Braves run win streak to five
MIAMI (AP) — Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings Tuesday night, and the Atlanta Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the punchless Miami Marlins 3-2.
The Braves improved to 7-1, their best start since 2007. The Marlins fell to 1-7 with their fourth consecutive defeat, and they're off to their worst start since the 1998 team began the season 1-11. Evan Gattis hit his second homer and Justin Upton doubled home a run.
Craig Kimbrel pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances to complete a four-hitter. Atlanta has allowed six hits and two runs in the first two games of the series.
Announced attendance was 14,222, the smallest crowd at Marlins Park since it opened a year ago.
PHILLIES 8, METS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets.
John Mayberry Jr. also went deep for Philadelphia and Young had three hits, missing the cycle by a double.
Lee (2-0) allowed three runs — two earned — and eight hits, striking out six in 8 2-3 innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner didn't win his second game until July 31 last year.
The Phillies (3-5) roughed up Dillon Gee (0-2) for seven runs and 10 hits in three innings. It was his shortest career outing in 51 starts.
John Buck hit his fourth homer in eight games for the Mets, who fell to 5-3.
PADRES 9, DODGERS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the San Diego Padres, who rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win their home opener against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Venable tied his career high with four RBIs. He homered in the first and his two-out triple highlighted a five-run eighth against three Dodgers relievers. The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, five of whom walked.
Nick Hundley also homered off Josh Beckett for the Padres, who were outhomered 10-1 and outscored 40-14 in going 1-5 in a swing through New York and Colorado.
Luke Gregerson (1-0) got the last out of the seventh, the only batter he faced, for the win. Ronald Belisario (0-1) allowed a run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning for the loss in relief.
CUBS 6, BREWERS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Carlos Marmol (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Kyuji Fujikawa worked a scoreless ninth for his second save, stranding two runners when he got Jonathan Lucroy to pop out.
The Cubs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was in the dugout after spending part of the day at a hospital emergency room because of back pain. One day after being demoted as the Brewers' closer, John Axford (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
CARDINALS 5, REDS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn (1-0) struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in runs.
Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati. The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals. Choo has four straight two-hit games.
PIRATES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs, Starling Marte drove in two runs and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first winning streak of the season.
Pittsburgh has snapped out of its offensive funk in the desert, winning the first two games of the series by scoring 11 runs — three more than the first six games combined.
The Pirates fell into an early hole after James McDonald (1-1) allowed four runs in the first inning, but rallied with a five-run fourth off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy (0-1).
Pittsburgh had 11 hits, Neil Walker drove in two runs and Jason Grilli got through the ninth for his third save.
Miguel Montero drove in three runs and Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer for Arizona, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
GIANTS 9, ROCKIES 6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat the Colorado Rockies for the eighth straight time.
Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer to start the comeback and Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series.
Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge each drove in two runs in a five-run second inning against Tim Lincecum, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer off the former Giants ace to help the Rockies build a 6-2 lead.
But the Giants scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game and then won it in the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-1).
Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Sergio Romo got his fifth save.
NATIONALS 8, WHITE SOX 7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and the Washington Nationals opened an early interleague series by edging the Chicago White Sox.
Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy (1-1) in the sixth, an inning after Desmond went deep. LaRoche added a solo homer off Matt Thornton in the eighth.
That allowed Washington to hold on even though Alex Rios hit a two-run shot off closer Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth. Soriano got Paul Konerko to fly out to end it and record his third save in four chances.
Reliever Craig Stammen (2-0) got the win.