Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates a...

Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates a franchise record 13 strikeouts with teammate Juan Pierre #1 against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Edwin Jackson's pitches were buzzing, his slider was biting and he had his control. That's how he was able to strike out a career-high 13 and keep the Tampa Bay Rays winless through six games.

"Any time I'm able to go out and get in an early rhythm and get outs quick and attack the strike zone, I like my odds," Jackson said Thursday after pitching the Chicago White Sox to a 5-1 victory in their home opener.

Jackson (2-0) had two strikeouts in each of the first five innings and walked one in his eight innings.

The AL East champion Rays extended the worst start in team history to 0-6 and haven't held a lead this year.

The Rays have totaled eight runs and 27 hits this season and are tied for the worst record in the majors with division rival Boston.

Orioles 9, Tigers 5: Adam Jones homered and drove in three runs and Mark Reynolds also had three RBIs for host Baltimore. Vladimir Guerrero hit his first home run with the Orioles, who rebounded from deficits of 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4.

Athletics 2, Blue Jays 1: Trevor Cahill pitched eight innings and Conor Jackson singled home the go-ahead run for visiting Oakland.

Brewers 4, Braves 2: Nyjer Morgan jarred the ball loose in a collision at home to give host Milwaukee the lead in the second inning and the Brewers went on to their third straight win. Ryan Braun hit his third home run of the season for the Brewers.

Nationals 5, Marlins 3: Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning and Jayson Werth hit his first since signing with Washington.

Astros 3, Reds 2: Matt Downs doubled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning as visiting Houston held on for its first win against previously unbeaten Cincinnati.

Rockies 7, Pirates 1: Esmil Rogers (1-0) allowed four singles while pitching into the eighth inning and Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three RBIs as Colorado ruined the home opener of new Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who used to manage the Rockies.

Jury gets Bonds case

Closing arguments in Barry Bonds' 12-day federal case wrapped up and the eight-woman, four-man jury went home a few minutes later. They'll pick up with deliberations this morning.

The all-time home run leader is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and a count of obstruction for denying he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs and for saying no one other than his doctors gave him an injection. -- AP

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