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Updated: April 20, 2013

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Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 0

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Wandy Rodriguez tossed seven spectacular innings and Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-0, in the second test of a four-game series. Garrett Jones knocked in two runs for the Pirates, who bounced back from a 6-4 loss in the series opener on Thursday. Jose Tabata had an RBI and a run scored. Rodriguez (2-0) gave up just one hit and struck out five for Pittsburgh. Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzaro each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Atlanta starter Tim Hudson (2-1) gave up six runs on nine hits over four-plus innings.

Final Score: Philadelphia 8, St. Louis 2 (7 innings)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Roy Halladay tossed a two-hitter on Friday to help the Philadelphia Phillies earn an 8-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a rain-shortened second test of a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay (2-2) surrendered a pair of solo home runs and walked two while striking out six over seven strong innings before the heavy rain came down and forced the game to be called in the middle of the frame. Humberto Quintero went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Chase Utley, John Mayberry and Ben Revere added an RBI apiece for the Phillies, who had lost a season-high four straight games. Jaime Garcia (1-1) gave up eight runs — four earned — on nine hits and two walks over three frames to absorb the loss. Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday each clubbed a solo shot for the Cardinals, who had won two of three coming in, including a 4-3 decision in Thursday’s series opener.

Final Score: Miami 2, Cincinnati 1

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Justin Ruggiano’s homer in the ninth inning lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the second installment of a four-game set at Great American Ball Park. With one out, Ruggiano clobbered a 3-1 changeup from Aroldis Chapman (2-1) over the left- center field wall. It was the first run and only the fourth hit Chapman had allowed all season. Placido Polanco also had an RBI and Nick Green collected three hits to go with one run for the Marlins, who picked up just their fourth win of the season. Mike Dunn (1-0) earned the win after recording the final two outs of the eighth inning and Steve Cishek stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. Starter Kevin Slowey worked six innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits while fanning four. Joey Votto knocked in the Reds’ lone run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Mat Latos also had a strong start, allowing just one runs on six hits while striking out 10 batters over seven frames.Cincinnati lost for the first time in five games.

Final Score: New York 7, Washington 1

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Matt Harvey outdueled Stephen Strasburg to become the first four-game winner in the majors this season, while Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each belted a pair of home runs to help the New York Mets to a 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Harvey (4-0) held the Nationals to one run on four hits while striking out seven over seven outstanding innings, with the effort enabling the Mets to stop a string of eight straight losses to their National League East rival in their home park. The young righty received plenty of support from the combo of Davis and Duda, who combined for five RBI in the opener of this three-game series. Strasburg (1-3) served up two of the long balls and was reached for four runs, two of which were unearned, while fanning six over six innings of work. Chad Tracy knocked in Washington’s lone run with a seventh-inning single, one of only four hits for the defending NL East champs as they fell for the fifth time in their last seven outings.

Final Score: LA Dodgers at Baltimore, postponed

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Friday’s series opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed due to rain. There will be a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. (et) and the second game starting at 7:05 p.m. (et). Friday’s starters will pitch the first game as Jason Hammel will take the hill for the Orioles and be opposed by Hyun-Jin Ryu, while Josh Beckett will pitch for the Dodgers in the nightcap and he will face Wei-Yin Chen.

Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Chicago 4

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer and Carlos Gomez added a solo shot, as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI triple and Rickie Weeks had one hit and a run scored for the Brewers, who have won five straight and their last six at home versus the Cubs. Starter Marco Estrada gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out four over six innings. David DeJesus had two hits, including a two-run shot, and Luis Valbuena and Anthony Rizzo each hit solo home runs for Chicago, which has lost four of five. Jeff Samardzija yielded five runs — four earned — on six hits over seven innings and fanned four in defeat.

Final Score: Colorado 3, Arizona 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer and Jhoulys Chacin tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings to go along with a sacrifice fly, as the red-hot Colorado Rockies downed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, on Friday in the first of a three-game set. Michael Cuddyer had a double and Chris Nelson had a triple and scored a run for the Rockies, who registered just three hits, but picked up their seventh straight win. Chacin (3-0) allowed just three hits and struck out five in the victory, which he aided by knocking in Nelson in the fifth inning. Gerardo Parra had two hits and scored Arizona’s lone run for the D-Backs, who have lost three of four. Ian Kennedy (1-2) was touched for three runs on all three of Colorado’s hits and struck out six over six frames.

Final Score: San Francisco 3, San Diego 2

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Angel Pagan drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to lead the San Francisco Giants in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres to open a three-game set on Friday. In the ninth off Luke Gregerson (1-2), Gregor Blanco led off with a bloop single to left, but Andres Torres’ bunt went back to the mound and Gregerson got the force at second. Torres, though, then stole second to get into scoring position and Pagan roped a hit to right for the win. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence each drove in a run for the Giants, who were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Milwaukee. Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 and gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. Santiago Casilla (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings without a blemish to get the win. Chase Headley drove in both runs, including a solo home run, while Chris Denorfia went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Padres, who came into the series fresh off a three-game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Edinson Volquez gave up two runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts over six innings.

Final Score: New York 9, Toronto 4

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay all hit solo homers as the New York Yankees powered past Toronto, 9-4, in the opener of a three-game series from Rogers Centre. Hafner and Wells both finished with two runs batted in, while Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano added an RBI each for the Yankees, who were coming off an interleague series win against Arizona. Andy Pettitte (3-0) worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs while fanning five with one walk. Jose Bautista ripped a two-run homer and J.P. Arencibia added a late solo shot for the Blue Jays, who have now dropped three of four. Brandon Morrow (0-2) was tagged for nine hits and seven runs — five earned — with four strikeouts and a walk over 5 1/3 frames.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Oakland 3

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) – Evan Longoria belted a two-run homer while Jose Lobaton and Ben Zobrist each had two RBI to push the Tampa Bay Rays over the Oakland Athletics, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game set. The Rays were coming off a disappointing 2-7 road trip and were in risk of falling six games below .500 for the first time since 2008, but went 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position Friday to back a quality start by Alex Cobb (2-1), who scattered three runs and 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings. Oakland starter Brett Anderson (1-3) left early after suffering a sprained ankle. The Rays batted around in the first inning against the left-hander and scored four times thanks to four hits and two walks in his only inning of work. Jed Lowrie went 4-for-4 with an RBI to highlight Oakland’s offense.

Final Score: Texas 7, Seattle 0

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Yu Darvish tossed seven scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 7-0, in the opener of a three- game series. Darvish (3-1) gave up three hits and struck out 10 for the Rangers, who got two RBI apiece from A.J. Pierzynski and Craig Gentry. Jeff Baker hit a solo homer. Seattle starter Joe Saunders (1-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Houston 3, Cleveland 2

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel’s back-to-back home runs in the second inning proved just enough for the Houston Astros to end a five-game losing streak by edging the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series. Lucas Harrell (1-2) gave up five hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the only runs he allowed came on Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-run homer. The bullpen combination of Wesley Wright, Hector Ambriz and Jose Veras closed out Harrell’s first win of the season and handed the Indians a fifth straight loss. Cleveland starter Brett Myers (0-3) continued his struggles out of the gate as the former Astro lasted just five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Detroit 1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored to back six scoreless innings from Tommy Hanson, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dominated the Detroit Tigers, 8-1, in the opener of a three- game series. Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Angels (5-10), who avoided their worst 15-game start in franchise history. Mike Trout knocked in two runs and scored once. Hanson (2-1) gave up six hits while walking four and striking out two for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game skid. Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his return to Angel Stadium. Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez (2-1) allowed three runs — two earned — on 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Kansas City at Boston, postponed

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Friday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park was postponed to support the efforts of law enforcement officers engaging in a manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The first suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was confirmed dead early Friday morning, while his brother, Dzhokhar, remained at large until he was taken into custody Friday evening. A makeup date for Friday’s game has not yet been announced, but the Red Sox confirmed Saturday’s game at 1:10 p.m. (ET) will go on as scheduled.

Minnesota at Chicago, postponed

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Friday’s game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to a forecast of cold and windy conditions. A makeup date has not yet been announced. The postponement is the sixth in the history of U.S. Cellular Field due to cold temperatures.

LA Dodgers at Baltimore, postponed

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Friday’s series opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed due to rain. There will be a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. (et) and the second game starting at 7:05 p.m. (et). Friday’s starters will pitch the first game as Jason Hammel will take the hill for the Orioles and be opposed by Hyun-Jin Ryu, while Josh Beckett will pitch for the Dodgers in the nightcap and he will face Wei-Yin Chen.