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Braves steamroller Marlins in 12-2 win

FIRST WINS:The Texas Rangers’ Jeff Banister and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chip Hale on Tuesday earned their first victories as Major League Baseball managers


The Atlanta Braves scored seven runs in the first inning off Mat Latos and beat the Miami Marlins for the second day in a row to start the season 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Latos (0-1), acquired in the offseason, lasted only two-thirds of an inning in the shortest outing of his career. He was booed as he left the game, his first for his hometown team, and departed with an ERA of 94.50.

Freddie Freeman, Christian Bethancourt and Chris Johnson hit RBI doubles in the first.

Alex Wood (1-0) allowed two runs in five innings, and three relievers completed a five-hitter.


In St Petersburg, Florida, Adam Jones hit a two-run double during a four-run first inning off Nathan Karns (0-1), who gave up six runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Steve Pearce homered for the second straight game, a two-run drive that made it 6-0 in the second.

Baltimore’s Chris Davis went zero for three and was hit by a ball in his return after a 25-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test.

Kevin Gausman (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings, and Zach Britton struck out three straight batters for his first save.


In Seattle, C.J. Wilson allowed two hits over eight innings and David Freese provided all the offense with a two-run homer in Los Angeles’ win over Seattle.

Wilson (1-0) wriggled out of a second-inning jam, retiring the final 17 batters he faced. The left-hander allowed three baserunners and needed only two strikeouts to shut down the Mariners.

Albert Pujols doubled with one out in the fourth, the first hit off Seattle starter James Paxton (0-1), and Freese followed with a shot to right-center that barely cleared the fence.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his first save.


In Los Angeles, Wil Myers keyed a four-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking single that sent San Diego to a rain-delayed victory over Los Angeles.

Clint Barmes led off the ninth against Chris Hatcher (0-1) with a single. Barmes went to third when catcher Yasmani Grandal overran a sacrifice bunt to the right of the plate by pinch hitter Cory Spangenberg that had a lot of backspin on it, and hit him in the back with his throw to first.

Myers grounded the next pitch to right field to put the Padres ahead. Derek Norris followed with a two-run double, and Will Middlebrooks capped the rally with an RBI single.

Joaquin Benoit (1-0) got the victory, despite giving up the tying run on an eighth-inning homer by Adrian Gonzalez — his second in two days. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth in his Padres debut.


In Oakland, California, a healthy Prince Fielder hit a pair of run-scoring singles to help Jeff Banister earn his first victory as a major league manager, and Texas bounced back to beat Oakland.

Colby Lewis (1-0) shut down his former club over six sharp innings in his season debut.

The Rangers were shut out on opening night when Sonny Gray took a no-hit bid into the eighth for the Athletics.

Texas snapped a scoreless streak of 21 regular-season innings when Fielder punched a single to shallow center in the third. Fielder also had an RBI single in the fifth, and the Rangers got another run on an error by right fielder Craig Gentry.

Keone Kela escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh in his big league debut. Neftali Feliz closed for his first save.

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