Jon Lieber (2-0) allowed just two earned runs over eight innings of work as the Phillies posted a 13-4 win over St.Louis Sunday. Lieber allowed four hits and a walk and gave up two unearned runs as well.
Lieber was perfect through four innings and had a shutout through six before Albert Pujols connected on a seventh inning homerun. Lieber also gave up homeruns to Abraham Nunez and So Taguchi in the eighth.
The Phillies collected 17 hits, including three from Bobby Abreu. Abreu drove in four runs and scored twice while shaking off an early season slump. His 3-for-6 day upped his average to .286 on the season. Chase Utley drove in two runs and went 3-for-5.
Pat Burrell launched his third homerun of the season and drove in three more runs to give him 15 RBI. Burrell's homerun was the only longball for the Phillies.
Chris Carpenter (1-1) took the loss for St.Louis.
Scranton took three out of four games in their opening series with Norfolk, getting all three wins by one run, beating the Tides 2-1 in 10 innings on Sunday.
Rob Tejeda allowed one run over six innings and struck out eight hitters. The Scranton bullpen threw four shutout innings of relief. Frank Perez (1-0) threw the tenth inning to get the win.
Carlos Ruiz drove in the winning run with nobody out in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Edwin Moreno (0-1) gave up four earned runs in five innings of work and Erick Burke was slammed for five earned runs in two innings on Sunday. Travis Minix gave up two more earned runs in the eighth, but Felix Villegas put down the Curve in the ninth without allowing a run.
Danny Gonzalez went 2-for-4 in the losing cause.
Clearwater beat Dunedin 13-10 Sunday as the two teams combined for 31 hits.
Nick Evangelista (1-0) restored some order, allowing just one hit over 1 2/3 innings of work. He was the only Threshers pitcher to escape unscathed. Scott Mathieson started and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, Cory Schultz gave up two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work and Kyle Parcus gave up two more earned runs in just 1/3 inning of work.
Jason Drobiak had two hits and Greg Golson extended his hitting streak to three games, but the BlueClaws were unable to push any runs across the plate in their 5-0 loss to Lake County.
Lake County pitchers combined to strike out 13 BlueClaws hitters.
Kyle Kendrick (0-1) started and gave up two earned runs over five innings of work. Chris Honsa and Joe Bisenius worked in relief, with Honsa allowing two earned runs in two innings and Bisenius allowing another in his two innings of work.