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
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