Mariners hold off Verlander, Tigers
SEATTLE — Kyle Seager made the most of his chance against Justin Verlander.
Seager hit a pinch-hit, two-out RBI double in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help give the Mariners a 2-0 victory over the Tigers on Thursday.
Robert Andino singled to left with two outs in the seventh. Seager entered to hit for Brendan Ryan.
"It's not a normal situation where you pinch hit, but I felt like any opportunity, albeit slight, you're going to take advantage of it," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Seager hit Verlander's first pitch into the left-field corner. Andino raced around from first to score.
"It was belt-high and outer half," Verlander said. "For what he was trying to do right there, it was the perfect pitch. Perfect for what he was trying to do, not what I was trying to do."
Endy Chavez followed with a single to left, scoring Seager. Tigers catcher Alex Avila caught the throw from left fielder Andy Dirks, but did not position himself in front of the plate to block Seager's slide. He slid under the tag.
"I was going straight in on my slide," Seager said. "The ball bounced in front of the plate and he leaned back to catch the hop, which opened it up for me to catch the corner (of the plate)."
The teams started the series finale about 13 hours after the Tigers' 2-1 victory in 14 innings Wednesday, in a game that had a combined 40 strikeouts and had Justin Smoak tagged out at home in a collision with catcher Brayan Pena for the final out.
"It was the right time, right place, he (Seager) comes in with a big hit," said closer Tom Wilhelmsen, who picked up his sixth save. "We get another one there to make sure this one is not going extras."
Verlander (2-2), who threw 126 pitches in seven innings, struck out 12 — two short of his career high — and gave up nine hits, two runs and walked one.
Carter Capps (1-1) worked two innings to pick up his first major league victory.
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma continued his strong start. He matched up well with Verlander until he developed a blister in the middle finger of his right hand, forcing him to leave after just six innings and 70 pitches. He allowed three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Red Sox 6, Indians 3
At Cleveland, Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth and the Boston Red Sox earned their sixth straight win.
The Red Sox return home to play Kansas City tonight, their first game at Fenway Park since Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. David Ortiz is expected back in the lineup for the first time this season after nursing an injured right Achilles.
Lester (3-0) held the Indians to two runs and four hits.
Orioles 10, Rays 6, 10 innings
At Baltimore, Matt Wieters hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning and Baltimore withstood four solo homers by Tampa Bay.
Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce also homered for the Orioles, who took two of three from their AL East rivals. It was Baltimore's 17th straight extra-inning victory, including 16 last season.
Blue Jays 3, White Sox 1
At Toronto, R.A. Dickey threw six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back during Toronto's victory over Chicago.
Dickey (2-2) retired his first 11 batters and allowed two hits, both singles. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner walked one, struck out a season-high seven and lowered his ERA from 5.82 to 4.30.
Brewers 7, Giants 2
At Milwaukee, Yovani Gallardo homered and struck out six in his first start since being arrested on a drunken driving charge, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Francisco for a three-game sweep.
Gallardo (1-1) was arrested early Tuesday morning. The right-hander allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run in six innings.
Milwaukee won its season-high fourth in a row after a 1-8 skid.
Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which swept the Giants for the first time since July 18-20, 2008.
San Francisco fell to 0-4 when Matt Cain (0-2) pitches.
Rockies 11, Mets 3
At Denver, it was 28 degrees when Jon Garland threw the first pitch, and he worked seven solid innings to give the Colorado Rockies a win.
Cardinals 4, Phillies 3
At Philadelphia, Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Braves 6, Pirates 4
At Pittsburgh, pinch-hitter Evan Gattis connected for a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Atlanta brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the same game for the second time this season as the Braves kept up their torrid play. Atlanta improved to a major league-best 13-2 after Gattis hit a sinker from Jared Hughes (1-1) into the left-field bleachers for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.
Reds 11, Marlins 1
At Cincinnati, Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Miami for their fourth win in a row.
Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2,12 innings
At New York, Cody Ross hit a go-ahead single in the 12th inning, Eric Chavez followed with a three-run double against his former team and Arizona beat New York after one fan came up with two home run balls, including Francesco Cervelli's tying drive in the ninth.
David Phelps (0-1) escaped trouble in the 11th, but couldn't do it again an inning later. Didi Gregorius hit his first major league home run and Martin Prado also went deep for the Diamondbacks. Heath Bell (1-0) got the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes.
Cubs 6, Rangers 2
At Chicago, Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season, Anthony Rizzo also homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Texas Rangers at a soggy Wrigley Field.
Despite torrential rains that caused citywide floods, the teams were able to play in an occasional drizzle. The Cubs and Texas were rained out Wednesday.