Luis Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
The Marlins fell to 5-17, matching the worst start in franchise history through 22 games. Miami had the same record in 1995.
Shawn Camp (1-1) pitched the eighth, and Carlos Marmol got the final three outs for his second save in four opportunities.
Nate Schierholtz doubled and homered for Chicago, which scored the final three runs of the game.
Valbuena put the first pitch he saw from Steve Cishek (1-3) into the Marlins bullpen in right-center field with two outs in the ninth, breaking a 3-all tie.
NATIONALS 8, REDS 1: Gio Gonzalez allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs each to lead Washington over Cincinnati. Gonzalez, who allowed 12 runs in his previous nine innings, retired the first 11 Reds batters before Joey Votto homered with two outs in the fourth. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, went 0-for-1, but walked twice.
DODGERS 3, METS 2: Andre Ethier hit a tie-breaking single in the ninth inning and Los Angeles, boosted by a sharp outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu, defeated New York. After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each threw seven impressive innings and left with the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens. Nick Punto opened the ninth with a double off Scott Rice (1-1) and moved to third on a grounder to the right side by Adrian Gonzalez. After a walk to Matt Kemp, Ethier brought home Punto.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, ROCKIES 2: Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run home run in the fourth inning powered the Diamondbacks to a win over the Rockies. Goldschmidt’s fifth homer of the year followed a single by Martin Prado and snapped a 1-1 tie. Goldschmidt’s towering drive down the left field hit near the top of the foul pole, and increased his team-leading RBI total to 18. Trevor Cahill (1-3) earned his first win of the season, giving up an unearned run in five innings.
RED SOX 7, ASTROS 2: David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average above .500 as Boston won its eighth straight series opener. Ortiz is 11-for-20 (.550) with five RBIs since returning last weekend. He missed 71 of last year’s final 72 games and most of the first three weeks this season because of a heel injury. Boston has won 10 of its last 13 and taken the first eight series openers of a season for the first time in team history. Clay Buchholz (5-0) allowed two runs in 7 2-3 innings.
YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: With Derek Jeter making his first visit to the Bronx this season, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and New York used a flurry of early long balls to outslug Toronto. Vernon Wells homered again against Mark Buehrle, and Francisco Cervelli also connected for New York in its third win over the Blue Jays in a week. The Yankees took two of three in a weekend series in Toronto.
RANGERS 2, TWINS 1: Nick Tepesch pitched six strong innings for his second win, and Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead Texas to its sixth victory in seven games. Tepesch (2-1) allowed five hits in 6 2-3 innings. He shut the Twins out through six before Josh Willingham homered in the seventh inning to make it 2-1. Minnesota starter Vance Worley (0-3) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.
WHITE SOX 5, RAYS 2: Chris Sale overcame a shaky first inning to combine with two relievers on a five-hitter and Adam Dunn homered to lead Chicago over Tampa Bay. Desmond Jennings walked leading off the game and scored on Evan Longoria’s single, but Sale (2-2) settled down and won for the first time since opening day. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and worked around four walks.
ROYALS 8, TIGERS 3: Alex Gordon’s grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for Kansas City, which rallied against Detroit’s bullpen after Justin Verlander left with a thumb injury. George Kottaras put the Royals ahead 4-3 with a bases-loaded walk off Phil Coke (0-3). Darin Downs came on for Detroit after that, but Gordon broke the game open one out later with his homer over the center-field wall. Verlander is day-to-day with what the team said was cracked skin on his throwing thumb.
ORIOLES 10, ATHLETICS 2: Nate McLouth reached base four times and scored twice, Nick Markakis drove in two runs, and the Orioles opened their longest road trip of the season by routing the Athletics. Chris Davis homered and had two RBIs, Adam Jones added three hits and Jason Hammel (3-1) pitched six strong innings to help the Orioles win for just the fourth time in their last 20 games at the Coliseum. Baltimore had a season-high 15 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one.
MARINERS 6, ANGELS 0: Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run shot to help the Mariners beat the Angels. Peguero hit his solo shot on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1) in the third, 451 feet to deep center. The only two longer home runs in the stadium’s 12?-year history were 462 feet by San Francisco’s Barry Bonds (June 16, 2006) and 460 feet by the Mariners’ Raul Ibanez (June 20, 2007).