Gon­za­lez the first to slam 5 homers in first 3 games

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Los An­ge­les Dodgers slug­ger Adrian Gon­za­lez hit three home runs, be­com­ing the first player in ma­jor league his­tory with five homers in the sea­son’s first three games, as the hosts beat San Diego 7-4 on Wed­nes­day to win their open­ing se­ries.

Among other re­sults, the Chicago Cubs beat St. Louis due to a pow­er­ful per­for­mance by pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta, and Detroit shut out Min­nesota for the sec­ond straight game to pro­duce a lop­sided re­sult.

Gon­za­lez had a four-hit game to go with con­sec­u­tive three-hit games on Mon­day and Tues­day, be­com­ing the first Na­tional League player to do so for 52 years.

He home­red in four con­sec­u­tive at-bats over Tues­day and Wed­nes­day’s games be­fore an RBI sin­gle in the sixth.

The Dodgers ral­lied from a 2-0 deficit in the first in­ning.

Cubs’ starter Jake Ar­ri­eta pitched seven score­less innings to set up a 2-0 win against St. Louis.

Chicago won de­spite only hav­ing two hits for the game, chiefly due to Ar­ri­eta, who struck out seven bat­ters. Four re­liev­ers com­bined over the fi­nal two innings to pro­duce the shutout.

Car­di­nals starter Lance Lynn was the un­lucky loser, hav­ing struck out nine and given up only two hits in six-plus innings.

Detroit starter Ani­bal Sanchez closed down Min­nesota and the Tigers bat­ters thrived in an 11-0 rout of the Twins.

Sanchez pitched 6 2-3 score­less innings while strik­ing out six.

Jose Igle­sias had four hits, Alex Avila scored four runs and Ian Kinsler drove in four runs for the Tigers.

Los An­ge­les’ Al­bert Pu­jols hit his 521st home run to move into 18th on base­ball’s ca­reer list and help the An­gels beat Seat­tle 5-3.

Pu­jols’ two-run shot tied him with Hall of Famers Ted Wil­liams, Wil­lie McCovey and Frank Thomas.

An­gels’ starter Matt Shoe­maker took the win, giv­ing up all three runs in two hits: a solo home run in the third and two-run shot in the sixth.

At­lanta com­pleted a three-game road sweep at Miami with a 2-0 victory over the Mar­lins.

Shelby Miller made his first start with the Braves and went five score­less innings to lay the foun­da­tion for the victory.

The 38-year-old A.J. Pierzyn­ski, play­ing in his first game with his new­est team, broke a score­less tie in the sev­enth in­ning with a tworun homer.

Philadel­phia’s Jeff Fran­coeur hit a three-run homer and that was enough for the Phillies to beat Bos­ton 4-2.

Fran­coeur went deep for the first time in two years for Philadel­phia’s first runs this sea­son.

Phillies starter Aaron Harang struck out eight in 6 1-3 score­less innings in an im­pres­sive first out­ing for his new team.

Bos­ton’s Rick Por­cello made his Red Sox de­but af­ter sign­ing an US$82.5 mil­lion, four-year con­tract, and al­lowed three runs in six innings.

New York ral­lied with three runs in the eighth in­ning to beat Toronto 4-3, with Chase Headley hit­ting the tiebreak­ing sin­gle for the Yan­kees af­ter the ball de­flected off the pitcher’s wrist.

Chris Young opened the eighth with a bloop dou­ble. Af­ter a Ja­coby Ellsbury sin­gle, Brett Gard­ner was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Young scored on a wild pitch by Blue Jays re­liever Brett Ce­cil, who forced in the ty­ing run when he hit Brian McCann. Headley then hit a one-hop­per that bounced off Ce­cil’s wrist and past short­stop for the go-ahead run.

The crowd of 31,020 was New York’s small­est for a home game in 11 years.

Wash­ing­ton pitcher Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann be­gan his sea­son with the same kind of show­ing he ended 2014, and steered the Na­tion­als to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets.

Zim­mer­mann, who threw a no­hit­ter to close the 2014 regular sea­son, did not quite match that ef­fort but al­lowed just one run in six innings.

Name­sake Ryan Zim­mer­man hit a two-run homer in the first and that was enough for the Na­tion­als, as closer Drew Storen pro­duced a 1-2-3 ninth in­ning to end it.

Tampa Bay coaxed four con­sec­u­tive walks with two outs to score the go-ahead run and beat Bal­ti­more 2-0.

Cleve­land’s Car­los Car­rasco struck out 10 in 6 1-3 score­less innings to lead the In­di­ans to a 2-0 victory over Hous­ton.

Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth in­ning for his third hit of the game, pow­er­ing the Roy­als to a 7-5 win against the Chicago White Sox.

Colorado’s Wilin Rosario home­red in the 10th in­ning af­ter be­ing a late scratch­ing from the start­ing lineup, giv­ing the Rock­ies a 5-4 win against Mil­wau­kee.

Oak­land’s Scott Kazmir struck out 10 bat­ters as the Ath­let­ics thrashed Texas 10-0.

San Fran­cisco’s Chris He­ston pitched six ef­fec­tive innings for his first big league win as the Gi­ants beat Ari­zona 5-2.

Cincin­nati’s Joey Votto sin­gled home the win­ning run in the 11th in­ning, send­ing the Reds to a 5-4 victory over Pitts­burgh in a fourhour game that started af­ter a long rain de­lay.

AFP

Adrian Gon­za­lez #23 of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers stands with his 2014 Sil­ver Slug­ger and Gold Gove awards af­ter a pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the game with the San Diego Padres at Dodger Sta­dium in Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day, April 8.

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