Phillies still looking to ring up a win
Defending champs lose second in row
Jair Jurrjens and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, Kelly Johnson and Chipper Jones hit solo homers, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies, 4-0, last night in Philadelphia.
The defending World Series champions are off to an 0-2 start for the fourth straight year. They'll receive their rings before trying to avoid a three-game sweep tonight.
Jurrjens (1-0) beat a pitcher twice his age, 46-year-old Jamie Moyer. The righthander gave up four hits and walked three in 5 2/3 innings. Jeff Bennett gave up a single to the only batter he faced before Eric O'Flaherty got the next four outs. Rafael Soriano pitched the eighth and Mike Gonzalez finished.
"You always want to get off to a good start, but you can't repeat until you play 162 games," Moyer said.
Moyer (0-1), who led the Phillies with 16 wins last season, allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.
The Phillies' potent offense couldn't do much against Jurrjens or Atlanta's bullpen. Philadelphia left two runners on four times and stranded 11 in all.
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4 - Rod Barajas hit a sacrifice fly off Brandon Lyon in the ninth inning to get host Toronto past Detroit.
Scott Rolen hit a solo homer and Aaron Hill had a three-run drive for Toronto, which trailed, 3-0, after seven innings.
B.J. Ryan (1-0) got the win despite allowing a tying homer to Brandon Inge in the ninth.
Twins 6, Mariners 5 - Alexi Casilla's two-run single capped a three-run rally with two outs in the ninth, lifting host Minnesota past Seattle.
Minnesota trailed, 5-3, with two outs and nobody on in the ninth before closer Brandon Morrow (0-1) walked the bases loaded. Miguel Batista relieved and Denard Span chopped an RBI infield single to third that made it 5-4. Casilla lined the next pitch from Batista up the middle, scoring Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher.
Erik Bedard, making his first start for Seattle since July 4, allowed three runs over five innings and struck out eight.
White Sox 4, Royals 2 - Jim Thome hit a three-run homer in the eighth, rallying host Chicago past Kansas City in a season opener delayed a day because of bad weather.
Chicago trailed, 2-1, when Thome hit his 542d career home run, connecting with two outs off Royals newcomer Kyle Farnsworth. Thome's shot erased a solid outing by Kansas City's Gil Meche, who pitched seven strong innings.
Padres 4, Dodgers 2 - Heath Bell rang in the post-Trevor Hoffman era in San Diego, striking out the side in the ninth inning to save the Padres' win over visiting Los Angeles.
Bell finished a combined five-hitter, with three relievers pitching three hitless innings to preserve the win for Chris Young (1-0). Edwin Moreno escaped a jam in the seventh by getting Manny Ramírez to pop up to first base, ending the inning with two runners on.
Giants 10, Brewers 6 - Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run triple, Aaron Rowand had three RBIs, and host San Francisco overcame Tim Lincecum's struggles to beat Milwaukee in the majors' final opener.
Rowand, Bengie Molina, and Randy Winn homered for the Giants, whose 12-hit battering of Milwaukee's pitching more than made up for the shortest start of Lincecum's career. The NL Cy Young Award winner made it through just three innings, yielding three runs, four hits, and three walks.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 3 - Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and reached base five times to help St. Louis rout visiting Pittsburgh.
Pujols went 2 for 3 with two walks and also reached on an error after going 3 for 4 in Monday's season-opening 6-4 loss to the Pirates.
Chris Duncan and Yadier Molina also had two-run homers for St. Louis, which pounded out 12 hits against four Pittsburgh pitchers.
Astros 3, Cubs 2 - Jeff Keppinger's broken-bat single in the 10th off closer Kevin Gregg gave host Houston a victory over Chicago.
Hunter Pence homered and Michael Bourn had an RBI single for the Astros, who took a 2-1 lead into the eighth before Alfonso Soriano hit a long homer off LaTroy Hawkins.
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 0 - Ubaldo Jimenez threw seven sparkling innings and Troy Tulowitzki homered for the second straight game in host Colorado's win.
Manuel Corpas worked the eighth and Huston Street finished the five-hitter for his first save with the Rockies. Dan Haren was almost as good as Jimenez, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings for Arizona.
Athletics 6, Angels 4 - Jason Giambi, Jack Cust, and Ryan Sweeney had three hits apiece to lead a 16-hit attack, helping visiting Oakland get by Los Angeles.
Marlins 8, Nationals 3 - Josh Johnson pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and visiting Florida got home runs from Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla in beating former Marlin Scott Olsen in his debut with Washington.