MLB roundup: Minnesota can't figure out Blue Jays
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Roy Halladay reared back and stifled the Twins again for seven dominant innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays breezed past Minnesota 9-2 on Thursday with another round of relentless swings.
Light-hitting leadoff man Marco Scutaro hustled home for a first-inning run off Francisco Liriano (0-3) and broke the game open with a two-run shot in a seven-run seventh highlighted by Kevin Millar's fourth career grand slam. Halladay improved to 8-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his career against the Twins.
Toronto won three of four in the series and has taken 12 of the past 13 from Minnesota. Halladay (3-0) allowed eight hits and struck out eight without a walk. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed one run in the second inning via fielder's choice grounder.
Indians 10, Yankees 2
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees flopped in their first game at the new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, getting blown out by the Cleveland Indians 10-2.
White Sox 3, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Danks pitched six strong innings and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer to lead the White Sox.
Astros 6, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH -- Lance Berkman made up for an earlier missed opportunity with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Houston Astros overcame an early two-run deficit.
Cardinals 7, Cubs 4
CHICAGO -- Cris Duncan atoned for some shoddy defense with a homer and three RBIs, and Yadier Molina drove in the go-ahead run that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to victory over the Cubs
Marlins 6, Braves 2
ATLANTA -- Cody Ross drove in four runs to snap an early slump, and the Florida Marlins beat the Braves to complete their first three-game sweep in Atlanta.
Nationals 8, Phillies 2
WASHINGTON -- Adam Dunn and the Washington Nationals finally won a game, because they finally got decent pitching.
Dunn hit one of Washington's four homers, Shairon Martis threw 6 1-3 solid innings, and the Nationals avoided setting a club record for most consecutive losses to start a season by beating the Philadelphia Phillies.
Padres 6, Mets 5
NEW YORK -- Chase Headley tied a career high with four hits and the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets to win the first regular-season series at Citi Field.
Jake Peavy settled down after allowing Carlos Delgado's long three-run homer in the first and surprising San Diego held on for its sixth win in seven games.