Originally created 04/12/06

Lowell, Beckett deliver for Sox



BOSTON - Ditched by the Marlins in an off-season salary purge, Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell have found a home at Fenway Park.

Lowell went 4-for-4 with three doubles, and Beckett settled down after walking in a run Tuesday, holding the Toronto Blue Jays to three hits over seven innings and leading the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory in their home opener. It was Boston's fifth consecutive win.

Josh Towers (0-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out three in six innings. Frank Catalanotto hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

YANKEES 9, ROYALS 7

In New York, Derek Jeter's three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the eighth inning as New York beat Kansas City to win its club-record ninth consecutive home opener.

New York wasted a 4-1 fourth-inning lead and trailed 7-4 in the eighth, when it loaded the bases against Andrew Sisco on a single wrapped around two walks. Robinson Cano hit an RBI groundout, and Bernie Williams punched a run-scoring single to left.

That brought up Johnny Damon, playing his first game in pinstripes. Ambiorix Burgos relieved and struck him out, but Jeter sent the next pitch soaring into the left-field seats.

Scott Proctor (1-1) pitched one inning for the win, and Mariano Rivera finished for his first save.

INDIANS 9, MARINERS 5

In Cleveland, Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning to back Cliff Lee as Cleveland won its sixth in a row.

Peralta's two-run homer and Hafner's home run off Jarrod Washburn (1-1) gave the Indians a 6-0 lead and provided Lee (1-0) with all the cushion he needed.

The left-hander, who improved to 5-0 in six career starts against Seattle, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who have lost four in a row.

REDS 9, CUBS 2

In Chicago, Bronson Arroyo pitched seven shutout innings and hit one of Cincinnati's six homers, Edwin Encarnacion connected for a grand slam and Cincinnati routed Chicago.

Adam Dunn hit a pair of homers, and Ken Griffey Jr. and Arroyo each had one off Glendon Rusch. Encarnacion hit his first career slam and Austin Kearns followed with another homer, both off Will Ohman in the sixth.

METS 7, NATIONALS 1

In Washington, rookie Brian Bannister shut down Washington again for his first major league victory, and Carlos Beltran homered off the facing of the upper deck, leading New York past Washington.

Bannister (1-0) allowed three hits over seven innings, throwing 108 pitches.

The lone run he gave up came on Alfonso Soriano's homer in the seventh. The right-hander held the Nationals hitless for 5q innings in his big league debut last week in New York.

PADRES 9, MARLINS 3

In Miami, Khalil Greene drove in four runs with two homers to help San Diego shake a slump as the Padres spoiled the Florida's home opener.

The Padres, who scored a major league-low 19 runs in the first week of the season, snapped a four-game losing streak.

Greene, a former Clemson standout, hit a two-out homer in the second and a three-run shot in the sixth. He has four of the Padres' six home runs after hitting 15 each of the past two seasons.

PIRATES 7, DODGERS 6

In Pittsburgh, Ryan Doumit hit one of Pittsburgh's four homers and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to help Pittsburgh rally for a victory over Los Angeles.

Jeromy Burnitz added a two-run homer, and Craig Wilson and Doumit each hit a home run as the Pirates came back from deficits of 3-0, 5-2 and 6-3 to avoid their first 1-8 start in 51 years.

GIANTS-ASTROS POSTPONED: In San Francisco, the Giants' series opener against the NL champion Houston Astros was rained out, with the game to be made up as part of a split doubleheader Thursday.