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Boston Bats Are Better

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, of Japan, hugs catcher David Ross after closing out a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Baltimore. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, of Japan, hugs catcher David Ross after closing out a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Baltimore. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore (ap) — David Ortiz had three of Boston’s 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen, and the Red Sox got an effective pitching performance from Felix Doubront and four relievers in a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three in this season-opening series between AL East rivals. The 21-year-old Bogaerts has reached in eight of 12 plate appearances, collecting five hits and three walks.

Boston finished with 14 hits, 12 of them singles. The Red Sox amassed 33 hits in the three games, including five by Ortiz.

Matt Wieters had three hits for the Orioles and Chris Davis had two hits and scored twice.

Doubront (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 52⁄3 innings, and Boston’s bullpen maintained its 0.00 ERA with 31⁄3 innings of three-hit relief.

Chris Capuano got three straight outs in the seventh, Junichi Tazawa worked the eighth and Koji Uehara needed only seven pitches to retire the side in the ninth for his first save.

Boston’s bullpen allowed six hits over 71⁄3 innings in the series, and the Red Sox gave up only seven runs overall.

Twins 10, White Sox 9

Chicago — Chris Colabello had a career-high six RBIs and doubled twice, Oswaldo Arcia hit a go-ahead triple and Minnesota avoided a season-opening sweep with a comeback win over Chicago.

Rays 7, Blue Jays 2

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Chris Archer threw six solid innings, Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer and Tampa Bay split a four-game series with Toronto.

National League

Cardinals 7, Reds 6

Cincinnati — St. Louis overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers, holding on to beat Cincinnati and take two of three in their season-opening series.

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 5

Phoenix — Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in San Francisco’s five-run eighth inning and the Giants rallied to beat Arizona in a game that was halted briefly in the top of the first due to a swarm of bees in the outfield.

Nationals 8, Mets 2

New York — Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky first inning as an emergency starter in place of ailing Jordan Zimmermann, and Washington rallied past New York for an opening three-game sweep.

Marlins 8, Rockies 5

Miami — Giancarlo Stanton singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning, capping a comeback to help Miami beat Colorado.

Cubs 3, Pirates 2

Pittsburgh — Jason Hammel pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Chicago edged Pittsburgh for its first win of the season.

Hammel (1-0) allowed a run, struck out five and walked one in 62⁄3 innings to help the Cubs avoid their worst start in 17 years.

Emilio Bonifacio went 2 for 4 and scored twice to continue his torrid start. The Chicago center fielder hit 11 for 16 (.688) during the opening three-game series.

Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) struggled early in his first start in 10 months but settled down late. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.