Shea Hillenbrand didn't regret fielding Tony Batista's slow roller down the third-base line, even if it might have cost Derek Lowe a shot at a no-hitter.
Batista's infield single in the eighth inning was Baltimore's only hit off Lowe on Friday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-0 at Camden Yards.
Batista's dribbler down the line hit the lip of the infield grass and might have rolled foul, but Hillenbrand didn't want to chance it. He picked up the ball and his throw to first was late.
"There were no second thoughts at all. I thought it was going to be fair the whole way," Hillenbrand said. "I'd rather try to make the play and get the out."
Lowe, a former closer making his 23rd career start, shrugged his shoulders as the crowd of 31,261 at Camden Yards let out a collective groan.
"Obviously you know what's going on. You can't deny that," Lowe said. "But it was a hit. What can you do?"
In other AL games, it was Seattle 7, Oakland 1, New York 4, Tampa Bay 0; Cleveland 10, Detroit 1; Anaheim 3, Texas 1; Minnesota 4, Toronto 3; and Kansas City 5, Chicago 2.
Rich Garces and Ugueth Urbina completed the two-hitter, securing Grady Little's first win as a major league manager.
"It was big. It's always good to get the first win of the season under your belt," Little said. "We couldn't do it in a finer fashion that we did tonight."
Mariners 7, Athletics 1
James Baldwin pitched seven strong innings in his Seattle debut and the Mariners beat visiting Oakland behind homers by Bret Boone and John Olerud.
Signed as a free agent to replace Aaron Sele in the Mariners' rotation, Baldwin (1-0) gave up five hits, including a homer to rookie Carlos Pena.
The Mariners won their third straight game after an opening day loss to the White Sox. Seattle staked Baldwin to a 3-0 lead in the first on the homers by Boone and Olerud against Erik Hiljus (0-1).
Yankees 4, Devil Rays 0
Andy Pettitte (1-0) put Tampa Bay in its place, pitching six scoreless innings and leading New York to a 4-0 victory in the Yankees' 100th home opener.
It was an enjoyable day for all the Yankees except newcomer Jason Giambi, who was razzed as he missed a scoop in his first game in pinstripes and went 0-for-5, dropping to 2-for-16 with no RBIs. There were even chants of "Tino! Tino!" -- a reference to Tino Martinez, the popular first baseman he replaced.
Angels 3, Rangers 1
Scott Schoeneweis allowed five hits in 8 1-3 innings and Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer to lead Anaheim at Texas.
Indians 10, Tigers 1
Matt Lawton homered on the first pitch of the game and Danys Baez pitched effectively despite walking six in his first career start as Cleveland beat winless Detroit.
Royals 5, White Sox 2
Mike Sweeney and Raul Ibanez drove in two runs apiece and Paul Byrd (1-0) went six innings as host Kansas City beat mistake-prone Chicago.
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