Braves swat Nats, 8-1
Tim Hudson was a dual threat in his 200th career win, combining with Anthony Varvaro on a three-hitter while hitting a homer and a double to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Hudson (3-1) dominated the Nationals through seven innings, striking out six and walking two while giving up one run. One of the three hits he allowed was an infield single by Denard Span.
Hudson's bat almost stole the night. He led off the second with a double to left field off Gio Gonzalez (2-2) and hit a fifth-inning homer off Zach Duke. Bryce Harper made a leaping attempt to catch the homer, but the ball bounced off his glove and over the wall.
Brewers 12, Pirates 8: Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs to lead Milwaukee.
Weeks finished with three hits for the Brewers, who won their ninth straight against Pittsburgh. They improved to 46-7 at Miller Park vs. the Pirates since the start of 2007, the best home record by any team against a division opponent during that stretch.
Cardinals 2, Reds 1: Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, Jaime Garcia continued his mastery of Cincinnati with eight strong innings and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.
Marlins 2, Mets 1: Juan Pierre scored standing up on a wild pitch with none out in the ninth, and Miami came from behind in the final inning for the second consecutive game to beat reeling New York.
Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7: Edwin Encarnacion hit an upper-deck homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a go-ahead home run in the seventh that lifted Toronto.
The Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak and avoided the first 18-loss April in club history.
David Ortiz homered, doubled and drove in four runs for Boston.
Yankees 7, Astros 4: Hiroki Kuroda settled in after a rocky start to pitch four-hit ball through seven innings, Travis Hafner had three RBI singles and New York used small ball to beat Houston.
Jayson Nix had an RBI infield single and Brennan Boesch a run-scoring fielder's choice for the banged-up Bronx Bombers, who bounced back from a 9-1 loss to the Astros on Monday.
Tigers 6, Twins 1: Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings and Detroit won its fifth straight.
Verlander (3-2) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Vance Worley (0-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 42-e innings. Worley was acquired by the Twins in an offseason trade with Philadelphia and started Minnesota's season opener, but the right-hander has a 7.22 ERA.
Royals 8, Rays 2: James Shields made a stellar first start against his former team, and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer to spur Kansas City.
Rangers 10, White Sox 6: Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April and Texas backed him with plenty of big hits.
Padres 13, Cubs 7: Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs and San Diego battered Chicago starter Edwin Jackson en route to the win.