Schwarber returns as Washington beats St. Louis 5-2


ST. LOUIS — Kyle Schwarber doubled in a run in his delayed Washington debut, Andrew Stevenson had a pinch-hit homer and the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Monday night.

Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were in the starting lineup after being sidelined for Washington’s first six games by a coronavirus outbreak that prompted the postponement of the team’s season-opening series and left the club short-handed. The Nats ended a five-game skid, while the Cardinals have lost three straight.

Stevenson hit his first homer of the season into St. Louis’ bullpen in right field to lead off the seventh, putting Washington ahead 4-2.

Kyle Finnegan (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Brad Hand got three outs for his first save.

Yadier Molina homered for St. Louis. John Gant (0-1) allowed three runs in five-plus innings.


MILWAUKEE — Pinch-hitter Luis Urías drove in three runs with a go-ahead double, part of a six-run sixth inning for the Brewers.

Freddy Peralta (2-0) struck out 10 over six innings of two-hit ball for the victory. Josh Hader got two outs for his first save of the season.

Milwaukee has won five of six, while Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games.

Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs in the fourth, and Javier Báez added a two-run double in the ninth. Adbert Alzolay (0-2) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cubs announced before the game that bullpen coach Chris Young had tested positive for COVID-19. First base coach Craig Driver was already away from the team following his positive test.

Relievers Brandon Workman, Jason Adam and Dan Winkler were placed on the COVID-19-related injured list. There was no word on whether their designation was the result of a positive test or contact tracing.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tyler Glasnow struck out a career-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings and Willy Adames homered in the seventh, lifting Tampa Bay to the victory.

Glasnow (1-0) allowed two hits and walked one. Diego Castillo worked the ninth for his third save.

Adames homered off Taylor Hearn (0-1) with two outs in the seventh.

Glasnow improved to 6-0 over his last 11 regular-season games, and the AL champions have gone 10-1 in the those games.

Texas was shut out for the third time in four games.


PITTSBURGH — Yu Darvish pitched seven dominant innings, Wil Myers drove in five runs and San Diego earned its fourth straight win.

Darvish (1-0) permitted one run and three hits in a crisp performance. Myers hit a two-run homer off Luis Oviedo (0-1) in the sixth, putting San Diego in front to stay.

Phillip Evans had an RBI double for the Pirates and Trevor Cahill worked five effective innings but Pittsburgh’s modest two-game winning streak ended.


DUNEDIN, Fla. — Kyle Higashioka homered twice to support Gerrit Cole, leading the Yankees to the win.

Cole (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his first save, finishing a five-hitter.

Robbie Ray (0-1) didn’t allow a hit before Rougned Odor singled with one out in the fifth and Higashioka followed with a 416-foot opposite-field shot to right-center for a 2-1 lead.

Higashioka made it 3-1 in the eighth on a 427-foot solo shot to left off Ryan Borucki.


ATLANTA — Garrett Cooper hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning and finished with three RBIs, leading Miami to the road win.

Brian Anderson tacked on an RBI double in the 10th. Yimi García (1-1) got four outs for the win.

The teams were facing each other for the first time since Atlanta swept Miami in their NL Division Series last year.

Adam Duvall homered for the Marlins.

Ozzie Albies drove in two runs for Atlanta, and Ronald Acuña Jr. tripled and scored two runs. Jacob Webb (0-1) got the loss.

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