Tatis, Padres spoil Cardinals’ home opener
Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. and pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe homered as the San Diego Padres overcame another home run by Paul Goldschmidt and beat St. Louis 5-3 Friday in the Cardinals’ home opener. Goldschmidt drew a standing ovation in his first at-bat at Busch Stadium since being traded to St. Louis. He hit his fifth home run in seven games this season, connecting in the eighth inning off Trey Wingenter.
White Sox 10, Mariners 8: Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning and the White Sox won a wild home opener. A day after their home opener was postponed because of inclement weather, the White Sox ended Seattle’s four-game winning streak. The Mariners had been off to a franchisebest 7-1 start.
Indians 3, Blue Jays 2: Carlos Santana homered with one out in the ninth inning and made a familiar trot around the bases, leading the host Indians over the Blue Jays in a game that featured little hitting and 24 combined strikeouts. Rays 5, Giants 2: Yandy Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning and Tampa Bay spoiled the Giants’ home opener for the best start in Rays’ franchise history. The Rays (6-2) got four straight two-out hits in the first against Dereck Rodriguez (1-1). Dodgers 10, Rockies 6: Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Russell Martin homered as the Dodgers kept up their longball barrage, beating Colorado in the Rockies’ home opener. After hitting a franchise-record 235 home runs last year, the NL champion Dodgers have connected a whopping 21 times in only eight games this season.
Pirates 2, Reds 0: Joe Musgrove allowed three hits in seven efficient innings to outduel Sonny Gray and the host Pirates handed the Reds their third straight shutout. Musgrove (1-0) struck out eight and walked one in his first start as Pittsburgh sent Cincinnati its sixth los in a row. Braves 4, Marlins 0: Kevin Gausman allowed only two hits in seven innings, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Tyler Flowers homered and the host Braves beat the Marlins. The Braves escaped a basesloaded jam in the ninth and won their fourth in a row.
Orioles: Seeking to boost a thin starting rotation, the Orioles agreed to a $575,000, one-year contact with Dan Straily. The 30-year-old righthander would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded. Rangers: The Rangers put pitcher Edinson Volquez on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained right elbow. The Rangers made the move before Friday’s game against the Angels and called up pitcher Kyle Bird from Triple-A Nashville. Volquez missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. Diamondbacks: Infielder Jake Lamb is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after straining his left quadriceps while running out a double this week. Lamb pulled up short at second base in the ninth inning of a loss at San Diego on Wednesday.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and the Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. watch Tatis' two-run home run during the seventh inning Friday in St. Louis.