SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Zito pitched another gem against the St. Louis Cardinals, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 victory in their home opener Friday.
The Giants celebrated their latest World Series title throughout the day. Of course, it was Zito who saved San Francisco’s season by beating the Cardinals 5-0 last fall in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
This time, Zito outdueled Jake Westbrook (0-1) in his season debut. The lefty also had a key sacrifice bunt that led to San Francisco’s run in the fourth, when Angel Pagan drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Giants won their 15th straight game with Zito on the mound, including the postseason. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 2 against the New York Mets.
Zito (1-0) blanked the Cardinals on three hits through the seventh. San Francisco’s starters have gone 26 innings without allowing an earned run so far.
Jeremy Affeldt pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Sergio Romo closed out the three-hitter with a clean ninth for his third save.
Fresh off San Francisco’s second title in three years, manager Bruce Bochy carried the World Series trophy out from an entrance in center field as the first Giant announced to the sellout crowd of 41,581.
DODGERS 3, PIRATES 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning of his splendid Dodgers debut against Pittsburgh.
Andre Ethier homered and Los Angeles got consecutive RBI doubles from Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez. Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year contract to join the Dodgers during the offseason, struck out six and did not walk a batter in 6 1-3 innings.
Greinke (1-0) was on a limited pitch count after throwing only 13 innings during spring training, but he made his 92 pitches count. He yielded just a two-out single to Garrett Jones in the second inning and a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
Offensively for the Dodgers, Ethier hit his first home run of the season, Kemp got his first hit (his RBI double) and Gonzalez had his first RBI. All three hits came against Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez (0-1).
Brandon League worked the ninth for his first save, completing the two-hitter.
REDS 15, NATIONALS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit two of Cincinnati’s six home runs, including a grand slam by pinch-hitter Xavier Paul, as the Reds sent Washington to its first loss of the season.
It was the Nationals’ most lopsided loss since baseball returned to Washington in 2005, topping a 15-1 defeat to Detroit on June 19, 2007, according to STATS. Washington had been the last major league team without a loss this season.
Dan Haren (0-1) had a rough time in his Nationals debut, giving up four homers and six runs in four innings.
Homer Bailey (1-0) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. The right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in his last 19 regular-season innings, a streak that includes his no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.
BRAVES 4, CUBS 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help Atlanta beat Chicago.
Juan Francisco had a two-run single and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.
Eric O’Flaherty got two outs in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel threw eight pitches in a perfect ninth for his second save.
Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base. Feldman gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.
Upton also had a sacrifice fly.
MARLINS 7, METS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Sanabia won for the first time in more than two years and Miami gave Mike Redmond his first victory as a major league manager by beating New York.
The Marlins began the day 0-3 and were the only team in the majors without a win.
Sanabia (1-0) had been absent from the majors since late in the 2011 season. He pitched six shutout innings, working around six hits, three walks and a hit batter.
Miami took advantage of shortstop Ruben Tejada’s error to score five runs in the seventh for a 6-0 lead. The Mets rallied and brought the potential tying run to the plate a couple of times, but couldn’t catch the Marlins.
Greg Dobbs’ homer off Jeremy Hefner (0-1) leading off the second gave the Marlins their first lead of the season — and only their second run overall. Miami was 1 for 20 with runners in scoring position before Placido Polanco’s two-run single in the seventh.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wade Miley and Kyle Lohse were locked in a pitching duel through six innings before Arizona spoiled Lohse’s debut with Milwaukee by scoring two runs on a wild pitch from reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh.
Lohse allowed five hits and struck out six. Miley (1-0) gave up five hits and struck out eight, one shy of his career high.
The Diamondbacks went ahead on a hit, three walks, a sacrifice bunt and Gonzalez’s errant pitch.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his first save.
Burke Badenhop (0-1) took the loss.
ROCKIES 5, PADRES 2
DENVER (AP) — Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler homered to back Jeff Francis as Colorado beat San Diego in a festive home opener at Coors Field.
Francis (1-0) scattered five hits over six sharp innings. The soft-throwing lefty nearly became the first Rockies starter to eclipse the 100-pitch mark in 106 games, but was pulled after striking out Nick Hundley on his 97th offering to finish the sixth.
Rafael Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Troy Tulowitzki broke a tie with a two-run double in the third.
Jason Marquis (0-1) was cruising along early before a costly error by shortstop Everth Cabrera paved the way to a three-run third for the Rockies. Marquis lasted six innings and gave up five runs, two earned.
ROYALS 13, PHILLIES 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alex Gordon and Chris Getz each hit a bases-loaded triple, and Kansas City rallied to spoil Philadelphia’s home opener.
The interleague matchup was a rare one between teams that first met in the 1980 World Series — the Royals’ only other visit to Philadelphia came in 2004.
After getting a total of 17 hits in their first three games against the Chicago White Sox, the Royals had 19 against the Phillies. Eric Hosmer was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, and the Royals overcame a 4-0 deficit to surge past Kyle Kendrick (0-1) and the Phillies
Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz hit solo homers for the Phillies, who are off to a 1-3 start.
Bruce Chen (1-0) struck out two in a perfect fifth in relief of Wade Davis to earn the win. Davis allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings in his first start for Kansas City.
Four Royals relievers combined to toss five hitless innings.
Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and George Brett, rivals when the Phillies beat the Royals to win their first championship 33 years ago, threw out the first pitches.