Cubs win home opener

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 12, 2016 06:55 PM
Cubs win home opener
Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell reacts as he watches after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of an opening baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, April 11, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-3. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Associated Press

Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan pitched 6 2/3 hitless innings before allowing a single to David Ross, but Addison Russell hit a three-run home run as Chicago roughed up Cincinnati's bullpen in a 5-3 victory Monday night in the Cubs' home opener.

Ross' single started a two-run rally, with Jason Heyward cutting the Cubs' deficit to 3-2 with a bases-loaded single off Tony Cingrani.

In the eighth, Cingrani (0-1) walked Ben Zobrist with one out and hit Jorge Soler. Russell then drove Jumbo Diaz's first pitch out to left-center, whipping the packed crowd into a frenzy and sending the Cubs to their sixth victory in seven games, matching their best start since 1998.

Jon Lester pitched six innings, allowing three runs and five hits.

In Boston, Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off new closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning and drove in five runs, carrying Baltimore to a 9-7 win over the Red Sox in David Ortiz's final home opener.

Kimbrel (0-1), the All-Star reliever acquired in an offseason trade from San Diego, entered with the score 6-6. He walked Caleb Joseph with one out and Manny Machado with two outs, then gave up Davis' home run to center on a 97 mph pitch.

The Orioles improved to 6-0 and remain the lone unbeaten team in the major leagues.

In Houston, Collin McHugh bounced back from the shortest start of his career by pitching seven scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer as Houston won its home opener over Kansas City, 8-2.

Carlos Correa had three hits and two RBIs for Houston, Jose Altuve had three hits and rookie Tyler White added a pair of hits for his fourth multi-hit game this year.

McHugh (1-1) allowed eight hits and struck out four to bounce back from his last start, in which he allowed six runs and walked two in 1/3 inning of a 16-6 loss to the Yankees.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton homered to cap a seven-run second inning against Steven Matz as Miami handed the touted rookie his first regular-season loss, 10-3.

Marcell Ozuna homered and doubled to break out of an early slump, and Adeiny Hechavarria had three RBIs from the No. 8 spot in the lineup. By the sixth inning, every Marlins starting position player had a hit and scored a run.

Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season and Nick Tropeano pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut as Los Angeles beat Oakland and ace Sonny Gray, 4-1.

Trout struck out looking twice but homered on the first pitch he saw from Gray in the sixth.

Minnesota dropped to 0-7 with a 4-1 loss in its home opener against the Chicago White Sox. It is the worst start for the franchise since the original Washington Senators lost their first 13 games in 1904, according to STATS.

In other games, Max Scherzer and the Nationals beat the visiting Atlanta Braves 6-4, Detroit's Justin Verlander allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Tigers lost 7-4 at home to the Pirates, Texas won 7-3 at Seattle, San Diego won 4-3 in Philadelphia's home opener, and St Louis breezed past Milwaukee 10-1, with Jeremy Hazelbaker going 4 for 4 with a triple, double and a sacrifice fly.

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