Sat, Apr 06, 2013 - Page 20 News List

Yankees enjoy first victory of season

HANDY ANDY:Andy Pettitte tossed eight sharp innings before star Mariano Rivera entered to a standing ovation after having missed most of last year because of injury


Eric Stults (1-0) and five relievers combined on a five-hitter and struck out 14 for the Padres, who had not led in their first two games.

Mets starter Dillon Gee (0-1) was nearly as sharp, opening with a walk and then retiring 10 in a row. He gave up three hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Washington Nationals completed a season-opening sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 6-1 win at home.

Jordan Zimmermann worked around eight hits over six innings and Ryan Zimmerman had three hits, including a two-run double, for the Nationals. Jayson Werth tacked on a three-run homer in the seventh.

Miami finally ended a 19-inning run drought in the second inning on Justin Ruggiano’s homer to right off Zimmermann (1-0).

In Atlanta, Cliff Lee allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Braves 2-0 in their first game of the season.

Lee (1-0) didn’t win his first game last year until July 4, but the former Cy Young Award winner outpitched Kris Medlen (0-1) in chilly temperatures.

In an interleague game, Choo Shin-soo homered on Joe Blanton’s first pitch of the game as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4.

Chris Heisey scored a two-run shot and Todd Frazier also had a solo homer off Blanton (0-1), who gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.

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