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MLB Roundup: Harper, Perez set up Heisey’s HR in 16th, Nats sweep Twins

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper tied it with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning, pitcher Oliver Perez put down a bunt in the 15th that kept things going and Chris Heisey homered in the 16th to give the Washington Nationals a wild 6-5 win Sunday over the Minnesota Twins.

At 5 hours, 56 minutes, it was the longest regular-season game in Nationals’ history. By far one of the craziest, too.

Harper was supposed to have a day off, but stepped up to lead off the ninth with Washington trailing 4-3 and connected for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

The Nationals were down 5-4 in the 15th when Danny Espinosa drew a two-out walk and stole second. With no one else left to hit, Perez (1-0) batted for the first time since 2010 and bunted down the third base line. Catcher John Ryan Murphy picked up the ball but threw it wildly past first, allowing Espinosa to score.

Heisey then homered off Michael Tonkin (1-1) to complete a three-game sweep.

PIRATES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 10, 13 INNINGS

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona pitcher Shelby Miller played left field and chased after a go-ahead double by Pittsburgh’s Sean Rodriguez in the 13th inning before striking out to end the game.

Miller went into the outfield after shortstop Nick Ahmed was ejected in the 12th. Miller became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to play a position — the previous major league pitcher to play the outfield since Colorado’s Jason Gurka last Sept. 15, STATS said.

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, including a tying, two-run shot in the Arizona ninth.

Neftali Feliz (1-0) wound with the win. Rodriguez lined his double off the wall in left against Evan Marshall (0-1).

RED SOX 7, ASTROS 5, 12 INNINGS

HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. lined a tie-breaking RBI single in the 12th inning after Houston’s Colby Rasmus hit a tying two-run homer off closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth, and Boston beat the Astros.

Bradley singled with the bases loaded off Ken Giles (0-2). It was the first run the Red Sox had scored since Bradley belted the second of back-to-back RBI doubles with Ryan Hanigan in the third. Hanigan preceded Bradley’s 12th-inning hit with a 13-pitch walk.

Mookie Betts grounded into a force at home, and then Giles uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Hanigan to score.

Heath Hembree (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings and struck out Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez with two on to end it.

Rasmus hit a 98 mph 0-1 fastball from Kimbrel out to right-center field to tie it 5-5. Rasmus had a tie-breaking grand slam in Houston’s 8-3 win over Boston on Saturday.

CUBS 9, REDS 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in four runs, Jason Hammel pitched six sharp innings and Chicago routed Cincinnati.

The Cubs improved to 14-5 for the first time in 47 years.

Tommy La Stella homered and doubled twice and Jason Heyward had four hits and three RBIs.

Hammel (3-0) allowed three hits. Alfredo Simon (0-2 gave up nine hits and eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

METS 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom made a successful return to the mound after tending to his ill infant son and an injury, pitching New York to a three-game sweep. Atlanta has lost five in a row.

Back in the rotation after healing from a sore right lat muscle and seeing his son recover from a health concern, deGrom (2-0) gave up one run and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Jeurys Familia held on for his fifth save.

Aaron Blair (0-1) allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut.

DODGERS 12, ROCKIES 10

DENVER (AP) — Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run with a double during Los Angeles’ five-run ninth to rally at Colorado.

Trailing 10-7, the Dodgers lit up Rockies closer Jake McGee (0-1).

Joe Blanton (2-1) earned the win by getting two outs in the eighth. Kenley Jansen struck out Trevor Story to pick up his ninth save.

MARLINS 5, GIANTS 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — J.T. Realmuto matched his career high with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning as Miami avoided a three-game sweep.

Giancarlo Stanton also homered and reached base four times for the Marlins.

Realmuto homered off San Francisco reliever Josh Osich (0-1).

Kyle Barraclough (1-0) got the win and A.J. Ramos worked the ninth for his third save.

CARDINALS 8, PADRES 5

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko homered, tripled and singled, and rookie Aledmys Diaz had a homer among his three hits as St. Louis rallied.

Gyorko, traded from San Diego to the Cardinals in December, had two chances to complete the cycle but flied out and grounded out.

Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush allowed consecutive homers to Gyorko and Diaz in the sixth to tie it. Brandon Maurer (0-1) gave up three runs in the eighth.

Kevin Siegrest (3-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

BREWERS 8, PHILLIES 5

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Scooter Gennett and Alex Presley homered in a six-run sixth inning, backing an encouraging outing by struggling starter Wily Peralta as Milwaukee beat Philadelphia.

The Brewers also hit four doubles in the sixth, when they chased Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (1-3).

Peralta (1-3) allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six inning. The Brewers’ opening day starter entered the game with an 8.35 ERA.

Closer Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

RAYS 8, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. homered twice on his 27th birthday and Tampa Bay went deep five times in all, finally giving Drew Smyly some run support.

New York star Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and later exited with stiffness on his left side. An MRI on his oblique were negative.

Souza and Corey Dickerson each hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning against Michael Pineda (1-2). Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe added solo shots.

Smyly (1-2) went seven innings in his third consecutive strong start.

INDIANS 6, TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Francisco Lindor got three hits and Cleveland overcame an early injury to starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

The Indians completed a three-game sweep. Detroit has lost four in a row.

Carrasco and Tigers starter Shane Greene (1-2) both left the game with injuries. Carrasco hurt his right hamstring on an awkward play while covering first base and Greene broke open a blister on his pitching hand.

Trevor Bauer (1-0) got the win and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

BLUE JAYS 6, ATHLETICS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot and Toronto beat Oakland.

Chris Coghlan, Khris Davis, and Josh Reddick each hit solo home runs for the Athletics.

Recalled from Triple-A to make a spot start as Toronto gave its rotation an extra day of rest, Drew Hutchison (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. Roberto Osuna closed for his sixth save.

Eric Surkamp (0-2) allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings.

ROYALS 8, ORIOLES 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura settled down after a shaky first inning, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered and Kansas City beat Baltimore.

Ventura (2-0) allowed his lone run and two of his three hits in the first inning. He wound up going seven.

Mike Wright (1-2) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.

MARINERS 9, ANGELS 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Wade Miley overcame a shaky first inning that included a home by slumping Albert Pujols to post his first victory in a Seattle uniform.

Kyle Seager, Leonys Martin and Seth Smith hit home runs for the Mariners.

Pujols ended a career-worst 0-for-26 skid with his 563rd career homer, tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place all-time.

Miley (1-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Matt Shoemaker (1-3) gave up with seven runs in three-plus innings for Los Angeles.

WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Mat Latos pitched six solid innings for his fourth consecutive win and Chicago swept Texas.

Latos (4-0), who signed a $3 million, one-year deal with Chicago in February, was charged with one run and seven hits. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 24 1/3 innings while matching his win total from all of last year.

David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save.

Derek Holland (2-1) allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings.

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Washington Nationals’ Chris Heisey tosses his helmet as he heads home after he hit a walk off home run during the 16th inning of an interleague baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-5 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

MLB Roundup: Rizzo homers again, Lester tough as Cubs beat Reds 8-1

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered for the third consecutive game on Friday night, and Jon Lester gave a fitting follow-up to Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter by going seven innings and leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs improved to 13-4, the best record in the majors and one of the best starts in the last 100 years. They also opened 13-4 in 1908 — the last time they won the World Series — and in 1970. The 1907 team went 14-3 on its way to a Series title.

Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter in the series opener on Thursday night, a 16-0 win. Lester (2-1) limited the Reds to five hits, including Zack Cozart’s solo homer, and one walk.

Rizzo hit a solo shot — his team-high sixth — off Jon Moscot (0-1).

WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago pulled off its first triple play in nearly 10 years to secure Jose Quintana’s scoreless outing and beat Texas.

Quintana retired 11 straight through six innings until he loaded the bases on Prince Fielder’s double, Adrian Beltre’s single and a walk. Mitch Moreland drilled a ball down the right field line that Adam Eaton caught on the run as the runners took off.

Eaton threw to first to get Ian Desmond, and the White Sox eventually got Fielder in a rundown between third and home to finish the play. It was the first time Texas got caught in a triple play since 1991 and the first one the White Sox turned since Sept. 18, 2006, against Detroit.

Quintana (2-1) allowed just four hits over seven innings to help snap the Rangers’ four-game winning streak. Brett Lawrie had a two-run double in a three-run sixth off Rangers starter Martin Perez (0-2).

ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 5

DENVER (AP) — Brandon Barnes hit a tie-breaking two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting Colorado past Los Angeles.

Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn homered for the Rockies, who have won their last four against the Dodgers.

Adrian Gonzalez homered and singled to drive in three runs and Corey Seager hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning for the Dodgers.

Trailing 5-4, the Rockies evened the score on D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Arenado drew a one-out walk in the eighth off Chris Hatcher (2-2) and Mark Reynolds singled up the middle. One out later, Barnes, who entered in the eighth as a defensive replacement for Raburn, tripled off the wall in right-centerfield to drive in his first runs of the season.

Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake McGee got three outs for his fourth save in as many opportunities.

RED SOX 6, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Steven Wright pitched into the seventh inning, and Mookie Betts finished a home run shy of the cycle for Boston.

Betts tripled in the first and ninth innings, scoring both times. He had an RBI double in the second and singled and scored in the fourth. He flied out in the sixth.

Wright (1-2) had his third straight good start to begin the season, allowing one run — no earned — and four hits with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He did walk five, with Carlos Gomez scoring on a passed ball in the seventh.

The knuckleballer has gone at least six innings in each of his starts and has allowed two runs or less in each of his starts this season.

Craig Kimbrel got Carlos Correa to end the game for his fifth save.

PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7

PHOENIX (AP) — Sean Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer homered and Pittsburgh held on to beat Arizona and snap its five-game winning streak.

All three home runs came off Patrick Corbin (1-2), who allowed five runs in six innings.

Arizona’s Welington Castillo homered twice and has four in his last four games. David Peralta also hit a home run for the Diamondbacks in the opener of their 10-game homestand.

Jonathon Niese (3-0) got the win despite surrendering four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Mark Melancon allowed three straight singles with two outs in the eighth but pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

NATIONALS 8, TWINS 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a home run and robbed one in left field and Gio Gonzalez pitched six-plus innings for Washington.

Jose Lobaton drove in three runs with a triple and a single, and National League batting leader Daniel Murphy had two more hits for first-place Washington, which has won six straight at home.

Gonzalez (1-0) enjoyed offensive support for the first time in three starts while allowing three runs – two earned – on six hits.

In the third, Byron Buxton’s high fly gave Werth time to get back to the fence. He timed his jump perfectly, getting his glove just above the wall and bringing Buxton’s drive down with him.

In the fifth, Werth hit a solo shot to left center, his third.

Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (0-3) lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits.

METS 6, BRAVES 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Curtis Granderson homered twice, including a grand slam, to drive in five runs and Matt Harvey got his first win of the season for New York.

Granderson’s sixth career grand slam was a line-drive shot he pulled into the right-field seats off Bud Norris (1-3) in the second inning. Granderson had three hits, including another homer off Norris in the fourth, giving him four on the season.

New York has 21 homers in its last seven games — the most in a seven-game span in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Harvey (1-3) ended a streak of four straight losing decisions, including his first three starts this year. He needed 101 pitches to make it through five innings as he allowed two runs and seven hits and one walk.

Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Young struck out 10 in six innings, Mike Moustakas homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs for Kansas City.

Young (1-3), who came in with a 7.90 ERA and had allowed 20 hits in 13 2/3 innings, baffled the Orioles. Young recorded his sixth career double-figure strikeout game and his first since April 24, 2008, when he struck out 10 against San Francisco while with San Diego.

Young gave up two runs and four hits, including a sixth inning leadoff home run to Manny Machado, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.

Wade Davis pitched a spotless ninth to log his seventh save in as many chances.

Moustakas hit his sixth home run on Yovani Gallardo’s second pitch with Alcides Escobar aboard. Moustakas had a two-out, RBI double in the second off Gallardo (1-1).

PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco homered twice and Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings as Philadelphia defeated Milwaukee.

The Phillies snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Brewers.

Franco hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. He blasted a solo shot over the Brewers bullpen in left in the seventh to stake the Phillies to a four-run lead.

Nola (1-2) allowed four hits and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point and 16 of 17 to close out his outing.

Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (0-2) surrendered four runs and nine hits over six innings.

YANKEES 6, RAYS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury stole home, a daring dash that seemed to startle most everyone at Yankee Stadium and helped New York rush past Tampa Bay.

Ellsbury became the first Yankees player to pull off a straight steal of home since Derek Jeter in 2001. And Ellsbury’s timing in the fifth inning was really surprising: He took off with two outs on a full-count pitch to Brett Gardner, who let it go high for ball four.

Ellsbury added a two-run double in eighth. Brian McCann hit an early two-run homer, then sliced a tiebreaking single in the sixth as the Yankees ended a three-game losing skid.

Ivan Nova (1-0) won in relief of CC Sabathia. Dellin Betances struck all three batters in the eighth and Andrew Miller closed for his fourth save as a light sprinkle fell.

ATHLETICS 8, BLUE JAYS 5

TORONTO (AP) — Chris Coghlan hit a three-run home run, Stephen Vogt had three hits and Oakland won its sixth straight.

The Athletics snapped a six-game skid at Rogers Centre and set season-highs in runs and hits (14).

Sonny Gray (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as Oakland improved to 7-0 on the road, its best start since opening 8-0 away from home in 1990.

Kevin Pillar’s two-run single off Sean Doolittle pulled Toronto to 6-5 in the eighth. Khris Davis replied with an RBI single in the ninth and a second run scored as the ball skipped past left fielder Ezequiel Carrera for an error and rolled to the wall.

Ryan Madson finished for his AL-leading seventh save.

Aaron Sanchez (1-1) allowed a career-worst six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays lost their third straight.

INDIANS 2, TIGERS 1

DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Santana and Marlon Byrd homered off Justin Verlander, lifting Cleveland to a victory.

Josh Tomlin (2-0) allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Zach McAllister and Bryan Shaw followed with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Cody Allen pitched the ninth, getting Miguel Cabrera to pop up in foul territory for the first out, and earned his fifth save in as many chances.

Verlander (1-2) gave up four hits, but two were costly because they went over the fence in right field. He walked two and struck out 10.

Cleveland had lost three of four. Detroit has dropped four of its last five games.

MARINERS 5, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez came through with a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning and Nelson Cruz added a two-run homer for Seattle.

No. 9 hitter Ketel Marte greeted Jose Alvarez (0-1) with a leadoff single, advanced on a sacrifice by Norichika Aoki and scored when Gutierrez lined a 1-0 pitch to center field. Cruz then lined his third homer of the season just over the short fence in the left field corner on a full count.

Joel Peralta (1-0) got the victory with a perfect inning of relief.

Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 10th for his fourth save in four chances. The seven-year veteran right-hander is back to being a full-time closer, two seasons after posting a career-high 36 saves for the Miami Marlins.

GIANTS 8, MARLINS 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija struck out five over 7 2-3 innings and drove in a career-high three runs with a double to win in a memorable home debut as San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak.

Miami hitting coach Barry Bonds made his return to AT&T Park.

Samardzija (2-1), who signed a $90 million, five-year contract, left to a standing ovation when he walked off in the eighth. He allowed one run and six hits and didn’t walk a batter in the 117-pitch gem.

Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan and Denard Span had RBI singles, while Matt Duffy had a sacrifice fly and Brandon Crawford drove in a run on a groundout for the Giants, who had gone 3 for 35 with runners in scoring position during their skid.

Samardzija hit a two-run double in the sixth and RBI single in the fifth.

Marlins starter Jarred Cosart (0-1) walked six batters over 4 1-3 innings for his second straight start allowing six free passes. He has 15 walks over 14 2-3 innings in his initial three starts. Cosart allowed six runs and eight hits.

PADRES 4, CARDINALS 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers had a solo homer among his three hits and drove in three runs, and Andrew Cashner threw six strong innings for San Diego.

The Padres have won four of six games.

Myers’ homer to right-center off Adam Wainwright with one out in the first was estimated at 418 feet. It was his fourth.

Myers hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Cashner, who beat out a leadoff bunt single and advanced to third on Jon Jay’s single to right. Myers’ third hit was an RBI double in the seventh.

Adam Rosales hit an RBI double for the Padres in the fourth.

Cashner (1-1) allowed Randal Grichuk’s homer to left-center with two outs in the fourth, his third. He gave up one run and three hits while striking out four and walking one.

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Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, center, celebrates in the dugout with Jason Heyward (22) after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jon Moscot during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

MLB Roundup: Price, Bogaerts carry Red Sox past Blue Jays 4-2

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Max Scherzer threw seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double, Bryce Harper hit another homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Saturday night.

The Nationals are off to a 9-1 start, best in franchise history.

Scherzer (2-0) allowed one run and five hits, striking out seven.

Harper connected in the fifth, sending a deep drive out to right for his fifth homer. The reigning NL MVP has gone deep in his last five games in Philadelphia, dating to last year.

Aaron Nola (0-2) was the second Phillies starter roughed up by the Nationals in two games. He gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

TIGERS 5, ASTROS 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and Detroit rallied for a win over Houston.

Detroit trailed 3-0 after George Springer and Tyler White both homered off Justin Verlander (1-1) in the first inning. Detroit scored a run in the second and cut the lead to 1 in the fifth when White was charged with an error after a throw busted through the webbing of his glove, allowing another run to score.

There was one out in the sixth when Saltalamacchia connected against Collin McHugh (1-2), launching his two-strike shot off the foul pole in right field to make it 4-3. Victor Martinez added an insurance run with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland’s go-ahead double off the right-field fence and Rougned Odor’s two-run single highlighted a six-run seventh inning, leading Texas to a victory over Baltimore.

Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara each had three hits for the Rangers. Mazara, promoted from Triple-A Round Rock last week, has two three-hit games in seven starts.

Keone Kela (1-0), who turned 23 on Saturday, worked a scoreless seventh inning in relief, striking out two and walking one.

The Rangers’ big seventh inning helped them overcome solo home runs by Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, who increased the Orioles’ major league-leading homer total to 23.

A.J. McFarland (0-1) took the loss after retiring only one of the four batters he faced in relief of starter Yovani Gallardo.

CUBS 6, ROCKIES 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings and Chicago hit three home runs to beat Colorado.

Arrieta (3-0), the reigning NL Cy Young winner, struck out eight and allowed five hits in his home debut. He has not allowed a run in his last 48 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field.

Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back shots in the fourth.

The Cubs have won nine of 11 for their best start since they went 10-1 in 1969.

The Rockies saw their three-game winning streak end. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his fourth, off Travis Wood in the ninth.

Christian Bergman (0-2) matched a career high of seven strikeouts and allowed two runs in five innings in his first start of the season.

PIRATES 5, BREWERS 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season and Jon Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Pittsburgh blanked Milwaukee to end its four-game losing streak.

McCutchen’s solo shot off Taylor Jungmann in the fifth inning increased the Pirates’ lead to 4-0 after they scored three runs in the fourth.

The drive to left field came in the star center fielder’s 54th plate appearance. McCutchen was so happy that he stopped in front of dugout after rounding the bases, broke into a big smile and raised his hands skyward.

Niese (2-1) won his second straight start, giving up all three hits while walking three and striking out three in seven innings.

Jungmann (0-2) had his road woes continue as he allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Markakis drove in three runs with three hits and Atlanta won for the second consecutive night after losing their first nine games, beating Miami.

The Braves came to Miami mired in their worst start since 1988, but they’re now 27-12 at Marlins Park and will try for a three-game sweep Sunday.

Miami fell to 0-4 at home under first-year manager Don Mattingly.

Markakis put the Braves ahead to stay in the fourth when he drove in a run with his eighth double, most in the majors. He led off the game with a single and hit a two-out, two-run single in the second.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Bour each hit his first homer off Bud Norris (1-2), who allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Tom Koehler (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits and six runs.

RAYS 7, WHITE SOX 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Guyer homered to end Tampa Bay’s scoreless drought, Brad Miller added a two-run shot and the Rays stopped Chicago’s five-game winning streak.

Desmond Jennings also hit his first home run of the year for Tampa Bay, and Erasmo Ramirez pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings. In his first start of the season, Ramirez (2-0) gave up three hits and no walks while striking out four, becoming the first Rays starter to win in 2016.

Guyer’s home run off Chicago starter John Danks in the third halted Tampa Bay’s streak of 21 scoreless innings.

Miller’s two-run drive in the fourth gave the Rays a 4-0 lead after an RBI single by Steven Souza Jr. Evan Longoria singled home a run in the seventh.

INDIANS 7, METS 5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis and Cleveland handed New York’s Matt Harvey his third straight loss to begin the season.

Josh Tomlin pitched five solid innings for Cleveland after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced this season. Kipnis had an RBI double off Harvey and scored twice, and Mike Napoli drove in two runs.

Harvey (0-3) retired his first 13 batters before Cleveland scored twice in the fifth. The Indians added three runs in the sixth, and Harvey was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Jose Ramirez tied the game with a double and scored on Juan Uribe’s RBI single. Kipnis’ run-scoring double and RBI singles by Napoli and Yan Gomes in the sixth finished Harvey.

REDS 9, CARDINALS 8

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce had two RBIs apiece for Cincinnati, which erased an early four-run deficit against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in a victory.

Stephen Piscotty had four RBIs for St. Louis, and his three-run homer made it 4-0 in the second.

J.J. Hoover allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss before finishing for his first save.

Wainwright (0-2) retired his first eight before Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (1-0) singled with two outs in the third. The two-time 20-game winner was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and has struggled mightily with an 8.27 ERA after missing most of 2015 with a torn left Achilles.

MARINERS 3, YANKEES 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Hernandez looked uncomfortable all afternoon but overcame a career high-tying six walks, and Seattle held off New York for a third straight win.

The Yankees lost their fourth in a row when Chase Headley grounded out with runners on second and third to end it, leaving them 0 for 24 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series. Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and the 40-year-old heard boos as his hitless slump reached 19 at-bats.

Hernandez (1-1) tied Randy Johnson’s team record for career strikeouts, but seemed out of sorts throughout his five innings. The ace constantly pawed the rubber, scuffed the mound and tugged his jersey.

TWINS 6, ANGELS 4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oswaldo Arcia and Byung Ho Park homered in the eighth inning to lift Minnesota over Los Angeles for its second consecutive comeback victory after opening the season with nine straight losses.

Arcia broke a 4-all tie with his first home run of the season. It came off reliever Joe Smith (0-1) and was Minnesota’s first hit since the fifth inning. One batter later, Park — who had the decisive hit Friday night — added his own solo shot to give the Twins some insurance.

Trevor Plouffe had three hits and also homered for Minnesota.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the win in relief of starter Ricky Nolasco. Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.

RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 2

BOSTON (AP) — David Price rebounded from a rough start in Boston’s home opener with seven solid innings, Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home run and the Red Sox beat Toronto.

It was Boston’s third straight win. The Red Sox have defeated the defending AL East champs four times in five meetings.

Price (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits, struck out nine and didn’t allow a walk. He finished by striking out the side.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Signed to a $217 million, seven-year deal during free agency, the left-hander had his best start for Boston. In his Fenway Park debut with the Red Sox on Monday, he gave up five runs in five innings after allowing two in six at Cleveland on opening day.

ATHLETICS 5, ROYALS 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt homered to back Sonny Gray’s solid effort, and Oakland ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Kansas City.

Gray (2-1) pitched through trouble, lasting six innings to earn his first victory against the Royals in four starts, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only AL team he has not yet beaten.

Gray gave up two runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out six. He stranded six runners, four in scoring position.

Reddick, who hit the ball hard in every at bat, erased the Royals’ early lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first off Chris Young (0-3), who failed to get through five innings for the second straight start.

PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 14th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first victory in five home games this season.

Upton drove the first pitch he saw from Ruby De La Rosa (0-3) over the center-field fence. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates after ending the game that lasted 5 hours, 25 minutes.

Luis Perdomo (1-0) got the win.

GIANTS 4, DODGERS 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings and the San Francisco Giants got run-scoring hits from Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cueto (3-0) helped manager Bruce Bochy celebrate his 61st birthday, allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts.

Javier Lopez gave up Corey Seager’s two-run homer in the eighth on a full count, but Santiago Casilla got the last three outs for his third save in four chances.

Scott Kazmir (1-1) was charged with four runs, seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

MLB Roundup: Twins stop 9-game skid with 5-4 win over Angels

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins became the last team in the major leagues to win this season, after Byung Ho Park drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Angels.

Both Minnesota and Atlanta stopped nine-game losing streaks Friday. The Braves beat Miami earlier in the night. That left the 2002 Detroit Tigers with the dishonor of being the last team to start a season 0-10 or worse.

Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun homered for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe hit consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth off Angels starter Garrett Richards, the third multi-run inning for the Twins this season. This was the first time they topped three runs in a game, but they’re still last in the majors with 19 runs.

BRAVES 6, MARLINS 3

MIAMI (AP) — Adonis Garcia drove in three runs in the final three innings and the Atlanta Braves rallied for their first victory of the year after nine consecutive losses, beating Miami.

The Braves managed just one hit in the first six innings, trailed 3-0 in the seventh and appeared on the verge of falling to 0-10, which would have matched the worst start in franchise history in 1988.

Their comeback began with three consecutive hits in the seventh, including a double by Garcia to drive in the first Atlanta run. Nick Markakis’ RBI single in the eighth made it 3-all, and Garcia’s two-run double put the Braves ahead.

WHITE SOX 1, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sale tossed a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera singled in Jimmy Rollins in the ninth and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.

Sale (3-0), from nearby Lakeland, struck out nine for his best start to a season since going 5-0 in 2014. He retired 16 straight between singles by Desmond Jennings in the second and Steve Pearce in the seventh.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes after the seventh so a woman struck by a foul ball in the bottom of the inning could get treatment.

The fan, sitting in box seats next to the Tampa Bay dugout on the first-base side, was taken off on a stretcher. The ball came off the bat of Rays designated hitter Steven Souza Jr.

METS 6, INDIANS 5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning, and New York held off Cleveland.

Michael Conforto and Alejandro De Aza also went deep for the Mets, who entered with 20 runs and a major league-low two homers in their first eight games.

De Aza had a leadoff homer in the fifth and finished with three hits from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. Cespedes also had three of New York’s 14 hits.

Cleveland scored three times in the ninth before Jeurys Familia retired Jose Ramirez with two on for his third save.

Bartolo Colon (1-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and earned his 219th win, tying Pedro Martinez for second-most by a Dominican-born pitcher behind Juan Marichal (243).

ASTROS 1, TIGERS 0

HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched eight scoreless innings, Colby Rasmus provided the offense with an RBI single and Houston snapped a three-game skid with a win over Detroit.

Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth to complete the shutout and earn his third save.

Keuchel (2-1), who was last year’s American League Cy Young winner, has won a franchise-record 17 straight regular season games at home. He hasn’t lost in Houston since Aug. 10, 2014.

On Friday he allowed five hits and struck out four with one walk for his second win this season.

Mike Pelfrey (0-2) allowed five hits, one run and tied a career-high with six walks in six innings for his second straight loss to start the season.

ROCKIES 6, CUBS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Chad Bettis pitched six scoreless innings, Ben Paulsen had an RBI single and threw out a runner at the plate, and Colorado took advantage of Chicago’s shaky defense for a victory.

The Cubs, who had won eight of nine in their best start in 47 years, managed only four singles and made four errors. Third baseman Kris Bryant committed two of the errors, including a wild throw on a bunt that scored a run in the seventh.

Bettis (2-0) was sharp in first career start against the Cubs. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three.

Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1) was charged with four runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. The Cubs had won five in a row.

MARINERS 7, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano got two more hits to celebrate his special connection to Jackie Robinson Day as Seattle sent New York to its third straight loss.

Cano’s father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great. Cano improved to 14 for 38 (.368) on the day all major leaguers honor the late Hall of Famer by wearing his No. 42.

Cano was 1 for 19 when he hit an early RBI single. The former Yankees star began the season on a home run binge, but had cooled off.

Chris Iannetta homered, singled twice and drove in three runs. The Mariners opened a nine-game trip by boosting their road record to 3-1. They are 1-5 at Safeco Field.

RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3

BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and Travis Shaw hit a two-run double to lead Boston to a victory over Toronto.

David Ortiz added a run-scoring double for Boston, moving him one RBI behind Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1,652) for 26th all time. Big Papi also stole a base, joining Ted Williams, Cy Young and Rickey Henderson as the only four Red Sox players with a steal at 40-years-old.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his first two homers of the season, drove in all three Toronto runs and had all of three of the Blue Jays’ hits.

Porcello (2-0) gave up three runs and two hits, striking out eight and walking one. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his third save.

R. A. Dickey (1-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

NATIONALS 9, PHILLIES 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs, and Joe Ross allowed three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings to help Washington to its best start in club history.

Jayson Werth added two doubles and three RBIs, and Michael Taylor also went deep for Washington, which improved to 8-1 to mark the best nine-game beginning since the franchise was born in 1969 as the Montreal Expos.

Ross (2-0) struck out five and walked two. The 22-year-old, facing the Phillies for the first time, retired 12 straight before Freddy Galvis’ two-out single in the eighth ended his night.

BREWERS 8, PIRATES 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun hit two long two-run home runs and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning as Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.

Braun had a 460-foot shot off the batter’s eye in center field off Kyle Lobstein in the sixth to put the Brewers ahead 5-0. After the Pirates drew within a run, Braun hit a 415-foot shot to dead center in the eighth off Neftali Feliz for his third of the season to make it 7-4.

It was Braun’s 23rd career multi-homer game.

Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, his first, to chase Nelson (2-1) with none out in the seventh. The Pirates cut the gap to 5-4 later in the inning on back-to-back doubles by David Freese and Starling Marte with two outs.

Jeff Locke (0-1) gave up three runs, five hits and walked seven in 4 2/3 innings.

ORIOLES 11, RANGERS 5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit two of Baltimore’s four home runs in a nine-run seventh inning and the Orioles beat Texas.

The Orioles were still down 5-3 after Trumbo’s two-run homer chased Martin Perez with no outs in the seventh. They went ahead to stay when Jonathan Schoop and Nolan Reimold hit back-to-back homers off Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1), and Trumbo added a three-run shot off a second reliever later in the inning.

Trumbo is the first Baltimore batter ever with two homers in the same inning, and first in the majors since Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion against Houston on July 26, 2013, according to STATS.

Schoop homered again in the eighth, a solo shot that was his third of the season and gave him his third career game with multiple homers.

CARDINALS 14, REDS 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday had two of St. Louis’ six home runs in a rout of Cincinnati.

Aledmys Diaz and Brandon Moss each added three-run homers to help the Cardinals to their sixth win in the last seven games. They have scored seven or more runs in all six wins and hit double-digits four times.

Moss and Matt Adams also homered. Adams’ pinch-hit homer was the second of the game and sixth of the season. That surpasses the Cardinals total of four from pinch hitters last season.

Holliday drove in four runs and reached base four times in recording the 20th multi-homer game of his career.

Carlos Martinez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings.

Starter Tim Melville (0-1) gave up seven runs in three innings.

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Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano, left, gets a high-five from manager Paul Molitor and Byung Ho Park after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2016, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

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