MLB: Cincinnati Reds get first run of season and beat St Louis Cardinals 1-0
Last Updated: 03/04/14 7:10am
Chris Heisey earns congratulations after his game-winning hit
A pinch-hit single from Chris Heisey earned the Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 win over the St Louis Cardinals but not before their team set an unwanted franchise record.
Heisey's ninth inning hit off Carlos Martinez plated the Reds first run of the season after 17 scoreless innings against last season's National League champions.
Their previous worst was 13 scoreless innings at the start of the 1909 and 1934 seasons.
They managed six hits on the night, after a long rain delay, but it took until the bottom of the ninth for home fans to finally celebrate their first run of the season - and their first victory.
Earlier, Tony Cingrani had pitched beautifully for the Reds, striking out nine in seven scoreless innings on his seasonal bow - he gave up only two hits, with relievers Manny Parra and JJ Hoover also proving tough to master.
The New York Yankees continued their poor start to the season with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros.
Houston were tipped by many pundits to be the worst side in the American League this season, but they made it two wins from two against a Yankees side bolstered by high-profile signings Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann.
Dexter Fowler put the Astros on the board with a first inning home run off Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Dominguez sealed victory in the seventh with another solo shot.
Tim Hudson looked sharp on his San Francisco Giants debut with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
And Mike Napoli hit a home run and contributed four RBI as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 in their first game since meeting president Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 5-1, the New York Mets remain winless after going down 5-1 to the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates needed 16 innings to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3.
There was a 6-5 win for the Colorado Rockies, who secured their first win of the season against the Miami Marlins, and the Atlanta Braves needed only one run to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0.
In the American League, the Los Angeles Angels continued their awful start with an 8-2 home defeat by the Seattle Mariners, Mark Buehrle struck out 11 for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians and Oakland A's shared victories in their double-header.
The Chicago White Sox saw off the Minnesota Twins 7-6 in 11 innings and it took 10 innings for the Detroit Tigers to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1.
The day's sole interleague game saw the Texas Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 thanks to three runs off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth inning.