Musgrove throws no-hitter as Padres beat Rangers 3-0

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ARLINGTON, Texas — San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in the history of his hometown team, allowing only one baserunner in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

The Padres were the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter, and it came in their 8,206th regular-season game — from a 28-year-old who grew up just down the road in El Cajon, California.

In only his second start for San Diego, Musgrove (2-0) struck out 10 and faced 28 batters, one over the minimum. He threw 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes.

The only Rangers baserunner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning. It was the first no-hitter in the majors this season and only the second complete game.

Kohei Arihara (0-1) made his first start for the Rangers after pitching the last six seasons in Japan. He allowed five hits and three runs over four innings.

DODGERS 1, NATIONALS 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner homered in the sixth inning, and the Dodgers celebrated their World Series ring ceremony day with a victory over the Nationals.

Walker Buehler (1-0) pitched six strong innings as the Dodgers won a tidy pitchers’ duel in their home opener without injured star outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

Joe Ross threw five scoreless innings for the Nationals, who lost their third straight after starting the season late and short-handed due to coronavirus cases and quarantines. Former Los Angeles reliever Luis Avilán (0-1) got the loss.

The Dodgers received their World Series championship rings in a pregame event in front of the fans who weren’t allowed inside Dodger Stadium in 2020 while their franchise won its seventh title. Clayton Kershaw, Betts and their teammates were cheered by a pandemic-limited sellout crowd of 15,036 while they got their jewelry at Chavez Ravine.

Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth for his second save, completing the shutout by four Dodgers pitchers in this meeting of the last two World Series champions.

ANGELS 7, BLUE JAYS 1

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani homered and drove in four runs, sending Los Angeles to the victory.

Ohtani completed a four-run second with a three-run double to deep right- centre off T.J. Zeuch (0-1). He also connected for a 422-foot solo drive to centre during Los Angeles’ three-run fifth.

Jared Walsh also went deep for Los Angeles, and Andrew Heaney (1-1) struck out nine in six scoreless innings.

The Angels improved to 6-2 and matched the best eight-game start in franchise history.

Marcus Semien, who had two of Toronto’s five hits, scored on Chris Rodriguez’s wild pitch in the eighth.

BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 1

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. had four hits, including a long two-run homer that gave Atlanta the lead, and made a leaping catch to support Charlie Morton’s six strong innings.

Acuña’s fifth-inning blast off Zack Wheeler (1-1) travelled an estimated 456 feet, landing deep in the centre -field seats behind the Braves bullpen for a 2-1 lead. He also had two doubles and an infield single.

Morton (1-1) permitted one run and four hits. The veteran right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Ehire Adrianza and Freddie Freeman also went deep as Atlanta’s hitters shook off a slow start to the season.

Wheeler allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Andrew McCutchen’s run-scoring single in the third gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.

GIANTS 3, ROCKIES 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched 8 2/3 innings of four-hit ball, helping San Francisco win its home opener.

Cueto (1-0) allowed one run on Garrett Hampson’s sacrifice fly in the ninth. Jake McGee finished for his third save.

Brandon Crawford snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the seventh. Alex Dickerson added an RBI single in the eighth for San Francisco.

Rockies starter Austin Gomber (0-2) permitted two runs and one hit in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four.

RAYS 10, YANKEES 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rich Hill pitched six innings, helping Tampa Bay stop a four-game slide.

Austin Meadows had three of the Rays’ 13 hits. Willy Adames and Joey Wendle each had two hits and two RBIs, and Brandon Lowe drove in three runs.

Hill (1-0), a 41-year-old lefty, allowed four runs and four hits.

Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu homered for the Yankees. Corey Kluber (0-1) was charged with three earned runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings.

The Rays’ home opener drew a socially-distanced crowd of 9,021 to Tropicana Field.

The Yankees played without slugger Aaron Judge, who sat out a second consecutive game with soreness in his left side. Gio Urshela was also out of the lineup after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to side effects from a vaccination.

INDIANS 4, TIGERS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Franmil Reyes homered twice for Cleveland, and Zach Plesac pitched seven dominant innings.

Reyes hit a two-run homer in the first off Derek Holland (0-1) and added a 446-foot solo shot in the sixth to make it 4-0.

Detroit scratched starter Julio Teheran just before the first pitch. Teheran complained of tightness in his right triceps while warming up.

Plesac (1-1) pitched scoreless ball, allowing just three singles. Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his first save with Cleveland.

The Tigers avoided being shut out when Wilson Ramos homered off Bryan Shaw in the eighth.

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