ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. • Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Yoenis Cespedes also went deep for the A’s, offsetting Albert Pujols’ 496th home run.
Frieri (0-1) was trying to preserve a 2-1 lead for starter Hector Santiago when Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with a single. One out later, Jaso drove a 1-2 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his first homer of the season and the first by an A’s pinch-hitter.
Jaso has six homers and 21 RBIs at Angel Stadium along with a .424 average, the highest by any player with at least 75 plate appearances at the "Big A."
Jim Johnson (1-2) got the victory with a scoreless eighth, and Luke Gregerson earned his second save.
Pujols also had an RBI single.
ORIOLES 7, RAYS 1
BALTIMORE • Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and Baltimore got its offense back on track against Chris Archer in a victory over Tampa Bay.
Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.
In this one, Baltimore built a 6-0 lead over the first three innings and coasted to the finish. The Orioles had 13 hits, including five doubles.
It was by far the worst of Archer’s 30 big league starts. The seven runs and 12 hits allowed by Archer (1-1) were both career highs, and his ERA jumped from 1.38 to 4.50.
Chen (2-1) retired his first 10 batters and didn’t allow a hit until James Loney doubled with one out in the fifth. The left-hander gave up one run, five hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings.
MARINERS 7, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas • Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle’s strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run.
Roenis Elias (1-1) worked into the seventh inning with five strikeouts for his first major league victory in his third career start.
The Mariners went ahead to stay in the fifth on Zunino’s solo homer off Colby Lewis (0-1), who made his first big league start in 21 months after elbow and hip operations.
Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected during Seattle’s six-run sixth for arguing a call that was overturned on instant replay in favor of the Mariners.
Seattle had gone 21 innings without a run before Zunino’s third homer.
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