Rene Rivera could finally celebrate a big hit after early-season struggles. He had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Thursday night. It’s a great feeling.” Allan Dykstra opened the ninth with a single off Anthony Varvaro (0-1). Pinch-runner Tim Beckham went to second on Kevin Kiermaier’s one-out single and scored the winning run on Rivera’s hit down the third-base line.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The pitching may have been the story throughout most of the game, but Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera turned in the biggest play of the night against the Boston Red Sox. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rivera knocked a single to left field on a 79 mph curve from Anthony Varvaro, giving Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.  Up until that point, the game had been dominated by pitching. Boston starter Clay Buchholz turned in the more impressive start, striking out 10 batters over six innings. He allowed one run on just two hits during the outing. He was matched by Rays pitcher Jake Odorozzi throughout the contest. Odorizzi allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. With the performance, Odorizzi lowered his ERA to an exceptional 1.65 on the season. The Rays bullpen was phenomenal once Odorizzi left the game. Over 2 1/3 innings, Tampa’s relievers did not allow a hit against Boston. The Red Sox pen didn’t have the same luck. Varvaro struggled almost immediately in the ninth. After a leadoff single, he managed to pick up the first out of the inning with a fly out. Another single put men on first and second, and that’s when Rivera struck. With the win, the Rays improve to 8-8 on the season. TORONTO NEARLY BLOWS HUGE LEAD IN THE NINTH The Toronto Blue Jays nearly wasted an excellent start from pitcher Drew Hutchison on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison was on his game throughout most of the contest, turning in five perfect innings to open the game. A Manny Machado home run may have broken up Hutchison’s shot at history, but he remained strong after the play. Hutchison wound up allowing two runs on just four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. That performance was almost all for naught, as Liam Hendriks and Miguel Castro had a tough time closing things out in the ninth. With the Blue Jays up by five, it seemed like things would be fine. Those two made it interesting. Hendriks opened the inning by giving up a leadoff single. He was able to pick up a strikeout against the next batter, but allowed two more singles before being pulled from the contest. Castro then entered with two men on and allowed a home run to Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second big fly of the night.  With the Orioles now down by one run, Castro was able to settle in, picking up a fly out and strikeout to finish the game.  With the 7-6, Toronto improved to 9-7 on the year.   ANGELS ONLY NOTCH ONE HIT, WIN ANYWAY The Los Angeles Angels only had one hit Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, but that was all they needed.  Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer in the third inning wound up being the difference maker for Los Angeles. After Drew Butera reached on an error, Calhoun belted a 93 mph fastball from Jesse Chavez out to right for the two-run blast.  Chavez had some issues with walks during the contest, but that was the only real mistake he made all game.  Chavez was matched by Nick Tropeano, who was making his first start of the season. Tropeano was fantastic, tossing six scoreless innings against Oakland. He struck out five during the contest.  The game marked the third time in team history the Angels have won a game after picking up just one hit. Zobrist flies out in foul territory, & for just the third time in franchise history, the #Angels win with only one hit. 2-0. Record now 7-9. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2015 Los Angeles will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Friday. WACHA COMES OUT VICTORIOUS OVER SCHERZER St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had a tough task Thursday. He not only needed to shutdown a promising Washington Nationals’ offense, but he had to out-duel the team’s new ace Max Scherzer. He was successful in both areas, turning in a spectacular performance. Wacha gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Scherzer was nearly as strong, giving up two earned runs over seven innings. Scherzer struck out four batters, but did not put anyone on base via the walk.  With the win, Wacha is now 3-0 on the season. Over 20 1/3 innings, he’s posted a 1.35 ERA.  Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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A Toronto Blue Jays fan made a regrettable mistake that we see every now and again at MLB games — he reached down onto the field Wednesday night during the Jays’ game with the Baltimore Orioles and picked up a live ball. Manny Machado had hit a double down the third-base line to start the ninth inning and the fan must have thought it was a foul ball. Or, he just thinks anything that comes his way belongs to him. Either way, that’s not how these things work, dude. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] We understand wanting to get a souvenir. We’ve seen fully grown people do worse things in such pursuits . But where things took an especially humorous turn for our Jays fan is when he realized he goofed. (With the help of his fellow fans, mind you). Our hero gently tossed the ball back on the field, threw up his hands like, “it wasn’t me.” That didn’t work for Shaggy , bro, and it’s not working for you. Everybody saw what happened. The Homer Simpson-disappearing-into-the-bushes act ain’t gonna fly. The good news for the hometown team: This didn’t affect the game too much. Machado was going to end up on second base anyway. The Jays were ahead 4-2 when Machado doubled and the game finished at the same count . As for the fan, well, he doesn’t have a souvenir but he’s probably learned to pay better attention before reaching for a baseball. BLS H/N : For The Win More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Devon Travis returned from a brief injury absence and picked up right where he left off: hitting the ball hard. Travis got three hits, including a go-ahead home run that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday night. With four home runs, he’s tied with Toronto sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion for the team lead. ”That’s just a blessing because I don’t know where the heck that’s coming from.” Justin Smoak also connected for the Blue Jays, whose 21 homers are tied with the Yankees for the most in the majors.

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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The way his two starts against the Toronto Blue Jays have gone, Bud Norris may want to forgo any more appearances against them this season. Less than two weeks after lasting just three innings in the Orioles’ home-opening loss to their American League East rivals, Norris was pulled after just 2 1-3 innings Tuesday night after surrendering nine earned runs. Edwin Encarnacion smashed a pair of solo home runs and Jose Bautista added his 250th of his career to power the Blue Jays to the 13-6 win. It was the second inning, sparked by Encarnacion’s first homer, a leadoff shot, that put the Orioles in a hole, as the Blue Jays put six runs on the board.

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The Royals’ hot start has them picking up where they left off last season.

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The Royals’ hot start has them picking up where they left off last season.

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Justin Masterson benefited from five unearned runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Monday in a soggy Patriots’ Day game shortened by rain to 6 1/2 innings. The first pitch was thrown at 11:04 a.m. under cloudy skies on the Massachusetts holiday after Boston Marathon runners already were on the course that passes close by Fenway Park. With the score tied at 1, Boston scored four runs in the third when Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) walked four and made an error, and third baseman Manny Machado committed another error. Chen (0-1) gave up three hits and five walks after getting the win in Baltimore’s 7-6 victory at Fenway last year on Patriots’ Day, which commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War.

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Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez has been ejected after hitting Boston slugger Pablo Sandoval with a pitch in the fourth inning. Jimenez was thrown out by plate umpire Jordan Baker after he hit Sandoval behind the right shoulder with the first pitch after retiring the first two batters. In the second inning, Sandoval upended second baseman Jonathan Schoop with a hard slide on a forceout. Sandoval missed Boston’s previous game Wednesday one day after bruising his left foot when he was hit by a pitch.

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