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Jones homers, Wagner gets first save for Atlanta

Chipper Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the host Atlanta Braves held off the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, last night. Martin Prado hit a one-out double off John Grabow (0-1), ending a string of 15 consecutive outs by Braves batters, before Jones connected for his first homer. Peter Moylan (1-0) worked around a hit and a walk during a scoreless eighth and Billy Wagner finished for his first save with Atlanta. Alfonso Soriano singled with one out in the ninth but Wagner responded by striking out pinch-hitter Xavier Nady and Geovany Soto to end the game.

Phillies 8, Nationals 4

Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for visiting Philadelphia. Cole Hamels (1-0) labored through five innings for the Phillies and hit an RBI single off Jason Marquis (0-1) in the fourth.

Giants 10, Astros 4

Edgar Renteria tied a career high with five hits as visiting San Francisco completed a season-opening three-game sweep. Aaron Rowand had four of the Giants' 19 hits. John Bowker had a two-run homer.

Pirates 4, Dodgers 3

Ronny Cedeno singled over a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, and host Pittsburgh rode Garrett Jones' third home run in two games to the win. Jones hit a three-run homer in the first off Clayton Kershaw.

Rays 4, Orioles 3

Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs and Matt Garza allowed two runs in eight innings for host Tampa Bay. Longoria hit a two-out, two-run double in the fifth to give the Rays a 3-2 lead and added a solo homer in the eighth.

Cubs priciest ticket

The Chicago Cubs have the highest-priced tickets for regular seats in the major leagues. Tickets at Wrigley Field for non-premium sections average $52.56 this season following a 10.1 percent increase, the Team Marketing Report said in its annual study. Boston was second at $52.32 and the Yankees third at $51.83. - AP

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