Nationals, Cubs keep winning
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs continued their impressive starts to the MLB season on Saturday.
Max Scherzer pitched seven innings and Bryce Harper homered as the Nationals made it seven straight wins, crushing the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1.
Jake Arrieta pitched eight shutout innings to see the Cubs claim a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies as they improved to 9-2.
Johnny Cueto got his third win of the season as the San Francisco Giants edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3.
The Detroit Tigers edged the Houston Astros 5-3 and the Texas Rangers scored six times in the seventh to overcome the Baltimore Orioles 8-4.
The Oakland Athletics upset the Kansas City Royals 5-3, the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the St Louis Cardinals 9-8 and the Minnesota Twins had a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
A three-run fifth inning saw the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 3-2, while David Price claimed a win over his former team as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
The Tampa Bay Rays claimed a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians got past the New York Mets 7-5.
The Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 and Nick Markakis' three RBIs helped the Atlanta Braves claim a 6-4 win over the Miami Marlins.
In the day's last match, the San Diego Padres needed 14 innings to get past the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.
HARPER, SCHERZER LEAD NATIONALS
Harper and Scherzer helped the Nationals beat the Phillies. Just two days after swatting his 100th home run, Harper went two-for-three with a home run and three RBIs. Scherzer kept Philadelphia at bay by tossing seven innings of one-run baseball. He struck out seven and gave up just five hits.
GONZALEZ GOES CRASHING
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is batting with a .400 average this season and making big plays in right field.
ARRIETA STAYS STRONG
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Arrieta has now gone 48.2 consecutive scoreless innings pitched at home, which is the longest such streak since Ray Herbert (White Sox) completed 54 scoreless home innings between 1962 and 1963. Arrieta tossed eight scoreless innings in the win over the Rockies.
BLUE JAYS LOOK FOR RESPONSE, TIGERS AT ASTROS
Toronto are off to a disappointing start, but 23-year-old Aaron Sanchez (0-0, 1.38 ERA) is on the mound on Sunday after two impressive outings already this season. Boston will send Steven Wright (0-1, 1.35 ERA) to the mound.
The Tigers are somehow third in the American League Central despite having the AL's fourth-best record. Miguel Cabrera got things going on Saturday and Nick Castellanos continues to impress. The Astros need to wake up because they will not want to fall too many games back in the tough AL West.