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Polanco Hits Early Homer as Pirates Beat Padres

Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Wednesday night, beating Joe Musgrove in his first start since throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history.

Polanco hit a solo shot into the right-field stands in the second inning. That ended a 32-inning scoreless streak by Musgrove that dated to last season when he was still with the Pirates.

Musgrove (2-1) allowed only one run in four innings but was lifted for a pinch-hitter after his pitch count reached to 81. He threw 112 pitches in the no-hitter last Friday against the Rangers in Texas.

Bryan Reynolds ruined Musgrove’s bid for a second no-hitter quickly when he flared a two-out single to left field in the first inning. Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher in MLB history to pitch back-to-back no-hitters, performing the feat for the Cincinnati Reds in 1938.

Pittsburgh wound up getting four hits off Musgrove, who struck out six and walked two.

The Pirates traded Musgrove, a San Diego area native, to the Padres in January and he was facing his former team for the first time.

Tyler Anderson (1-2) gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings to get his first win with the Pirates. Signed as a free agent in February, the left-hander gave up one run and four hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Polanco had a perfect game at the plate, going 2 for 2 with two walks. Pittsburgh’s Adam Frazier had two doubles among three hits.

Polanco’s home run opened the scoring.

He entered the day hitting .138 and did not start the first two games of the series so he could put in extra pregame work with hitting coach Rick Eckstein.

Frazier doubled d double of the game to lead off the fifth and scored on Colin Moran’s two-out double to increase the Pirates’ lead to 2-0.

The Padres cut the deficit in half in the sixth on Tommy Pham’s RBI single.

Game 1


Game 2


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Alex Verdugo had three hits, including a two-run single in a six-run fifth inning, and the Boston extended its winning streak to nine games, sweeping a doubleheader against Minnesota.

In the second game, Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0) pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits for Boston, which has come from behind in six of its nine wins this season. The Red Sox have their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2018, a season that ended with a World Series title.

Verdugo had five hits in the doubleheader and capped the day with his second homer of the season in the seventh inning.

Jose Berrios (2-1) surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings for Minnesota, giving up four hits and three walks. Berrios walked Franchy Cordero with the bases loaded for the first run of the fifth before departing.

The Twins have lost five straight.

In the first game, Nathan Eovaldi (2-1) gave up two runs on five hits in five innings for the Red Sox. Matt Barnes earned his second save.

Kenta Maeda (1-1) was undone by Minnesota’s defense in the second inning, including his own throwing error that allowed a run to score. He pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs — two earned — on seven hits and two walks.


ATLANTA (AP) — Jesus Aguilar drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning double and Miami overcame two homers by Ronald Acuna Jr. for its third straight win at Atlanta.

Leading off in extra innings with Starling Marte placed at second, Aguilar dumped a low pitch from Tyler Matzek (0-1) down the left-field line to bring home the tiebreaking run.

Acuna led off the bottom of the 10th with a chance to do more damage after erasing Miami’s 5-0 lead almost single-handedly. But Yimi Garcia struck out the Atlanta slugger on three pitches before retiring Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna to earn his second save.

John Curtiss (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Bo Bichette homered twice, including a game-ending drive leading off the ninth inning that lifted Toronto over New York.

Bichette drove a pitch from Chad Green (0-2) the opposite way to right-center field as Toronto took two of three from its AL East rival.

Alejandro Kirk also homered for the Blue Jays. Rafael Dolis (1-0) worked the ninth to get the win.

Aaron Judge hit two home runs for the Yankees.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six dominant innings and also delivered a two-run single for his first career RBIs as Milwaukee beat Chicago.

Burnes (1-1) allowed just two hits to continue his sizzling start to the season. His bases-loaded single up the middle capped the Brewers’ four-run outburst in the sixth.

Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to lead off the first against Jake Arrieta (2-1) and scored on Travis Shaw’s single. Shaw moved to third on Avisail Garcia’s double and came home on Omar Narvaez’s sacrifice fly.

Shaw extended the lead to 3-0 with a homer to left center in the third.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Ross pitched six sharp innings and Washington threw its first regular-season shutout at St. Louis.

Ross (1-0) improved to 3-0 in four career starts against the Cardinals. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one. He also singled and scored a run.

Four relievers combined to hold St. Louis hitless the rest of the way.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his first homer of the season, a two-run drive in the third off Adam Wainwright (0-2).


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched neatly into the sixth inning before exiting with a tight lat muscle, and San Francisco finished off Cincinnati.

Cueto (2-0) removed himself from the game after fanning Nick Castellanos for the second out in the sixth. The 35-year-old Cueto surrendered three hits and walked none while striking out four.

San Francisco scored twice in the fifth off Tyler Mahle (1-1).

Austin Slater doubled to right-center field on an 0-2 pitch to score Brandon Crawford. Slater advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on Curt Casali’s grounder.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez homered and doubled to cap off an impressive series, leading Brad Keller and Kansas City past Los Angeles.

Perez drove in two runs and went went 8 for 12 with four RBIs this week against Los Angeles.

Carlos Santana also homered as the Royals took two of three from the Angels.

Keller (1-1) went 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one.

Griffin Canning (0-1) went five innings and permitted two runs and six hits.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nate Lowe hit a solo homer and rookie Kohei Arihara got his first major league victory, pitching into the sixth inning as Texas beat Tampa Bay.

Arihara (1-1) allowed two singles and a double over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his third start since signing with the Rangers after six seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League.

Lowe went deep against ex-teammate Josh Fleming (0-1) for a 1-0 lead the Rangers clung to until David Dahl’s two-run double and Adolis Garcia’s two-run triple broke it open in the seventh.

Arihara struck out five and walked none before being replaced by John King.


NEW YORK (AP) — David Peterson matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in six dominant innings and batterymate James McCann hit his first home run with New York, sending the Mets past Philadelphia for their third straight win.

McCann had three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also got three hits apiece, and Francisco Lindor scored twice.

Peterson (1-1) outpitched former Mets starter Zack Wheeler (1-2), allowing only two hits and rebounding nicely from a rough outing in Philadelphia last week.

Three relievers finished a three-hitter for New York. Aaron Loup got five outs and Edwin Diaz fanned two in a perfect ninth against the meat of the Phillies’ order.


HOUSTON (AP) — Michael Fulmer earned his first win since 2018 and Detroit built a big lead before holding off short-handed Houston for a three-game sweep.

Outscored 14-4 in losing the first two games with a full roster, the Astros went into the wrapup after putting five players, including stars Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez, on the COVID-19 injured list.

Jeimer Candelario had three hits and two RBIs for Tigers, who took advantage of a wild performance by Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1) to pile up six runs in four innings with only a double and a smattering of singles.

Fulmer (1-0) yielded three hits and two runs over five innings.


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