Major League Roundup
The Major League roundup …
WASHINGTON ó Tim Hudson pitched seven solid innings in another strong start against Washington and Brian McCann had four RBIs for Atlanta in an 11-2 win.
Hudson (1-0) gave up one run and three hits, struck out five and walked one. He didn’t allow a baserunner after Danny Espinosa singled to lead off the second, getting 18 consecutive outs.
Hudson improved to 11-2 with a 1.88 ERA against the Nationals franchise.
McCann drove in four runs on three singles for the Braves, who took two of three in the season-opening series. Martin Prado had three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI after opening the season 0 for 9.
Reds 12, Brewers 3
CINCINNATI ó Ryan Hanigan hit two of Cincinnati’s four homers on a windy afternoon, finishing with a career-high four hits as the Reds completed an emphatic season-opening sweep by overpowering Milwaukee.
The Reds are 3-0 for the first time since 2005, when they swept the Mets to open the season. They’ve won 18 of their last 21 against the Brewers, who are 0-3 for the first time since 2003.
Cincinnati had 19 hits, matching its season high from last year when it won the NL Central.
Mets 9, Marlins 2
MIAMI ó Willie Harris and Ike Davis homered, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey picked up where he left off last year and New York beat Florida to win the season-opening series two games to one.
Phillies 7, Astros 3
PHILADELPHIA ó Roy Oswalt pitched six strong innings against his former team and Ryan Howard homered and drove in four runs to help the Philadelphia Phillies complete a season-opening, three-game sweep over the Houston Astros.
Cardinals 2, Padres 0
ST. LOUIS ó Jaime Garcia threw a four-hitter with a career-best nine strikeouts, moving beyond a shaky spring as St. Louis beat San Diego to avoid a season-opening sweep at home.
Pirates 5, Cubs 4
CHICAGO ó Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs with an infield single off closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning and Pittsburgh rallied past Chicago to take two of three in the series.
CLEVELAND ó Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer and assisted in the majorsí first triple play of the season, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Sunday for their first victory.
In the fourth, Carlos Santana began a triple play in his first major league game at first base. Santana, normally a catcher, made a diving catch on Alexei Ramirezís bunt with two runners in motion. He threw to first to double off A.J. Pierzynski. Second baseman Orlando Cabrera took the throw and tossed to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to catch Carlos Quentin off second base.
Rangers 5, Red Sox 1
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season, and Matt Harrison pitched Texas to a sweep of its season-opening series.
Twins 4, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO ó Danny Valencia and Denard Span homered, and Minnesota held on to avoid a three-game sweep.
Jose Bautista hit his second homer of the season for the Blue Jays.
Orioles 5, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Zach Britton pitched six sharp innings in his major league debut and J.J. Hardy hit a two-run double, leading Baltimore to the season-opening three-game sweep.
Tigers 10, Yankees 7
NEW YORK ó Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of two-run homers, Brennan Boesch had a two-run shot and four RBIs, and Detroit earned its first win of the season.
Royals 12, Angels 9, 13 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Matt Treanor hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning, sending the Royals to their third straight victory in their last at-bat.
Athletics 7, Mariners 1
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Mark Ellis drove in three runs to back Gio Gonzalezís strong 2011 debut and Oakland avoided a season-opening weekend sweep.
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