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MLB roundup

American League

Astros 4, Angels 2

Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Houston split a short series against the AL West rival Angels with a victory Tuesday.

Kyle Tucker and Aledmys Díaz hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the Astros, who went an impressive 5-1 on their six-game road trip to start the season amid the incessant booing and jeering they'll hear indefinitely as fans react to their sign-stealing scandal in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“They seem unfazed by all the jeers and all the booing,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “It helped them concentrate even more at the start of the year. This team is very secure in their abilities, and they’re secure on and off the field.”

Mike Trout hit a 464-foot homer in the first inning and Shohei Ohtani had two hits, but the Angels dropped to 4-2 and failed to match the best six-game start in franchise history.

After starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Dylan Bundy traded strong innings early, Yordan Álvarez singled in the ninth off new Angels closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).

Correa then crushed an 0-2 fastball off the low video board above the right field wall at Angel Stadium for his first homer of the season.

“You want to get all of these close wins that you can," Correa said. “I don’t know how many walk-offs I’ve got in my career, how many in the ninth inning, but I like hitting late in the game, when the game is on the line. That’s when I feel sexy.”

Iglesias has already given up two homers this season — one more than he allowed in all of 2020 with Cincinnati.

“I definitely believe my stuff is still there,” said Iglesias, who also has a win and a save for Los Angeles. “My confidence is still there, too. I’m going to keep going up there even if they hit 20 homers off me.”

Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Houston, getting Justin Upton to ground into a game-ending double play.

“The guys are seeing the ball really well,” said Pressly, who approached Baker before the game to ask for more work. “We’re pitching really well and playing really good defense. We’re kind of clicking all around. You’re not going to win the season in April, but you can definitely lose it, so it’s been great to see, for sure.”

Angels fans again serenaded the Astros' veterans with choruses of boos, showing most baseball fans' anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal. Although nobody threw a trash can onto the Angel Stadium field as they did in the series opener, the day crowd included a fan in a full-size Oscar the Grouch costume.

Trout homered in both games against Houston, and the three-time AL MVP's long homer Tuesday was traveling 113.2 mph off the bat.

Greinke followed up his six scoreless innings on opening day with seven strong innings of five-hit ball for the Astros. His only major mistake was the low slider that was clobbered by Trout.

“Pretty much every part of the game has gone good,” Greinke said. “Pitching has been good. Defense and hitting has been amazing. It won't continue like this the whole year, but it’s a really good start.”

Greinke worked to a stalemate with Angels opening day starter Bundy, who struck out 10 over six innings of four-hit ball in another strong outing.

After the Astros' back-to-back homers, Bundy allowed no other hits over his first five innings while racking up nine strikeouts.

“That’s what the game is turning into, is how many homers can you not give up that day,” Bundy said. “After that, it definitely makes you focus a little bit more and bear down.”

Tigers 4, Twins 3 (10 innings)

Akil Baddoo added another big hit in this charmed start to his big league career, lining an RBI single in the 10th inning for Detroit.

Baddoo made his debut Sunday and homered on the first pitch thrown to him. Then he hit a grand slam in a 15-6 loss to the Twins on Monday. The rookie entered Tuesday’s game as a pinch runner, stayed in to the play the outfield and ended it with a hit to right off Hansel Robles (0-1).

Nelson Cruz and Byron Buxton homered for the Twins, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

Gregory Soto (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Detroit, and the Tigers scored in their half of the 10th.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 4

Nate Lowe homered twice for Texas and padded his franchise record for RBIs to start the season with four more.

Lowe was the first Texas player to go deep in front of the home fans at Globe Life Field, lining a two-run shot into the Toronto bullpen in left-center field for a 2-1 lead in the first inning.

Ronald Guzman and Jonah Heim also went deep for the Rangers in their first four-homer game in their year-old ballpark. It was also the first six-homer game in the regular season, with Toronto's Bo Bichette connecting twice.

Lowe's third homer of the season was a two-run drive to center in the third. His 14 RBIs through five games are the most in franchise history and the most in the majors since Chris Davis had 17 for Baltimore in the first five games of 2013.

Dane Dunning (1-0) worked five innings for the win, and Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth for his first save with Texas.

Toronto's Tanner Roark (0-1) gave up five runs in three innings.

White Sox 10, Mariners 4

Jose Abreu hammered a grand slam into the second deck for his 200th career home run, Luis Robert and Zack Collins both went deep for the first time this season and Chicago beat Seattle.

A miserable night for the Mariners began when starting pitcher James Paxton exited early due to a left elbow injury.

Lucas Giolito (1-0) struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings.

Robert snapped a 3-all tie with a two-run shot off Nick Margevicius in the fifth. Collins gave Chicago an early lead and greeted Margevicius (0-1) with a three-run homer in the second after he replaced Paxton.

Abreu provided the capper with the fourth grand slam of his career and second this season in the eighth off Keynan Middleton.

National League

Nationals 6, Braves 5

Juan Soto drove in the winning run with a single on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, lifting coronavirus-depleted Washington to a comeback victory over Atlanta after waiting five days to start its season.

Lefty reliever Will Smith (0-1) entered for the ninth and promptly gave up a single to new leadoff hitter Victor Robles, and then hit Trea Turner with a pitch. That brought up Soto, the 2020 NL batting champion, and he delivered a line drive to center field.

Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson homered against Washington ace Max Scherzer. Acuña drove Scherzer's first pitch of the game deep to left-center and led off the third with his second homer.

Turner hit a two-run shot for the Nationals. Daniel Hudson (1-0) got the win.

Because of a COVID-19 outbreak — four players tested positive; seven were forced into quarantine after potentially being exposed — Washington’s first four scheduled games were scrapped.

Reds 14, Pirates 1

Tyler Naquin homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading Cincinnati to its fourth straight victory.

Rookie Jonathan India had three hits and four RBIs in Cincinnati’s latest offensive outburst. Tucker Barnhart and Nick Senzel also had three hits apiece.

The Reds set a franchise record with 46 runs in their first five games. The 1895 and 1976 teams scored 44 runs through five games.

Cincinnati left-hander Wade Miley (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his first start of the year.

Phillip Evans homered for Pittsburgh in the seventh. The utilityman also pitched a perfect eighth.

Trevor Cahill (0-1) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in four innings in his Pirates debut.

Cardinals 4, Marlins 2

Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off former batterymate Sandy Alcantara, capping St. Louis' three-run rally in the sixth inning.

Dylan Carson hit his second homer of the season for an insurance run in the ninth.

Alcantara was traded by St. Louis in a package to Miami for Marcell Ozuna in December 2017, three months after making his major league debut with Molina behind the plate.

The 25-year-old Alcantara (0-1) struck out 10 in six innings. He permitted two earned runs and four hits.

Ryan Helsley (1-0) won in relief and Alex Reyes went 1 1/3 innings for his second save.

Brewers 4, Cubs 0

Freddy Peralta pitched five sharp innings, Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and Milwaukee stopped a three-game slide.

Peralta (1-0) struck out eight and walked four. Kris Bryant doubled in the fourth for Chicago's only hit of the game.

Shaw connected in the first against Adbert Alzolay (0-1), sending an opposite-field drive deep to left-center. Omar Narvaez added a solo drive in the fourth.

Both benches emptied when Brewers reliever Brad Boxberger hit Willson Contreras with a pitch to lead off the Cubs' half of the ninth. Contreras, who was beaned in the helmet on Monday, started yelling and walking toward the mound, but was steered to first base by teammates.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 8 (13 innings)

Stephen Vogt homered and hit a go-ahead single in the 13th inning as Arizona overcame Ryan McMahon's three home runs, beating Colorado in a game delayed about 50 minutes at the start by snow flurries.

McMahon hit three solo homers in his first three at-bats to become the 18th player in Rockies history with three in one game. He added an RBI double in the 13th.

Winning pitcher Matt Peacock (1-0) had a big major league debut for the Diamondbacks, tossing three innings, getting his first hit and scoring in Arizona's three-run 13th.

Temperatures hovered in the high 30s and players' breath was visible by the eighth inning while fans were bundled up around the Coors Field stands.

The teams each scored a run in the 10th and 12th before Arizona broke it open in the 13th. Vogt's single off Ben Bowden (0-1) drove in Eduardo Escobar. Peacock singled and Ketel Marte hit a two-run double.

Christian Walker hit a two-run homer for Arizona. Dom Nunez and Sam Hilliard also went deep for the Rockies.

Padres 3, Giants 1

Victor Caratini hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for San Diego, and Yu Darvish pitched six strong innings.

The Padres won a few hours after getting the news that star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to avoid surgery for now for a partially dislocated left shoulder. Tatis was placed on the 10-day injured list and the Padres didn't set a timeline for his return.

Caratini's first homer with San Diego was a two-run shot to right field off Matt Wisler (0-1) with one out in the seventh.

Keone Kela (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the win, and Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his third save.


Dodgers 5, Athletics 1

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in seven smooth innings to send the Athletics to their worst start in more than a century.

Mookie Betts homered for the first time this season, a towering solo shot to left-center in the ninth. Max Muncy and Edwin Rios also went deep for the World Series champion Dodgers (5-1).

At 0-6, the A's have matched the poorest start in franchise history. The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics also began the season with six consecutive losses.

Oakland and Atlanta (0-4) are the only winless teams in the majors.

Kershaw (1-1) permitted one run and four hits.

Jed Lowrie had two hits and scored Oakland's only run. Chris Bassitt (0-2) gave up four runs in six innings.


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