Nationals Sweep By Marlins
Washington — Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann worked around eight hits over six innings, Ryan Zimmerman’s three hits included a two-run double, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins, 6-1, yesterday for a season-opening three-game sweep.
Jayson Werth tacked on a three-run homer in the seventh, and Bryce Harper had another eventful day, collecting two hits, taking an elbow to the face while scoring a run, and getting thrown out trying to steal third.
The defending NL East champion Nationals outscored the Marlins 11-1 in the series. At least Miami finally got someone home, ending a 19-inning run drought in the second yesterday on Justin Ruggiano’s homer to right off Zimmermann (1-0).
Wade LeBlanc (0-1) took the loss.
Cubs 3, Pirates 2
Pittsburgh — Travis Wood allowed one hit over six innings as Chicago held off Pittsburgh.
Wood struck out four and walked two as the Cubs won a season-opening series for the first time in four years. Wood also scored the game’s first run, racing home on Starlin Castro’s single in the third inning. Nate Schierholtz smacked a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Cubs some breathing room.
Padres 2, Mets 1
New York — Jedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI, and San Diego beat the New York Mets for their first win of the season.
Eric Stults (1-0) and five relievers combined on a five-hitter and struck out 14 for the Padres, who had not led in their first two games.
Phillies 2, Braves 0
Atlanta — Cliff Lee allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored twice in the second inning to win their first game of the season.
Lee (1-0) didn’t win his first game last year until July 4, but the former Cy Young Award winner outpitched Kris Medlen (0-1) with temperatures in the low 40s and a light mist falling most of the game.
Philadelphia scored two runs in the second on Ben Revere’s fielder’s choice RBI and Chase Utley’s sacrifice fly RBI.