MLB ROUNDUP: Maholm, Braves beat Phillies
Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and rookie Evan Gattis homered, helping Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 on Wednesday night.
Freddie Freeman had three RBIs as the Braves chased Roy Halladay in the fourth inning. Upton belted a two-run shot in the first to give him a pair of homers in his first two games for Atlanta.
Halladay (0-1), who struggled with a sore shoulder last season and had a difficult spring training, gave up five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner struck out nine but dropped to 0-4 with an 8.00 ERA in his last seven starts against Atlanta.
The game was played in a steady drizzle, but the conditions hardly affected Paul Maholm (1-0), who allowed six hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Gattis led off the fourth inning of his first major league game with a drive to left.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, CARDINALS 9: Cliff Pennington’s single in the 16th inning brought home Jason Kubel from second to give Arizona a victory over St. Louis in a game that didn’t end until early this morning.
At 5 hours and 32 minutes, it was the longest home game in Diamondbacks history as far as time elapsed and tied for the longest at home in terms of innings.
Yadier Molina drove in three runs, including a leadoff home run that put St. Louis up 8-7 in the seventh, but Aaron Hill’s RBI single tied it at 8 before both teams scored a run in the 12th.
The Diamondbacks came from behind four times to either take the lead or tie the game.
Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado each hit a two-run homer, and Gerardo Parra homered, tripled and singled for the Diamondbacks.
NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 0: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez homered, providing all the offense necessary to back his six scoreless innings, and Washington picked up another win.
Gonzalez (1-0), a 21-game winner in 2012 who finished third in NL Cy Young voting, allowed only two hits. He struck out five and walked two.
His solo shot to left field off Kevin Slowey (0-1) came with one out in the fifth. Slowey gave up one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
After hitting two homers in Game 1, Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a double. The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year scored on Ryan Zimmerman’s single in the eighth.
Rafael Soriano got his second save.
METS 8, PADRES 4: Matt Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings for his first win at Citi Field, and Lucas Duda hit the first of the Mets’ three homers in a whipping wind.
John Buck and Ike Davis also homered for the Mets.
ROCKIES 7, BREWERS 3: Juan Nicasio pitched six effective innings for his first victory in almost a year, and Wilin Rosario, Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler homered for Colorado in a win over Milwaukee.
The Rockies took two of three under new manager Walt Weiss in the season-opening series at Miller Park.
Nicasio (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits for his first win since last April 30. Winless in the next five starts, he went down with a season-ending knee injury on June 2.
GIANTS 5, DODGERS 3: Tim Lincecum walked seven, matching a career worst, yet managed to get the win when Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence homered to lead the San Francisco Giants.
Lincecum (1-0) threw 91 pitches in five innings, but limited the Dodgers to two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out four while outperforming Josh Beckett in a matchup of marquee pitchers coming off the worst season of their respective careers.
Beckett (0-1) was charged with five runs, three earned, and six hits in six innings.
REDS 5, ANGELS 4: Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer in his new role as Cincinnati’s cleanup hitter, and Joey Votto drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single against Los Angeles. The Reds and Angels have split the first two games of the first interleague series to open a season.
Votto’s first hit of the season off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) deflected off the glove of first baseman Albert Pujols and rolled into the outfield, allowing Shin-Soo Choo to score from second base. Choo reached when he was hit by a pitch and advanced on a sacrifice.
Phillips hit the Reds’ first homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth inning.
RED SOX 7, YANKEES 4: Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees’ bats, speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit, and Boston beat New York on a cold night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999.
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankees player to get hurt, leaving in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Shane Victorino’s line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand.
While the Red Sox under new manager John Farrell are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1999, New York has been outscored 15-6 and outhit 26-15.
Buchholz (1-0) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his first save with Boston.
RANGERS 4, ASTROS 0: A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out Houston again, combining for a five-hitter.
Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked the Astros 7-0.
Ogando (1-0) allowed four hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.
Philip Humber (0-1) allowed a run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in his Astros debut.
RAYS 8, ORIOLES 7: Matt Joyce led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a towering home run against Tommy Hunter, giving Tampa Bay the victory over Baltimore.
Shelley Duncan hit a three-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles for the Rays.
Fernando Rodney (1-0) blew a save opportunity by allowing a run for the first time since last Aug. 18. Brian Roberts’ RBI double off Rodney in the ninth made it 7-all.
Chris Davis went 4-for-4 for the Orioles, hitting a three-run homer for the second straight day and driving in four runs.
INDIANS 3, BLUE JAYS 2: Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning in Cleveland’s win over Toronto.
Reynolds drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck off Sergio Santos (0-1).
The homer helped the Indians overcome a blown save by Chris Perez, who surrendered a tying shot by Jose Bautista in the ninth.
Matt Albers (1-0) got one out for the win, and Joe Smith got his first save.
WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 2: Adam Dunn hit one of Chicago’s four homers in a victory over Kansas City.
Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez also connected for the White Sox.
Jake Peavy (1-0) allowed an earned run and four hits in six innings. Addison Reed got his second save.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 2: Eduardo Escobar’s two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted Minnesota over Detroit.
Anibal Sanchez threw five scoreless innings for Detroit. But after a two-up, two-down save on Monday, Phil Coke (0-1) blew his chance in this one.
Glen Perkins (1-0) needed only 10 pitches in a perfect ninth inning for the victory.
ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 2: Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, helping Oakland beat Seattle.
Nate Freiman had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut as Oakland knocked around Joe Saunders and two relievers. Tommy Milone (1-0) allowed a pair of first-inning home runs but settled down to retire 17 of his final 18 batters.
Michael Morse had one of the homers for Seattle. Joe Saunders (0-1) lasted four innings and allowed seven hits and four walks.