BALTIMORE Booed at the outset by the smallest crowd in Camden Yards history, Aubrey Huff received cheers from the cozy gathering after driving in four runs to rally the Baltimore Orioles past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Wednesday night.
Huff hit a two-run homer to pull the Orioles to 6-5 in the sixth inning, then doubled in two runs in the eighth to put Baltimore ahead for the first time.
Huff was jeered by the home fans during the opener on Monday and again on Wednesday because of derogatory comments he made about the city of Baltimore on a syndicated radio show during the offseason. But the booing subsided after his home run, and the fans happily applauded after Huff's double in the gap off Al Reyes (0-1) in the eighth.
Ramon Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly and Adam Jones capped the four-run uprising with an RBI single.
All this occurred before 10,505 fans the tiniest crowd since the ballpark opened in 1992.
Jamie Walker (1-0) struck out the side in the eighth and George Sherrill worked the ninth to earn the save in his Baltimore debut.
Cliff Floyd and Carlos Pena homered for the Rays, who were seeking to win the first two games of the season for only the second time in the franchise's 11-year history.
Carl Crawford had two hits and scored twice for Tampa Bay, and Matt Garza allowed five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings in debut with the Rays.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera gave up six runs, six hits and five walks in four-plus innings. Coming off a dismal season in which he led the majors in losses (18) and walks (108), the right-hander struggled against a team that has never beaten him.
Pena homered in the fifth after a single by Crawford to make it 5-3. The Rays then loaded the bases before scoring a run on a double-play grounder by Dioner Navarro.
But the lead wouldn't last.
After Floyd connected with two on in the first inning, Baltimore's Brian Roberts answered with his 10th career leadoff home run, a shot to center on Garza's second pitch.
The Rays used three walks (one intentional) to load the bases with one out in the third, but Cabrera avoided damage by striking out Willy Aybar and retiring Navarro on a grounder. In the bottom half, Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis hit RBI singles to tie it.
RED SOX 5, ATHLETICS 0: At Oakland, Calif., Jon Lester pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, David Ortiz broke open a scoreless game with a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 Wednesday. Kevin Youkilis had a double and a run-scoring single while setting the major league record for consecutive errorless games by a first baseman at 194, one more than Steve Garvey.
INDIANS 7, WHITE SOX 2: At Cleveland, Fausto Carmona pitched seven innings in his season debut and Grady Sizemore had three RBIs for Cleveland. With his signature sinker dipping and dancing away from Chicago's hitters, Carmona allowed one run and four singles.
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 0: At Detroit, Brian Bannister (1-0) allowed two singles in seven innings, combining with Leo Nunez and Joakim Soria on a three-hitter three singles by Edgar Renteria. Kansas City is 2-0 for the second time in 28 years. The Royals won their first nine games in 2003 en route to their only winning season since 1993.
BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 2: At New York, A.J. Burnett overpowered New York, allowing two runs in six innings, and Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer off Mike Mussina. Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that chased Burnett (1-0) with none out in the seventh.
ANGELS 1, TWINS 0: At Minneapolis, Joe Saunders threw eight shutout innings and Howie Kendrick came home on a wild pitch in the seventh for Los Angeles. The left-handed Saunders sailed through his first start with only four hits and one walk allowed. He struck out three and got 14 groundball outs.
Mariners 4, Rangers 1: At Seattle, the bullpen committee forced upon the Mariners by J.J. Putz's injury is apparently going to include anyone including a starting pitcher. Carlos Silva allowed three hits and one run in his Seattle debut, Jose Lopez hit a three-run homer and No. 5 starter Miguel Batista got his first save in three years.
BREWERS 8, CUBS 2: At Chicago, Jeff Suppan held Chicago to two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, Rickie Weeks homered on the game's first pitch and Jason Kendall reached base five straight times to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cubs 8-2 Wednesday. Ryan Braun and ex-Cub Kendall batting ninth had three hits each in Milwaukee's 14-hit attack.
NATIONALS 1, PHILLIES 0: At Philadelphia, Tim Redding took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer to help Washington stay unbeaten. Redding (1-0) allowed just a single by Pedro Feliz in the second inning and walked three batters in seven innings.
REDS 6, ARIZONA 5: At Cincinnati, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Cincinnati its first victory under manager Dusty Baker. Arizona took a 5-3 lead into the ninth on the strength of an impressive debut by right-hander Dan Haren, who doubled, scored a run, hit a sacrifice fly and pitched six innings.
METS 13, MARLINS 0: At Miami, Ryan Church and David Wright each homered, Carlos Beltran had three doubles and New York pounded out 17 hits. Every Mets starting position player had at least one hit and scored at least once. Oliver Perez allowed five hits over six scoreless innings to pick up his a win in his season debut.
CARDINALS 8, ROCKIES 3: At St. Louis, Cardinals center fielder Rick Ankiel homered, singled twice and made a diving catch and St. Louis beat Colorado. Todd Wellemeyer (1-0) struck out six in five strong innings, Ryan Ludwick had three hits and three RBIs and Rico Washington drove in an insurance run with his first career hit after nearly 4,000 minor league at-bats in a four-run eighth.
BRAVES 10, PIRATES 2: At Atlanta, Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Yunel Escobar added a three-run shot in Atlanta's seven-run eighth inning. Jair Jurrjens, acquired in the offseason deal that sent Edgar Renteria to Detroit, got the win.
ASTROS 9, PADRES 6: At San Diego, Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros rallied for their first win of the season. With the Padres leading 6-5, Hoffman retired the first two batters before walking pinch-hitter Jose Cruz Jr. on a full-count pitch. Michael Bourn singled to right and Hunter Pence followed with a single off the tip of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove to score Cruz.