Atlanta narrowly top Milwaukee 1-0
AP April 4, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
MILWAUKEE -- Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Brewers' Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Braves a 1-0 win.
Harang (1-0) didn't allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh.
Making his Braves' debut, Harang gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one.
Relievers Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel were hitless, with Kimbrel getting three outs for his second save.
Garza (0-1) made his Milwaukee debut after signing a US$50 million, four-year contract as a free agent. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none.
Pirates 4, Cubs 3, 16 Innings In a game that took 5 hours, 55 minutes, pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Pirates a victory over the Cubs — the longest game in Pittsburgh history by time.
Sanchez's hit came off Carlos Villanueva (0-2), ending the game just short of 1 a.m. and 6 minutes longer the Pirates 8-7, 18-inning victory over Houston on May 27, 2006, that took 5:49.
Nationals 5, Mets 1 Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start for the second straight season and pitched three-hit ball to lead the Nationals over the Mets.
Ian Desmond also went deep and Jayson Werth had four hits for the Nationals, who followed up their 10-inning comeback on opening day with a more routine victory against one of Gonzalez's favorite foes. The left-hander struck out six and walked one in six comfortable innings, improving to 6-0 in his last seven starts against New York.
Rockies 6, Marlins 5 Jordan Pacheco had three hits and Jordan Lyles won in his Colorado debut as the Rockies held on for a victory over the Marlins for their first win of the season.
Charlie Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and an RBI for Colorado, which lost the first two games of the season-opening series.
Reds 1, Cardinals 0 Chris Heisey's single in the bottom of the ninth inning ended Cincinnati's record scoreless streak to open a season and sent the Reds to a victory over the Cardinals following a long rain delay.
Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier opened the ninth with singles off Carlos Martinez (0-1). After a sacrifice, Brayan Pena was walked to load the bases and the pinch-hitting Heisey singled up the middle.
Dodgers 5, Padres 1 Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double in the first inning and Dan Haren pitched six strong innings to lead Los Angeles.
The Dodgers took two of three from the Padres and now play their home opener Friday afternoon against San Francisco.
Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0 Tim Hudson allowed three hits while working into the eighth inning in his first start for the Giants.
Hudson (1-0) was making his first start since July 24 after fracturing his right ankle against the Mets while pitching for the Braves. The veteran right-hander had four strikeouts and no walks, and had Arizona hitters pounding the ball into the ground.
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