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April 3: Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games.


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Red Sox 7, Yankees 4

Clay Buchholz breezed through seven innings as the Boston Red Sox won their opening two games of a season the first time since 1999 with a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

Buchholz worked efficiently, needing just 94 pitches over seven innings to get through a Yankees line-up missing injured hitters Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda lasted just 1 1/3 innings after suffering a contusion in his right middle finger trying to knock down a line drive by Shane Victorino. Kuroda threw 41 pitches and his finger required further testing.

Boston's line-up produced 13 hits and has 26 while outscoring the Yankees by a 15-3 margin in the first two games.

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Nationals 3, Marlins 0

Gio Gonzalez, who threw 91 pitches, allowed no runs and two hits in six innings along with a solo home run in the fifth to break a scoreless tie as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-0.

Gonzalez hit his homer into the left field seats in his first start of the season after winning 21 games last year. Washington pitchers have not allowed a run in the first 18 innings of the season.

The Nationals (2-0) made it 2-0 in the seventh as Danny Espinosa reached on an error and later scored on a fielder's choice.

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Twins 3, Tigers 2

Eduardo Escobar's two-run, ninth-inning double lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, whose closer-by-committee approach failed.

Trevor Plouffe drew a leadoff walk against Tigers right-hander Joaquin Benoit, who was then replaced by left-hander Phil Coke (0-1). After a flyout, Brian Dozier singled and Escobar then doubled to left-center, scoring both runners.

Detroit led 2-0 before the Twins scored a run in the seventh.

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Rangers 4, Astros 0

Following the lead of team mate Yu Darvish, Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando delivered a sensational outing, leading the Rangers to a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros.

Ogando recorded a career-best 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings after Darvish flirted with a perfect game on Tuesday.

Texas pitchers set a major league record by recording 43 strikeouts in the season-opening series, eclipsing the mark set by the 1966 Cleveland Indians.

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White Sox 5, Royals 2

The Chicago White Sox got another good start on the mound against the Kansas City Royals, this time from Jake Peavy, and launched four home runs to win 5-2.

Peavy went six strong innings, allowing two runs.

Adam Dunn also hit his first homer of the year in the second inning, and Dayan Viciedo gave Chicago a three-run lead in the fourth with a two-run home run off Royals starter Ervin Santana.

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Reds 5, Angels 4

First baseman Joey Votto's single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home Shin-Soo Choo with the winning run lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Angels.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a three-run home run to put Cincinnati ahead early, but the Angels fought back with homers from Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo.

Josh Hamilton went hitless again, making him 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in his first two games in an Angels uniform.

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Pirates 3, Cubs 0

On an evening when the game temperature was 35 degrees Celsius and the wind was blowing out to center field at 17 mph, the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez cooled the Chicago Cubs' bats as he combined with two relievers on a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory.

Rodriguez (1-0) allowed both hits, struck out six and walked one.

The Pirates opened the scoring with a two-run fourth inning off Edwin Jackson, who was making his Cubs' debut after signing a four-year, $52-million contract as a free agent in the offseason. Jackson pitched five innings and allowed two runs.

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Indians 3, Blue Jays 2 (11 innings)

Mark Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first home run of the season, giving the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays forced extra innings on Jose Bautista's ninth-inning home run.

Blue Jays third baseman Maicer Izturis, who homered in the third inning to tie the game, committed a throwing error in the eighth inning that put Cleveland in the lead 2-1.

Michael Brantley had four singles for the Indians.

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Braves 9, Phillies 2

Justin Upton hit his second homer in as many games and Evan Gattis went deep in his major league debut, pacing the Atlanta Braves to a 9-2 victory over Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Upton, acquired in winter trade from Arizona, hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Gattis hit a leadoff home run in the fourth.

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Mets 8, Padres 4

Matt Harvey threw seven masterful innings of one-hit ball and Lucas Duda, John Buck and Ike Davis all hit two-run homers as the New York Mets routed the San Diego Padres 8-4.

The Mets have out-scored the Padres 19-6 in improving to 2-0 for the second straight year.

Harvey struck out 10 and was in complete command of the Padres from the start.

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Rays 8, Orioles 7

Matt Joyce's lead-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Tampa Bay Rays an 8-7 comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Rays survived another big night from Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who tied a career-high with four hits, including his second home run of the season and two doubles.

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Diamondbacks 10, Cardinals 9 (16 innings)

Cliff Pennington singled home Jason Kubel from second base with one out in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the longest game by time in Chase Field history game.

Kubel walked to open the 16th against Fernando Salas (0-1) and was sacrificed to second base by pitcher Ian Kennedy, who was batting for reliever Josh Collmenter. Pennington followed with his third straight single.

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Giants 5, Dodgers 3

Neither the Giants' Tim Lincecum nor the Los Angeles Dodgers' Josh Beckett looked dominating, but Lincecum was good enough to help the Giants beat the Dodgers 5-3.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner left after five innings, allowing three hits and two runs, one of which was earned.

With the win, the Giants took the opening series of the season against their heated rivals as they won two of three games.

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A's 6, Mariners 2

The Oakland A's finally discovered their offense in a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Three newcomers -- Jed Lowrie, Chris Young and Nate Freiman -- drove in five of the A's six runs as Oakland notched its first victory of 2013 after two losses to open the season.

The six runs were plenty for left-hander Tommy Milone (1-0), who gave up two home runs in the first but blanked the Mariners over the next six innings to get the victory.

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Rockies 7, Brewers 3

Juan Nicasio allowed just two runs on seven hits in six innings of work and Wilin Rosario hit his first home run of the season as the Rockies beat the Brewers, 7-3.

Rickie Weeks finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two runs scored while Ryan Braun went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double and three RBI for Milwaukee, which dropped its second straight.

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