Last updated: April 03. 2014 11:49PM - 2257 Views
The Associated Press



Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark, pitching on short notice, throws during the first inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Thursday in New York.
Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark, pitching on short notice, throws during the first inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Thursday in New York.
Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

NEW YORK —


After a shaky first inning, Tanner Roark recovered while pitching on short notice and the Nationals rallied for an 8-2 victory and an opening three-game sweep of the New York Mets.


Ryan Zimmerman tied his career high with four hits, including three that led off innings. His second-inning home run off Zack Wheeler (0-1) started the Nationals’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit.


Washington went ahead 3-2 in the fifth when Denard Span hit an RBI single to right, advanced as Granderson heaved a two-hop throw home and scored on Jayson Werth’s two-out single. The Nationals broke open the game with a four-run seventh against relievers Scott Rice and Jeurys Familia that included a two-run single by Adam LaRoche off the glove of first baseman Lucas Duda.


Cubs 3, Pirates 2


PITTSBURGH — Jason Hammel pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Chicago edged Pittsburgh as the Cubs headed home with their first win of the season.


The right-hander allowed a run, struck out five and walked one in 6 2-3 innings to help the Cubs avoid their worst start in 17 years. Pedro Strop worked the ninth for the save.


Giants 8, Diamondbacks 5


PHOENIX — Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in San Francisco’s five-run eighth inning and the Giants rallied to beat Arizona in a game that was halted briefly in the top of the first due to a swarm of bees in the outfield.


Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run home runs and Arizona led 5-3 after seven, but the Giants teed off on reliever Will Harris (0-1) in the eighth to take three of four games from the Diamondbacks.


Marlins 8, Rockies 5


MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning, capping a comeback to help Miami beat Colorado.


Casey McGehee had two hits and three RBIs for the Marlins, who scored 27 runs while winning three of four games in the season-opening series. Miami finished last in the majors in runs and batting last year and lost 100 games.


Cardinals 7, Reds 6


CINCINNATI — The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers, holding on to beat Cincinnati and take two of three in their season-opening series.


The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. The Cardinals then emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.


Comments
comments powered by Disqus



Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Wilkes-Barre Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com