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Jackson pitches his fifth complete game to win for Nationals

AP, Washington

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington’s Edwin Jackson gave up only two hits in pitching his fifth career complete game, steering the Nationals to a 4-1 win over the Reds and their fifth straight win.

Jackson (1-0) struck out nine and retired 16 consecutive batters in one stretch, until issuing a walk leading off the eighth inning.

As if all of that weren’t enough, Jackson even contributed with the bat, hitting a single off Reds starter Homer Bailey (0-2).

Adam LaRoche added to his unusually strong start with a tiebreaking two-run double for Washington.

DODGERS 6, PADRES 1

In Los Angeles, Ted Lilly returned from injury for his first start of the season and pitched Los Angeles past San Diego.

Lilly (1-0), whose season was delayed because of neck stiffness, pitched seven innings, struck out four and was charged with just one unearned run.

Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers and Andre Ethier also went deep for the Dodgers, who are 8-1 — their best start since beginning their 1981 World Series championship season 9-1.

The Dodgers scored four runs in the first and two more in the second against Joe Wieland (0-1) in his major league debut.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Mets 5, Phillies 0

‧ Cardinals 5, Cubs 1

‧ Braves 2, Brewers 1

‧ Astros 5, Marlins 4

‧ Giants 4, Pirates 3

‧ Rockeies 8, Diamondbacks 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, CHICAGO

Chicago pitcher Gavin Floyd overcame control problem to throw six scoreless innings and guide the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

Floyd (1-1) walked three and hit three batters, but struck out six.

Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko all homered for the White Sox.

Tigers pitcher Adam Wilk (0-1), making first big league start, was hit in his pitching shoulder by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning. That forced him out after allowing two runs in five innings.

In other AL play, it was

‧ Rangers 6, Twins 2

‧ Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4

‧ Mariners 4, Athletics 0

‧ Angels 7, Yankees 1

‧ Red Sox 13, Rays 5

‧ Indians 11, Royals 9, 10 inns

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