4/4 © Reuters. MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox 2/4
John Means allowed a hit in seven impressive innings in his first career Opening Day start and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Friday afternoon in a delayed opening game for both teams. A day after the teams’ first scheduled game rained, Means (1-0) struck out five and walked without a strong 97-pitch outing that saw him throw 65 strikes. The left-hander retired the last 18 batters after Xander Bogaerts led off the second inning by hitting a fielding error. The only hit Means allowed was an opening single for Enrique Hernandez, who was subsequently eliminated after the Orioles challenged the initial decision. Nathan Eovaldi (0-1) started for Boston in place of Eduardo Rodríguez (left elbow inflammation) and allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run double in the sixth and Anthony Santander (MC 🙂 had an RBI single in the eighth for the Orioles, who also welcomed Trey Mancini after he missed all of last season recovering from cancer. colon in Stage 3. Mancini went 1 of 3 with a walk. White Sox 12, Angels 8 Jose Abreu’s grand slam gave the White Sox an advantage, but rookie Yermin Mercedes excelled in Chicago’s win over Los Angeles in Anaheim. In addition to Abreu’s 199th career homer, the White Sox had a home run by Tim Anderson among their 13 hits. Five of those hits came from Mercedes, who was making the first start of her major league career. Mercedes hit in four races. Albert Pujols hit a three-run home run for the Angels, and Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Chicago’s third pitcher, Michael Kopech (1-0), took the win with two scoreless innings. Los Angeles’ Andrew Heaney (0-1) allowed seven runs on five hits and two walks in more than three innings. Rays 6, Marlins 4 Joey Wendle hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, leading Tampa Bay to a win at Miami. Reliever Anthony Bass (0-1), who made his Marlins debut and allowed Wendle’s home run in an 87 mph splitter, took the loss. Austin Meadows hit a solo home run for the second straight game, and Manuel Margot homered, tripled and scored two runs for Tampa Bay. Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, while Marlins starter Pablo Lopez pitched 5 scoreless innings. Miami received two hits and two RBIs from Miguel Rojas and three hits from Starling Marte. Dodgers 11, Rockies 6 Trevor Bauer pitched a no-hitter in the seventh inning, Justin Turner had three hits and three RBIs, and Los Angeles beat Colorado in Denver. Bauer (1-0) allowed just one walk in six innings before being tagged for four runs and three hits in the seventh before departing. The right-hander finished with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in his Dodgers debut. Ryan McMahon homered and finished with two hits, Charlie Blackmon, Sam Hilliard and Dom Nunez also homered and Trevor Story had two hits in the seventh inning for the Rockies. Astros 9, Athletics 5, Jose Altuve scored four times, Michael Brantley hit three doubles and Houston worked its way to victory in Oakland. Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker drove in three runs apiece, while Yuli Gurriel and Altuve reached base five times each for the Astros, who jumped to a 5-0 lead but needed a three-run ninth inning to secure the victory. Bregman and Gurriel homered. The Athletics had a two-run pinch-hit home run off Chad Pinder, and Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie each had two hits. Giants 6, Mariners 3 Donovan Solano’s two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning broke a tie as visiting San Francisco beat Seattle. Buster Posey and Evan Longoria homered for the second night in a row for the Giants. Wandy Peralta (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings no-hitter relief for the victory, and fellow left-hander Jake McGee took the save. Drew Steckenrider (0-1) took the loss for the Mariners, who landed a two-run single by Evan White. Padres 4, Diamondbacks 2 Eric Hosmer hit a home run and three RBIs for the second straight game when host San Diego defeated Arizona. Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the third off Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly and added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh after Arizona approached a run on a two-run homer by Ketel Marte. at the top of the entrance. Emilio Pagán (2-0), the Padres’ fourth pitcher, worked a scoreless inning and took the win. Also in a replay of Thursday’s first game, Mark Melancon picked up the save. Kelly (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs in four innings.