MLB roundup: Cardinals beat Scherzer, Nationals

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[March 23, 2017]  The Sports Xchange

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, back from an issue with a knuckle on his ring finger, made his first Grapefruit League outing of the spring and took the loss Wednesday in a 6-1 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals at Jupiter, Fla.

Scherzer allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Carpenter drove in four runs for St. Louis and right-hander Carlos Martinez tossed five innings of three-hit shutout ball.

Yankees 7, Phillies 3

Greg Bird drilled two homers to raise his spring total to six and drove in five runs as New York defeated Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla. Masahiro Tanaka pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball to improve to 3-0 for the Yankees.

Reds 5, Cubs 2 (five innings)

Adam Duvall slugged a two-run homer to spark a five-run fourth inning as Cincinnati beat Chicago in a rain-shortened game at Goodyear, Ariz. Scott Feldman allowed two runs and three hits while pitching all five innings for the Reds. Kyle Schwarber slammed a two-run homer in the fifth for the Cubs' runs.

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4

Toronto's Shane Opitz smacked a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Toronto past Detroit at Dunedin, Fla. Dominic Ficociello hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to give Detroit a 4-2 lead.

Marlins 15, Mets 9

Tyler Moore homered twice and drove in four runs as Miami outlasted New York in a slugfest at Port St. Lucie, Fla. J.T. Realmuto had three hits and Matt den Dekker drove in three runs for the Marlins while Curtis Granderson had two homers and five RBIs for the Mets.

Astros 8, Twins 4

Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer and George Springer smashed his first homer of the spring as Houston knocked off Minnesota at West Palm Beach, Fla. Twins starter Phil Hughes was roughed up for six runs (five earned) and nine hits in two innings.

Orioles 7, Rays 4

Chance Frisco slammed a three-run tiebreaking blast in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Baltimore over Tampa Bay at Sarasota, Fla. Pedro Alvarez had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Orioles while Colby Rasmus clubbed a two-run homer for the Rays.

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Giants 6, Brewers 4

Jae-Gyun Hwang hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and Denard Span belted a two-run shot in the third as San Francisco knocked off Milwaukee at Phoenix. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer off Giants starter Matt Cain, who allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Rangers 7, Angels (ss) 4

Delino DeShields stole two bases in Texas' three-run first inning to improve to 9-for-9 in the spring and James Loney capped the uprising with a two-run double as Texas prevailed over Los Angeles at Tempe, Ariz. Mike Trout hammered his first homer of the spring and scored twice for the Angels.

Angels (ss) 9, Mariners 8

Ben Revere went 3-for-3 with a walk and his first homer of the spring to pace Los Angeles, which built a 7-0 lead at Peoria, Ariz., before holding off Seattle's rally. Jean Segura belted a two-run homer for the Mariners, who scored all their runs in the sixth through eighth innings.

Royals 6, Padres 2

Cheslor Cuthbert homered and had three RBIs in Kansas City's win at Surprise, Ariz., including a two-run double in the first inning off San Diego's Jered Weaver. Weaver lasted only two-thirds of an inning and allowed four runs and three hits, pushing his spring ERA to 10.13.

Athletics 5, White Sox 3

Stephen Vogt delivered a two-run double in the first inning and Matt Joyce had a two-run single in the second as Oakland defeated Chicago at Glendale, Ariz. Yolmer Sanchez homered and Melky Cabrera doubled and had two RBIs for the White Sox.

Rockies 10, Indians 2

Kyle Freeland allowed one run in five innings and delivered a two-run single and Colorado rocked Cleveland starter Danny Salazar for seven runs in five innings during an easy victory at Scottsdale, Ariz. Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story each went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Rockies.

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