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Updated: April 6, 2013

Final Score: Colorado 5, San Diego 2

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler each belted solo home runs to back six strong innings from Jeff Francis, as the Colorado Rockies came through with a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres to make their 2013 home opener a success. Troy Tulowitzki added two hits, including a two-run double in the third inning, to help the Rockies to a third straight win following an extra-inning Opening Day loss at Milwaukee on Monday. Francis (1-0) did his part as well, limiting the Padres to five hits and not allowing a run after the first inning. The left-hander also struck out five while issuing just one walk. San Diego starter Jason Marquis (0-1) surrendered all five Colorado runs, though just two were earned as the result of an error by Everth Cabrera that led to the Rockies scoring three times in the third, over six innings of work. Jesus Guzman paced the Padres offensively by going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the setback, San Diego’s third in four outings to begin the season.

Final Score: San Francisco 1, St. Louis 0

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Angel Pagan’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded walk was the lone score, and Barry Zito tossed seven scoreless innings, as the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants topped St. Louis, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game weekend set. Zito (1-0) surrendered only three hits and walked three while fanning four for the Giants, who raised their second championship banner in three seasons in front of a sellout crowd on Friday. Sergio Romo tossed a perfect ninth for his third save. Jake Westbrook (0-1) was the hard-luck loser, charged with an unearned run and six walks on six hits in 6 2/3 frames for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four to start the year. St. Louis has scored one run over its last three games in the Bay Area, dating back to Games 6 and 7 of last year’s NLCS, won by the Giants after they trailed three games to one.

Final Score: Kansas City 13, Philadelphia 4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Getz and Alex Gordon each hit bases- clearing triples as the Kansas City Royals scored 13 runs over the final five innings to take a 13-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Getz and Gordon had three hits apiece for the Royals, who recorded 19 hits. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored, Alcides Escobar hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs and Lorenzo Cain finished with two RBI and a run scored. Wade Davis allowed four runs on nine hits over four innings in his Royals debut. Bruce Chen (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Erik Kratz and Domonic Brown hit solo homers for the Phillies, who fell to 3-7 in home openers at Citizens Bank Park. Ryan Howard knocked in a pair of runs. Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss. The bullpen — Jeremy Horst, Chad Durbin and Raul Valdes — combined to give up eight runs on 11 hits.

Final Score: Cincinnati 15, Washington 0

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit two homers and the Cincinnati Reds smacked six home runs in a 15-0 rout of the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series. Frazier went 4- for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored for the Reds, who had 19 hits. Cozart knocked in five runs, Xavier Paul hit a grand slam and Shin-Soo Choo added a solo homer. Homer Bailey (1-0) gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings for Cincinnati, which has won three in a row. The right- hander, who fanned six and walked three, went 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA in 33 starts last season. Dan Haren (0-1) got rocked in his Nationals debut, allowing six runs on nine hits over four innings. The right-hander, who gave up four homers, went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season. Washington was hoping to build off a three-game sweep of the Marlins.

Final Score: Miami 7, New York 5

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Placido Polanco went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to help the Miami Marlins take a 7-5 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set. Greg Dobbs hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, while Justin Ruggiano also drove in a pair for the Marlins, who were swept by Washington to start the season and scored just one run in the three games. Alex Sanabia (1-0) pitched six shutout innings in the start, giving up just six hits with three walks and a strikeout to earn the win and give Miami skipper Mike Redmond his first win as a manager. Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda each had an RBI for the Mets, who took two of three over San Diego to start the 2013 campaign. Jeremy Hefner (0-1) gave up a run on five hits in six innings for the loss.

Final Score: Atlanta 4, Chicago 1

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Justin Upton is getting used to his new surroundings in Atlanta. His older brother B.J. is still struggling mightily. Justin Upton smacked his third homer in four games as the Atlanta Braves topped the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game set. The younger Upton cracked a solo shot and finished with a pair of RBI for Atlanta, which has won three of its first four tilts to start the season. B.J. Upton is still hitless on the year after going 0-for-3 and striking out two more times. He’s now 0-for-14 on the campaign with nine strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his second save of the year, while Mike Minor (1-0) fanned seven and surrendered a run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Scott Feldman (0-1) made his first start for Chicago, but was charged with four runs on five hits and four walks over 4 2/3 frames. He went 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over eight seasons with the Texas Rangers before signing a one-year deal with the Cubs during the offseason.

Final Score: Arizona 3, Milwaukee 1

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Wade Miley tossed six innings of one-run ball to guide the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in the opener of a three-game set. Miley (1-0) allowed five hits and walked one batter while striking out eight. Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double and Martin Prado added a double and scored a run for the Diamonbacks, who have won three of their first four games of the season. J.J. Putz stranded one runner in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Jean Segura stroked a solo homer for the Brewers, who have dropped their last three after winning the season opener. Burke Badenhop (0-1) was pegged with the loss after two runners scored on a wild pitch in the seventh. Badenhop issued one walk and one hit over 1/3 of inning before he was pulled in the seventh. The runners came around on Miguel Gonzalez’s wild pitch. Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse surrendered just one run on five hits over six frames. He struck out five without walking a batter. Aramis Ramirez left the game in the fourth inning with an apparent knee injury after sliding into second base awkwardly. He went 1-for-2 before exiting.

Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 0

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – In his Dodger debut, Zack Greinke impressed with 6 1/3 shutout innings and Los Angeles took a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game set. Greinke (1-0) signed a six-year, $147 million dollar contract this past offseason with Los Angeles and lived up to expectations in his first start, allowing just two hits and striking out six. Andre Ethier hit a solo home run while Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez each had RBI doubles for the Dodgers, who had dropped two of three to San Francisco in their season opening series. Brandon League pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his first save of the season. The Pirates, who had just six runs and 13 hits in their opening series against the Cubs, managed just two hits on Friday. Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each had a single and Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) was saddled with the loss after surrendering all three runs on six hits in five-plus innings of work.

Final Score: Detroit 8, New York 3

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Prince Fielder hit two home runs and had five RBI and Alex Avila added a solo shot as the Detroit Tigers downed the New York Yankees, 8-3, on Friday in a rematch of the 2012 American League Championship series. The last time New York played at Comerica Park the Tigers swept the postseason series in four games before San Francisco returned the favor and swept Detroit in the World Series. Miguel Cabrera had an RBI and scored two runs and Omar Infante finished with two hits, one run scored and an RBI for Detroit, which hasn’t lost a home opener since 2008. Starter Doug Fister (1-0) tossed five innings and allowed three runs on six hits while striking out two in his season debut. Detroit dropped two of three in its season opening series versus Minnesota. New York starter Ivan Nova (0-1) lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits while striking out five batters in defeat. The righty was left off the postseason roster last season after going 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts.

Final Score: Texas 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 2

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Adrian Beltre tied the game with a seventh- inning homer and Ian Kinsler plated the winning run with an eighth-inning single, as Texas clipped the Angels, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set between the clubs. A.J. Pierzynski added an RBI triple for the Rangers, who were coming off a series win at Houston to begin the season. Tanner Scheppers (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Joe Nathan followed suit in the ninth for his first save. Texas starter Derek Holland allowed six hits and two runs with five strikeouts in his seven-inning outing. Chris Iannetta homered and Mike Trout hit a run-scoring double for Los Angeles, which has dropped three in a row after an Opening Day victory. Josh Hamilton’s return to Arlington did not go well, as the new Angels outfielder was soundly booed by his former home crowd during an 0-for-4 performance which included a pair of strikeouts. In his Halos’ debut, Jason Vargas surrendered eight hits and one run over 5 2/3 frames. Scott Downs (0-1) was charged with the deciding run.

Final Score: Baltimore 9, Minnesota 5

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Chris Davis hit a game-changing grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles battled back to down the Minnesota Twins, 9-5, on Friday in the team’s home opener at Camden Yards. Davis, who finished with two hits and five RBI, joined Major League Baseball history, becoming just the fourth player to have homered in four straight games to start the season. Also on that rare list is San Francisco’s Willie Mays in (1971), St.Louis’ Mark McGwire (1998) and Texas’ Nelson Cruz (2011). Adam Jones chipped in with a 3-for-5 effort with two RBI and three runs scored and Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis each had two hits for the Orioles. Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy added one hit and one RBI in the victory for Baltimore, which has won three of four to start the season. Starter Jake Arrieta, who made his second straight home opener for the O’s, tossed five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.

Final Score: Kansas City 13, Philadelphia 4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Getz and Alex Gordon each hit bases- clearing triples as the Kansas City Royals scored 13 runs over the final five innings to take a 13-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Getz and Gordon had three hits apiece for the Royals, who recorded 19 hits. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored, Alcides Escobar hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs and Lorenzo Cain finished with two RBI and a run scored. Wade Davis allowed four runs on nine hits over four innings in his Royals debut. Bruce Chen (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Erik Kratz and Domonic Brown hit solo homers for the Phillies, who fell to 3-7 in home openers at Citizens Bank Park. Ryan Howard knocked in a pair of runs. Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss. The bullpen — Jeremy Horst, Chad Durbin and Raul Valdes — combined to give up eight runs on 11 hits.

Final Score: Boston 6, Toronto 4

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Mike Napoli hit a two-run shot and drove in three, as the Boston Red Sox ensured a positive result in manager John Farrell’s return to Toronto, with a 6-4 decision over the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. The 50-year-old Farrell led the Blue Jays to a 73-89 mark in 2012 and 154-170 record in two seasons at the helm, but bolted for the vacant BoSox post in late October. Will Middlebrooks added an insurance homer, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedro Ciriaco each knocked in a run for the Red Sox, who had won two of three in the Bronx to begin 2013. Junichi Tazawa (1-0) allowed a run in the seventh but picked up the win. Jose Reyes finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 4- for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Blue Jays, losers in three of four to start the year. Mark DeRosa also went deep and knocked in the other two runs. Esmil Rogers (0-1) was charged with the deciding run while recording just two outs in the eighth.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) – Matt Moore threw six dominant innings in his first start of the season, while Ben Zobrist knocked in three runs on a pair of doubles to help the Tampa Bay Rays notch a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Moore (1-0) yielded just two hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight batters before giving way to the Tampa bullpen, with Jake McGee, Brandon Gomes and Joel Peralta combining for three perfect frames to finish off the shutout. The Indians didn’t record a hit after Michael Bourn’s double in the third inning. The Cleveland leadoff batter also singled in the first to account for the team’s only other hit. Sam Fuld scored on both of Zobrist’s two-baggers as part of a 2-for-4 night, with Jose Lobaton also collecting a pair of hits in the win. Zach McAllister (0-1) was reached for four runs — only two of which were earned — over six innings of work for Cleveland, which has now dropped two straight following a 2-0 beginning to the young season.

Final Score: Seattle 8, Chicago 7 (10 innings)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kendrys Morales and Jesus Montero drove in runs in the 10th inning, and Tom Wilhelmsen escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to preserve Seattle’s 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox. DeWayne Wise singled in Alex Rios with two outs to get the White Sox within a run and Alexei Ramirez walked to fill the bases. Wilhelmsen, in relief of Kameron Loe (1-0), then fanned Tyler Flowers to earn his second save of the year. Wilhelmsen threw 34 pitches in the final inning. Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with a leadoff homer and drove in three runs for the Mariners. Morales knocked in two runs as the Mariners won on the South Side of Chicago for just the fourth time in their last 23 tries. Alejandro De Aza belted a two-run homer and Rios delivered a solo blast for the White Sox, but Nate Jones (0-1) gave up four hits and two runs and was saddled with his first major league defeat after going 8-0 last season.

Final Score: Oakland 8, Houston 3

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Coco Crisp went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, three RBI and two runs scored as the Oakland Athletics took an 8-3 win over the Houston Astros to open a three-game series. Josh Donaldson drove in two runs while John Jaso added a pair of hits along with an RBI and a run scored for the Athletics, who split a four-game series with Seattle to start the season. Dan Straily (1-0) gave up two runs on five hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to get the win. Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI while Matt Dominguez and Marwin Gonzalez also drove in a run for the Astros, who won their season opener on Sunday but then dropped the next two games against the Rangers. Brad Peacock (0-1) was touched for two runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.