BALTIMORE – No Seattle Mariners pitcher had ever absorbed a loss of this nature, so no one was blaming Hisashi Iwakuma for lamenting the one-of-a-kind defeat.
Iwakuma gave up a leadoff homer to Nick Markakis, and that turned out to be the game’s only run in Seattle’s 1-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
The Mariners had never lost 1-0 when the lone run came on a leadoff homer. It was just the ninth time in franchise history they dropped a 1-0 game in which the only run was a home run.
“The first home run, the first hitter in the first inning, cost me the whole game,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “When (you) look at it at the end, it’s tough like that.”
Iwakuma (9-6) was outstanding, allowing only one run on five hits in 7⅔ innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (8-5) was even better.
He blanked Seattle on three hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking none.
Newcomer Andrew Miller worked a perfect eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 23rd save.
It was the first time in Orioles history that they won 1-0 on a leadoff homer.
Iwakuma lost on the road for the first time in 15 starts since July 4, 2013. He was 9-0 over that span.
“One pitch in his first seven pitches,” Seattle catcher Mike Zunino said. “Other than that, I thought he was excellent.”
Yankees 8, Red Sox 7
In Boston, Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning for one of his three hits, helping New York to the road win.
Boston relievers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara each worked one scoreless inning in the loss.
Royals 4, Athletics 2
In Oakland, Kansas City’s James Shields pitched eight sharp innings for his first win in nearly a month.
Royals leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki was 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Angels 7, Rays 5
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Mike Trout hit RBI double to key a five-run first and Los Angeles defeated Tampa Bay in a game delayed by a power outage at Tropicana Field.
Twins 16, White Sox 3
In Chicago, rookie Danny Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and Minnesota scored nine times in the eighth inning of a rain-delayed romp over the White Sox.
Astros 6, Blue Jays 1
In Houston, Scott Feldman worked around eight hits in his first complete game in nearly a year, while Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez each had two RBIs.
Toronto’s Munenori Kawasaki was hitless in three at-bats.
Indians 4, Rangers 3 (12)
In Cleveland, Michael Brantley homered to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning.
Tigers 4, Rockies 0
In Detroit, Anibal Sanchez struck out 12 and allowed just two hits in seven innings, Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Tigers finished off a weekend sweep of Colorado.
In the three-game sweep, Detroit starters Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and Sanchez combined for a 1.57 ERA with 27 strikeouts and two walks in 23 innings.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 2
In St. Louis, John Lackey won his Cardinals debut when the hosts rallied for three runs in the seventh inning, capped by a go-ahead from rookie Oscar Taveras to beat Milwaukee.
Nationals 4, Phillies 0
In Washington, Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 while pitching three-hit ball for seven innings, earning his first win in a month as the Nationals beat Philadelphia.
Giants 9, Mets 0
In New York, Madison Bumgarner pitched a two-hitter and Hunter Pence homered twice to lead San Francisco past the Mets.
Bumgarner (13-8) struck out 10 and walked one in his second career shutout.
Bartolo Colon (10-9) was denied his 200th career win.
Padres 4, Braves 3 (10)
In San Diego, Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th and the Padres sent Atlanta to its sixth straight loss.
Reds 7, Marlins 3
In Miami, Billy Hamilton scored three times to help Cincinnati break out of an offensive slump and beat the Marlins.
Cubs 7, Dodgers 3
In Los Angeles, Edwin Jackson pitched six innings for his first victory in six weeks and Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for Chicago.
D-Backs 3, Pirates 2 (10)
In Phoenix, Arizona runner Nick Ahmed put his arms up as he slid into second base and deflected a potential double play relay in the 10th inning, and the Diamondbacks edged Pittsburgh.