Cubs Pound Pirates in Wrigley Opener
– Kyle Schwarber belted a two-run homer and the Cubs’ relievers tossed four-hit ball over seven innings of a 10-0 pounding of Pittsburgh. The Chicago bullpen had an 8.37 ERA this season before Brad Brach , Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop combined for seven innings of four-hit ball after Jon Lester was removed due to tightness in his left hamstring. The Pirates had won four in a row before committing four errors, three by shortstop Kevin Newman.
Angels Slow Down Brewers
– Mike Trout made a leaping catch to steal a potential homer from Christian Yelich in the Angels’ fourth straight victory, 5-2 over the Brewers. Tommy La Stella and Justin Bour each hit a two-run homer and Andrelton Simmons also went deep as Los Angeles handed Milwaukee its second loss in three games since a 7-1 start. Trevor Cahill pitched six innings of five-hit ball in his home debut for the Angels.
Cardinals Stop Streaking Dodgers
– The Dodgers’ five-game winning streak is over after Marcell Ozuna homered and the Cardinals scored twice in the seventh to beat Los Angeles, 4-3. St. Louis trailed 3-2 in the seventh until Jose Martinez hit an RBI single and Paul Goldschmidt scored on a wild pitch. The Dodgers failed to homer for the first time this season after slamming 24 in their first 10 games.
Snell and Rays Shutdown Whitesoxs
– Blake Snell allowed a run and six hits while striking out 11 over six innings of the Rays’ 5-1 victory over the White Sox in Chicago. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has fanned 24 batters over his last two starts, yielding one run and six hits over 13 innings. Avisail Garcia had two hits and an RBI to help Tampa Bay improve to 8-3, its best start since 2010.