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Seattle sinks Sox

Braves club Cubs; Giants shut out Cards

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 11:55 p.m. CST
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The Seattle Mariners' Dustin Ackley (left) is safe at first after White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana dropped a relay from first baseman Paul Konerko during the fifth inning Friday in Chicago.

By The Associated Press

Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Jesus Montero tacked on a run-scoring single, leading the Seattle Mariners to an 8-7 victory over the White Sox on Friday night in Chicago.

Franklin Gutierrez sparked the winning rally when he led off with an infield single. He advanced on Michael Saunders’ sacrifice and came home when Morales drove the next pitch from Nate Jones (0-1) down the first-base line.

Montero then singled in pinch-runner Robert Andino as Seattle earned its fourth win in its last 20 games in Chicago dating to the 2008 season. The Mariners have only 11 wins in their last 44 games against the White Sox overall.

Braves 4, Cubs 1: Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Braves beat Chicago in Atlanta.

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 when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base. Feldman gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Upton also had a sacrifice fly.

Giants 1, Cardinals 0: Barry Zito pitched another gem against St. Louis, leading San Francisco to a victory in its home opener.

The Giants celebrated their latest World Series title throughout the day. Of course, it was Zito who saved San Francisco’s season by beating the Cardinals 5-0 last fall in Game 5 of the NL championship series.

This time, Zito outdueled Jake Westbrook (0-1) in his season debut. The lefty also had a key sacrifice bunt that led to San Francisco’s run in the fourth, when Angel Pagan drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Giants won their 15th straight game with Zito on the mound, including the postseason.

He hasn’t lost since Aug. 2 against the New York Mets.

Zito (1-0) blanked the Cardinals on three hits through the seventh. San Francisco’s starters have gone 26 innings without allowing an earned run so far.

Jeremy Affeldt pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Sergio Romo closed out the three-hitter with a clean ninth for his third save.

Fresh off San Francisco’s second title in three years, manager Bruce Bochy carried the World Series trophy out from an entrance in center field as the first Giant announced to the sellout crowd of 41,581.

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