Cubs On Hold For 3-2 Win; White Sox Lose
Published on April 5 2013 10:26 am
Last Updated on April 5 2013 10:26 am
Written by Millie Lange
Chicago Cubs Win Rubber Match
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Travis Wood pitched six shutout innings and Nate Schierholtz slugged a big two-run homer, as the Chicago Cubs held on for a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh in the rubber match of a three-game series at PNC Park.
Wood (1-0) surrendered just one hit, walked two and struck out four. He also singled and scored a run to help the Cubs win a season-opening series for the first time since 2009.
Starlin Castro knocked in Wood with a two-out single in the third inning and Schierholtz provided some much-needed insurance with a two-out blast in the ninth.
Chicago was clinging to a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth and Anthony Rizzo drew a walk with one out before Schierholtz drilled Mark Melancon two-out offering over the wall in centerfield.
Kansas City Picks Up First Win Of Season
(Chicago, IL) -- Jeremy Guthrie tossed six strong innings and received just enough support from Kansas City's struggling offense in a 3-1 decision over the Chicago White Sox that gave the Royals their first win of the season.
After musteirng just two runs, 12 hits and stranding 14 runners in dropping the first two tests of this season-opening series, the Royals struck three times in the top of the fifth to provide Guthrie and the bullpen a lead they didn't relinquish.
Rivera Notches First Save Since Surgery
(Bronx, NY) -- Mariano Rivera's all-time save record is a little higher. The 43-year-old closer notched his first save of the season and 609th of his career as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2 Thursday in New York. It was Rivera's first regular-season outing since major knee surgery last year. He hurt his knee shagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City in May, but elected to return this year for his 18th season.
Thursday, April 4 Scoreboard
Chicago Cubs 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
San Diego Padres 2, New York Mets 1
Washington Nationals 6, Miami Marlins 1
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Minnesota Twins 8, Detroit Tigers 2
Kansas City Royals 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Baltimore Orioles 6, Tampa Bay Rays 3
Oakland Athletics 8, Seattle Mariners 2
New York Yankees 4, Boston Red Sox 2
Toronto Blue Jays 10, Cleveland Indians 8
Cincinnati Reds 5, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4
Friday, April 5 Schedule (All Times Central)
3:10 p.m. - San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
3:35 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
6:10 p.m. - Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
6:10 p.m. - Miami Marlins at New York Mets
6:30 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
7:10 p.m. - Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers
9:10 p.m. - Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers
12:05 p.m. - New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers
1:05 p.m. - Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
2:05 p.m. - Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
6:07 p.m. - Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
6:10 p.m. - Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays
7:10 p.m. - Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
7:10 p.m. - Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox
3:05 p.m. - Kansas City Royals at Philadelphia Phillies