MLB roundup: Russell’s 3-run homer lifts Cubs over Reds
Addison Russell clubbed a three-run homer to left in the eighth inning, leading Chicago to a come-from-behind victory over Cincinnati.
Russell’s first homer of the year came on the first pitch from Reds reliever Jumbo Diaz.
Chicago’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the last three innings spoiled a one-hit effort by Reds left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan, who worked 6 2/3 innings and struck out five while walking five. Finnegan held the Cubs hitless until David Ross singled with two outs in the seventh.
Orioles 9, Red Sox 7
Chris Davis blasted a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and drove in five runs as the Baltimore Orioles spoiled the Fenway Park debuts of David Price and Craig Kimbrel with a 9-7 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon.
Davis unloaded on an 0-1 knuckle-curve from Kimbrel and deposited it into the center-field bleachers after Caleb Joseph and Manny Machado walked to snap the 6-6 tie.
Mookie Betts brought the Red Sox within two on his solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and Dustin Pedroia singled and Xander Bogaerts walked to set up David Ortiz.
Ortiz grounded into a double play and Hanley Ramirez struck out to end the game.
Marlins 10, Mets 3
NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homer capped a seven-run second inning for Miami, which went on to rout New York.
Adeiny Hechavarria had three RBIs — via a two-run single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the third — and J.T. Realmuto had three hits for the Marlins. Five other players (Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Martin Prado and Chris Johnson) had two hits apiece.
Chris Narveson earned the win with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of starter Jarred Cosart, who couldn’t last five innings despite being staked to an 8-0 lead.
Astros 8, Royals 2
HOUSTON — Collin McHugh rebounded from a nightmarish debut with seven scoreless innings as Houston beat Kansas City to win its home opener.
Colby Rasmus homered, Jose Altuve finished 3-for-4 with three runs, and Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Six Astros drove in at least one run. McHugh (1-1) scattered eight hits and issued just one walk against four strikeouts.
Eric Hosmer had three hits for the Royals.
Padres 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA — Alexi Amarista drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning squeeze bunt and Wil Myers homered as the San Diego beat Philadelphia, the Padres’ third victory in four games.
Jon Jay added an RBI double for San Diego, now 3-4 after going scoreless in its first three games of the season.
Cesar Hernandez scored two runs and Maikel Franco had three hits for Philadelphia, which fell to 2-5 by dropping its home opener.
Pirates 7, Tigers 4
DETROIT — Jonathon Niese checked Detroit on five hits over six innings while Matt Joyce, getting a chance to start because of the American League’s designated hitter rule, keyed two early rallies with a single plus a double to spark Pittsburgh.
Niese gave up a pair of solo home runs to J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos.
Niese struck out five while walking one and he only breached 90 mph a couple of times as he changed speeds and moved the ball around. Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless seventh, Tony Watson the eighth and Mark Melancon picked up his third save.
Cardinals 10, Brewers 1
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis rapped out 19 hits, a club record for a home opener, and had a 9-0 lead before the end of the third inning.
Rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker led the onslaught, going 4-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, a double and a triple. Yadier Molina collected three hits, two RBIs and a rare stolen base, while Aledmys Diaz bagged three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI.
Given all that support, starter Michael Wacha sailed through six scoreless innings, allowing four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
White Sox 4, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Quintana pitched six innings of one-run ball as Chicago spoiled Minnesota’s Opening Day at Target Field and keep the Twins winless.
Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier each had a pair of hits and Austin Jackson drove in a pair of runs to pace the White Sox on offensive.
Kyle Gibson took the loss, allowing three runs, only one of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking three.
Nationals 6, Braves 4
WASHINGTON — Wilson Ramos tied a career high with four hits and drove in two runs, and Daniel Murphy added a two-run homer as Washington beat Atlanta.
It was the first four-hit game for Ramos since Sept. 15, 2013. He had a two-out single in the seventh to drive in a run and give the Nationals a 6-4 advantage.
Max Scherzer (1-0) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings with six strikeouts on 100 pitches. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his fourth save in as many tries.