VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer off Matt Harvey in the first inning and added an RBI single in the seventh, leading a Washington Nationals split squad to an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets Wednesday.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched four strong innings for the Nationals, giving up one run while striking out six. Ryan Zimmerman, once again batting in the designated hitter spot, had two hits, including an RBI single.
Harper raised his spring training average to .444. Harper has three home runs.
Harvey gave up three runs and three hits in four innings. He struck out six.
Collin Cowgill homered for the Mets.
Nationals (ss) 9, Astros 7
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Erik Bedard made his first appearance in two weeks because of a strained glut muscle and stuck out three in one inning Wednesday for the Houston Astros in a loss to a Washington Nationals split squad.
Anthony Rendon had four hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning for Washington. Rendon’s fourth long ball of spring training came off left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Justin Maxwell’s RBI triple highlighted a four-run first inning for the Astros against Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf, who gave up four runs and five hits in three innings.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles gave up three runs on six hits in three innings.
Jose Altuve had three hits for the Astros and Brandon Laird hit his third home run.
Pirates 5, Blue Jays 4
BRADENTON, Fla. — Mark Buehrle allowed one run while pitching into the fourth inning, but Carlos Paulino lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays with an RBI single in the 10th inning.
Paulino singled to center off reliever Tommy Hottovy, who hit two batters with pitches in the inning.
Buehrle gave up four hits and a walk in 3 2-3 innings.
Pirates starter James McDonald went 5 1-3 innings and yielded three runs on five hits and two walks. The right-hander struck out five.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Anthony Gose walked and scored from second base on a throwing error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Adam Lind and Mike Nickeas each had an RBI single for Toronto.
Royals 4, Mariners 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Ervin Santana struck out seven in four innings, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez hit run-singles and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners to improve their spring training record to 14-2.
Santana, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels during the offseason, allowed his only run on Carlos Truinfel’s third-inning homer. Santana gave up two hits and threw 35 of 53 pitches for strikeouts.
Padres 8, Angels 6
PEORIA, Ariz. — Mike Trout had a double and a triple and Peter Bourjos homered as the star-studded Los Angeles Angels knocked the San Diego Padres around early but blew a lead late in a loss.
Bourjos’ two-run homer in the fourth inning off Clayton Richard put the Angels ahead 5-2. Richard allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.
Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton allowed two runs on five hits in five innings.
Indians 5, White Sox 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched five solid innings, settling into a good groove after allowing two runs in the second, and Cord Phelps hit his second homer of spring training to lift the Cleveland Indians to a victory over the Chicago White Sox.
After stringing together four hits in the second, including an RBI ground-rule double to center by Gordon Beckham and a run-scoring single by Dewayne Wise, the White Sox were held to two hits in the final six innings against Jimenez and four Indians relievers.
Giants 9, Reds 5
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Barry Zito allowed a run while pitching 3 1-3 innings and Bronson Arroyo gave up one earned run in four in the San Francisco Giants’ 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL playoff series.
Rockies 2, Cubs 0
MESA, Ariz.— Starlin Castro returned from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since Feb. 27, getting a single and a walked Wednesday in the Chicago Cubs’ loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Castro, who hurt his left leg in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, walked against Jorge De La Rosa leading off the first, singled in the third and came out after the inning.
Yankees 6, Phillies 2
TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter played shortstop for the first time since ankle surgery last fall and Andy Pettitte made his 2013 spring training debut in the New York Yankees’ win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pettitte, who had been pitching in simulated games, allowed one run and four hits over three-plus innings. The left-hander had three strikeouts and three walks.
Jeter had one chance during his four innings of play. He fielded Ben Revere’s two-hopper in the fourth and flipped the ball to second for a fielder’s choice. The Yankees captain last played in the field during the opener of the AL championship series in October.
Orioles 9, Twins 4
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brian Matusz pitched four hitless innings and retired his first 11 batters before a walk in the Baltimore Orioles’ win over the Minnesota Twins.
After a season that saw him sent to the minors and then return as a reliable reliever, the left-hander is trying to earn a rotation spot with the Orioles. He struck out seven.
Chris Dickerson hit a solo home run in the third off Kevin Correia, who allowed two runs — one earned — and four hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Minnesota’s Justin Morneau went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his first game back after playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.