Rays win 2-0 in coldest day game ever at Texas
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon waves to the umpires at home plate before the start of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Rays at Rangers game started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A pair of fans, reflected in a puddle carrying umbrellas, arrive at Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, before the start of a baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria reacts after striking out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Matt Moore and four Rays relievers combined on a five-hitter and Tampa Bay beat Texas, 2-0, yesterday in the coldest day game ever at Rangers Ballpark.
It was only 39 degrees when the game started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes. That was 40 degrees colder than Tuesday night.
Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Their other run came on a grounder after Derek Holland (0-1) walked the bases loaded, his only three walks in his eight innings.
Moore (2-0) limited Texas to a single and struck out five, but had six walks and threw 106 pitches to get into the sixth.
Blue Jays 8, Tigers 6
J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh inning and Toronto rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Detroit.
Detroit led 6-1 in the sixth, but starter Rick Porcello allowed hits to the first three batters that inning. They all eventually scored, and Toronto added four more runs the following inning. Brayan Villarreal (0-1) came on with one on and one out in the seventh and proceeded to walk three straight hitters, forcing in a run. Arencibia followed with a drive to the gap in left-center off Octavio Dotel.
Aaron Loup (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the Blue Jays. Casey Janssen, the last of five Toronto relievers, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Cardinals 10, Reds 0
Jake Westbrook (1-1) pitched a five-hit shutout and St. Louis backed him with four home runs.
Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in a span of seven at-bats off Homer Bailey as the Cardinals took two of three from the NL Central champions.
Matt Carpenter added a two-run homer on a four-hit day.
Braves 8, Marlins 0
Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and Atlanta completed its second consecutive three-game sweep when it beat reeling Miami.
Mike Minor pitched 5 2∕3 innings for the Braves, whose 8-1 record leads the majors. They’re off to their best start since 1994, when they began the season 13-1.
The Marlins kept the game scoreless until the fifth, when Gattis hit his third homer in a six-run inning. The rookie also singled and is batting .391 with a slugging percentage of .826.
Giants 10, Rockies 0
Buster Posey drove in three runs with NBA star Kevin Durant cheering him from the stands, Barry Zito pitched another gem and San Francisco completed a sweep of Colorado.
Staked to a quick lead, Zito (2-0) won his 11th straight decision, including last postseason.
Zito has thrown 14 scoreless innings so far, for the deepest the lefty has gone without giving up a run to start a season in his 14-year career.
Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 2
A.J. Pollock homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as Arizona salvaged the final game of its series against Pittsburgh.
Pollock began the day in an 0-for-14 rut. He also made a diving catch in center field to rob Andrew McCutchen in the first inning.
Wade Miley (2-0) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2∕3 innings.
Phillies 7, Mets 3
Domonic Brown and Chase Utley homered in a five-run first, Kyle Kendrick threw six effective innings and Philadelphia beat New York.
Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix also went deep for the Phillies, who took two straight from the Mets to earn their first series win of the year.
Nationals 5, White Sox 2
Bryce Harper homered, Ian Desmond had three extra-base hits, Danny Espinosa provided his first two RBI of the season, and Washington beat Chicago to stay unbeaten at home.
In a game that began 16 minutes late because, the Nationals explained, the umpires got stuck in traffic, Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (2-0) limited Chicago to two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Both runs scored on groundouts.
Drew Storen pitched the eighth, and closer Rafael Soriano worked around a hit in the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.
Harper hit his fourth homer into the second deck leading off the fourth against Gavin Floyd (0-2), who allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 1∕3 innings.