Phillies, Pirates and Nationals lose on opening day

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | Apr 7, 2015 2:55 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Chris Szagola

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels pitches during the second inning of the opening day baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Monday in Philadelphia.

(Undated) -- Only one of the four major league baseball teams of midstate interest opened their seasons with a win.

Baltimore topped Tampa Bay 6-2.

At home, Philadelphia was blanked by Boston 8-0.

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels gave up five hits in five innings, struck out six and allowed four homers for the second time in his career.

Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg says he's not too concerned about the lack of offense from his squad.

"It's just one game out of 162. Last year, I think we scored 12 or 14 runs on Opening Day," he said. "I look for a better offense and more of a threat." 

Boston newcomer Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia each hit two home runs and Clay Buchholz threw three-hit ball over seven innings.

Buchholz (1-0) struck out nine and pitched like the guy who went 12-1 in 2013.

Ramirez made quite an impression in his first game since the free agent signed an $88 million, four-year contract. 

He hit a solo homer in the fifth and a grand slam off Jake Diekman in the ninth.

Pittsburgh fell to Cincinnati 5-2 -- after rallying to tie the game on a two-run homerun by Andrew McCuthen in the top of the eighth-inning.

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle says his team battled throughtout the game.

"We showed some resiliency to come back and get two late. So, it's in the books," he said. "We'll have to wait another day-and-a-half to play again, then we'll get 'Game On' and we'll get some traction."

The Reds' Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give his team the win.

Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto singled before Frazier connected against Tony Watson (0-1), snapping a 2-2 tie.

Johnny Cueto, the Reds' 20-game winner in the final year of a contract, opened his uncertain season with another dominating performance against the Pirates. 

He fanned 10 batters in seven innings.

Baltimore picked up a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay, while Washington lost to the Mets 3-1.

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