Prince Fielder hit two home runs and drove in five runs to give the Detroit Tigers an 8-3 victory against the New York Yankees, who have lost three of four games to start the Major League Baseball season.
In Baltimore, Chris Davis hit a grand slam for the Orioles and had five RBIs yesterday to become the fourth player in MLB history to homer in his first four games of the season, a feat he now shares with Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz.
The Cincinnati Reds (3-1) recorded a 15-0 shutout to hand the Washington Nationals (3-1) their first loss of the season. Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit two home runs, and Xavier Paul had a pinch-hit grand slam, for the Reds, who had 19 hits.
The Miami Marlins (1-3) won their first game of the season, defeating the New York Mets 7-5 at Citi Field in New York. The Mets evened their record at 2-2.
At Comerica Park in Detroit, Fielder hit a three-run homer in the fifth, Alex Avila added a home run in the sixth and Fielder ended the game’s scoring in the seventh with a two-run homer for the Tigers (2-2).
Austin Jackson scored on Miguel Cabrera’s grounder in the first inning and Omar Infante hit a run-scoring single in the second to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Leadoff batter Brett Gardner scored on a wild pitch by winning pitcher Doug Fister (1-0) in the fifth and Kevin Youkilis added two more runs with a homer to center as the Yankees temporarily took the lead.
Eduardo Nunez, substituting for injured shortstop Derek Jeter, was hit on his right biceps by a Fister pitch in the fourth and left the game. X-rays were negative, the Yankees said.
“I was scared it was broken,” Nunez told reporters. “The pain hurt a lot.”
Including Jeter, who is not expected to return from his broken ankle until next month, the Yankees have five former All- Stars on the disabled list: third baseman Alex Rodriguez who had hip surgery; first baseman Mark Teixeira with wrist injury, outfielder Curtis Granderson with a broken forearm and pitcher Phil Hughes with back pain.
Fister allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. Drew Smyly got his first save of the season, pitching four perfect innings in which he struck out five. Ivan Nova (0-1) gave up four runs on five hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings for the Yankees.
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Davis’s grand slam in the eighth broke a 5-5 tie with the Minnesota Twins to give the Orioles (3-1) a 9-5 victory. Davis is 9-for-15 with four home runs and 16 RBIs this season.
Manny Machado hit a scoring single in the third to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead, while Chris Parmelee sent home a run on his single, Brian Dozier added a two-run triple and then reached home on Eduardo Escobar’s single to give the Twins (2-2) a 4-1 lead.
Adam Jones scored on J.J. Hardy’s grounder in the fourth inning and then hit a run-scoring double before crossing home plate on Davis’s sacrifice fly in the fifth to tie the game 4-4.
Dozier gave the Twins a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning on his run-scoring single and Jones tied the score 5-5 in the eighth on a single that sent home Nolan Reimold before Davis’s grand slam.
Luis Ayala (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings for the Orioles. Casey Fien (0-1) surrendered four runs on three hits and struck out one in 2/3 inning for the Twins.
Homer Bailey (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out six in six innings for the Reds. Washington’s Dan Haren (0-1) surrendered six runs on nine hits in four innings while striking out five.
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