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Newcomb dazzles, Braves beat Rockies 4-0 - MLB Summaries / Schedule

DENVER (AP) — The surprising Atlanta Braves surged behind their bats through the first week of the season. Now, they're getting some nice starting pitching, too.

Sean Newcomb pitched into the seventh inning, Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson hit back-to-back homers and the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0 on Sunday.

"Every day it's someone new that's contributing," Newcomb said.

It was his turn in Denver.

Newcomb (1-1) allowed three hits in the first inning before retiring the next 16 batters to help the Braves take two of three in Colorado's home-opening series. The left-hander followed strong starts from Brandon McCarthy and Anibal Sanchez, tying his career high with nine strikeouts while not issuing a walk.

"He was locating the fastball and he had a devastating changeup and he mixed in his curveball," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "So, when you're throwing 93, 94 mph, and you come from a high arm slot at 6-foot-5, he's got a great angle. The changeup is coming in there at 85, 86 mph, with some action to it, it's tough to solve. And we just didn't do it today."

Newcomb left after allowing consecutive hits to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to begin the seventh. Shane Carle, Sam Freeman and Arodys Vizcaino pitched in relief to preserve the shutout.

Kyle Freeland (0-2) allowed three runs, stuck out five and walked two in six innings for the Rockies. The Denver native had one out in the sixth before giving up deep balls to Markakis and Swanson that made it 3-0.

An inning earlier, Ozzie Albies had an RBI double off Freeland. He then homered off Chris Rusin in the seventh to put Atlanta up 4-0.

The Braves have scored 62 runs through their first nine games of the year. Colorado, meanwhile, scored only six runs in the series and was shut out at home for the first time since May 27, 2017, against St. Louis.

The Rockies had a runner in scoring position in the eighth, but third baseman Charlie Culberson helped thwart the threat with a catch that took him over the rolled-up tarp and into the stands.

"I'm not worried about it," second baseman DJ LeMahieu said. "We'll get on a roll."

Looking at the rest of the major league schedule:

— Shohei Ohtani demonstrated he can do a little pitching when he's not hitting home runs. Ohtani retired the Athletics' first 19 hitters and allowed just one hit over seven innings to pitch the Angels to a 6-1 victory. He struck out 12 and kept Oakland off the bases until Marcus Semien singled in the seventh. Ohtani struck out the side twice during the latest feat in a series of early-season superlatives by the 23-year-old Japanese prodigy. He currently has a three-game home run streak and is hitting .389 with seven RBIs in 18 at-bats. Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh win in nine games.

— The Boston Red Sox earned their eighth straight win by scoring six times in the eighth inning of an 8-7 comeback over the Rays. Tampa Bay led 7-2 until Rafael Devers hit a two-run double and scored on a single by Christian Vasquez. Mookie Betts followed with a run-scoring single and Andrew Benintendi capped the rally with an RBI double. The rally allowed the Bosox to set a team record for the longest winning streak immediately following a season-opening loss.

— Craig Gentry provided a tiebreaking, RBI single in the 12th inning before Brad Brach escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam to preserve the Orioles' 8-7 win over the Yankees. Anthony Santander hit his first big league homer and Danny Valencia added a two-run shot after New York took a 5-0 lead.

— The Indians earned a 3-1 win over the Royals on a two-run, walk-off homer by Yan Gomes in the bottom of the ninth. The game-time temperature was 32 degrees, the lowest in the 25-year history of Progressive Field.

— Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels' first pitch and Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning to jumpstart the Blue Jays' 7-4 win at Texas. Jaime Garcia got his first win with Toronto, pitching into the sixth inning and leaving after Joey Gallo's two-run homer made it 7-3.

— Mike Fiers combined with four relievers on a three-hitter as the Tigers held off the White Sox, 1-0. Neither team scored after Leonys Martin led off the game with a single, stole second and advanced on a passed ball before scoring on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

— Max Stassi crushed a three-run homer and Charlie Morton threw four-hit ball over six innings of the Astros' 4-1 verdict over the Padres. Josh Reddick also homered as the defending champs improved to 8-2 and dropped San Diego to a major league-worst 2-8.

— The Mets are a National League-best 7-1 after Yoenis Cespedes delivered an RBI single in the 12th inning to send New York to its fifth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Nationals, 6-5. Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam for his first homer as a Met, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a shot to help New York overcome Bryce Harper's sixth home run of the season.

— Jameson Taillon threw a one-hitter in his first career shutout as the Pirates blanked the Reds, 5-0 to improve to 7-2. Taillon also hit an RBI double and didn't allow a hit after Tyler Mahle's third-inning single.

— The Diamondbacks are also 7-2 after David Peralta and A.J. Pollock belted eighth-inning homers to power Arizona past the Cardinals, 4-1. The game was tied until Peralta slammed a two-run blast to help Yoshihisa Hirano pick up his first major league win.

— The Cubs finally head home after Jose Quintana tossed three-hit ball over six innings of a 3-0 shutout of the Brewers. Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer and Albert Almora Jr. doubled home a run to help Chicago finish 5-4 on their season-opening road trip.

— Kyle Farmer's pinch-hit double scored an ailing Cody Bellinger with the tiebreaking run as the Dodgers beat the Giants in 10 innings. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw allowed a run and six hits over seven innings. Bellinger made an impact after being held out of the lineup due to food poisoning.

— Brian Anderson's tiebreaking, two-run double pushed the Marlins past the Phillies, 6-3. Jake Arrieta lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing two earned runs and three hits, including a solo homer by Miguel Rojas.

— The Mariners and Twins were postponed due to wintry weather, one day after the two teams played the coldest outdoor game in Minnesota history. The game has been rescheduled for May 14.

MONDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Archer 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Gonzalez 0-1), 2:10 p.m.
Detroit (Liriano 1-0) at Cleveland (Kluber 0-1), 6:10 p.m.
Toronto (Happ 1-1) at Baltimore (Bundy 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Richards 1-0) at Texas (Fister 1-1), 8:05 p.m.
Houston (Verlander 1-0) at Minnesota (Lynn 0-1), 8:10 p.m.
Seattle (Gonzales 1-0) at Kansas City (Junis 1-0), 8:15 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Nova 0-1) at Chicago Cubs (Chatwood 0-1), 2:20 p.m.
Atlanta (Teheran 0-0) at Washington (Scherzer 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati (Reed 0-0) at Philadelphia (Lively 0-1), 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee (Chacin 0-1) at St. Louis (Mikolas 1-0), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard 1-0) at Miami (Urena 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
San Diego (Richard 0-1) at Colorado (Gray 1-1), 8:40 p.m.
Arizona (Godley 1-0) at San Francisco (Holland 0-1), 10:15 p.m.

 

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