PHOENIX (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered off Merrill Kelly on the first pitch of the seventh inning, and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox ended an awful opening trip with a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Boston went 3-8 against Seattle, Oakland and Arizona, its worst start since losing nine of 11 in 2011. The Red Sox host Toronto on Tuesday, their first game at Fenway Park since winning the World Series at Dodger Stadium last October.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Gary Sánchez hit three of the Yankees’ seven home runs, their most on the road since 1961, and New York completed a three-game sweep to move back above .500 at 5-4.
Clint Frazier homered twice and had four hits, and Austin Romine and Gleyber Torres also went deep. New York’s first 18 runs of the series scored on homers, and the Yankees hit 14 over the three games.
ANAHEIM (AP) — Mike Trout homered for the fourth straight game and Los Angeles won after waiting out a five-minute delay caused by a swarm of bees in the fifth.
Trout hit five home runs in the four-game series, going 6 for 11 with nine RBIs. He hit a two-run drive off Kyle Bird in the sixth inning for a 6-2 lead.
BREWERS 4, CUBS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his fifth homer this season and 100th of his career, a drive off Kyle Hendricks (0-2), Yelich had three RBIs, and Josh Hader struck out three over 2 2/3 perfect innings for his fifth save as Milwaukee won for the seventh time in eight games.
Chicago lost for the seventh time in eight games, dropping to 2-7.
PHILLIES 2, TWINS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off José Berrios (1-1), and Philadelphia improved to 6-2.
Zach Eflin (2-0) allowed a leadoff homer to Max Kepler and five singles, striking out five, and Hector Neris tossed a perfect ninth for his first save since last Sept. 18.
Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen made a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to prevent Marwin Gonzalez from scoring on Ehire Adrianza’s single in the third.
BLUE JAYS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger (1-0) struck out 10 and allowed one hit over five scoreless innings, then left with upper back tightness, as Cleveland completed a four-game sweep.
Indians pitchers struck out 16, raising their three-game total to 57. Brad Hand got five outs for his fourth save, completing a three-hitter.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Tyson Ross (1-1) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings in his debut at Comerica Park debut, the last current ballpark he hadn’t pitched in, and Detroit won its fifth straight.
Rookie Christin Stewart drove in two runs off Brad Keller (1-1) to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep. Shane Greene got three outs and has saves in all seven Tigers victories. Center fielder Niko Goodrum ended the game with a diving catch of Hunter Dozier’s liner with a man on.
NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer (1-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts, no walks and two hit batters, and he also singled in the game’s first run.
Anthony Rendon homered for the fourth time in five games, a three-run drive as Washington opened a 12-1 lead, and the Nationals were helped by 12 walks.
BRAVES 4, MARLINS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Dansby Swanson hit a game-ending single off Adam Conley (0-2) against a five-man infield after Ronald Acuña Jr. reached on a catcher’s catcher’s interference call on Chad Wallach after his apparent double-play grounder.
Pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson hit a tying homer in the ninth off Arodys Vizcaíno (1-0).
PIRATES 7, REDS 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A charged-up Yasiel Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas and was among five ejections.
Derek Dietrich stood in the batter’s box to watch the first of his two homers, a 436-foot second-inning drive that bounced into the Allegheny River, and two innings later Chris Archer threw his first pitch behind Dietrich’s waist. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg warned both benches and new Reds manager David Bell jogged from the dugout to the infield, arguing Archer should’ve been ejected.
Tempers quickly escalated. The excitable Puig, in his first season with the Reds, grabbed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince and tried to put the 54-year-old former catcher in a headlock. Puig, Bell and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett were ejected, as were Pirates pitchers Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez.
WHITE SOX 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach homered twice, hit a bases-clearing double and set a career high with six RBIs as Seattle improved its best start to 9-2.
Edwin Encarnación had a two-run homer and three hits for the Mariners.
CARDINALS 4, PADRES 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright (1-0) gave up one run and five hits in six innings, struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk while throwing 100 pitches.
Jordan Hicks got four outs for his first save.
Paul DeJong hit a two-run double in the fourth off Matt Strahm (0-2).