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Zimmerman lifts Nationals over Phillies

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.

Willie Harris hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, and Tyler Clippard (1-0) earned the victory with 1 2/3 innings of relief.

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

Jonny Gomes hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift host Cincinnati. Gomes connected on a 2-2 pitch from Jason Motte (0-1), brought into the game to face him.

Francisco Cordero (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth in relief of Bronson Arroyo, who went the first eight innings and singled home a run. Matt Holliday homered for St. Louis.

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.

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1

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

Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs and Dontrelle Willis turned in six solid innings in his first regular-season start in almost 10 months for visiting Detroit.

A's 6, Mariners 2

Brett Anderson pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Daric Barton drove in a career-high four runs and host Oakland won the four-game series.

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

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