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|Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:11|
MIAMI (AP) - Ozzie Guillen made a victorious return to the dugout Tuesday night, when pitchers Josh Johnson and Heath Bell snapped out of early-season slumps to help the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2.|
Guillen returned from a five-game suspension imposed after his comments praising Fidel Castro caused a backlash in South Florida, especially among Cuban Americans.
Johnson allowed two runs in seven innings and Bell earned the save after four rocky outings. Streaking Hanley Ramirez broke a 2-all tie with a three-run homer in the eighth, his third.
No demonstrations targeted at Guillen were evident, although a screaming fan in the second deck did call the Marlins manager an insulting name several times midway through the game.
NATIONALS 1, ASTROS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gio Gonzalez earned his first win with the surprising Nationals, pitching seven dominant innings in a win over the Astros.
The Nationals improved to 9-3, their best start since moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005.
Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out eight in his third start for Washington. The left-hander acquired from Oakland in the offseason also earned a standing ovation at the plate when he flied out to the warning track.
Brad Lidge pitched a shaky ninth for his second save. He gave up a double to his first hitter and walked the next batter before retiring three in a row.
BRAVES 9, METS 3
ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves finally beat the Mets, taking advantage of shaky defense to hand Johan Santana the shortest start of his career.
Tyler Pastornicky's two-run double highlighted a five-run second that finished off Santana. Randall Delgado (2-0) won it for the Braves, who lost their first four games against the Mets this season.
Two costly errors - Jason Bay dropped a fly ball, Ike Davis made a wild throw - led to a pair of unearned runs against Santana (0-2), who allowed just one run in his first two games.
He was lifted after 1 1-3 innings, finished off by Jason Heyward's run-scoring single that made it 6-0. Santana had never gone less than three innings in his previous 265 starts.
BREWERS 5, DODGERS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Pinch-hitter George Kottaras' two-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Brewers to a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles, snapping the Dodgers' six-game winning streak.
Trailing 4-3, Corey Hart led off the ninth with a single off Dodgers closer Javy Guerra (1-1). Pinch-runner Carlos Gomez then stole second and Mat Gamel walked.
Guerra, who blew his first save of the year and third in his career, struck out Jonathan Lucroy. Kottaras then pinch-hit for Cesar Izturis and hit a 2-2 pitch to the wall, driving in Gomez and Gamel with Gamel sliding in just ahead of the throw from second baseman Mark Ellis and sending the Brewers to a jubilant celebration at home plate.
Jose Veras (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the victory.
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