Oakland, Calif., Nate McLouth reached base four times and scored twice, Nick Markakis drove in two runs, and the Orioles opened their longest road trip of the season by routing the Athletics.
    Chris Davis homered and had two RBIs, Adam Jones added three hits and Jason Hammel (3-1) pitched six strong innings to help the Orioles win for just the fourth time in their last 20 games at the Coliseum.
    Cubs 4, Marlins 3
    At Miami, Luis Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a win over the Miami Marlins.
    The Marlins fell to 5-17, matching the worst start in franchise history through 22 games according to STATS. Miami had the same record in 1995.
    Nationals 8, Reds 1
    At Washington, Gio Gonzalez allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs each to lead Washington to the victory over Cincinnati.
    Dodgers 3, Mets 2
    At New York, Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and Los Angeles, boosted by a sharp outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu, defeated New York.
    After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each threw seven impressive innings and left with the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens.
    Pirates 6, Phillies 4
    At Philadelphia, Gaby Sanchez homered and drove in three runs, and Garrett Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run double to lead Pittsburgh to a comeback victory over struggling Philadelphia.
    Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 2
    At Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt's two-run home run in the fourth inning powered the Diamondbacks to a win over the Rockies.
    Goldschmidt's fifth homer of the year followed a single by Martin Prado and snapped a 1-1 tie. Goldschmidt's towering drive down the left field hit near the top of the foul pole, and increased his team-leading RBI total to 18.
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