Solarte's 3 hits lead Yanks over Astros 4-2
April 5, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
HOUSTON -- The New York Yankees earned their first win this season after rookie Yangervis Solarte had three hits in his first major league start and Derek Jeter drove in a run to beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Thursday.
Solarte singled during a two-run third inning that put New York up 2-1. He doubled in the fifth and scored on a single by Jeter to make it 3-1.
Houston cut the lead to one in the bottom half before Solarte came through again, this time with a single that drove in Ichiro Suzuki.
Ivan Nova (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. David Robertson, who took over as closer for Mariano Rivera, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
Also in the American League, Boston's David Ortiz had three of his team's 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen as the Red Sox got an effective pitching performance from Felix Doubront and four relievers in a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three in the season-opening series between AL East rivals. Boston finished with 14 hits, 12 of them singles.
Matt Wieters had three hits for the Orioles, and Chris Davis had two hits and scored twice.
Chen (0-1) gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings.
In other AL games, the Tampa Bay Rays trounced the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 and the Minnesota Twins edged the Chicago White Sox 10-9 and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 over 12 Innings.
The National League's St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and two homers from Todd Frazie, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 to take two of three in their season-opening series.
The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. The Cardinals then emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.
San Francisco's Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in a five-run eighth inning as the Giants rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 in a game that was halted briefly in the top of the first due to a swarm of bees in the outfield.
Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run home runs and Arizona led 5-3 after seven, but the Giants teed off on reliever Will Harris (0-1) in the eighth to take three of four games from the Diamondbacks.
Brandon Belt hit his third home run of the series and Brandon Hicks had a pinch-hit solo shot for the Giants.
Also in the NL, the Washington Nationals downed the New York Mets 8-2, the Florida Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 and the Chicago Cubs were 3-2 winners over the Pittsburgh Pirates.