Giants snap Dodgers' flawless streak, Teixeira lifts Yankees

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From a season-opening streak of shut-out wins to defeat, the Los Angeles Dodgers and their flawless start to the MLB campaign came to an end against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

The Dodgers had not conceded a single run in a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, posting 15-0, 3-0 and 7-0 wins.

But that streak came to an end against the Giants, who triumphed 12-6 in San Francisco.

Mark Teixeira's three-run shot in the seventh inning snapped a tie and helped the New York Yankees past the Houston Astros 8-5 and to a series win.

The Chicago White Sox claimed their four-game series against the Oakland Athletics with a 6-1 victory, inspired by Jose Abreu's two-run homer in the sixth.

Elsewhere, the Cincinnati Reds outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 10-6, the Minnesota Twins lost 4-2 to the Baltimore Orioles and the Miami Marlins topped the Washington Nationals 6-4.

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-6 in a match overshadowed by a collision between slugger Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler, the Texas Rangers went down 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels, while the match between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed.

 

BRUCE INSPIRES REDS, TEIXEIRA STAYS HOT

Jay Bruce was the only player to bash two homers for the Reds on Thursday. Bruce went three for four and plated five as the Reds beat the Phillies. His second long ball of the day tied him with Ken Griffey Jr for seventh place on Cincinnati's all-time home run list. 

Teixeira hit his second-straight three-run homer as the Yankees outlasted the Astros. With two men on and one out in the seventh inning, Teixeira hit a go-ahead homer off reliever Ken Giles.



BUXTON DENIES HOMER

Twins Rookie of the Year candidate Byron Buxton raced back to the warning track and made a tremendous leaping grab, taking away a potential homer from the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop.

 

DODGERS FALL SHORT OF RECORD, HARPER CLOSES IN ON CENTURY

After three consecutive shut-out games, the Dodgers' scoreless innings pitched streak ended at 31-straight innings in the fifth against the Giants. It meant the Dodgers fell an inning short of tying the MLB record for successive scoreless innings pitched to start a season.

Bryce Harper homered in the Nats' defeat, the 99th of his career.


ZIMMERMANN SET FOR FIRST HOME START AGAINST YANKEES

Jordan Zimmermann will make his first-career start with the Detroit Tigers in their home opener against the Yankees on Friday.  Zimmermann, who signed with Detroit on a five-year, $110 million contract, will be the first starting pitcher to make his Tigers debut in the team's home opener in the Comerica Park era. The Yankees will start Luis Severino, who has seen just 11 big league starts. The Pittsburgh Pirates will bid to win a fourth-straight game at the Reds, while the Red Sox are at the Toronto Blue Jays.