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Rays keep roll going thanks to slick Garza

Rays keep roll going thanks to slick Garza
It's like the off-season never happened for Matt Garza and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Garza pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and the Rays hit three homers off Daisuke Matsuzaka to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 yesterday and win their opening three-game series.

Evan Longoria had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Matt Joyce and Shawn Riggans also went deep for the defending AL champions.

"We just wanted to establish ourselves early in the season, set the tone and let the people know it wasn't a fluke," said Garza, who allowed one run and three walks, striking out five to improve to 6-1 in his career against Boston. "We're here to battle for a while."

Matsuzaka gave up four runs, nine hits and three walks in 51/3 innings of work.

The Texas Rangers are 3-0 for the first time since 1996.

Marlon Byrd and Ian Kinsler hit long home runs and the Rangers completed their series sweep, outslugging the Cleveland Indians 12-8.

Coco Crisp's two-run homer in the ninth inning broke a scoreless tie and the Kansas City Royals held off the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

The Royals took two of three in the season-opening series.

Jarrod Washburn gave up five hits in eight innings and Brandon Morrow got his first save of the season to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 2-0.

Washburn struck out four with just one walk to get his first victory since July 27. Adrian Beltre and Rob Johnson had RBI singles for the M's split the four-game set.

Adrian Gonzalez's solo homer started a three-run rally in the eighth inning that carried the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Closer Heath Bell got out of a jam in the ninth and the Padres salvaged a split of an opening, four-game series.

Chris Carpenter took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.

Carpenter didn't allow a hit until Ramon Vazquez singled just under the glove of second baseman Skip Schumaker with two outs in the seventh.

Joey Votto had a three-run homer and a run-scoring single off Oliver Perez and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 8-6, salvaging the final game of their three-game series.

Giants reliever Joe Martinez was hit in the head by Mike Cameron's line drive in the ninth inning, but was able to walk off the field in San Francisco's 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Added: April 10, 2009

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