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Chicago starter struggles in debut

– Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Friday night.

Juan Francisco had a two-run single and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

Eric O’Flaherty got two outs in the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel threw eight pitches in a perfect ninth for his second save.

Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error in the fourth when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base.

“I had a little trouble with my command tonight,” Feldman said, “and they got into some deep counts and made me throw a lot of pitches.”

Feldman gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

GIANTS 1, CARDINALS 0: In San Francisco, Barry Zito outdueled Jake Westbrook as San Francisco won its home opener.

Zito also had a key sacrifice bunt that led to San Francisco’s lone run in the fourth, when Angel Pagan walked with the bases loaded.

ROCKIES 5, PADRES 2: In Denver, Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler homered as Colorado won its home opener.

Dexter Francis (1-0) was ahead of batters all afternoon as he allowed five hits over six sharp innings.

Rafael Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, BREWERS 1: In Milwaukee, Arizona spoiled Kyle Lohse’s debut with Milwaukee by scoring two runs on a wild pitch off reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh.

Lohse allowed five hits and struck out six.

Arizona starter Wade Miley gave up five hits and struck out eight, one shy of his career high, as the starters battled almost pitch for pitch.

MARLINS 7, METS 5: In New York, Alex Sanabia won for the first time in more than two years as Miami gave Mike Redmond his first victory as a major league manager.

Sanabia (1-0) had been out of the majors since late in the 2011 season. He pitched six shutout innings, working around six hits, three walks and a hit batter.


ROYALS 13, PHILLIES 4: In Philadelphia, Alex Gordon and Chris Getz each hit bases-loaded triples as Kansas City overcame a 4-0 deficit to spoil Philadelphia’s home opener.