NATIONALS 4, METS 0
NEW YORK — Stephen Strasburg outpitched Johan Santana for six innings in a marquee matchup of aces on the mend, and the Washington Nationals’ bullpen made the lead stand up for a 4-0 victory over New York on the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ first game.
Strasburg (1-0) allowed just two hits and struck out nine in helping the Nationals take the final two games of the three-game series against their division rival.
Santana (0-1) allowed five hits in five-plus innings but his wild pitch gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
REDS 4, CARDINALS 3
CINCINNATI — Joey Votto tied a career best with four hits and scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chris Heisey’s ninth-inning single, capping Cincinnati’s comeback from a three-run deficit.
Down 3-0 in the third against Jaime Garcia, the Reds tied the score in the fifth.
Aroldis Chapman (2-0) struck out five in two scoreless innings, helping the Reds avoid a three-game sweep.
BREWERS 2, CUBS 1
CHICAGO — George Kottaras hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Yovani Gallardo outdueled Ryan Dempster to lead Milwaukee to its third straight win in the four-game series.
Gallardo (1-1) allowed five hits in seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez worked around a pair of walks in the eighth, and John Axford pitched a one-hit ninth for his second save, dropping the last-place Cubs to a 1-5 start.
Dempster (0-1) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings.
RAYS 4, TIGERS 2
DETROIT — Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
Verlander (0-1) took a one-hitter into the ninth and hadn’t allowed a run all season, but he gave up one on a wild pitch. Evan Longoria then tied the game at 2 with a single to left on Verlander’s 104th and final pitch.
James Shields (1-0) allowed six hits and two runs in eight innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his third save.
BLUE JAYS 3, RED SOX 1
TORONTO — Ricky Romero outdueled Jon Lester, Yunel Escobar drove in two runs and Boston fell to 1-5.
Romero (1-0) saw his streak of 17 straight outs end when Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia drew back-to-back walks to begin the ninth. He left to a standing ovation after Adrian Gonzalez flied out to center, with both runners advancing on the play.
Sergio Santos came on to strike out Kevin Youkilis, then ended it by getting David Ortiz to ground out. The save was the first of the season for Santos, who had blown his first two chances.
WHITE SOX 10, INDIANS 6
CLEVELAND — A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs.
Chicago scored four runs in the first off Justin Masterson (0-1), but Cleveland closed to 5-4 in the fifth against John Danks (1-1) on Travis Hafner’s two-run double.
Then in sixth, Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer off Dan Wheeler and Pierzynski homered against Rafael Perez for a 10-4 lead.
Danks gave up four runs, seven hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Masterson allowed five runs — three earned — and eight hits in five innings.