St. Petersburg, Fla. Chris Carpenter can't explain why he's had so much success against Tampa Bay.
The Toronto right-hander improved to 5-1 lifetime against the Blue Jays' AL East rivals on Thursday, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out a career-high 11 in an 11-0 blowout at Tropicana Field.
The Devil Rays helped Carpenter (1-0), committing four errors that led to five unearned runs in the first two innings. A fifth Tampa Bay error paved the way for a four-run ninth.
"It was a tough game for them," Blue Jays manager Buck Martinez said. "This is the kind of lineup that you give us an extra out or two, you're probably going to give up some runs."
Carpenter has four complete games and two shutouts in six starts against Tampa Bay, but didn't get an opportunity go the distance this time. Kevin Bierne got the last three outs after Martinez decided against letting Carpenter, slowed late in spring training by a back strain, work the ninth.
"Early in the season, why take the chance, especially coming back with the back thing?" Carpenter said. "I understand it."
Darrin Fletcher's two-run double keyed a four-run first inning after Devil Rays rightfielder Ben Grieve lost Raul Mondesi's fly ball in the lights for a two-base error and Vinny Castilla misplayed Brad Fullmer's bases-loaded grounder. Tampa Bay's five errors tied a team record.
Toronto second baseman Homer Bush was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering ligament damage in his left thumb Wednesday.
Twins 9, Tigers 5
Detroit Todd Jones (0-1) wasted a ninth-inning lead, then allowed three more runs in the 10th. Doug Mientkiewicz hit a tying sacrifice fly in the ninth and, after Jones loaded the bases in the 10th, Corey Koskie hit a sacrifice fly off C.J. Nitkowski, who then threw a run-scoring wild pitch and allowed a two-run double to Denny Hocking.
Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
Baltimore Derek Lowe (0-2) walked Melvin Mora with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run. Buddy Groom (1-0) got two outs in the ninth after Jason Johnson gave up one run and seven hits in 81/3 innings.
Angels 10, Rangers 3
Arlington, Texas Wally Joyner homered and hit an RBI single in his first start for the Angels since 1991. Troy Glaus homered twice and Ramon Ortiz (1-0) struck out 10.
Ryan Glynn (0-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings and left after he was hit on his pitching shoulder by a line drive. Alex Rodriguez was 0-for-4, dropping to 4-for-16 with no RBIs.