MLB ROUNDUP: Cardinals raise Cain in San Francisco
Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him Sunday in a 14-3 romp over San Francisco.
The Cardinals chased Cain (0-1) while scoring nine times in the fourth inning. The last two runs came home on Carlos Beltran’s single off reliever Jose Mijares.
According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the team, Cain was the first Giants pitcher to give up so many runs in a single inning since John Cronin on Sept. 27, 1902, in the second game of New York’s doubleheader against Brooklyn.
Adam Wainwright (1-1) pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits for his first win since signing a rich contract at the end of spring training.
BRAVES 5, CUBS 1: Tim Hudson pitched six-plus strong innings and added an RBI and Ramiro Pena hit a two-run single to help Atlanta beat Chicago.
The three-game sweep ended a 5-1 homestand for Atlanta, which got a solo homer from Dan Uggla in the eighth off Hisanori Takahashi.
Hudson (1-0) allowed three hits, one run and two walks in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven while improving to 3-1 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 3.12 ERA.
Jeff Samardzija (1-1) set a career high with 13 strikeouts but gave up four hits, four runs and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.
METS 4, MARLINS 3: Marlon Byrd grounded a two-run single just inside third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give New York a win over Miami.
Daniel Murphy homered and Anthony Recker had a run-scoring double for the Mets, who spoiled an impressive major league debut by prized Miami pitching prospect Jose Fernandez.
Justin Ruggiano, Chris Valaika and Donovan Solano (three hits) each had an RBI double off substitute starter Aaron Laffey to give the Marlins a 3-0 cushion. But closer Steve Cishek (0-1) was unable to hold a one-run lead in the ninth.
Fernandez, 20, who had never been above Class A, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out eight.
Scott Rice (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for his first big league win after 14 seasons in the minors.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, BREWERS 7: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske belted a long two-run homer in the 11th inning, and Arizona beat Milwaukee to complete a three-game series sweep.
With Cliff Pennington aboard following a leadoff double, Hinske drove a 1-2 pitch from John Axford (0-1) onto the concourse beyond the wall in center.
Tony Sipp (1-0) struck out two in a perfect 10th inning, and Heath Bell held on for his first save after J.J. Putz blew an opportunity in the ninth.
REDS 6, NATIONALS 3: Johnny Cueto outlasted Stephen Strasburg in a highly anticipated matchup of young aces and Jay Bruce drove in three runs and Cincinnati wrapped up an impressive opening-week homestand with a win over Washington.
Cueto needed 108 pitches to get through six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out six.
Strasburg (1-1) allowed nine hits and six runs with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.
ROCKIES 9, PADRES 1: Dexter Fowler hit an early two-run homer and Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning, helping Colorado to its first sweep of San Diego at Coors Field in 10 years.
Wilin Rosario broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh as the Rockies improved to 5-1, their best start since 1995 when the Blake Street Bombers began 7-1.
Chacin (1-0) turned in another efficient performance as he allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings.
ROYALS 9, PHILLIES 8: Billy Butler hit a grand slam that needed video review for confirmation and tied a Royals franchise record with seven RBIs, and Kansas City held on for a win over Philadelphia
Butler’s fifth-inning homer, the first slam of his career and the first ever allowed by Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels, put Kansas City ahead 6-4.
James Shields (1-1), acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, earned his first victory as a Royal. The right-hander gave up hits to five of the first six batters in a four-run first inning but settled down to blank the Phillies for the next five innings on five hits while striking out eight and walking none.
RED SOX 13, BLUE JAYS 0: Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs, two off NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, and Boston routed Toronto.
Middlebrooks went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in the seventh for the first three homer game of his career.
Mike Napoli added a two-run shot, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava also went deep as the Red Sox connected for six homers.
Dickey (0-2) allowed eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings. Boston’s Jon Lester (2-0) allowed five hits in seven shutout innings.
YANKEES 7, TIGERS 0: CC Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings and Jayson Nix homered off Justin Verlander in the three-run second, lifting New York over Detroit.
Sabathia (1-1) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four in 114 pitches, bouncing back from a dreadful opening-day start.
Verlander (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks.
RANGERS 7, ANGELS 3: Texas clinched its three-game home-opening series even with Yu Darvish being far from perfect.
Lance Berkman, David Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered for Texas in a victory over the AL West rival Los Angeles.
Darvish (2-0) came within one out of a perfect game in his first start five days earlier at Houston, but trailed the Angels 2-0 only five batters.
After Darvish walked leadoff hitter Mike Trout, hit Erick Aybar on the foot and then walked Albert Pujols, a run scored on Hamilton’s double-play grounder. Mark Trumbo’s RBI single quickly made it 2-0.
TWINS 4, ORIOLES 3: Aaron Hicks ended a 0-for-13 skid with a tiebreaking RBI single in a two-run seventh inning, rallying Minnesota past Baltimore.
J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who dropped the final two games of the weekend set. It was their first series loss to the Twins since July 2010.
Trailing 3-2, the Twins started their comeback when Jason Hammel (1-1) plunked Trevor Plouffe on the left elbow leading off the seventh.
Anthony Swarzak (1-0), activated from the disabled list before the game after missing time with broken ribs, pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.
INDIANS 13, RAYS 0: Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hit three-run homers off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price, Justin Masterson pitched seven strong inning, and Cleveland hammered Tampa Bay.
Reynolds homered twice. Carlos Santana had a career-high five hits, including a home run off Fernando Rodney and a pair of doubles. Michael Bourn also homered for the Indians.
Masterson (2-0) allowed two hits. He was 1-7 with a 7.74 ERA in his previous 13 games against Tampa Bay.
ATHLETICS 9, ASTROS 3: Oakland’s Brett Anderson struck out 10 more Houston batters and the Athletics backed him with three home runs for win and a three-game sweep of the Astros.
Coco Crisp homered for the third straight day, Jed Lowrie again connected against his former team, and Chris Young homered in his hometown.
Anderson (1-1) and the A’s bullpen combined for 14 strikeouts. The Astros’ 74 strikeouts through the first six games are the most in major league history since 1921, STATS said.
WHITE SOX 4, MARINERS 3: Dayan Viciedo hit a solo home run with one out in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago ox over Seattle.
Viciedo hit the first game-ending homer of his career, connecting against Kameron Loe (1-1).
Alex Rios homered in his career-best third straight game and Adam Dunn also homered for Chicago. Addison Reed (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th.