CINCINNATI — Ian Desmond made two errors at shortstop that helped the Cincinnati Reds take the game to extra innings, then led off the 11th with his first home run of the season to rally the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 victory Saturday.
Bryce Harper also homered for the Nationals, who were coming off a 15-0 loss in the series opener — their most lopsided defeat since baseball returned to Washington in 2005. The Reds hit six homers in that one.
Washington got the better of it this time, hitting five homers to Cincinnati's one. The teams have combined for 12 homers, accounting for 20 of the 28 runs in the series.
Wilson Ramos hit two for the Nationals, including a solo shot off J.J. Hoover (0-2) in the 11th for a 7-5 lead.
Desmond's two errors led to a pair of runs that helped the Reds rally from a 5-1 deficit against one of the NL's best bullpens.
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano blew a save for the first time in three chances. He gave up a leadoff homer to Shin-Soo Choo in the ninth before Joey Votto tripled — his first extra-base hit of the season — and scored on a wild pitch.
Cardinals 6, Giants 3
At San Francisco, Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead, two-run single against his former team and Shelby Miller beat the reigning World Series champions in his second career start as St. Louis defeated San Francisco to spoil Buster Posey's MVP party.
Pete Kozma had three hits, drove in a run and scored for the Cardinals from the No. 8 spot in the order. Matt Holliday singled in a run and Matt Carpenter added an RBI single in the ninth.
Mets 7, Marlins 3
At New York, John Buck drove in four runs and was part of a rare umpire's call that helped New York beat Miami.
New York led 3-2 in the seventh inning moments before plate umpire Jim Joyce made the unusual call.
Juan Pierre was at second base and Greg Dobbs hit a two-out single. Pierre dashed home easily with the tying run as right fielder Mike Baxter's throw was 10 feet wide of Buck at the plate. Pierre crossed home but then collided with Buck as the catcher planted to try and throw out Dobbs at second.
Joyce immediately called Pierre for interference and ruled Dobbs out, ending the inning.
Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 2
At Milwaukee, Jason Kubel, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each homered in Arizona's victory over the injury-depleted Brewers.
Braves 6, Cubs 5
At Atlanta, B.J. Upton led off the ninth inning with a homer and his brother Justin followed one out later with another long ball that helped the Atlanta Braves rally past embattled Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol for a victory.
Rockies 6, Padres 3
At Denver, Jon Garland threw six sharp innings in his first appearance in almost two years and Michael Cuddyer drove in four runs, helping the Rockies to a win over the Padres.
Dodgers 1, Pirates 0
At Los Angeles, Clayton Kershaw followed up his sensational one-man show on opening day with seven innings of two-hit ball and nine strikeouts in a spirited duel with A.J. Burnett, and the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh for their second straight shutout win over the Pirates.
Kershaw (2-0) walked one and retired 17 consecutive batters after giving up a leadoff single in the first inning to Starling Marte.
Athletics 6, Astros 3
At Houston, Bartolo Colon was sharp in his return from a drug suspension and Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Seth Smith homered to lead Oakland to a victory over the Astros.
It was the first appearance for Colon (1-0) since he received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test Aug. 22. He allowed eight hits and three runs without a walk in six innings for the win.
White Sox 4, Mariners 3
At Chicago, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning and Chicago beat Seattle.
With one out and Alejandro De Aza aboard after a leadoff single, Rios drove an 0-2 pitch through a tricky wind and way over the wall in left for his second homer in two days.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 0
At Toronto, John Lackey left with a strained biceps in his first start since September 2011, grabbing his right arm in pain and coming out in the fifth inning as Boston lost to Toronto.
Lackey (0-1) missed last season following elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011. He allowed a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia in the fourth, then clutched his arm and jumped around the mound in pain after throwing low and inside to Jose Reyes on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the fifth.
Angels 8, Rangers 4
At Arlington, Texas, Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
Tigers 8, Yankees 4
At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 4 day and Prince Fielder drove in two runs to lead Detroit over New York.
Rays 6, Indians 0
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Alex Cobb scattered four hits in 71/3 innings, Kelly Johnson homered and Tampa Bay beat Cleveland.
Cobb (1-0) struck out six and walked three as the Rays blanked Cleveland for the second consecutive game. Joel Peralta and Cesar Ramos completed a five-hitter.
Twins 6, Orioles 5
At Baltimore, Justin Morneau singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning after an error by Chris Davis, and the Twins got a home run from Chris Parmalee in a victory over the Orioles.
Phillies 4, Royals 3
At Philadelphia, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a bases-clearing, three-run double with two outs in the ninth off closer Greg Holland to lift the Phillies to a victory over the Kansas City Royals in front of the smallest crowd in Philadelphia in four years.