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MLB roundup: Renfroe, Rays pummel Braves


Tampa Bay’s Hunter Renfroe swatted two home runs, including back-to-back shots with Joey Wendle in an eight-run fourth inning, as the Rays beat the Atlanta Braves 14-5 on Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla.


Pete Alonso hit a missile for his first home run of the season, Dominic Smith and Michael Conforto also went deep, and visiting New York won at Boston.


Burch Smith (2-0), T.J. McFarland, Yusmeiro Petit, Jake Diekman and Soria took it from there, limiting the Angels to four hits over the final five innings to cap a series in which Oakland pitching allowed just 11 runs.


Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve both slugged their first home runs of the season while Brandon Bielak produced 3 1/3 innings of effective relief in his major league debut as host Houston beat Seattle to claim a four-game series.


Bielak (1-0), recalled earlier on Monday after ace right-hander Justin Verlander landed on the 10-day injured list with a forearm strain, retired the first eight batters he faced after entering in the fourth inning.


The opening game of a scheduled two-game set between New York and host Philadelphia was postponed as a precaution following the Phillies’ season-opening series with Miami, which experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 among its players and staff.






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