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Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz, left, celebrates his two-run home run with Chris Davis (19) and Matt Wieters, top right, as Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (40) looks on at right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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First Published Apr 03 2014 09:20 am • Last Updated Apr 04 2014 07:19 pm

RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 2

BALTIMORE • Mike Napoli homered and drove in four runs, John Lackey allowed three hits in six innings and the Boston Red Sox spoiled the Baltimore debut of Ubaldo Jimenez by beating the Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night.

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David Ortiz hit a two-run homer off Jimenez (0-1) and Dustin Pedroia had four hits for the defending World Series champion Red Sox, now 1-1 after losing to Baltimore on opening day.

Nelson Cruz homered for the second time in two games for the Orioles, who mustered only six hits off Lackey and three relievers.

Jimenez allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out six.

Lackey (1-0) gave up two runs, walked one and struck out six. The right-hander is 14-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 24 career starts against Baltimore.

MARINERS 8, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. • James Paxton pitched seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball, Robinson Cano drove in his first run for Seattle, which completed a three-game sweep in the team’s first series under new manager Lloyd McClendon.

Mike Zunino, Justin Smoak and Corey Hart all homered for Seattle.


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Paxton (1-0) threw 99 pitches in his fifth big league start and struck out nine, including Josh Hamilton all three times he faced him.

Hector Santiago (0-1) was charged with four runs, four hits and three walks in five-plus innings.

BLUE JAYS 3, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. • Mark Buehrle allowed four hits over 8 2-3 innings, Jose Bautista homered twice and Toronto beat Tampa Bay.

Buehrle (1-0) struck out 11 and walked one.

Sergio Santos entered after Ben Zobrist had a two-out single off Buehrle in the ninth and walked Evan Longoria. Brett Cecil then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Joyce for his first save.

Bautista put the Blue Jays ahead 1-0 on his first homer of the season, a solo shot off Matt Moore (0-1) in the fourth. He also connected against Josh Lueke during the seventh.

ATHLETICS 6, INDIANS 1, 1ST GAME; INDIANS 6, ATHLETICS 4, 2nd GAME

OAKLAND, Calif. • Scott Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut, and the Athletics beat the Indians in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

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