Cubs crush Reds to create history

The Chicago Cubs crushed the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Thursday night to record their best start to an MLB season in 47 years.

Chicago have won eight of their opening nine games for the first time since 1969, with their latest success coming after a big effort from Jasom Hammel.

He pitched six scoreless innings and also added one RBI and one run, while Kris Bryant scored a home run for the second successive day.

Bryce Harper recorded his 100th homer with a grand slam as the Washington Nationals handed another defeat to the Atlanta Braves.

The 6-2 reverse means Atlanta have now lost nine straight games to start the campaign, one game short of their worst beginning to a season in 1988.

The Minnesota Twins have also dropped their opening nine games, with their latest defeat coming at the hands of the Chicago White Sox, who prevailed 3-1.

Ryan Howard hit a dinger while Vince Velasquez recorded his first shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies recorded a 3-0 win against the San Diego Padres.

Jaime Garcia struck out a career-best 13 as the St Louis Cardinals thrashed the Milwaukee Brewers 7-0 while Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 4-2 win against the New York Yankees.

Ian Kennedy recorded a victory on his first Kansas City start as the Royals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 while Cole Hamels’ winning streak is up to nine games as the Texas Rangers saw off the Baltimore Orioles 6-3.

The Detroit Tigers were 7-4 winners against the Pittsburgh Pirates while the Cleveland Indians eased to a 6-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Colorado Rockies scored nine runs in the fifth inning as they beat the San Francisco Giants 11-6 while the Los Angeles Dodgers saw off the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2.