mlb roundup Monday’s other games
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2
Russell Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Josh Donaldson and Aledmys Diaz each had a solo shot and Toronto beat Chicago for a third straight win. All six runs in the game came on homers. Welington Castillo went deep twice for the White Sox, his sixth career multihomer game and third straight against Toronto. Martin erased a 2-1 deficit with a two-out drive into the left-field bullpen off Danny Farquhar (1-1). The homer was Martin’s first of the season. Seung Hwan Oh (1-0) got the win despite allowing Castillo’s second homer, a tiebreaking shot in the top of the seventh, during his only inning of work. Ryan Tepera pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his second save. Castillo also connected off left-hander Jaime Garcia in the fourth. Making his first start for the Blue Jays, Garcia allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Donaldson went deep for the first time this season with an opposite-field drive off Reynaldo Lopez in the sixth. Donaldson faced the White Sox dugout and pretended to blow a whistle after he crossed home plate. The gesture was directed at Chicago first base coach Daryl Boston, who blows a whistle to acknowledge great defensive plays by his team. Boston was seen laughing at Donaldson’s display.
Tigers 6, Royals 1
Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh inning in his Detroit debut and Victor Martinez drove in three runs to give the Tigers their first win of the season, over Kansas City. Liriano (1-0) allowed a run and four hits in 62/3 innings. The 34-year-old lefty, signed as a free agent in February, struck out three and walked two while throwing 94 pitches. The Tigers scored four runs in the fifth, with Martinez delivering a two-run single off Jason Hammel (0-1). Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Drew Butera, but Detroit tied it in the bottom half on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers broke open the game in the fifth. With one out, Leonys Martin singled and Jeimer Candelario doubled. After an intentional walk to Cabrera loaded the bases, Nicholas Castellanos hit a soft line drive to left for a run-scoring single. Then Martinez added his two-run single, and James McCann’s grounder brought Castellanos home and made it 5-1. Martinez added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Hammel allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. He had the second-lowest run support among qualifying AL pitchers last season, and this game was more of the same.
Astros 6, Orioles 1
Charlie Morton pitched six scoreless innings, Marwin Gonzalez homered and Houston beat Baltimore in its home opener after winning their first World Series title last year. Morton (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out six. The right-hander picked up where he left off after getting the final 12 outs in Game 7 against the Dodgers on a night when the Astros unveiled their championship banner. Brad Peacock pitched a perfect seventh and Will Harris allowed one hit in the eighth before Collin McHugh took over. The starter-turned-reliever allowed a homer to Trey Mancini and a double to Colby Rasmus before retiring the last three batters.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 4
Pitcher Miles Mikolas hit a home run and got the win in his return from a three-year stint in Japan, and St. Louis beat Milwaukee to spoil the Brewers’ home opener. Paul DeJong connected for the second straight game, hitting his third homer this season to boost the Cardinals. Mikolas (1-0) gave up a two-run homer to Eric Thames and solo shots to Lorenzo Cain and Manny Pina. But the 29-year-old righty benefited from the Cardinals’ own outburst at hitter-friendly Miller Park. Mikolas got in on the fun in the fifth with his first major league hit — a two-run homer off Zach Davies (0-1) that broke a 2-2 tie. Mikolas gave up seven hits and four runs in 52/3 innings in his first big league start since Aug. 25, 2014, when he pitched eight innings for the Texas Rangers. DeJong’s two-run shot, highlighted a four-run sixth that gave St. Louis an 8-2 lead. Davies allowed eight hits and seven runs — six earned — over 51/3 innings in his season debut.
Reds 1, Cubs 0
Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias struck out Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and Cincinnati edged Chicago for its first win of the season. The Reds got a lead when Eugenio Suarez tripled in the fourth and scored on Adam Duvall’s groundout. Mahle (1-0) earned the victory in only his fifth major league start, outpitching Tyler Chatwood (0-1) in his Cubs debut. The Cubs were coming off a 6-0 loss in Miami and managed only four baserunners against Mahle, who walked two, hit one and struck out a career-high seven. Ian Happ singled in the eighth, but Iglesias came in later and Rizzo to swing through a fastball to escape. Iglesias got last four outs for the save. Chatwood signed a three-year deal with the Cubs after going 8-15 with the Rockies last season. He gave up four hits, walked six and threw only 49 strikes out of 92 pitches.
Nationals 8, Braves 1
Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer and the quick-scoring Nationals beat Atlanta for the first 4-0 start to a season in their Washington history. Harper’s second-inning shot off Sean Newcomb (0-1) to center field gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead. He also drew four walks and scored three runs. Tanner Roark (1-0) allowed one run in seven innings. Roark gave up four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Howie Kendrick’s double to right field drove in Harper, who walked, in Washington’s two-run first inning. Newcomb’s troubles continued in the second. After Newcomb gave up singles to Pedro Severino and Anthony Rendon, Harper walked to the plate as stadium organist Matthew Kaminski played the somber “Imperial March.” Braves fans chimed in with boos. Harper crushed a first-pitch fastball. The homer landed in the decorative rocks behind the 400-foot marker on the center-field wall. Newcomb allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits and four walks in 41/3 innings.
Red Sox 7, Marlins 3
Brian Johnson gave Boston its fifth solid start in five games, allowing one run in six innings in a victory over the Miami Marlins. All five Boston starters have allowed less than two runs, a franchise first to begin a season. Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts each hit his first home run of the season for the Red Sox. They scored 10 runs in their first four games but are 4-1 because they have allowed only 12 runs. Johnson (1-0) gave up rookie Brian Anderson’s first career homer but stranded six runners. Boston starters have allowed three earned runs in 30 innings with 28 strikeouts. Trevor Richards (0-1), the Marlins’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2017, retired the first seven batters in his major league debut but then allowed five runs in 41/3 innings. A two-out swinging bunt single by Xander Bogaerts sparked the Red Sox in the fourth. Eduardo Nunez followed with an RBI double, and Christian Vazquez hit a two-run double. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Rafael Devers doubled home a run in the ninth and has at least one RBI in each of his four games. The Marlins’ Starlin Castro had three hits and his 500th career RBI.