DENVER — Trevor Bauer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his Los Angeles debut before allowing a pair of two-run homers, and the Dodgers held on after building a big lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Friday night.
The game had a little bit of everything, including a gray cat making a surprise appearance in centre field before being ushered out by stadium personnel.
Bauer (1-0), the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, purred along through six innings until Trevor Story broke up the no-hit bid with a single and Charlie Blackmon ended the shutout with a two-run homer.
Ryan McMahon later followed with another two-run homer. David Price eventually replaced Bauer and gave up back-to-back homers to Dom Nuñez and Sam Hilliard, suddenly turning a 10-0 rout into a 10-6 game.
It was the second time in Rockies history they homered four times in an inning.
Bauer went 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs while striking out 10. The right-hander signed a $102 million, three-year deal as a free agent in February after going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA last season for Cincinnati.
Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela (0-1) uncharacteristically scuffled at home, lasting 3 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs.
ORIOLES 3, RED SOX 0
BOSTON (AP) — John Means pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, allowing a single to lead off the game and retiring his last 18 batters as Baltimore blanked Boston in their rain-delayed opener.
Means (1-0) struck out five and permitted just two baserunners — the other on an error. Ryan Mountcastle doubled home two runs in the sixth and Anthony Santander added an RBI single in the eighth.
César Valdez got three outs for the save.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora returned after serving a suspension last year for his role in the Astros cheating scandal. He received a big cheer when the teams were introduced before the game.
Means allowed a single to Boston leadoff hitter Kiké Hernández, then picked him off first.
Nathan Eovaldi (0-1) scattered four hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings.
RAYS 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Joey Wendle hit a three-run homer, highlighting a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Tampa Bay over Miami.
Wendle’s one-out shot off closer Anthony Bass (0-1) landed in the upper deck in right field and erased a 4-2 deficit. Manuel Margot then tripled and scored on Francisco Mejia’s sacrifice fly.
Margot also homered and Austin Meadows went deep for the second consecutive game, helping Tampa Bay win its seventh straight in Miami dating to 2019.
Andrew Kittredge (1-0) gave up a run in the eighth. Diego Castillo got his second save with a scoreless ninth.
Miguel Rojas had a two-run single in the seventh that put Miami ahead 3-2.
Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Pablo Lopez was lifted after five shutout innings for the Marlins.
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