ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Baltimore played like a confident bunch that’s left 2012 behind and is intent on proving a surprising breakthrough season wasn’t a fluke.
Adam Jones keyed a seventh-inning rally with a go-ahead double, and Chris Davis followed with a three-run homer Tuesday to help the Orioles launch their quest to return to the playoffs with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Today starts a long journey together, and I’m curious as everybody else to see where it takes us,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“The season wouldn’t have ended if we lost today, and it wouldn’t end if we lose tomorrow, or if we win. That’s what I keep challenging our guys about,” he added. “This is a great group for staying in the moment, staying in reality.”
Matt Wieters homered early off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and later drew an intentional walk from reliever Jake McGee (0-1) before Davis’ towering shot over the right-field wall broke open the game and silenced a sellout crowd of 34,078 at Tropicana Field.
Jason Hammel (1-0) allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Indians 4, Blue Jays 1: In Toronto, NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and the overhauled Blue Jays struggled in their opener and lost to Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Dickey, Masterson pitched six innings and the Indians ended their streak of opening day losses at four.
Cleveland won its opener for the first time since beating the Chicago White Sox in 2008. The Indians had dropped eight of their last 10 openers.
Masterson (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in six innings, ending his night by retiring 11 straight batters. The right-hander walked four and struck out five.
Joe Smith worked the seventh, Vinnie Pestano pitched the eighth and Chris Perez finished for Cleveland, earning his first save.
On opening day last year, Perez allowed three runs in the ninth against Toronto as the Blue Jays rallied to force extra innings, winning it in the 16th on a three-run homer by Arencibia.
Dickey (0-1) allowed four runs, three of them earned, and five hits in six innings. The knuckleballer walked four and struck out four.
Dickey’s four walks were his most since May 6, 2012, when he walked four against Arizona. In 33 starts last season for the New York Mets, he issued more than three walks just twice — he was traded to Toronto in the offseason.
Rockies 8, Brewers 4: In Milwaukee, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the second straight game for the Colorado Rockies.
Tulowitzki is off to quick start after missing the last four months of the 2012 season with a left groin injury that required surgery.
The All-Star shortstop went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs in Monday’s loss on opening day.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez each drove in two runs in the win.
Ryan Braun homered for Milwaukee.