LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2013 — Wednesday was loaded with baseball games. All 30 teams were playing, including a possible World Series preview between the Cincinnati and Anaheim.
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 0 for 7, as the Reds defeated the Angels 5-4. Aroldis Chapman picked up the win for the Reds. Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homerun off Anaheim starter C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning and Joey Votto knocked in the game winning run with a walk-off single.
The Red Sox beat the Yankees for the second time in a row 7-4. Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda left in the second inning with a bruised finger after getting hit by a ball by Shane Victorino in the first at-bat of the game. Clay Buchholz got the win, going seven innings and giving up one run with four strikeouts and two walks. Joel Hanrahan picked up his first save in a Boston uniform.
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis all homered for the Braves in a 9-2 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies. The worries about Phillies starter Roy Halladay from the spring have carried over into the regular season. The once dominant hurler was chased in the fourth inning after giving up five earned runs and two homeruns, but he did have nine strikeouts.
The Cleveland Indians beat Toronto 3-2 on a Mark Reynolds solo homerun in the 11th inning. Indians DH Michael Brantley went 4 for 5 at the plate and Ubaldo Jimenez took a no-decision, going six innings with six strikeouts and only giving up one run. Brandon Morrow also turned in a solid start, but with nothing to show for it. He went six innings with eight strikeouts and one earned run.
Oakland avoided a sweep by beating the Mariners 6-2 in Oakland. Seattle’s Michael Morse continued his torrid hitting with his third homerun of the young season. Jed Lowrie went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for Oakland. A’s pitcher Tommy Milone gave up two earned runs and struck out four in seven innings and got the win.
The Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez did it all, pitching six innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts. He also chipped in on offense with a solo shot in the fifth inning. Bryce Harper went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Kevin Slowey pitched well for the Marlins, but took the loss and Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. The Nationals won 3-0 and improved to 2-0 on the year.
Alexi Ogando struck out 10 batters without giving up a run in six and a third innings to get the win for the Texas Rangers over Houston. Jose Altuve went 2 for 4 with a double for the Astros.
The Chicago White Sox hit three homeruns off Royals starter Ervin Santana and another off reliever Luke Hochevar. Jake Peavy got the win, striking out six in six innings and giving up one run for Chicago. The White Sox defeated the Royals for the second time in a row.
San Francisco shut down the Dodgers again on Wednesday night despite Giants starter Tim Lincecum walking seven in five innings. Josh Beckett went six innings for the Dodgers, giving up five runs, three earned, including a two-run homer to Pablo Sandoval in the second inning. The Giants beat the Dodgers 5-3 and Sergio Romo picked up his second save in as many days.
Arizona’s Cliff Pennington singled in Jason Kubel for the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning as the Diamondbacks beat St. Louis 10-9 in extra innings. The Cardinals used eight pitchers and Arizona used seven. Gerardo Parra, Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado all homered for Arizona and Yadier Molina hit his first homerun of the year for the Cardinals. Both starters got shelled, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up four earned runs in four innings and Brandon McCarthy gave up six runs in five innings for Arizona.
In other MLB action yesterday, the Mets hit three homeruns to beat San Diego 8-4. Matt Joyce hit a walk-off homerun to lead the Rays over Baltimore 8-7. Kevin Correia went seven strong to help the Twins top the Tigers 3-2. Finally, Wandy Rodriguez pitched six and two-thirds scoreless innings to get the win as the Pirates blanked the Cubs 3-0.