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Happ, Rizzo homer as Cubs beat Marlins

02 April 2018, 07:55 | Bernice Figueroa

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St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Ian Happ (8) follows through on a double during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Braves 8, Phillies 5 • Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, capping host Atlanta's comeback from a five-run deficit.

Not only did Happ's leadoff homerun spark an early rally for the Cubs, but it also meant that Cubs reporter Michael Cerami had to take a dip into Lake Michigan.

Happ's leadoff homer of Jose Urena was the highlight of a fast start for the Cubs, who got another run on when Jason Heyward was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded then another when Javier Baez walked. Both teams are wearing patches with the initials "MSD" and 17 stars to honor the number of lives lost in the shooting.

Prior to Friday's game between the Cubs and Marlins in Miami, four families of victims or survivors of the tragic shooting are scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

In the fourth, Kyle Schwarber ran into some issues in the outfield.

Jeter, who homered in a win in his first opening day with the Yankees in 1996, had less success in his debut as the Marlins' CEO. Newcomer Steve Cishek (1-0) stranded four runners in two scoreless innings.

All Ian Happ needed was one pitch to put the first run on the board of the Major League Baseball season.

The Cubs have now improve to 80-61 on opening day in their history and for the first time won an opener in the month of March.

Lester, making his seventh opening day start, lasted only 3 1-3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned. They included Brian Anderson, who singled home a run in each of his first two at-bats, and Cooper, who replaced NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in right field and singled home a run to make it 4-all in the third.

"Our guys are going to get better as this year goes", manager Don Mattingly said, "but I don't see us backing away from anybody".

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