FRIDAY’S MLB GAMES
Blue Jays 6, Tigers 0
Matt Shoemaker pitched seven sharp innings to win his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers, giving Charlie Montoyo his first victory as a major league manager. Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis each drove in two runs. Shoemaker (1-0) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out seven. Matt Boyd (0-1) struck out 10 in five innings. Teoscar Hernandez broke the skid with an RBI single, and Billy McKinney scored from first when center fielder Mikie Mahtook bobbled a bases-loaded single by Galvis. Nicholas Castellanos was the only Tigers player to get a hit.
Rays 4, Astros 2
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Charlie Morton was solid in his debut for the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching five innings and striking out eight against his former team in a victory over the Houston Astros. The 35-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and three hits. Yandy Diaz lined an impressive solo homer off Astros starter Gerrit Cole (0-1), who also yielded three unearned runs in the third, when shortstop Aledmys Diaz’s throwing error paved the way for Tampa Bay. Tommy Pham’s RBI single trimmed Houston’s lead to 2-1, and Ji-Man Choi followed with a two-run single to put the Rays ahead 3-2. Morton, who gave up a two-run double to Michael Brantley in the third, walked three and also hit a batter during an 85-pitch outing. Jose Alvarado struck out Tony Kemp with two runners on in the ninth for his first save. Cole allowed five hits and four runs — one earned — while striking out 10 over six innings.
Rockies 6, Marlins 1
Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in two, German Marquez struck out seven in six innings and the Colorado Rockies pulled away late to beat the Miami Marlins. Nolan Arenado and Tony Wolters each had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who went ahead for good on Blackmon’s double that landed just inside the left-field line in the seventh. Marquez (1-0) allowed two hits and one run. Adam Conley (0-1) gave up two hits and the go-ahead run in the seventh. Marlins starter Trevor Richards gave up four hits and one run in six innings. Curtis Granderson hit his first homer for Miami, which has four runs this season — all off solo homers.
Cardinals 9, Brewers 5
Paul Goldschmidt hit three home runs and then was intentionally walked in the ninth inning with a chance to tie the major league record, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers. Goldschmidt had four hits and drove in five. John Gant (1-0) pitched 12/3 scoreless innings. Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun homered for Milwaukee. Trevor Williams (0-1) relieved and allowed Goldschmidt’s second homer