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Mar 29, 2024 2:58 am

MLB roundup: Corbin Burnes, O’s crush Angels in opener

Corbin Burnes

Corbin Burnes pitched six innings of one-hit baseball in his Baltimore debut and the Orioles rolled past the visiting Los Angeles Angels 11-3 in their opener on Thursday.

Cedric Mullins hit a three-run homer and Anthony Santander added a two-run shot while totaling four RBIs for the defending American League East champions.

Burnes (1-0), acquired in a February trade with the Brewers, struck out 11 batters without issuing a walk. Mike Trout’s first-inning homer was the only hit allowed by the 29-year-old right-hander.

Starter Patrick Sandoval (0-1) allowed five runs — three earned — in 1 2/3 innings for the Angels, who endured a long afternoon as they began the post-Shohei Ohtani era. Sandoval gave up six hits, walked two and struck out two.

Diamondbacks 16, Rockies 1

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered and drove in five runs and Arizona set a franchise record with a 14-run inning while rolling over Colorado in the season opener for both teams in Phoenix.

Gurriel hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in three runs with a pair of hits in the 14-run third inning. He scored three times for Arizona, which put together an 18-hit attack. The Diamondbacks’ third inning also set a modern major league record (since 1900) for the highest-scoring inning on Opening Day. Ketel Marte also had three hits and scored three times and Gabriel Moreno had three RBIs for Arizona, which went 12-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Arizona’s Zac Gallen (1-0) allowed one run and three hits over five innings.

Ryan McMahon reached base four times and had two hits for the Rockies, including an RBI double. Kyle Freeland (0-1) was torched for 10 runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Rangers 4, Cubs 3 (10 innings)

Jonah Heim redeemed himself for a mental miscue by delivering a walk-off single in the 10th inning, sending Texas past Chicago in the season opener in Arlington, Texas.

Chicago seized a 3-2 lead in controversial fashion in the ninth inning, as Michael Busch scored from second base on a wild pitch. Replays, however, showed that pinch hitter Miles Mastrobuoni made contact with a pitch by Jose Leclerc, and Busch alertly scampered home after Rangers catcher Heim did not immediately chase after the ball.

Texas’ Travis Jankowski belted a pinch-hit homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Adolis Garcia launched a solo shot in the sixth inning among his two hits. Cubs ace left-hander Justin Steele exited the game in the fifth due to left hamstring tightness.

Red Sox 6, Mariners 4

Tyler O’Neill set a major league record by hitting a home run on Opening Day for a fifth consecutive season as Boston defeated host Seattle.

A former Mariners draft pick acquired from St. Louis in the offseason, O’Neill broke the record of four set by Yogi Berra (1955-58) and matched by Gary Carter (1977-80) and Todd Hundley (1994-97). Right-hander Brayan Bello (1-0) pitched five solid innings for the Red Sox, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for the save. Boston’s Rafael Devers went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer.

Mitch Haniger and Dylan Moore hit two-run shots for the Mariners, who had won their previous three openers and 14 of 17.

Yankees 5, Astros 4

Aaron Judge doubled and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning as New York erased an early four-run deficit and topped Houston at Minute Maid Park.

Judge ignited the rally off former Astros closer Ryan Pressly (0-1) with a leadoff double into the left-field corner. After advancing to third base two batters later when Anthony Rizzo singled to left field, Judge later scored on Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly to left. Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0) worked two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory. Nestor Cortes rebounded from a rocky first inning to work five solid frames, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Jake Meyers led off the second with a 415-foot blast to left, extending the Houston lead to 4-0. Astros left-hander Framber Valdez labored with his control, issuing six walks before departing with two outs in the fifth when he hit Rizzo with a pitch that forced home Oswaldo Cabrera.

Twins 4, Royals 1

Minnesota began defense of its American League Central crown behind a strong start by Pablo Lopez, beating host Kansas City.

After surrendering a leadoff home run to Maikel Garcia, Lopez shut out the Royals while scattering four hits over seven innings, striking out seven. Lopez needed just 84 pitches to complete seven innings.

Royce Lewis hit a solo homer and Carlos Correa hit an RBI double for the Twins. Correa had three hits and drove in two while reaching base four times, marking 21 consecutive games reaching in games at Kauffman Stadium, the longest active streak in the majors.

Guardians 8, Athletics 0

Shane Bieber continued his Opening Day mastery, Cleveland scored five runs in the fourth inning and the Guardians beat Oakland to give Stephen Vogt a win in his managerial debut.

Bieber (1-0), who entered the game with a 1.19 ERA in Opening Day starts over the last four seasons, shut out the A’s on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out 11.

David Fry went 3-for-4 and scored twice for Cleveland. He also was one of six players to drive in runs. Brayan Rocchio drove in two with a double, and Fry, Jose Ramirez, Tyler Freeman, Andres Gimenez and Austin Hedges each drove in a run as well.

Pirates 6, Marlins 5 (12 innings)

Jared Triolo blooped an RBI single to right in the top of the 12th inning, helping Pittsburgh rally past host Miami.

The Pirates got 6 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen, including Luis L. Ortiz (1-0), who earned the win, and Jose Hernandez, who posted the save. Pittsburgh hit three home runs, including a two-run shot by Bryan Reynolds and solo blasts by Edward Olivares and Oneil Cruz. Pirates starter Mitch Keller allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Declan Cronin (0-1) took the loss despite allowing no earned runs in three innings. Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo left the game with a three-run lead but didn’t get a decision. In five innings, he struck out eight and allowed two hits, two walks and two runs. Jake Burger led Miami’s offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Tigers 1, White Sox 0

Tarik Skubal and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout and Spencer Torkelson had two hits to boost visiting Detroit past Chicago.

Skubal (1-0) outdueled White Sox counterpart Garrett Crochet in a game that took 2 hours, 3 minutes to complete. The lefty Skubal spaced three hits and six strikeouts across six innings before yielding to Shelby Miller, Andrew Chafin and Jason Foley for the Tigers.

Luis Robert Jr., Eloy Jimenez and Andrew Vaughn singled for the White Sox.

Dodgers 7, Cardinals 1

Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman hit home runs, while Shohei Ohtani and Tyler Glasnow delivered key contributions in their first home game for their new team as Los Angeles beat St. Louis.

After receiving a standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,667 before his first at-bat, Ohtani reached base in his first three trips to the plate with a pair of hits and a walk. Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million heavily deferred contract in the offseason.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run for the Cardinals as he continued his career-long success against the Dodgers, but St. Louis’ injury woes were too difficult to overcome. Goldschmidt had all three of the Cardinals’ hits.

Reds 8, Nationals 2

Nick Martini homered twice and drove in five while starter Frankie Montas threw six shutout innings to lead host Cincinnati past Washington.

Spencer Steer doubled, singled, scored twice and had two RBIs for the Reds, who won their home opener for the first time since 2020. Montas (1-0) allowed just four hits, striking out four and walking none.

In his first Opening Day start, Josiah Gray, a former Reds pitching prospect, was charged with seven runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking two in four innings. Eddie Rosario broke up the shutout bid in the seventh with a two-run homer off reliever Emilio Pagan.

Blue Jays 8, Rays 2

Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered in a five-run sixth inning and Toronto routed Tampa Bay on Opening Day in St. Petersburg, Fla.

George Springer also went deep, and Bo Bichette was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, a run and a walk. In his second career Opening Day nod, Jose Berrios (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. He fanned six and walked one.

Last year’s American League batting champion, the Rays’ Yandy Diaz went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and both RBIs as the home club outhit Toronto 8-7, Over 5 2/3 innings, Zach Eflin (0-1) surrendered six runs on six hits, including three home runs.

Padres 6, Giants 4

Jake Cronenworth capped a four-run seventh inning with a two-run double as San Diego rallied past visiting San Francisco.

Luis Campusano and Xander Bogaerts had two hits apiece for the Padres, who opened the season with a two-game split with the Los Angeles Dodgers in South Korea last week.

Michael Conforto collected a single, double and home run while scoring three times for the Giants, while Nick Ahmed had a single, a double and two RBIs.

–Field Level Media

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