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Updated: April 4, 2013

Final Score: Washington 3, Miami 0

Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) – Gio Gonzalez spun six scoreless innings and smacked a solo home run in the fifth, as the Washington Nationals blanked the Miami Marlins for the second consecutive game with a 3-0 decision on Wednesday at Nationals Park. Gonzalez (1-0) fanned five and allowed just two hits and two walks, while Ryan Mattheus and Drew Storen each tossed a scoreless frame in relief before Rafael Soriano closed the door in the ninth to secure his second save of the season. Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman each added an RBI for the defending NL East champion Nationals, who have won their first two games for the second straight season. Kevin Slowey’s (0-1) only misstep came on Gonzalez’s home run, as the Miami right-hander gave up just four hits and three walks over 5 1/3 frames for the Marlins, who remain in search of their first run of the season after being shut out by the Nats, 2-0, in Monday’s season opener.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 0

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez each drove in a run as the Pittsburgh Pirates evened their best of three series with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at PNC Park. Starling Marte plated the final run for the Pirates, who saw starter Wandy Rodriguez (1-0) pitch 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allow just two hits while striking out six batters and walking one in the victory. Rodriguez, who was acquired from Houston last July, finished last season with a 12-13 mark and 3.76 earned run average. Alfonso Soriano and Alberto Gonzalez supplied the only hits for the Cubs, who saw starter Edwin Jackson (0-1) toss five innings of two- run ball while striking out five batters and giving up three hits in defeat. The Cubs are Jackson’s eighth team during his MLB career. The righty went 10-11 with a 4.03 earned run average for Washington last year.

Final Score: Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 2

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Justin Upton and Jason Heyward each hit two-run homers, Evan Gattis added a solo shot and the Atlanta Braves knocked out Roy Halladay in the fourth inning in a 9-2 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies at a rainy Turner Field. Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a three-run double to follow up his three- hit, three-RBI performance in Atlanta’s season-opening win on Monday. Paul Maholm (1-0) scattered six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 scoreless frames to pick up the victory, while Halladay (0-1) surrendered five runs on six hits with an uncharacteristic three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Chase Utley drove in both of Philadelphia’s runs with a double in the seventh, but by that time the Braves were working with a 7-0 cushion.

Final Score: New York 8, San Diego 4

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Mets think they have the ace of their rotation in Matt Harvey, and if his first start of the season was any indication, they may be right. The 24-year-old right-hander dominated with 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings, and the Mets smacked the Padres, 8-4, on Thursday at Citi Field. Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and John Buck each hit two-run homers to back up Harvey (1-0), who began his first full season by allowing just one hit and two walks. After crushing the Padres, 11-2, on Opening Day, the Mets will look to sweep the opening season series on Friday. San Diego starter Clayton Richard (0-1), last season’s National League leader in home runs allowed, gave up all three of New York’s homers. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs — seven earned — on seven hits. Carlos Quentin and Nick Hundley each contributed an RBI to a late Padres ninth inning rally.

Final Score: Colorado 7, Milwaukee 3

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer each clubbed a two-run home run to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series from Miller Park. Dexter Fowler added a solo shot, while Eric Young and Reid Brignac added an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who have won two straight since dropping a 5-4 decision to the Brewers on Opening Day. Juan Nicasio (1-0) allowed just two runs on seven hits and two walks over six strong innings of starting work for the Rockies. Rickie Weeks collected three hits, including a solo home run, while Ryan Braun finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored for the Brewers. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (0-1) gave up four runs on six hits and three walks over 5 1/3 frames.

Final Score: San Francisco 5, Los Angeles 3

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Pablo Sandoval stroked a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants took a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Wednesday’s rubber match of a three-game set. Hunter Pence added a solo homer and the Giants received an RBI from starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (1-0), who was effectively wild over five innings. After a rough 2012 campaign, Lincecum was far from his former dominant self in his first start of the season, tying a career-high with seven walks. He only gave up three hits, though, and while he allowed two runs, neither were earned. Sergio Romo locked down the save in the ninth and the defending World Series champs will have their home opener on Friday when they host the St. Louis Cardinals. Josh Beckett (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering five runs — three earned — on six hits. Luis Cruz had a sacrifice fly as the Dodgers went just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Kansas City 2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers each hit solo homers as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-2, in the middle installment of a three-game series. Dayan Viciedo added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who saw starter Jake Peavy (1-0) last six innings and strike out six batters while allowing two runs — one earned — on four hits. Peavy finished with a 11-12 record with 194 strikeouts over 32 starts last season and was rewarded with his third All-Star campaign of his career. Billy Butler had an RBI and Alex Gordon hit a double and scored a run for the Royals, who have dropped the first two games of this series. Starter Ervin Santana (0-1) picked up the loss after allowing four runs on five hits — including three homers — but did strike out eight batters in defeat.

Final Score: Texas 4, Houston 0

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Alexi Ogando followed up Yu Darvish’s near perfecto with another solid pitching performance in Texas’ 4-0 win over the Houston Astros. Ogando (1-0), back in the rotation after spending last season in the bullpen, recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings while limiting the Astros to four hits in the rubber match of this season-opening series at Minute Maid Park. Texas native Philip Humber (0-1) pitched well in his Astros debut. The right-hander, who tossed a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox in 2012, gave up one run on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Detroit 2

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Eduardo Escobar doubled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers from Target Field. The Twins fought back from a 2-0 deficit after six innings to rebound from Monday’s 4-2 setback to the defending American League champion Tigers, with Wilkin Ramirez contributing a pinch-hit, RBI double in the bottom of the seventh. Escobar’s double off Phil Coke (0-1) made a winner out of Glen Perkins (1-0) after the Minnesota closer tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth. Starter Kevin Correia aided the cause by firing seven solid innings in which the offseason acquisition yielded just two runs while scattering seven hits. Anibal Sanchez threw five shutout frames for Detroit, with 2012 AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera knocking in both Tiger runs with a pair of RBI singles.

Final Score: Boston 7, New York 4

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Clay Buchholz threw seven strong innings and received plenty of offensive support from his Boston teammates, as the Red Sox cruised to a second straight win over the rival New York Yankees with a 7-4 decision. Buchholz (1-0) held the Yankees to one run and six hits in a sharp first effort of the season, and the Red Sox staked the right-hander to a comfortable 6-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings. Boston pounded out 13 hits on the night, with Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Shane Victorino each collecting two while driving in a run. Jacoby Ellsbury added a two-run single for the Red Sox, who got their 2013 campaign off to an excellent beginning with Monday’s 8-2 triumph at Yankee Stadium. Vernon Wells’ three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth was one of few bright spots for New York, which lost starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to an injured right hand after being struck by a Victorino line drive in the top of the second. Kuroda (0-1) was charged with two runs and surrendered four hits before being forced to exit with one out in the second. Wells ended 3-for-4 for the Yankees, with Travis Hafner delivering a solo homer in the setback.

Final Score: Cleveland 3, Toronto 2 (11 innings)

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays are sky high, but the Cleveland Indians were busy during the offseason too. And one of those acquisitions came through with a moonshot in extra innings. Mark Reynolds smacked a go-ahead solo home run in the 11th inning to lift the Indians to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays in the middle test of a three-game set. Sergio Santos (0-1) got ahead in the count 1-2, but Reynolds jumped on a shoulder-high fastball and deposited it into the third deck of left- center field. Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Tribe, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2008. Joe Smith fired a 1-2-3 bottom half to notch the first save of his career, while Matt Albers (1-0) recorded the final out of the 10th to pick up the win. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez set career worsts for losses and ERA a year ago after going 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA, but surrendered just a run on three hits and two walks over six solid frames. He fanned six. Jose Bautista sent the game into extras for Toronto after he lined a fastball over the wall in left off Chris Perez in the ninth. The revamped Blue Jays lineup tallied just five hits.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 7

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) – Matt Joyce hit a game-winning home run in the ninth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7, on Wednesday. Shelley Duncan hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with two RBI and James Loney had a pinch-hit RBI double for the Rays, who lost their first game of the season. Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, but did not earn the win. Chris Davis was a perfect 4-for-4 with a three-run home run, two doubles and four RBI for the Orioles. Nate McLouth, Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts knocked in a run apiece in the setback. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Oakland 6, Seattle 2

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jed Lowrie provided the Oakland Athletics with the jolt they needed after struggling over the first two games. Lowrie had a solo homer and three RBI among his three hits in Oakland’s 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners in the third test of a four-game set. Chris Young, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in an offseason trade, made his first start of the season and smacked a solo shot for Oakland, which avoided its first 0-3 start since 1995. Last year’s AL West champs registered 11 hits after tallying just a run and six hits over their first two contests. Tommy Milone (1-0) struck out four and surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk over seven frames to pick up the win. Joe Saunders (0-1) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks in just four innings for the Mariners, who got solo homers from Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse.