Rays power past Rangers for 6th straight
April 29, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
LOS ANGELES/ARLINGTON, Texas--Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria homered and drove in four runs to power the Rays past the Texas Rangers and to their sixth straight victory.
Longoria hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the fourth for the Rays, who had a season-high 16 hits.
Tampa Bay ace James Shields (4-0) became the first starter in the American League to win four games this season. Shields struck out eight and allowed four runs in six innings.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison (3-1) gave up a career-worst 14 hits in five innings.
Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 10th straight decision as the Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday in a clash of the early pacesetters in the National League.
Kershaw (2-0) allowed three hits over eight innings with six strikeouts and only one walk. He became the first Dodgers pitcher to win 10 consecutive decisions since Ramon Martinez across the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
Kershaw also joined Ed Roebuck and Orel Hershiser as the only Dodgers to win 12 decisions in a row at home since the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. Kershaw's home streak has spanned 16 starts, with a 1.22 ERA.
Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers while Kenley Jansen pitched a hitless ninth for his first save of the season.
Washington starter Ross Detwiler (2-1) allowed three runs over six innings.
Athletics 5, Orioles 2 In Baltimore, Brandon McCarthy pitched seven strong innings for his first win this season, leading Oakland past Baltimore.
McCarthy (1-3) has received very little run support this season but had more to work with this time thanks chiefly to Eric Sogard's two-run homer in a three-run second inning.
Jake Arrieta (1-2) allowed four runs in 5 2-3 for Baltimore, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Yankees 7, Tigers 6 In New York, Derek Jeter scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning, giving New York a tight victory over Detroit, which suffered its fifth straight loss.
Jeter drew a one-out walk from Brayan Villarreal (0-1) and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Villarreal's 2-0 pitch to the next batter glanced off the catcher's glove and Jeter barely beat the toss back to Villarreal at home plate.
Mariano Rivera (1-1), the fourth Yankees reliever, worked a perfect ninth for the win. The bullpen pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings.