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Phillies rally from 7 down for first victory

Houston catcher Ivan Rodriguez lifts the Chicago Cubs' Aramis Ramirez off his feet as Ramirez tried to run him over at home plate during Wednesday's game in Houston.

Houston catcher Ivan Rodriguez lifts the Chicago Cubs' Aramis Ramirez off his feet as Ramirez tried to run him over at home plate during Wednesday's game in Houston.

PHILADELPHIA – First, they got their bling. Then, they got their first win of the season.

Four Phillies walked with the bases loaded during an eight-run seventh inning and Philadelphia rallied for a 12-11 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer, helping the defending World Series champions overcome a 10-3 deficit and avoid a three-game sweep on the day they received their shiny, new rings.

“We played 2 1/2 games where we hadn’t done much right, but we came back and got them,” manager Charlie Manuel said.

Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer hit two-run homers for the Braves, and Javier Vazquez left with a seven-run lead after pitching six effective innings in his first start with his new team. The Phils’ Ryan Madson retired the side in the eighth and closer Brad Lidge earned his 52nd consecutive save, including seven in the postseason and three dating to 2007 with Houston.

Brewers 4, Giants 2: In San Francisco, Yovani Gallardo pitched neatly into the seventh inning and also hit a three-run homer off Randy Johnson to spoil the Big Unit’s debut with the Giants. Johnson, 45, opened his 22nd major league season with seven strikeouts – giving him 4,796 in his career.

Dodgers 5, Padres 2: In San Diego, Manny Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh and finished with three RBIs for Los Angeles. Chad Billingsley worked six solid innings, and three relievers combined to finish the three-hitter.

Cubs 11, Astros 6: In Houston, Aramis Ramirez and Mike Fontenot drove in four runs apiece to lead Chicago, which won an opening series for the first time since taking two of three from the Mets in 2003.

Mets 9, Reds 7: In Cincinnati, Carlos Delgado homered and drove in four runs, getting New York’s offense rolling on a clear, cool night.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 4: In St. Louis, Zach Duke beat St. Louis for the first time in nearly three seasons and Pittsburgh’s Freddy Sanchez went 4-for-5 for his third straight multihit game to open the year.

Marlins 6, Nationals 4: In Miami, Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double, and pitcher Chris Volstad was almost flawless after a shaky first inning as Florida completed the three-game sweep.

Orioles’ new hurler tops Yankees

BALTIMORE – Koji Uehara allowed one run over five innings in his major league debut, Nick Markakis went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees 7-5. Baltimore improved to 2-0 with its second straight win over the Yankees.

Uehara (1-0) gave up five hits and a walk before leaving with a 7-1 lead. He pitched in the Japanese League for 10 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.

Athletics 6, Angels 4: In Anaheim, Calif., pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Ellis and Matt Holliday hit RBI singles with two outs in the ninth inning off new Angels closer Brian Fuentes, rallying the Oakland over Los Angeles.

Rays 7, Red Sox 2: In Boston, Scott Kazmir pitched six solid innings and the bullpen preserved the lead, giving the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays their first win of the season.

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 1: In Toronto, Miguel Cabrera homered twice, Brandon Inge connected for the third straight game and Detroit beat Toronto for its first victory of the season. Inge became the first Tigers player in more than 50 years to homer in the first three games of the year.

Royals 2, White Sox 0: In Chicago, Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Kansas City bullpen was perfect.

Twins 6, Mariners 5: In Minneapolis, Justin Morneau homered and drove in three runs, and Jason Kubel hit the go-ahead RBI double in the fifth.

Rangers 8, Indians 5: In Arlington, Texas, Nelson Cruz hit two solo homers and drove in three runs, and 20-year-old rookie Elvis Andrus added his first homer to lead Texas past Cleveland.

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