ARLINGTON, Texas — Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 8-4 Saturday.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
The only other time the Rangers let him swing, Pujols homered off reliever Jason Frasor in the sixth.
Mark Trumbo also had a two-run homer in the first against Harrison (0-2), who gave up eight hits and five runs in five innings after losing to Houston on opening night.
Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler hit third-inning home runs against Tommy Hanson (1-0), who gave up three runs over six innings in his Angels debut after arriving in an offseason trade with Atlanta.
The boos were loud again for Hamilton, who said before the game that his wife had to call over security during Friday’s home opener for Texas because fans were shouting insults and obscenities at their family. There were no major incidents, and Hamilton said his family planned to return for the remaining two games.
Hamilton, who signed a $125 million, five-year deal to join Pujols in the middle of the Angels lineup, is 1 for 20 with 10 strikeouts.
TIGERS 8, YANKEES 4
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 4 day and Prince Fielder drove in two runs to lead Detroit over New York.
Max Scherzer (1-0) gave up four runs in five-plus innings to pick up the win in a shaky start, his first of the season. Phil Hughes (0-1) allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits in four-plus innings on a day when he was originally scheduled to make a rehabilitation start in the minors.
Darin Downs and Joaquin Benoit combined to pitch three scoreless innings to end the game for the Tigers, who will try for a series sweep Sunday in a matchup of aces, Detroit’s Justin Verlander and New York’s CC Sabathia.
BLUE JAYS 5, RED SOX 0
TORONTO — John Lackey left with a strained biceps in his first start since September 2011, grabbing his right arm in pain and coming out in the fifth inning as Boston lost to Toronto.
Lackey (0-1) missed last season following elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011. He allowed a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia in the fourth, then clutched his arm and jumped around the mound in pain after throwing low and inside to Jose Reyes on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the fifth.
Teammates and manager John Farrell came to the mound before Lackey walked off with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson and was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who threw ball four.
There was no immediate word on the severity of Lackey’s injury, or how much time he might miss.
Lackey signed an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 after eight seasons with the Angels. He allowed two runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings with eight strikeouts.
Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Aceves, a drive off the facing of the third deck in right-center. J.A. Happ (1-0) combined on a two-hitter with Steve Delabar, Aaron Loup and Sergio Santos.
WHITE SOX 4,
CHICAGO — Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning and Chicago beat Seattle.
With one out and Alejandro De Aza aboard after a leadoff single, Rios drove an 0-2 pitch through a tricky wind and way over the wall in left for his second homer in two days.
Hernandez (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first try for win No. 100. The right-hander struck out three to give him 1,498 for his career.
De Aza and Hector Gimenez each had a sacrifice fly as the White Sox improved to 25-5 against Seattle since the start of the 2010 season.
Seattle pulled within one on Michael Saunders’ two-run homer in the eighth, but the rally fizzled from there. Jesse Crain wriggled out of a jam to get the ball to Addison Reed, who worked the ninth for his third save.
Donnie Veal (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.