Bucs win, Phils lose in home openers

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2017 9:13 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- Windy and cold conditions greeted fans of the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday during the home openers for both teams.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates actually had to deal with some light snow in their 5-4 win over Atlanta.

David Freese and Francisco Cervelli hit back-to-back homers to support Ivan Nova, who held the Braves to an unearned run over six innings.

Starling Marte drove in a pair of runs and Andrew McCutchen delivered three hits and an RBI in the Bucs' fourth straight home-opening win.

The news was not as good on the other side of the state.

The Nationals spoiled the Phillies' home opener as Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth homered while Washington was building a 7-1 lead in a 7-6 win over the Phils.

Nats starter Max Scherzer looked good over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts.

Aaron Altherr and Freddy Galvis smacked two-run homers off the Nats' bullpen to make it a one-run game before the Phillies dropped to 1-4.

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