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MLB capsules Soto’s single lifts Nationals over Braves in delayed opener

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WASHINGTON — Juan Soto drove in the winning run with a single on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, lifting the coronavirus-depleted Washington Nationals to a 6-5 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves after waiting five days to start their season. Lefty reliever Will Smith (0-1) entered for the ninth and promptly gave up a single to new leadoff hitter Victor Robles, and then hit Trea Turner with a pitch. That brought up Soto, the 2020 NL batting champion, and he delivered a line drive to center field. Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson homered against Washington ace Max Scherzer. Acuña drove Scherzer’s first pitch of the game deep to left-center, and led off the third with his second homer. Because of a COVID-19 outbreak — four players tested positive; seven were forced into quarantine after potentially being exposed — Washington’s first four scheduled games were scrapped. DODGERS 5, ATHLETICS 1OAKLAND, Calif. — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in seven smooth innings to send the Athletics to their worst start in more than a century. Mookie Betts homered for the first time this season, a towering solo shot to left-center in the ninth. Max Muncy and Edwin Rios also went deep for the World Series champion Dodgers (5-1). At 0-6, the A’s have matched the poorest start in franchise history. The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics also began the season with six consecutive losses. Kershaw (1-1) permitted one run and four hits. YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 2NEW YORK — Gerrit Cole struck out 13 and walked none over seven scoreless innings in his most dominant start since joining the Yankees. Cole (1-0) allowed four hits, three of them singles, in the type of the performance that showed why the Yankees made him baseball’s highest-paid pitcher in December 2019 with a $324 million, nine-year contract. Jay Bruce backed him with his first Yankees home run, a solo shot in the second off Dean Kremer (0-1), and Aaron Judge added a three-run homer in the eighth. New York has won a team-record 12 straight home games against the Orioles since May 2019, outscoring Baltimore 76-28. It moved above .500 for first time this year at 3-2. Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer for Baltimore with two out in the ninth. RED SOX 6, RAYS 5, 12 INNINGSBOSTON — Randy Arozarena got twisted around on J. D. Martinez’s two-run double with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting Boston to the victory. The Rays were in line for the win before Christian Vázquez belted Diego Castillo’s 0-2 pitch over the Green Monster for a tying homer leading off the ninth. Martinez had an RBI double in the eighth for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after an 0-3 start. METS 8, PHILLIES 4PHILADELPHIA — Marcus Stroman tossed six sharp innings in his first start since 2019, sending New York to the win. Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso each hit a two-run homer for the Mets. Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer for Philadelphia, which sought its first 5-0 start since 1915.
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