Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to win against Mariano Rivera. On Wednesday, they beat Justin Verlander - after the Detroit ace had looked untouchable for most of the afternoon.
Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the top of the ninth, and Tampa Bay scored four runs in its final at-bat to beat Verlander and the Tigers, 4-2, in Detroit. Verlander took a one-hitter into the ninth and hadn’t allowed a run all season before the Rays broke through.
Verlander allowed a run on a wild pitch, then Evan Longoria tied the game at 2 with a single to left on Verlander’s 104th and final pitch, which was clocked at 100 m.p.h.
The Tigers (4-1) lost for the first time this season. Verlander allowed four runs and four hits in 8 1/3 innings, walking two with seven strikeouts.
“Once a couple guys got on, really the first time I’ve cranked it up like that - and lost a little bit of my consistency that I’d had all day,’’ Verlander said. “It’s inexcusable. This loss rests solely on my shoulders today.’’
Daniel Schlereth came on and allowed a walk to load the bases, and Zobrist singled up the middle off Jose Valverde.
James Shields (1-0) allowed six hits and two runs in eight innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his third save.
Nationals 4, Mets 0 - Stephen Strasburg outpitched Johan Santana for six innings in a marquee matchup of aces on the mend, and Washington’s bullpen made the lead stand up for a victory over host New York on the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ first game.
Meeting in a chilly matinee, Strasburg (1-0) and Santana (0-1) got off to an erratic start but settled into a duel between pitchers coming back from major arm operations. Strasburg allowed just two hits and struck out nine. Santana allowed only five hits in five-plus innings but his wild pitch gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Yankees 6, Orioles 4 - Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the 10th, and visiting New York beat Baltimore for its second straight extra-inning win and a three-game sweep.
Curtis Granderson homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. Rafael Soriano pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win, and Mariano Rivera picked up his second save.
After getting swept at Tampa Bay and starting 0-3 for the first time since 1998, the Yankees are back to .500 heading into their home opener against the Angels Friday.
Rockies 17, Giants 8 - Carlos Gonzalez tripled twice, drove in four runs and scored three times, leading host Colorado to a wild win over Tim Lincecum and San Francisco.
The Rockies collected 22 hits - half of them for extra bases - in their best offensive output since a 22-hit game at Montreal Aug. 12, 2000. Guillermo Mota (0-1) took the loss in relief of an ineffective Lincecum, who had his second straight shaky start.
Phillies 7, Marlins 1 - Roy Halladay threw seven sharp innings as Philadelphia won in visiting Miami’s first game without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen.
The Phillies rocked Marlins ace Josh Johnson (0-2), chasing the big righthander in the fourth. Carlos Ruiz hit a solo homer and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence, and Shane Victorino were 7 for 13 with three RBIs and four runs.
Halladay (2-0) allowed one run and five hits, striking out three. Johnson gave up six runs and a career-high 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Reds 4, Cardinals 3 - Joey Votto tied a career best with four hits and scored the go-ahead run on pinch hitter Chris Heisey’s ninth-inning single, capping a comeback from a three-run deficit and leading host Cincinnati over St. Louis.
Aroldis Chapman (2-0) struck out five in two scoreless innings, helping the Reds avoid a three-game sweep.
Twins 6, Angels 5 - Jamey Carroll had a pair of hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh, and Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer as Minnesota beat visiting Anaheim for its first win of the season.
Mariners 4, Rangers 3 - John Jaso had an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to cap a three-run rally off new Texas closer Joe Nathan and give visiting Seattle the victory.
Brewers 2, Cubs 1 - George Kottaras hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Yovani Gallardo (1-1) outdueled Ryan Dempster (0-1) as Milwaukee beat host Chicago for its third straight win in the four-game series.
White Sox 10, Indians 6 - A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to lead Chicago over host Cleveland.
Chicago starter John Danks (1-1) got the win. Justin Masterson (0-1) took the loss.
Athletics 5, Royals 4 - Jonathan Broxton hit Jonny Gomes on the first pitch he threw with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, forcing Jemile Weeks home with the winning run in host Oakland’s win over Kansas City.
Braves 6, Astros 3 - Jason Heyward homered and had two RBIs as Atlanta beat host Houston.
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1 - Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning as San Diego beat visiting Arizona.
Dodgers 4, Pirates 1 - Andre Ethier hit an RBI single for his second go-ahead hit in two days as host Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh.