White Sox go top; Nationals in strong position

Chris Sales became the first pitcher to reach 4-0 this season after another strong display led the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Sale allowed only one unearned run while striking out three. He was afforded an early 1-0 lead by Tyler Saladino’s first-inning home run, with Alex Avila scoring the second run in the fifth.

The win leaves the White Sox in first place in the American League Central standings after the Kansas City Royals were beaten 3-2 by the Detroit Tigers.

Jordan Zimmerman threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings for Detroit, taking him to 19 1/3 scoreless innings to start the season.

Rougned Odor’s two-run homer in the second inning was all the offense Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers needed in a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros, their third straight win.

The Oakland Athletics kept pace in the AL West with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees, in which Kendall Graveman struck out eight while allowing only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

The Boston Red Sox scored five runs in the first two innings on their way to a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Toronto Blue Jays were authors of their own downfall, allowing the Baltimore Orioles to score on a passed ball in the 10th inning to wrap up a 4-3 victory. Joe Biagini’s pitch got away from Josh Thole and Caleb Joseph raced home to score.

Taijuan Walker allowed only one unearned run in six innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1, while Aaron Hill, Chris Carter and Domingo Santana all hit home runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 10-5 in an inter-league match-up.

In the National League, the Washington Nationals moved to 11-3 with a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins, which came despite an early exit for pitcher Joe Ross with a blister.

The Nationals now own the best record in baseball after the Chicago Cubs were beaten 5-3 by the St Louis Cardinals to drop to 11-4.

Matt Holliday belted a two-run homer to set St Louis on course for victory.

The Cardinals moved to 8-7, level in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds, who beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Tucker Barnhart’s walk-off single in the ninth.

Peter Bourjos hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 5-4.

The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed a 5-3 win in Atlanta on Justin Turner’s double in the 10th inning.

Drew Pomeranz struck out 10 in 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the San Diego Padres cruised to an 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Welington Castillo’s two-run homer lifted the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.