ST. LOUIS (AP) Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Leake (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings and Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run home run for the Reds, who avoided a three-game sweep after dropping their ninth series in their last 10 in St. Louis.
Shelby Miller (0-2) allowed his fourth homer in two starts but held the Reds hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position.
ROCKIES 10, WHITE SOX 4
DENVER (AP) – D.J. LeMahieu’s two-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning. LeMahieu finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game at 4.
Rex Brothers (1-0) got two outs in the eighth as the Rockies took two of three in the series, and reliever Scott Downs (0-2) was the loser.
Chicago lost right fielder Avisail Garcia after he jammed his left shoulder diving for LeMahieu’s low liner in the sixth. The teams said X-rays were negative for a fracture or a separation.
NATIONALS 10, MARLINS 7
WASHINGTON (AP) – Jayson Werth hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning off Carlos Marmol after Bryce Harper’s upper-deck, three-run homer started a comeback from an early deficit, leaidng the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins.
Werth and Harper each delivered his first homer of the season as Washington overcame deficits of 5-0 and 7-6 in a topsy-turvy game. Werth’s shot off Marmol (0-1) came with one out, after the reliever allowed a single, hit a batter, then intentionally walked Anthony Rendon to load the bases.
It made a winner of Tyler Clippard (1-1), who yielded Garrett Jones’ tiebreaking RBI double in the top of the eighth after walking a pair of batters. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his second save.
CUBS 7, PIRATES 5
CHICAGO (AP) – Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates despite allowing five solo home runs.
Hammel (2-0) retired the first 12 batters until Pedro Alvarez’s first homer of the game tied it to start the fifth. Hammel allowed three runs and three hits – all solo homers – while striking out six. Mike Olt and Junior Lake hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2).
Alvarez and Russell Martin homered twice for the Pirates, and Travis Snider also went deep.
BRAVES 4, METS 3
ATLANTA (AP) – Ervin Santana allowed only three hits over eight scoreless innings in his Atlanta debut, Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs and the Braves held off the New York Mets.
The Braves led 4-0, but the Mets rallied in the ninth after Santana was removed. Juan Lagares drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, and Travis d’Arnaud added a run-scoring single before Craig Kimbrel fanned Ruben Tejada for his fourth save.
Santana (1-0) finished with six strikeouts and no walks.
Georgia native Zack Wheeler (0-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings for the Mets.
BREWERS 9, PHILLIES 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning rally to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to their fifth straight win.
Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds homered and Jean Segura doubled and drove in a run for Milwaukee, which has won all five games during the streak on the road. The Brewers snapped a 4-all tie in the eighth when they scored three runs on one hit off Antonio Bastardo (0-1). Reynolds scored the go-ahead run on an error by first baseman Ryan Howard.
Tyler Thornburg (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer and sacrifice fly to pound Tim Lincecum again, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants.
Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer and Eric Chavez added an RBI triple for his first hit in his first start of the year for Arizona.
Goldschmidt is batting .542 (13-for-24) with seven homers and 17 RBIs all-time against Lincecum, including a two-run homer last week at Chase Field.
Michael Morse and Buster Posey hit solo homers against Bronson Arroyo (1-0), who won his third straight decision against San Francisco.
TIGERS 7, DODGERS 6, 10 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Victor Martinez hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, his second clutch hit against Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen in two games, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Dodgers after Joe Nathan blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
Martinez drove a 2-2 pitch deep into the pavilion seats in right-center to make an unlikely winner of Nathan (2-0). One night earlier, Martinez tied the score with a two-out single in the ninth before the Dodgers pulled out a 3-2 victory in 10.
Al Albuquerque retired Matt Kemp on a grounder to get his first major league save.