Braves Score Four In The Eighth To Beat Cubs

Braves Score Four In The Eighth To Beat Cubs

ATLANTA (AP) - Johan Camargo hit a go-ahead, three-run double as

Atlanta took advantage of five walks by Cubs relievers in the

eighth inning to score four runs, and beat the Cubs 6-4.

It was Chicago's third blown save this season and third loss by a

relief pitcher in five games. Steve Cishek (0-1) walked Atlanta's

first three batters in the eighth before manager Joe Maddon brought

in left-hander Randy Rosario. After taking a ball, Camargo lined

the three-run double over Albert Almora Jr. in center field for a

5-4 lead. Luke Jackson (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth. Arodys Vizcaino

walked Anthony Rizzo with one out in the ninth before striking out

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber for his first save.

The third and final game of the series is tonight.

WASHINGTON (AP) David Robertson forced home the game-ending run

with a ninth-inning walk to Jake Noll, a rookie without a hit in

his two previous major league at-bats, and the Nationals beat the

previously unbeaten Phillies 9-8 Wednesday as Washington's fans

again booed Bryce Harper.

Noll was sent to the minors after the game to make room for

utilityman Howie Kendrick to come off the injured list Thursday.

Robertson (0-1) gave up a leadoff single to Anthony Rendon, then

walked three batters in a row.

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle (2-0) worked the ninth.

Philadelphia fell to 4-1 - it had been the last team in the majors

without a loss. Making his second appearance against his former

team since signing a $330 million, 13-year deal with the Phillies,

Harper hit a pair of singles and was walked three times, twice

intentionally.

RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mookie Betts' two-out grounder hit the third

base bag and popped into the outfield for a tiebreaking, two-run

double in the ninth inning, and Boston broke a four-game losing

streak.

After starting off 1-5, the World Series champion Red Sox caught a

break and ended Oakland's four-game winning streak.

With two outs in the ninth, Blake Swihart and Jackie Bradley Jr.

both singled and advanced on a wild pitch by Fernando Rodney (0-1).

Betts then hit a grounder down the line and, with Gold Glove third

baseman Matt Chapman in position to make the play, the ball struck

the base, bounced high in the air and landed in the outfield grass.

Matt Barnes (1-0) retired four batters. Ryan Brasier pitched the

ninth for his first save.

DODGERS 5, GIANTS 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Freese's two-run double in the seventh

inning helped the Los Angeles Dodgers rally past San Francisco.

The win capped a season-opening homestand in which the Dodgers won

five of seven.

Freese's hit off Reyes Moronta (0-1) made it 4-3.

Scott Alexander (1-0) got the win in relief and Kenley Jansen got

his third save.

PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Manny Machado hit his first home run for San

Diego, a two-run drive in the seventh off former Padres farmhand

Matt Andriese. Machado is hitting .240 with three RBIs in his first

seven games after signing a $300 million, 10-year contract.

Joey Lucchesi (2-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 10 1/3

innings to start the season as the Padres avoided a three-game

sweep. Lucchesi allowed four hits in five innings, struck out six

and walked one.

Backup catcher Francisco Mejia had a go-ahead pinch-hit double in

the fifth off Robbie Ray (0-1).

METS 6, MARLINS 4

MIAMI (AP) - NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom struck out a

career-high 14 in seven shutout innings, hit a home run and ended

his streak of five consecutive losses to Miami, helping the New

York Mets complete a three-game sweep.

DeGrom (2-0) allowed three hits and walked one.

New York took a 6-0 lead into the ninth, but the Marlins eventually

brought the tying run to the plate. Edwin Diaz entered and got his

third save, and Mets headed back for their home opener at Citi

Field on Thursday against Washington with a 5-1 record.

DeGrom extended the NL's longest active scoreless streak to 26

innings. An infielder at Stetson University before he was converted

into a pitcher, deGrom pulled the first pitch from Trevor Richards

(0-1) in the third inning into the Mets' bullpen for his second

career home run.

RANGERS 4, ASTROS 0

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Minor pitched seven sharp innings and

Texas topped the frustrated Astros, whose starter Gerrit Cole

immediately after his final out went to the plate umpire who

earlier ejected Houston's manager and hitting coach for arguing

balls and strikes.

Cole (0-2) struck out nine while allowing three runs over six

innings. After fielding Hunter Pence's comebacker and throwing to

first for an inning-ending out on his 105th pitch, the right-hander

went up to ump Ron Kulpa, put his glove over his mouth and was

clearly agitated during an extended conversation.

Minor (1-1), who didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his

first career opening-day start last Thursday, gave up five hits.

CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 4, 10 INNINGS

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tyler O'Neill capped another St. Louis rally by

driving in Kolten Wong for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning

against Pittsburgh.

Two days after coming back from four runs down to beat the Pirates

in Pittsburgh's home opener, St. Louis again took advantage of

another wobbly performance by the Pirates' bullpen.

Harrison Bader hit a two-run homer off Keone Kela in the eighth to

tie the game at 3. Wong led off the 10th with a triple against Nick

Burdi (0-1) and scored when O'Neill followed two batters later with

a sharp single.

John Gant (2-0) worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the win. Dakota

Hudson collected his first major league save when he stranded the

tying run at third in the 10th.

BREWERS 1, REDS 0

CINCINNATI (AP) - Freddy Peralta (1-0) threw two-hit ball for a

career-high eight innings, and Manny Pina singled home a run for

Milwaukee's only hit off Luis Castillo (0-1). The defending NL

champions completed a three-game sweep and improved to 6-1.

Alex Wilson gave up a walk and a single in the ninth while getting

his first save.

Reds starting outfielders Jesse Winker, Matt Kemp and Scott

Schebler fell to a combined 1 for 42 this season.

TIGERS 2, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) - Matthew Boyd (1-1) junk-balled his way to a

career-high 13 strikeouts and Gordon Beckham hit a tiebreaking solo

homer in the eighth off Chad Green (0-1), his first homer since

Aug. 28, 2016

The Yankees struck out 18 times, a team record for a nine-inning

game, and dropped to 2-4 - against Baltimore and the Tigers, who

combined for 213 losses. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki strained his

left calf and will become New York's major league-high 11th player

on the injured list.

Boyd walked three and allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shane

Greene got his fourth save with a perfect ninth, completing a

five-hitter.

ROCKIES 1, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Iannetta homered off Chad Roe

(0-1) in the 11th inning, and Colorado stopped a four-game losing

streak. Iannetta had the Rockies' first hit since Raimel Tapia's

leadoff single in the fifth and second run in 41 innings.

Wade Davis (1-0) got four outs to complete a six-hitter.

Tampa Bay, which entered with a five-game winning streak, gave up

one run or none for a team-record fifth straight game. The Rays

have yielded 11 runs in seven games.

WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 3

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jose Abreu drove in three runs, Leury Garcia had

four hits, and Yoan Mocada hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Corey Kluber (0-2), who had won nine straight decisions over

Chicago since July 24, 2015, allowed six runs - four earned - eight

hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. The two-time AL Cy Young

Award winner didn't get his second loss in 2018 until his eighth

start.

Carlos Rodon (1-1) gave up an unearned run and two hits over six

innings.

Hanley Ramirez connected for a two-run homer in the ninth. He has

both of Cleveland's homers this season.

TWINS 7, ROYALS 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead single in the

ninth off Wily Peralta (0-1),

Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 25 games, tied with

George Brett and Mike Sweeney for third longest by a Royals player.

Alex Gordon homered and drove in four runs.

Trevor May (1-0) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Blake Parker

earned his second save in as many days.

BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 3

TORONTO (AP) - Randal Grichuk took over from traded Kevin Pillar in

center and hit a pair of solo home runs, a day after agreeing to a

$52 million, five-year contract.

Matt Shoemaker (2-0) allowed two hits in seven shutout innings to

help prevent a three-game sweep, and Ken Giles got two outs for his

second save in as many chances.

Right-hander Nate Karns (0-1) opened for Baltimore. He allowed an

unearned run and three hits in two innings. ---

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