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Braves beat Rays as interleague matchups begin

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida--Atlanta's Tommy Hanson pitched seven effective innings to guide the Braves to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays as Major League Baseball interleague play began on Friday.

Hanson (5-3) allowed two runs.

Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and had a run-scoring double while Brian McCann hit an RBI single that put the Braves up 4-2 in the fifth. Martin Prado added a solo homer in the seventh.

Braves veteran Chipper Jones left after seven innings because of a bruised left calf.

Rays starter James Shields (6-2) gave up four runs in six innings.

Orioles 2, Nationals 1, 11 Innings In Washington, Nick Markakis homered into the second deck in the 11th inning to end a tight pitchers' duel and lead Washington over local rival Baltimore.

Markakis' blast off Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus (2-1) helped the Orioles record their sixth extra-inning road win this season and notch their fourth straight win overall.

Four Orioles relievers followed starter Jake Arrieta, including Kevin Gregg (2-1) in the 10th inning. Pedro Strop allowed two runners to reach base in the bottom of the 11th before finishing off the Nationals for the save.

Nationals starter Edwin Jackson (1-2) was an undeserving loser, having only allowed one run in eight innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Marlins 3, Indians 2 In Cleveland, Carlos Zambrano pitched seven strong innings to guide Miami to a narrow win over Cleveland.

Zambrano (2-2) gave up two runs as he continued a strong first season in Miami. He has a 1.96 ERA in eight starts with his new team.

Heath Bell worked the ninth for a save.

The Marlins broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez. All three Miami runs were scored by batters who walked.

Indians starter Tony Sipp (0-2) took the loss as Cleveland had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Blue Jays 14, Mets 5 In Toronto, J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis each hit two home runs and Yan Gomes added his first career homer as Toronto blasted New York.

Arencibia hit a three-run homer in the first off Jonathon Niese (2-2) and finished with a career-high six RBIs as the Blue Jays won their third straight.

Trailing by nine, the Mets gave their weary bullpen a break by turning to catcher Rob Johnson to pitch the eighth. Johnson shone on the mound, producing New York's only 1-2-3 inning of the night, including a strike out to end it.

Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (5-1) allowed just one run in six innings.

Rangers 4, Astros 1 In Houston, Adrian Beltre homered and drove in two runs and Michael Young broke out of a slump with two hits and an RBI to lift Texas over state rival Houston.

Rangers starter Neftali Feliz allowed one run in 4 2-3 innings — his shortest start of the year. He was relieved by Robbie Ross (5-0), who allowed one hit in 2 1-3 innings for the win.

Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez (3-4) gave up a season-worst 10 hits in six innings.

Texas' Josh Hamilton went 1 for 5, a day after his 16-game hitting streak ended. Ian Kinsler added three hits for the Rangers.

Yankees 4, Reds 0 In New York, comeback pitcher Andy Pettitte threw eight scoreless innings for his first regular-season win in two years, leading New York over Cincinnati.

Making his second major league start since ending his one-year retirement, the 39-year-old Pettitte (1-1) struck out nine and walked one, throwing 78 of 115 pitches for strikes.

Given a 1-0 lead on Alex Rodriguez's RBI grounder in the fourth, Pettitte pitched well enough to make it stand up.

Robinson Cano hit a solo homer off Bronson Arroyo (2-2) in the eighth and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run drive, his eighth homer of the season.

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