Red Sox outlast Yankees 6-5 in 19-inning classic
In one of the classic games of their l ong and illustrious rivalry, the Boston Red Sox finally outlasted the New York Yankees 6-5 in 19 innings early Saturday when the game-ending double play was turned at 2:13 a.m.
In the first meeting of the year between the teams, Boston at last went ahead for good on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts of Esmil Rogers (0-1). Xander Bogaerts scored the decisive run after reaching on his fourth hit in extra innings.
Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira hit tying home runs for the Yankees in an early-season epic interrupted by a power outage for 16 minutes in the 12th. That’s why the official time of game was 6 hours, 49 minutes — even though it took more than 7 hours to complete.
David Ortiz hit a solo homer for Boston to break a 3-all deadlock in the 16th. But then Teixeira led off the bottom half with a no-doubt drive to left field off knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-0).
Pablo Sandoval put the Red Sox back in front with an RBI single in the 18th only to see Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran hit doubles in the bottom half to tie it again at 5.
Reds 5, Cardinals 4 Joey Votto hit a pair of two-run homers — the strongest indication yet that he’ s fully back in form — and Todd Frazier had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, keeping the Reds unbeaten with a victory over the Cardinals.
The Reds are 4-0 for the first time since 2011, when they won their first five games. They’ve won each game in their final at-bat.
Votto homered off John Lackey in each of his first two at-bats. Frazier’s sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jordan Walden (0-1) marked the second time this week that he’s knocked in the deciding run.
J. J. Hoover ( 2- 0) escaped a threat in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman gave up a hit and fanned two in the ninth for his second save.
Rockies 5, Cubs 1 The Colorado Rockies tied their best start in franchise history, beating the Cubs behind Troy Tulowitzki’s two-run double and Justin Morneau’s solo homer.
The Rockies, off to their first 4-0 start since 1995, got another stellar performance from their bullpen in relief of a shaky Tyler Matzek.
Right-hander Christian Bergman (1-0) picked up the win with a perfect fifth inning, and five Colorado relievers combined to allow just one hit — a bunt single by Anthony Rizzo with the shift on — in five innings. Travis Wood (0-1) was the loser. Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3, 10 innings Ender Inciarte had a gameending single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading the Diamondbacks to a victory over Los Angeles.
Paul Goldschmidt hit his first home run of the season for the Diamondbacks, who dropped 15 of 19 against the Dodgers a year ago. Oliver Perez (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win.
Pinch- hitter Cliff Pennington drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch. J.P. Howell (0-1) then walked A.J. Pollock with Pennington stealing third base as ball four went into the dirt. Inciarte singled down the right-field line.
Twins 6, White Sox 0 Tommy Milone pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Twins got their first win under manager Paul Molitor, beating the White Sox in Chicago’s home opener.
The Twins got some relief after getting knocked around in a threegame sweep at Detroit, while the White Sox (0-4) matched their worst start since 1995.
Milone ( 1- 0) yielded a bunt single to Micah Johnson in the third and retired the next 16 batters before Tyler Flowers chased him with a two-out double in the eighth.
Hector Noesi (0-1) lasted 4 2-3 innings for Chicago, allowing two runs and four hits.
Blue Jays 12, Orioles 5 Jose Bautista broke out of an early-season slump by going 3 for 3 and scoring four runs as the Blue Jays ruined the Orioles’ home opener.
Josh Donaldson and Dioner Navarro each drove in three runs for the Blue Jays. Toronto finished with 16 hits, half of them doubles — including two by Dalton Pompey. Mark Buehrle (1-0) earned his 200th career win, allowing one run and eight hits in six innings.
Adam Jones homered, had a career-high tying four hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles.
Bud Norris (0-1) allowed eight runs and seven hits in three-plus innings.
Chicago White Sox’s Adam Eaton, right, is tagged by Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, bottom, for the final out of a baseball game on Friday, April 10.