Pirates Hold Off Cubs
(Chicago, IL) — Francisco Cervelli’s two-run double capped a three-run sixth inning that propelled the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. David Freese tied the game at two with an RBI single and also doubled in a run in the second. Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of two-run ball for the win. Tony Watson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to post his third save. Kyle Hendricks took the loss. Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber had RBI singles for the Cubs.
Nationals Outlast Phillies In 10 Innings
(Washington, DC) — Daniel Murphy doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Nationals beat the Phillies 3-2 in D.C. Anthony Rendon doubled home the tying run in the seventh for Washington, which has won three of its last four games to improve to 6-and-4. Shawn Kelley got the win, while Jeanmar Gomez was saddled with the loss. Tommy Joseph homered and Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single for Philadelphia.
Marlins Walk Off On Mets
(Miami, FL) — J.T. Realmuto doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Marlins walked off on the Mets 3-2 in Miami. The Marlins bullpen combined for four and a third shutout innings with AJ Ramos picking up the win. Dee Gordon notched three hits and the game tying RBI in the fifth. Miami improved to 5-and-5. New York ace Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs over six innings of work. Josh Edgin took the loss in relief. The Mets had won five in a row but fell to 7-and-4.
Yankees Clip Cardinals
(New York, NY) — Starlin Castro and Austin Romine drilled home runs as the Yankees clipped the Cardinals, 4-3, in the Bronx. Castro belted a two-run tater and Romine added a solo shot for the Yanks. Masahiro Tanaka gave up five hits and three runs over six-and-a-third innings to get the win. Aroldis Chapman notched his third save in New York’s fifth straight win. Michael Wacha was charged with the loss for St. Louis. Matt Carpenter homered in defeat as the Cards fell to 3-and-7.
Braves Down Padres
(Cumberland, GA) — The Braves downed the Padres, 5-2, to win the first regular season game at the new SunTrust Park. Nick Markakis clubbed a two-run double and Ender Inciarte added a two-run homer for the Braves. Julio Teheran tossed six innings of two-run ball for the win, and Jim Johnson made the save. Jhoulys Chacin allowed four runs and eight hits to take the loss for San Diego.
Royals Cruise Past Angels
(Kansas City, MO) — Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of one-run ball to help the Royals cruise past the Angels 7-1 in Kansas City. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas went deep to key the Royals offense. Lorenzo Cain notched two hit and scored two runs. The Royals won their second-straight to improve to 4-and-6. Mike Trout’s RBI single gave Los Angeles a short lived lead in the first. JC Ramirez surrendered five runs in the loss. The Angels are on a three-game slide.
Mariners Clip Rangers
(Seattle, WA) — Felix Hernandez picked up his first win of the season as the Mariners clipped the Rangers 2-1 in Seattle. “King Felix” tossed seven and a third innings of one-run ball to earn his first victory in three outings. Edwin Diaz notched the save and Nelson Cruz crushed a long home run in the winning effort. The M’s won for just the third time this season. Jose Leclerc was tagged with the loss in relief. Texas fell to 4-and-6.
Brewers Cruise Past Reds
(Cincinnati, OH) — Eric Thames notched two hits, including a homer and three RBI, to help the Brewers cruise past the Reds 10-4 in Cincinnati. After falling behind by three-runs early Milwaukee plated the next 10 on their way to their fourth straight win. Manny Pina added four hits and two RBI in the winning effort. The Brewers improved to 6-and-5. Zack Cozart and Joey Votto went deep for the Reds in defeat. Cincinnati has lost two-straight dropping to 7-and-4 overall.
Orioles Power Past Blue Jays
(Toronto, Ontario) — The Orioles pounded four home runs as they powered their way past the Blue Jays, 6-4, in Toronto. Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy went deep in the fifth to give Baltimore the lead. Chris Davis and Seth Smith homered to add insurance as the O’s picked up their third consecutive victory. Wade Miley earned the win and Zach Britton picked up the save. Starter, Aaron Sanchez, gave up five runs in five and a third innings in the loss. The Blue Jays have dropped seven-straight.
Rays Roll Red Sox
(Boston, MA) — The Rays built an eight-run lead on four early homers as they rolled the Red Sox, 10-5, in Boston. Logan Morrison’s grand slam highlighted the early assault, and Shane Peterson added a two-run shot in his first big league at-bat of the year. Tampa starter Chris Archer tossed five-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball for his second win. Steven Souza Junior and Brad Miller slammed solo shots for the Rays, who ended a three-game slide. Rick Porcello allowed eight hits and eight runs to take the loss for Boston. Three ninth-inning runs weren’t enough for a rally as the BoSox fell to 4-and-2 at Fenway Park.
Tigers Hold Off Indians
(Cleveland, OH) — The Tigers allowed six runs in the final two innings but held off the Indians, 7-6, in Cleveland. Daniel Norris threw six shutout innings to get the win, and Miguel Cabrera smashed a three-run homer. Alex Avila added a two-run shot and Francisco Rodriguez secured the save. Lonnie Chisenhall’s grand slam put the Tribe down by a run in the final inning after they trailed 6-0. Trevor Bauer [[ BOW-er ]] allowed eight hits and six runs to take the loss.
Giants Cruise Past Rockies
(San Francisco, CA) — Johnny Cueto struck out six and gave up two runs through six innings to help the Giants past the Rockies 8-2 in San Francisco. Chris Marrero hit his first big leaue homer and Brandon Crawford also went deep as the Giants jumped out to a four-run lead. Hunter Pence notched three hits and two RBI in the winning effort. San Francisco improved to 5-and-7. Tyler Anderson gave up four runs in four innings to take the loss. Colorado has lost four-of-six dropping to 7-and-5 overall.
Kershaw Deals Dodgers Past Diamondbacks
(Los Angeles, CA) — Clayton Kershaw finished two outs shy of a complete game as the Dodgers dropped the Diamondbacks, 7-1, in Los Angeles. Kershaw lasted eight-and-a-third innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out eight to earn the victory. Andrew Toles finished 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Justin Turner clubbed a two-run double for Dodgers. Arizona starter Zack Greinke allowed 10 hits and five runs for his first loss of the year. Micah Owings doubled in Arizona’s only run in the ninth.
White Sox Slip Twins
(Minneapolis, MN) — Matt Davidson’s solo homer in the seventh inning broke a one-all tie as the White Sox slipped past the Twins, 2-1, in Minneapolis. Dylan Covey gave up one-run over five-and-a-third innings, with Dan Jennings earning the relief win. Jose Abreu singled in a run as the South Siders won their third straight game. Ryan Pressly gave up Davidson’s homer in relief to take the loss for the Twins. Starter Adalberto Mejia tossed five innings of one-run ball in a no-decision, and Jason Castro plated Minnesota’s only run.
Astros Shake Off A’s
(Oakland, CA) — Dallas Keuchel tossed a gem as the Astros shook off the A’s, 7-2, in Oakland. Keuchel tossed seven frames of one-run ball with four hits and seven strikeouts to get the win. Nori Aoki plated Houston’s first two runs on a single and a solo homer. Brian McCann drove in three as the Astros won their third straight. Khris Davis and Trevor Plouffe went deep for Oakland. Ryan Madson took the loss for the A’s.
Oilers Blank Sharks, Tie Series
(Edmonton, Alberta) — The Oilers used a pair of shorthanded goals to blank the Sharks, 2-0, in Edmonton. Cam Talbot stopped all 16 shots he faced as the Oilers tied the series at one win apiece. Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid each notched shorthanded goals to put Edmonton over the top. Martin Jones racked up 34 saves in defeat for the Sharks. The series now shifts to San Jose for games three and four.
Canadiens Escape Rangers In Overtime
(Montreal, Quebec) — Alexander Radulov scored the winning goal in overtime as the Canadiens escaped the Rangers, 4-3, in Montreal. Jeff Petry and Paul Byron scored first period goals, and Radulov added two assists. Tomas Plekanec added a third period goal with 18 seconds left to send the game into OT. Carey Price made 35 saves and the Habs tied the series at a game apiece. Henrik Lundqvist piled up 54 saves for the Rangers. Michael Grabner, Rick Nash, and Mats Zucarello scored for New York. Game Three is Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Blues Edge Wild, Extend Series Lead
(St. Paul, MN) — Jaden Schwartz broke a one-all tie with 2:27 left in regulation as the Blues edged the Wild, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center. Joel Edmundson added a second period goal for the Blues, who now hold a 2-0 series lead with two straight road wins. Jake Allen made 24 saves as the series shifts to St. Louis for games three and four. Zach Parise scored on a power play in the second for Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves in defeat.
Penguins Cruise Past Blue Jackets
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 39 of the 40 shots sent his way as the Penguins cruised past the Blue Jackets, 4-1, in Game Two of their opening round series in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to key the Penguins offense. Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, and Patric Hornqvist also lit the lamp. Pittsburgh seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set. Brandon Saad found the back of the net in defeat. The series shifts to Columbus for Game Three on Sunday.