Ryan Zimmerman drove in the tiebreaking run off new Philadelphia reliever and former Met Nelson Figueroa with a blooper to shallow right that landed inches fair, and the Washington Nationals edged the Phillies 6-5 yesterday to avoid a season-opening three-game sweep.
Matt Capps worked around Chase Utley's leadoff double in the ninth for his first save with Washington. Figueroa (0-1), added to the roster yesterday after being waived by the Mets, walked pinch-hitter Alberto Gonzalez to begin the seventh. Two outs later, Zimmerman lobbed a ball barely beyond the reach of sliding rightfielder Jayson Werth.
Reds 2, Cardinals 1
Dodgers 10, Pirates 2
Ronnie Belliard homered among three extra base hits and drove in four runs, and visiting Los Angeles avoided being swept in a three-game series by Pittsburgh for the first time in 10 years. LA played without Andre Ethier (left ankle) and Manny Ramirez (day off), but still got 16 hits.
Vernon Wells hit his fourth homer in three games and visiting Toronto rallied for three runs in the ninth against Texas closer Frank Francisco. Wells, a native of Arlington, became the first Blue Jays player to homer in each of the first three games of the season.
Vladimir Guerrero went 3-for-4 for Texas, making him 7 for 11 (.636) this season. Earlier yesterday, the Rangers placed No. 1 catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the 15-day disabled list because of left upper back stiffness.
Tigers 7, Royals 3
A's 6, Mariners 2
Gallardo gets 5-year deal
Pitcher Yovani Gallardo, 24, and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a $30.1 million, five-year contract, a deal that could be worth $42.5 million over six seasons. The agreement covers the righthanders arbitration-eligible years and the first season after he would have become eligible for free agency.- AP