SAN FRANCISCO – Barry Zito pitched another gem against the St. Louis Cardinals, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 victory in their home opener Friday.
The Giants celebrated their latest World Series title throughout the day. Of course, it was Zito who saved San Francisco’s season by beating the Cardinals, 5-0, last fall in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
This time, Zito outdueled Jake Westbrook (0-1) in his season debut.
Reds 15, Nationals 0: At Cincinnati, Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit two of Cincinnati’s six home runs, including a grand slam by pinch-hitter Xavier Paul, as the Reds sent Washington to its first loss of the season.
Marlins 7, Mets 5: At New York, Alex Sanabia won for the first time in more than two years and Miami gave Mike Redmond his first victory as a major league manager by beating New York.
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 1: At Milwaukeee, Wade Miley and Kyle Lohse were locked in a pitching duel through six innings before Arizona spoiled Lohse’s debut with Milwaukee by scoring two runs on a wild pitch from reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh.
Rockies 5, Padres 2: At Denver, Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler homered to back Jeff Francis as Colorado beat San Diego in a festive home opener at Coors Field.
Rangers 3, Angels 2: At Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning, and Texas gave its fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles.
Tigers 8, Yankees 3: At Detroit, Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning and added a soaring, two-run shot in the seventh to lift Detroit over New York in the Comerica Park opener.
Orioles 9, Twins 5: At Baltimore, Chris Davis extended his torrid start with a grand slam and five RBIs, and Baltimore used a five-run eighth inning to beat Minnesota in its home opener.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4: At Toronto, Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Boston beat the Blue Jays in pitcher John Farrell’s return to Toronto.
Athletics 8, Astros 3: At Houston, Coco Crisp hit a leadoff homer and added two doubles in Oakland’s big fifth inning, and the Athletics got a win over Houston.
Royals 13, Phillies 4: At Philadelphia, Alex Gordon and Chris Getz each hit a bases-loaded triple, and Kansas City rallied to spoil Philadelphia’s home opener.