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Orioles hold off homer-happy Rays, 5-4

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Matt Wieters homered, Nate McLouth scored twice, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the struggling Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, despite allowing three home runs last night.

The Orioles let a four-run cushion dwindle to 5-4 in the eighth, but held on for their fifth straight home win over the Rays, dating to last year.

Desmond Jennings homered on the game’s first pitch for Tampa Bay, and Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria connected off Pedro Strop in the eighth. But the Rays could muster only six hits against Jake Arrieta (1-2) and five relievers.

Roberto Hernandez (0-3) took the loss for last-place Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight and seven of eight. With a 4-9 record, Tampa Bay has matched the worst start in franchise history (2001 and 2005).

WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 3

Dayan Viciedo doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Chicago rallied to beat Toronto.

Paul Konerko hit a game-tying homer and scored three runs as the White Sox won for just the second time in eight games. Matt Lindstrom (1-0) got one out for the win and Addison Reed finished for his fifth save in as many opportunities.

Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Marlins 8, Nationals 2

Adeiny Hechavarria ended the Marlins’ nine-game home run drought with a three-run shot as Miami beat Washington.

A throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman – his fourth in five games – preceded the homer and led to four unearned runs.

The Marlins (3-11) began the game with the worst record in the majors but broke out of an offensive slump in the fourth inning with four runs, more than they had scored in all but one game.

Hechavarria sent the Marlins Park home run sculpture swinging into action for the first time this season and ended a homer drought that had tied the 20-year-old franchise record.

Phillies 0, Reds 0, susp.

Philadelphia and Cincinnati managed only two singles apiece, staying scoreless until their game was suspended because of heavy rain in the middle of the ninth inning.

The game will be picked up at the same point today before the teams play the finale of their series.

Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont was warming up to start the bottom of the ninth when heavy rain began. The umpires decided to suspend it after 43 minutes.

Aroldis Chapman pitched the top of the ninth and retired the three Phillies he faced.

A storm moved through after both teams finished batting practice and delayed the start of the game by 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick and Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey allowed a pair of singles apiece.

Cardinals-Pirates ppd.

Rain wiped the game between St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The storm hit at the end of the second inning with the Pirates leading 4-2, and the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes. No makeup date was immediately announced.

Pittsburgh starter Jonathan Sanchez – who came in with a 12.96 ERA – allowed two runs in the first inning but retired the side in order in the second.

INTERLEAGUE

YANKEES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2

Robinson Cano paid tribute to Jackie Robinson in fitting fashion by hitting a three-run homer, and New York beat Arizona on a night devoted to honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Cano, whose big league father Jose named him for Robinson, connected on the day when all players, managers, coaches and umpires at Yankee Stadium wore No. 42 to salute the late Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer. Major League Baseball held Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, the anniversary of the date he broke the color barrier in 1947. The Yankees and Diamondbacks were off Monday.

Mariano Rivera, the last big leaguer still wearing No. 42 on a daily basis, closed for his third save.

The Yankees also remembered Boston, home of their longtime rivals, by playing the Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline” after the third inning. Yankees fans sang along with the Neil Diamond hit as it came over the public-address system, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox hats and jerseys.

Ivan Nova (1-1) labored through five innings for the win. Brandon McCarthy (0-2) took the loss.

Rangers 4, Cubs 2

Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run, and Craig Gentry made a diving catch in the ninth to preserve Texas’s win over Chicago at a cold Wrigley Field.

Holland (1-1) at one point retired nine straight against the Cubs, who have lost three straight games. The Rangers left-hander struck out six and allowed two hits.

Beltre’s home run off Cubs reliever Shawn Camp was his second of the year and gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead in the eighth. Chicago starter Travis Wood (1-1) walked Ian Kinsler and was then relieved by Camp, who allowed Elvis Andrus to single to right before throwing a pickoff attempt away, allowing Kinsler to score and make it 2-0.

Braves 6, Royals 3

Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla homered in the eighth inning, and Juan Francisco hit a pair of solo shots earlier in the game to help Atlanta win its 10th straight.

The Braves are 12-1 and off to their best start since they began the 1994 season 13-1.

Eric O’Flaherty (3-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless eighth for the win in relief.

Heyward’s second homer, Upton’s eighth and Uggla’s third were solo shots off Kelvin Herrera (1-1), who gave up three hits, four runs and one walk in two-thirds of an inning. The Braves have outhomered opponents 25-7 and outscored opponents 68-25 for the best run differential in the majors.

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