Pirates, Braves win again as good starts continue

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 14-3 on Friday to bring their record to 6-1 in the young season, marking their best start since 1976.

The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, are at 5-2 - their best record since 2015 - after dropping the Colorado Rockies 8-3, claiming their third win in a row after a snow delay.

"Guys can start believing in themselves," Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters after the game. "We didn't know coming in what to expect. It's a short sample right now. But guys should feel good about the way they're playing because they're playing the game and having fun doing it."

The Pirates got a 4-for-5 night, with two doubles and three RBIs from Colin Moran, who the team acquired from the Houston Astros in the trade for Gerrit Cole. After going 0 for 6 in the season opener, the former No. 5 overall pick by the Miami Marlins is 7 for his last 16.

 

MARTIN STARS AS BLUE JAYS PREVAIL

Russell Martin went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers.

The Astros went down 4-1 to the San Diego Padres, though, with third baseman Alex Bregman 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. 

 

BREWERS EDGE CUBS, KANSAS CITY STRUGGLES RETURN

Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

While a 0-for-3 game for Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler is far from terrible, a 0 for 11 start to the season is certainly not ideal. The Cleveland Indians beat the Royals 3-2.

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter (on Friday, at least) Shohei Ohtani belted a 449-foot home run, marking the third straight game in which he has gone deep, as his side beat the Oakland Athletics 13-9.

 

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

Pittsburgh Pirates 14-3 Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies 3-8 Atlanta Braves
Texas Rangers 5-8 Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Angels 13-9 Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros 1-4 San Diego Padres
Cleveland Indians 3-2 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Chicago Cubs
New York Yankees 3-7 Baltimore Orioles

 

TIGERS AT WHITE SOX

This one is watchable for two reasons: for one, the pitching match-up between Michael Fulmer (0-1, 1.13 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.50 ERA) features two young, right-handed fireballers who have the potential to be two of the best starters in the league for years to come.

Two, the White Sox have been surprisingly good at the plate as they are third in MLB in batting average and seventh in runs. Fulmer will have his hands full.

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