After enduring one final delay in their effort to return from an eight-day, coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Miami Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the host Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday night.
Francisco Cervelli and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who had their season halted after 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia.
Pablo Lopez threw five innings of two-hit ball and the bullpen gave up only one hit.
"These guys love to play, right? That's what you see," manager Don Mattingly said. "We've been in a hotel for a long time. Guys are happy to be out."
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins were still awaiting the result of further COVID-19 tests, a process that stalled their arrival at Camden Yards and pushed back the scheduled 7:35 p.m. start by 41 minutes.
Once they finally got back on the diamond, the Marlins backed up the assertion of President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, who said beforehand: "We expect to win games."
Miami put a whopping 18 players on the injured list and showed up with an equal number of replacements on their 30-man roster — some from their minor league camp, others obtained via trade and a few plucked off the waiver wire.
There were plenty of rookies in the dugout, but the only one in the starting lineup was highly touted prospect fielder Monte Harrison, who played center field and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his major league debut.
Chicago White Sox 3, Milwaukee 2: Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, helping Lucas Giolito and the White Sox edge the host Brewers. Chicago has won six in a row for the first time since April 2017, but rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left because of an injured left shoulder in the third inning and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion departed in the sixth because of left shoulder soreness.
Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 2: Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Indians, despite finishing with only three hits, ended a four-game skid by beating the host Reds. Reyes capped Cleveland's comeback with his first homer of the season after hitting 37 last year.
Atlanta 10, Toronto 1: Max Fried boosted a depleted rotation by giving up only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the host Braves beat the Blue Jays, who played their first game since Thursday after their weekend series against Philadelphia was postponed.
Chicago Cubs 5, Kansas City 4: Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the host Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Royals for their fifth victory in a row.
Houston 8, Arizona 2: Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa homered off Madison Bumgarner, George Springer drove in three runs and the Astros routed the host Diamondbacks.
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 1: Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season because of the coronavirus and the host Rays stopped their losing streak at five, beating the Red Sox, who fell to 3-8.
Oakland 5, Texas 1: Stephen Piscotty hit the Athletics' second walkoff grand slam of the young season, launching a one-out shot off Jesse Chavez in the ninth inning to beat the Rangers.
Los Angeles 5, Seattle 3: Mike Trout homered in his first at-bat following the birth of his first child and the Angels beat the host Mariners.
Washington 5, New York 3: Juan Soto danced on the dugout roof to celebrate solo shots by Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison, and the host Nationals returned from a coronavirus-caused four-day break to beat the injury-depleted Mets.
Colorado 5, San Francisco 2: German Marquez struck out nine in throwing into the eighth inning and benefited from an overturned home run as the rolling Rockies beat the Giants in Denver.
Los Angeles 5, San Diego 2: A.J. Pollock hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and homered in the ninth as the Dodgers beat the host Padres.
• St. Louis nine-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina said on Instragram that he is one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19. Soon afterward, the Cardinals named five other players: infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.
• Shohei Ohtani won't pitch again this season for the Angels after straining his right forearm in his second start, manager Joe Maddon said.