ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — CC Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field, leading the New York Yankees past David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 Thursday night in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners.
Sabathia (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits, improving to 2-7 in 12 starts at Tropicana Field since joining the Yankees in 2009.
Price (2-1) entered 6-1 in nine starts against Sabathia but gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple play and had a solo homer for the Rays, who have lost four straight.
Brian Roberts, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs each for the Yankees, who have started 10-6 for the fourth consecutive year.
Tigers 7, Indians 5
DETROIT — Danny Salazar walked the leadoff man in the fifth inning — then let that small mistake turn into a much bigger problem.
Ian Kinsler homered off Salazar and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a victory. Salazar was sharp until the fifth, when the Tigers scored four runs and chased him.
Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler’s three-run homer in the fifth. Detroit never gave up the lead after that, although Cleveland’s Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in four chances. The Tigers used five relievers, trying to make it through the late innings with a bullpen that’s been shaky so far.
Verlander allowed six hits and four walks. He struck out seven.
Rangers 8, Mariners 6
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as Texas won its third straight after losing the series opener. Kouzmanoff is hitting .414 since being promoted from Triple-A on April 9 after starting third baseman Adrian Beltre strained his left quadriceps.
Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas and J.P. Arencibia had a pair of RBI groundouts. Robinson Cano hit his first homer for the Mariners, going back-to-back with Corey Hart. Cano is in a 3-for-18 slump.
Pedro Figueroa (2-1) earned his second victory in less than 24 hours. Joe Beimel (0-1) was the loser.
Twins 7, Blue Jays 0
Twins 9, Blue Jays 5
MINNEAPOLIS — Unfazed by the subfreezing temperature at first pitch, Kyle Gibson (3-0) allowed four singles in a career-high eight scoreless innings in a day-night doubleheader opener.
Minnesota scored three straight runs on wild pitches by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Sergio Santos in the eighth inning of the nightcap, when the Twins walked eight times off three relievers in rallying for a victory and the sweep.
At 31 degrees, took the mound for the coldest start for an outdoor game in Twins history.
Josmil Pinto highlighted a five-run fifth inning against R.A. Dickey (1-3) with a two-run double, missing a grand slam by a few inches. Trevor Plouffe also had two RBIs.
Royals 5, Astros 1
HOUSTON — James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros.
Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. He struck out seven straight batters in the late innings.
The right-hander got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak snapped in his last start at Minnesota when sloppy defense led to six unearned runs in a 7-1 loss.
Scott Feldman (2-1) yielded four earned runs and nine hits in six innings. It was the first tough outing for the Astros newcomer after he had allowed just one run and seven hits combined in his first three starts.