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Around the Major leagues

2013-04-09T00:00:00Z Around the Major leaguesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

National League

• Reds 13, Cardinals 4: In St. Louis Brandon Phillips kick-started a nine-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking bloop double and Shin-Soo Choo made amends for two botched fly balls with a three-run double, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener Monday. The defending NL Central champions Cardinals held a tribute for Stan Musial before the game.

• Brewers 7, Cubs 4: In Chicago, Marco Estrada pitched seven effective innings and doubled home a run, helping the Milwaukee Brewers stop a five-game slide in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field. Estrada allowed two runs and five hits while bouncing back from a lackluster season debut against Colorado.

• Mets 7, Phillies 2: In Philadelphia, Matt Harvey threw seven impressive innings, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets roughed up two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay.

Harvey (2-0) followed up a dominant first start with another sharp outing. He gave up one run, three hits and struck out nine. Halladay (0-2) allowed seven runs and six hits in four-plus innings.

• Braves 2, Marlins 0: In Miami, Justin Upton went 4 for 4, including his sixth home run, and Paul Maholm allowed one hit in seven sharp innings to help the Atlanta Braves spoil the Miami Marlins' home opener.

The Braves earned their fourth consecutive victory and improved to 6-1, their best start since 2007. The Marlins lost their third game in a row and fell to 1-6, their worst start since 2006.

• Giants 4, Rockies 2: In San Francisco, Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first inning that held up, Buster Posey added a late RBI single and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Colorado Rockies' five-game winning streak.

American League

• Yankees 11, Indians 6: In Cleveland, Travis Hafner came home and helped the Yankees wreck Cleveland's opener. Hafner drove in four runs and Robinson Cano homered twice as injury-riddled New York ruined the Indians' first home game under manager Terry Francona, a former Wildcat. Hafner hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1) and added an RBI single in the third.

• Red Sox 3, Orioles 1: In Boston, Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener. Nava broke open a scoreless duel between Buchholz (2-0) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) in the seventh inning with his second homer in two days.

• Royals 3, Twins 1: In Kansas City, Mo., Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run and the Royals rallied to beat Minnesota in their home opener. Santana (1-1), acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, gave up a run and eight singles. He struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter. Santana allowed only four hits after the first inning.

• Rangers 5, Rays 4: In Arlington, Texas, A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs off birthday boy Jeremy Hellickson and the Texas Rangers held on in their series opener.

• Mariners 3, Astros 0: In Seattle, Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Joe Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 6 1/3 shutout innings, and the Mariners debuted the new look of Safeco Field with a win over the Houston Astros.

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