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POSTED April 3, 2014 12:31 a.m.

BRAVES 1 BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) —

Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Brewers’ Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two outs in the seventh inning, sending the Braves to a victory.

Harang (1-0) didn’t allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh.

Making his Braves’ debut, Harang gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked one.

Relievers Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel were hitless, with Kimbrel getting three outs for his second save.

Garza (0-1) made his Milwaukee debut after signing a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none.

NATIONALS 5, METS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Gio Gonzalez apparently gets his swing ready in spring training, too.

The pitcher homered in his first start for the second straight season — sprinting around the bases because he didn’t realize it was gone — and tossed three-hit ball to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 5-1 Wednesday night.

“I think it was the fastest home run jog in baseball,” Gonzalez said. “I was about to slide home!”

Gonzalez also registered six of Washington’s 13 strikeouts, giving the staff a total of 31. In a post on Twitter, the Nationals said that’s the most for any team after two games in modern major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

STATS confirmed the 31 whiffs by New York batters were the most in the first two games since at least 1914, surpassing the previous mark of 28 by Houston hitters against Texas last season.

ROCKIES 6, MARLINS 5

Pacheco had three hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Charlie Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits for Colorado as all eight position players in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit.

“I think we were saving them,” Pacheco said of the hits. “We faced two tough guys (Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi) at the beginning of the series and it’s bound to happen with this lineup. We have a bunch of guys who can hit.”

Rockies two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as a precaution due to dizziness, which began during the game without a particular incident.

“He’s OK, he wasn’t feeling too good and was a little dizzy,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “I think he’s fine, but he wasn’t feeling too good.”

Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in two three for the Marlins, who trailed 6-1 in the sixth.

“That’s the difference from last year,” Stanton said. “That happened frequently, a sense of looking to tomorrow, we already lost. It’s good to keep going every game to the last out.”

REDS 1, CARDINALS 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — J.J. Hoover (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the ninth, getting Matt Adams on a called third strike with two runners aboard.

The NL Central rivals waited 2 hours, 40 minutes to get started. They wanted to get the game in because heavy rain was forecast for Thursday afternoon when they conclude their series.

The Reds promoted it as opening night, complete with pregame player introductions and postgame fireworks. The introductions were cancelled because of the long delay, and the fireworks were shot off as the grounds crew removed the tarp and prepared the field for the first pitch.

Neither starter had a problem because of the delay.

Left-hander Tony Cingrani gave up a pair of singles and two walks in seven innings. He spent the offseason working on his secondary pitches. Last year, he threw his fastball 81.7 percent of the time, the second-most by a starter in the majors, according to STATS LLC.

Michael Wacha allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He got shortstop Zack Cozart to ground into a forceout with the bases loaded in the fourth.

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