MLB roundup: Yankees edge BostonHideki Okajima walked Nick Johnson to score the tiebreaking run after a costly error by shortstop Marco Scutaro loaded the bases, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Tuesday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Hideki Okajima walked Nick Johnson to score the tiebreaking run after a costly error by shortstop Marco Scutaro loaded the bases, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Tuesday night.
Scutaro, part of Boston’s offseason emphasis on improving its run prevention, fielded Derek Jeter’s routine grounder with two outs in the eighth. But his throw went in the dirt and off first baseman Kevin Youkilis’ glove. Then Okajima (1-1) walked Johnson, scoring Jorge Posada and making the score 5-4.
Robinson Cano added his first homer of the year in the ninth.
Alfredo Aceves (1-0) pitched two hitless innings and Mariano Rivera got his first save of the year and 527th of his career, most in AL history.
Rays 4, Orioles 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Carl Crawford drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to give the Tampa Bay Rays a season-opening victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Adam Jones, Luke Scott and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, who were unable to put the game away because of a lack of timely hitting with runners in scoring position.
Giants 3, Astros 0
HOUSTON — Barry Zito pitched three-hit ball over six innings and four relievers finished up the San Francisco Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Zito (1-0) struck out five before he was replaced by Waldis Joaquin. Joaquin, Dan Runzler, Sergio Romo and closer Brian Wilson combined for one hit in the last three innings. Wilson earned his second save.