Game of the day: Colorado at Florida, 7:10 p.m. The Rockies travel to Florida to open a three-game series between surprising teams with two of the best records in the National League. Jhoulys Chacin (3-0) is scheduled to start for Colorado, coming off a six-hit shutout against the Cubs in his last outing. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-1) will pitch for Florida. The Rockies are 9-2 this season against teams outside the NL West, while the Marlins are 5-1 against non-division opponents.
Other games to watch
Kansas City at Texas, 8:05 p.m. The Rangers have lost six of their last eight games after starting the season 9-1, but will look to turn it around against the Royals. Rangers starter Derek Holland (2-1) took his first loss of the season in his last start against the Yankees, but Holland still has a solid 3.66 ERA through three starts in his first season as a full-time starter. Veteran left-hander Jeff Francis (0-1) will start for Kansas City, still aiming for his first win of the season despite four straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer.
Boston at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m. The Red Sox are still climbing back from their 2-10 start to the season, and they will continue their four-game series against the AL West-leading Angels on Friday with a great pitching matchup in game two. Jon Lester (1-1) has thrown three straight quality starts since getting knocked around on opening day, but has just a 5.86 ERA in five career starts against the Angels. Los Angeles starter Dan Haren (4-0) has been dominant in his first four starts of the season, compiling an American League-best 1.16 ERA.
Game you should have seen
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Atlanta 3, 12 innings. Matt Kemp hit his second walk-off home run of the week – a two-run shot to left-center field in the bottom of the 12th – to lead the Dodgers past the Braves. Kemp also hit a game-ending home run Sunday against St. Louis. The Braves were down to their last out in the top of the ninth inning when David Ross hit a two-run single to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake’s RBI single forced extra innings. Los Angeles won three out of four against the Braves amid the turmoil in its front office.
Stat you should know
448. The number of career home runs Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will have hit at the end of the 2020 season if he continues at the pace he set in his first four seasons. Braun signed a five-year contract extension Thursday that will keep him in Milwaukee through 2020.
Star of the night
Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse pitched a two-hit shutout to lead St. Louis to a 5-0 win over the Nationals. Lohse (3-1) has thrown seven innings or more in all four of his starts this season, and he lowered his season ERA to 2.01.
“It was nice to go out there and kind of erase some things and pitch,” Reds pitcher Mike Leake . The right-hander earned the win in Cincinnati’s 7-4 win over Arizona on Thursday three days after he was arrested Monday when he was accused of stealing six shirts from a department store.