Phillies 12, Braves 11: It's not the biggest comeback in Phillies history but coming from down seven runs to beat the Braves on the day the team got their rings certainly stinks of kismet. Braves relievers walked in four Phillie runs in the pivotal eight-run seventh inning and Brad Lidge survived a Matt Diaz solo tater tot to get his first save of the season. It's also the Phillies first win of the year. The most important lesson of the day, though, was taught by the Coste Rules guy.
Marlins 6, Nationals 4: Dan Uggla's bases-clearing double broke a tie game and helped the Marlins sweep their opening series for the first time since 1997. Florida got a scare in the ninth inning as new closer Matt Lindstrom walked Adam Dunn with the bases juiced, but he retired Austin Kearns to finish Washington off. Nats starter Daniel Cabrera allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, which is actually a quality start in the Daniel Cabrera oeuvre.
Royals 2, White Sox 0: Zach Greinke lived up to his potential and earned that contract extension by throwing six scoreless innings of three-hit ball while ninth-place hitter Mike Aviles scored twice. Kyle Farnsworth saw no work today which allowed Joakim Soria to have a real live save opportunity, in which he totally Mexicuted the ChiSox.
Twins 6, Mariners 5: Twins starter Kevin Slowey got roughed up for five runs over six innings (a certified Daniel Cabrera Quality Start) but still got the win.
Richie Sexson Russell Branyan's first ding-dong of the year provided a little ding but not enough dong.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 4: Kris' pal Todd Wellemeyer allowed fifteen whopping baserunners in five innings. It's almost miraculous he only gave up five runs. Still, the Pirates toppled the Cards thanks to Nate McLouth's first tot of the year and Matt Capps solid two-out save. Andy La Roche was benched after committing three errors over the first two games; his replacement Ramon Vazquez got a walk and participated in a double play.