Winless Braves suffer more agony

The Atlanta Braves made it eight games without a win since the start of the new MLB season after they were beaten 3-0 by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

It is the Braves’ worse start to a season since they lost their opening 10 games in 1988.

Washington’s sixth win of the campaign came courtesy of a fine pitching display from Tanner Roark and home runs from Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth.

The Baltimore Orioles suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox.

Baltimore had won their first seven games but were beaten by Xander Bogaerts’ two-run double and Jackie Bradley’s triple, despite Chris Davis’ two-run homer.

A grand slam from Jarrod Saltalamacchia helped the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3.

Saltalamacchia stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and struck his 100th career home run.

The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their opening eight games, with their latest success a 9-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds while the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 10-6.

The New York Mets ended a run of four successive defeats by beating the Miami Marlins 2-1.

Kevin Plawecki’s two-run single in the seventh secured victory for last year’s National League winners.

Jose Bautista’s 800th career RBI helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-2 while the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0.

The Los Angeles Angels stretched their winning run to four games with a 5-1 success against the Oakland Athletics and Jason Kipnis’ home run helped the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lee Dae-ho’s 10th-inning, two-run homer secured the Seattle Mariners a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers while Maikel Franco drove in both runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 2-1.

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the St Louis Cardinals 6-4, the Kansas City Royals saw off the Houston Astros 4-2 and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1.