CLEVELAND — Shane Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first major league win, All-Star Dellin Betances earned his first career save and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Monday night.
Greene (1-0) didn’t allow a hit until Nick Swisher’s two-out homer in the fifth. The 25-year-old right-hander, called up from the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Sunday, was pressed into service after scheduled starter Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.
Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits apiece for New York.
Justin Masterson (4-6) continued to pitch poorly and was pulled without retiring a batter in the third. Cleveland’s opening-day starter allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings.
Betances pitched the final two innings, giving closer David Robertson a rest day.
Orioles 8, Nationals 2, 11 innings
WASHINGTON — Chris Davis snapped a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run uprising that carried Baltimore past Washington.
Manny Machado had a career-high five hits, including a homer in the 11th, and Nelson Cruz hit his 28th home run to help the AL East-leading Orioles earn their seventh win in eight games.
Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who lost for only the second time in nine games.
After Cruz led off the 11th with a broken-bat single off Craig Stammen (0-4), Davis worked the count full before launching a drive into the center-field seats to end a 2-for-38 funk. J.J. Hardy followed with a solo shot, Nick Markakis chased Stammen with an RBI double and Machado added a two-run drive off Aaron Barrett.
T.J. Macfarland (2-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
Royals 6, Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kansas City’s James Shields sparkled in his return to Tropicana Field, limiting Tampa Bay to three hits and striking out 10 over seven innings and the Royals beat his former team.
Shields (9-4) spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rays before being dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.
The right-hander allowed singles to Ben Zobrist and James Loney in the first two innings, then worked through a jam in the third after giving up a one-out double to Kevin Kiermaier. He retired 10 straight, six by strikeout, before hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch leading off the seventh.
White Sox 4, Red Sox 0
BOSTON — Scott Carroll pitched 6 2-3 innings of one-hit ball, and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer to lead the Chicago White Sox.
Making the eighth — and best — start of his career, Carroll (3-5) walked two and struck out five while shutting down the defending World Series champions. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer in the second inning and doubled and scored on Viciedo’s home run in the fourth.
Clay Buchholz (3-5) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out seven in seven innings. The Red Sox have lost six of seven and 12 of 17 to fall into last place in the AL East.
Reds 9, Cubs 3
CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and committed an error that let in a run, but later homered to help Cincinnati rally past the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a five-game series.
Billy Hamilton drove in a career-high four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple.
The Reds have won 11 of their last 16 games despite getting little production from injured first baseman Joey Votto, who had another test on his troublesome left thigh on Monday. The Reds were awaiting results before deciding whether to put him back on the disabled list.
Mike Leake (7-7) gave up a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo and an unearned run off Bruce’s error during seven innings. Leake is 8-2 in his career against Chicago, including 4-0 in his last four starts with a 1.71 ERA.
er was his second in two days and his 49th off a lefty in the last five seasons, the most by any batter in the majors.