Gonzalez pitches Nationals past Reds
Gio Gonzalez showed that he's better than his last two outings.
After giving up 12 runs in nine innings over those two starts, Gonzalez pitched a gem on Thursday night. The right-hander held Cincinnati's powerful lineup to one hit in eight innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Reds 8-1.
Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs apiece, giving Gonzalez more than enough support. The 21-game winner from last season struck out seven and walked two.
By the time Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati, Gonzalez (2-1) had a 6-0 lead.
"Gio's a guy with an All-Star track record and a guy who could have won the Cy Young last year and it's not surprising," Votto said. "I looked up his numbers on the board and he hadn't had a very good season so far and I imagine he was about due. And tonight was one of those starts for him."
Washington had lost nine of 12 and their previous six home games. Cincinnati has lost six of its seven road games.
Cubs 4, Marlins 3: Luis Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift Chicago.
Nate Schierholtz doubled and homered for Chicago, which scored the final three runs of the game.
Dodgers 3, Mets 2: Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and Los Angeles enjoyed a sharp outing from South Korean rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu.
In the American League:
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3: With Derek Jeter making his first visit to the Bronx this season, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer to lead New York.
Jeter, out until probably mid-July because of a brolen ankle, watched a no-frills New York lineup improve to 12-9. The Yankees captain said he was meeting some of his teammates for the first time.
Royals 8, Tigers 3 (10): Alex Gordon's grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for Kansas City, which rallied against the Detroit bullpen after Tigers ace Justin Verlander left with a thumb injury.
Verlander is day-to-day with what the team said was cracked skin on his throwing thumb. The right-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings and left with a 3-2 lead.
Red Sox 7, Astros 2: David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average over .500 as Boston won its eighth straight series opener.
Ortiz, who also scored three runs, is 11 for 20 (.550) with five RBIs since returning last weekend.
Rangers 2, Twins 1: Nick Tepesch pitched six strong innings for his second win while Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead Texas.
Tepesch (2-1) shut the Twins out through six before Josh Willingham homered in the seventh inning to make it 2-1.