The 2016 MLB season has officially started. The Kansas City Royals faced the New York Mets in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Who came up on top? Here are the full MLB Opening Day 2016 results from all three games on April 3, 2016.
Royals hold on to beat Mets 4-3
The reigning World Series champions opened the season with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. The Royals defeated Matt Harvey in the first ever Opening Day rematch of a World Series in MLB history.
Edinson Volquez allowed two hits and three walks in six innings with a 4-0. However, the Mets rallied in the eighth inning by scoring three past Joakim Soria. Nevertheless, the rally came up short as Wade Davis closed it out in the ninth.
Liriano leads Pirates to 4-1 win over Cardinals
Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano recorded 10 strikeouts to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano allowed only three hits and five walks in six shutout innings. He also hit the first RBI of the 2016 MLB season in the second inning off Adam Wainwright.
“I thought Frankie went out and pitched a good ballgame. Frankie stayed aggressive and pitched his ballgame,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle commented on Liriano’s performance via MLB.com.
Pittsburgh scored two runs in the second inning and added two more in the sixth and eighth innings. Matt Carpenter hits the only RBI for the Cardinals.
Blue Jays defeat Rays 5-3
The Toronto Blue Jays are the favorites to win the 2016 World Series. The men from the North got the 2016 Opening Day results they wanted with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Marcus Stroman was solid for the Blue Jays as he held the Rays to just three runs on six hits and eight innings of work. Troy Tulowitzki also hit the first home run of the 2016 season in the eighth inning off of Ryan Webb.
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