Jamie Moyer turned in a vintage performance in becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league game.
The 49-year-old lefthander threw seven masterful innings and Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer, helping the Colorado Rockies hold on for a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night in Denver.
Moyer (1-2) was sharp as he picked up his 268th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list. Relying on a consistent cutter and mixing in a 78-m.p.h. fastball, the cunning lefty gave up just six hits and two runs - both unearned.
Moyer earned that elusive win for the ages in his third start of the season. His is 49 years, 150 days old. Before Moyer’s gem, the oldest pitcher to win a game in the majors was Jack Quinn of the Dodgers on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years, 70 days old.
Marlins 5, Cubs 2 - Ozzie Guillen made a victorious return to the dugout as pitchers Josh Johnson and Heath Bell snapped out of early season slumps to help the Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, in Miami.
Guillen returned from a five-game suspension imposed after his comments praising Fidel Castro caused a backlash in South Florida, especially among Cuban Americans.
Johnson allowed two runs in seven innings and Bell earned the save after four rocky outings. Hanley Ramirez broke a 2-all tie with a three-run homer in the eighth.
Some fans had pledged to stay away in protest. Announced attendance was 24,544, by far the smallest in five games at the Marlins’ new ballpark.
Yankees 8, Twins 3 - CC Sabathia shook off early trouble and backup catcher Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single and had three RBIs for the first time in his career to lead host New York over Minnesota.
Sabathia (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After falling behind, 3-1, in the third, he didn’t allow a hit and retired 13 in a row during one stretch.
Blue Jays 7, Rays 3 - Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, and Brett Lawrie homered and host Toronto took advantage of a three-error game by Evan Longoria to beat Tampa Bay.
It was a career worst performance for Longoria, the AL’s Gold Glove third baseman in 2009 and 2010.
Ricky Romero (2-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings for the win.
Braves 9, Mets 3 -Host Atlanta took advantage of shaky defense to hand Johan Santana the shortest start of his career. Tyler Pastornicky’s two-run double highlighted a five-run second that finished Santana.
Tigers 3, Royals 1 - Miguel Cabrera snapped out of his slump with a pair of hits, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and helping Detroit beat host Kansas City. Cabrera was 0 for 22 before his single in the third inning.
Nationals 1, Astros 0 - Gio Gonzalez earned his first win with surprising Washington, pitching seven dominant in a win over visiting Houston. The Nationals improved to 9-3, their best start since moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 4 - Pinch hitter George Kottaras’s two-run double with one out in the ninth lifted host Milwaukee.
Cardinals 2, Reds 1 - Matt Carpenter hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give host St. Louis a win over Cincinnati.
Orioles 3, White Sox 2 - Nolan Reimold homered for the fourth consecutive game and made a terrific diving catch in left field, helping Baltimore beat visiting Chicago.
Pirates 5, Diambondbacks 4 - Andrew McCutchen lined a run-scoring single in the ninth and Garrett Jones homered and drove in three as Pittsburgh beat host Arizona.
Athletics 5, Angels 3 - Daric Barton ended a career-worst homerless drought of 76 games with a solo shot against Dan Haren and Coco Crisp drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single, lifting Oakland in Anaheim, Calif.
Giants 4, Phillies 2 - Madison Bumgarner picked up his second win, Melky Cabrera hit an RBI triple, and host San Francisco beat Philadelphia.