MLB roundup: Marlins shake off 0-9 start, clobber Cards

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Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Nick Gordon hit three-run homers in the first inning as the visiting Miami Marlins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 on Sunday for their first victory of the season.

Jake Burger and Josh Bell each drove in two runs and Luis Arraez went 4-for-5 with three runs for the Marlins, who had started the campaign 0-9.

Marlins starting pitcher Max Meyer (1-0) held the Cardinals to one run on three hits in six innings to earn his first big-league victory. He walked one and struck out three.

St. Louis starter Kyle Gibson (1-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one. Nolan Gorman hit two homers and drove in all three runs for the Cardinals.

Pirates 3, Orioles 2

Host Pittsburgh plated a pair of runs thanks to an error on the final play of the game to beat Baltimore.

Edward Olivares hit a ball up the middle with the bases loaded, and shortstop Gunnar Henderson made a sliding stop and tagged second for the second out of the ninth before firing to first in an attempt to record a game-ending double play. However, Henderson’s throw was wide right and went out of play, allowing the winning run to trot home for the Pirates.

Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the Orioles.

Astros 3, Rangers 1

Ronel Blanco followed up his no-hitter with six innings of one-hit shutout ball and Yordan Alvarez slugged a three-run homer as Houston downed Texas in Arlington, Texas.

Blanco began the season with a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays last Monday and started Sunday’s game with 5 2/3 hitless innings. Texas star Adolis Garcia ended the no-hit bid with a sharp single up the middle. Blanco then retired Evan Carter on a flyout to center to end the sixth and complete his 90-pitch outing.

Justin Foscue had an RBI single in the ninth for the Rangers, who had just two hits while seeing their three-game winning streak end.

Yankees 8, Blue Jays 3

Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam in the third inning as host New York ran its record to 8-2 by beating Toronto.

After Anthony Rizzo walked to force in a run and tie the game at 1-1 with two outs in the third inning, Stanton drove a 2-2 fastball from Toronto starter Bowden Francis (0-2). It hit the facing of an advertisement below the second deck in right field, his second straight game with a home run and his 11th career grand slam.

Anthony Volpe had three hits, scored twice and stole two bases. Jake Cousins (1-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Luis Gil, who gave up two runs on two hits but walked four while recording eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

Atlanta hit three home runs and left-hander Chris Sale won his home debut with the Braves in a victory over visiting Arizona.

Matt Olson, Michael Harris II and Austin Riley each went deep to spark the balanced offense and help the Braves secure their first three-game sweep of Arizona since July 29-31, 2022.

Sale (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits to go along with six strikeouts. Arizona starter Ryne Nelson (0-2) pitched five innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Christian Walker had an RBI single for the Diamondbacks.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2

MacKenzie Gore limited Philadelphia to two runs in 5 2/3 innings as host Washington held on for a win.

The Nationals’ go-ahead run came on Riley Adams’ sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Gore (1-0) struck out six, surrendering five hits and two walks before three relievers combined for 3 1/3 hitless innings.

Edmundo Sosa had a home run and an RBI single for the Phillies, who were unable to complete a three-game series sweep. Philadelphia starter Cristopher Sanchez (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Athletics 7, Tigers 1

Zack Gelof had four hits, including a three-run homer and an RBI triple, as visiting Oakland downed Detroit.

Gelof scored three times, while Abraham Toro added two hits, two runs and an RBI as the A’s won the last two games of the three-game series. Oakland starter Joe Boyle (1-1) allowed two hits and walked three while striking out six in five shutout innings.

Riley Greene hit his third homer of the year and reached base three times for the Tigers, who were shut out on Saturday. Detroit starter Jack Flaherty (0-1) gave up six runs and nine hits, with five strikeouts in six innings.

Mets 3, Reds 1

Francisco Lindor snapped out of an early-season slump, collecting two hits and two runs to lead visiting New York to a win over Cincinnati in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Lindor, who entered the series finale with just one single in his first 31 at-bats this season, doubled and scored in the first and hit his first homer since Sept. 30, 2023, in the fourth. Sean Manaea (1-0) earned his first win with the Mets after allowing one run on three hits over five innings.

Reds starter Andrew Abbott (0-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. Santiago Espinal hit a sacrifice fly and Elly De La Cruz stole two bases for Cincinnati.

Royals 5, White Sox 3

MJ Melendez and Hunter Renfroe homered, leading Kansas City to a win over visiting Chicago, completing a four-game series sweep.

John Schreiber (1-0) earned the victory with an inning of scoreless relief and James McArthur surrendered a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth, getting his second save.

The Royals took advantage of two White Sox errors in the seventh to expand their lead to 5-3 against reliever Deivi Garcia (0-2). Chicago broke through in the fourth on Dominic Fletcher’s RBI double and Braden Shewmake’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Brewers 12, Mariners 4

William Contreras blasted a pair of two-run homers as part of a 4-for-5 showing and host Milwaukee coasted past Seattle in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Oliver Dunn, Jake Bauers and Sal Frelick each added two hits as the Brewers collected 14 as a team.

Dominic Canzone clubbed a two-run homer for the Mariners. Josh Rojas had two hits and an RBI.

Cubs 8, Dodgers 1

Michael Busch hit a three-run double, Shota Imanaga pitched four shutout innings and host Chicago capitalized on Los Angeles’ sloppy defense to win a game that included a three-hour rain delay.

Cody Bellinger added a solo home run for the Cubs, who took advantage of three Dodgers errors to build a 6-0 lead before umpires called for the tarp with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Shohei Ohtani had two of the Dodgers’ season-low four hits as Los Angeles lost a series for the first time this year.

Rays 3, Rockies 2

Ryan Pepiot pitched three-hit ball and struck out a career-high 11 in six scoreless innings, Jose Siri and Austin Shenton had two hits apiece and Tampa Bay edged Colorado in Denver.

Pepiot (1-1) topped his previous high of nine strikeouts, which also came at Coors Field on Sept. 26, 2023, when he pitched for the Dodgers. Shawn Armstrong tossed two innings of relief for his first save.

Dakota Hudson (0-2) also pitched six innings but gave up three runs on seven hits for the Rockies. Nolan Jones and Brenton Doyle each had two hits.

Giants 3, Padres 2

Matt Chapman capped a two-run eighth inning with a go-ahead RBI single, Camilo Doval pitched a three-strikeout ninth for his first save of the season and San Francisco secured a series win over visiting San Diego.

The Giants caught a break in the eighth after one-out singles by Wilmer Flores and Jorge Soler put runners at the corners. Padres reliever Jhony Brito (0-2) then got what appeared to be a double-play grounder hit by Michael Conforto, but Jake Cronenworth elected to tag first base for the inning’s second out before throwing to second.

As pinch runner Tyler Fitzgerald raced home from third, shortstop Ha-Seong Kim dropped the ball while tagging Soler, allowing Fitzgerald to tie it. Chapman followed with a single to right field, plating Soler. Jackson Merrill went 4-for-4 for the Padres, while Cronenworth had two hits.

Red Sox 12, Angels 2

Tanner Houck threw six scoreless innings and was backed by an offense that hit four home runs as Boston cruised to a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif., in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Houck (2-0) logged six scoreless innings in his first start of the season against Oakland last Monday, and he followed up with another impressive performance, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Reese McGuire’s three-run homer in the sixth inning essentially put the game out of reach, putting the Red Sox up 7-0. McGuire finished the day with five RBIs. The Angels’ first run of the game came on a solo shot by Mike Trout — his fourth homer of the season — in the eighth inning.