Reds' 9-run rally in 9th spoils Cards' home debut

By R.B. Fallstrom

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, April 8, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Brandon Phillips kick-started a nine-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking bloop double and Shin-Soo Choo made amends for two botched fly balls with a three-run double, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener with a 13-4 victory on Monday.

Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out and the Cardinals needed four more pitchers to get out of the inning.

Phillips added his 150th career homer for the Reds, who have won six of seven since losing in extra innings to the Angels on opening day and totaled 11 or more hits the last four games. Jay Bruce had four hits and Chris Heisey doubled twice with an RBI.

Cardinals lefty Jamie Garcia matched his career best with 10 strikeouts in 62?3 innings and left with a 4-3 lead. Yadier Molina hit both of the fly balls dropped by Choo in the first and sixth, and added an RBI single.

BREWERS 7, CUBS 4: At Chicago, Marco Estrada pitched seven effective innings and doubled home a run to help Milwaukee stop a five-game slide. Estrada (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits.

BRAVES 2, MARLINS 0: At Miami, Justin Upton went 4-for-4, including his sixth home run, and Paul Maholm allowed one hit in seven sharp innings as Atlanta earned its fourth straight win and improved to 6-1, its best start since 2007.

METS 7, PHILLIES 2: At Philadelphia, Matt Harvey (2-0) threw seven impressive innings, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the Mets roughed up Roy Halladay in a victory over the Phillies.

PIRATES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3: At Phoenix, Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs, Garrett Jones homered and Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak.

GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2: At San Francisco, Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Madison Bumgarner (2-0) went 5-plus innings and the Giants snapped Colorado's five-game winning streak.

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YANKEES 11, INDIANS 6: At Cleveland, Travis Hafner drove in four runs in his return to Cleveland and Robinson Cano homered twice as injury-riddled New York ruined the Indians' highly anticipated first home game under manager Terry Francona.

RED SOX 3, ORIOLES 1: At Boston, Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener.

ROYALS 3, TWINS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run and the Royals rallied to beat Minnesota.

RANGERS 5, RAYS 4: At Arlington, Texas, A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs off birthday boy Jeremy Hellickson and the Rangers held on to beat Tampa Bay. Hellickson (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits over five innings on his 26th birthday.

MARINERS 3, ASTROS 0: At Seattle, Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Joe Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 61/3 shutout innings, and the Mariners won in their debut of the new-look Safeco Field.

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Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Houston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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