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Wednesday, 02 April 2008 19:19
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 CHICAGO (AP) -Jeff Suppan held Chicago to two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, Rickie Weeks homered on the game's first pitch and Jason Kendall reached base five straight times to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cubs 8-2 Wednesday.
Ryan Braun and ex-Cub Kendall - batting ninth - had three hits each in Milwaukee's 14-hit attack.
Suppan (1-0) gave up Derrek Lee's home run leading off the fourth on a 41-degree day and left after allowing Geovany Soto's home in the seventh.
Chicago starter Ted Lilly (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings as the Cubs dropped to 0-2.
Nationals 1, Phillies 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tim Redding took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer to help Washington stay unbeaten.
Redding (1-0) allowed just a single by Pedro Feliz in the second inning and walked three batters in seven innings. He outpitched Cole Hamels (0-1), who gave up one run and five hits in eight innings.
Redding retired 14 straight batters after Feliz grounded a single to center. He walked Ryan Howard in the seventh and left after walking Geoff Jenkins to start the bottom of the eighth.
Luis Ayala came in and retired the next three batters. Jon Rauch pitched a perfect ninth for his first save in two tries. Rauch got the win in the opener after blowing a save while filling in for ailing closer Chad Cordero.
The Nationals are 3-0 for the first time since 2003 when they were the Montreal Expos.
Reds 6, Arizona 5
CINCINNATI (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Cincinnati its first victory under manager Dusty Baker.
Arizona took a 5-3 lead into the ninth on the strength of an impressive debut by right-hander Dan Haren, who doubled, scored a run, hit a sacrifice fly and pitched six innings.
Brandon Lyon (0-1), who took over the closer role after Jose Valverde was traded in the offseason, came on and quickly gave it away. Brandon Phillips, who homered earlier, and Adam Dunn opened the ninth with singles. After Encarnacion failed to get down a sacrifice bunt, he hit his first homer of the season into the lower deck in left field.
Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded threat in the top of the ninth, putting him in position for the win.
Mets 13, Marlins 0
MIAMI (AP) - Ryan Church and David Wright each homered, Carlos Beltran had three doubles and New York pounded out 17 hits.
Church had three hits and drove in three runs, and every Mets starting position player had at least one hit and scored at least once.
Oliver Perez allowed five hits over six scoreless innings to pick up his a win in his season debut.
Wright's three-run homer off Lee Gardner capped a five-run sixth inning.
Andrew Miller took the loss, giving up five runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings in his Marlins debut. Miller was acquired from Detroit in the offseason.
Cardinals 8, Rockies 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals center fielder Rick Ankiel homered, singled twice and made a diving catch and St. Louis beat Colorado.
Todd Wellemeyer (1-0) struck out six in five strong innings, Ryan Ludwick had three hits and three RBIs and Rico Washington drove in an insurance run with his first career hit after nearly 4,000 minor league at-bats in a four-run eighth.
Brad Hawpe had a home run and RBI double for the defending NL champions Rockies, who were 2-1 winners in the opener Tuesday. Aaron Cook (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings, and left trailing 4-1.
Albert Pujols was 2-for-2 with three walks and an RBI for the Cardinals, whose string of 165 consecutive regular-season sellouts ended with announced attendance of 39,915 in 51-degree chill.
Braves 10, Pirates 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Yunel Escobar added a three-run shot in Atlanta's seven-run eighth inning.
Jair Jurrjens, acquired in the offseason deal that sent Edgar Renteria to Detroit, got the win. He gave up seven hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings to help the Braves avoid an 0-3 start. Jurrjens struck out five with only one walk.
Jurrjens gave up only four hits in five scoreless innings before tiring in the sixth. He was pulled after giving up three hits in the inning, including Xavier Nady's two-run double.
Tom Gorzelanny (0-1) gave up six hits and three runs with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings.
Teixeira was 1-for-13 (.077) before his homer.
Astros 9, Padres 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston rallied for its first win.
With the Padres leading 6-5, Hoffman retired the first two batters before walking pinch-hitter Jose Cruz Jr. on a full-count pitch. Michael Bourn singled to right and Hunter Pence followed with a single off the tip of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove to score Cruz. Berkman drove a 3-1 pitch over the center field fence for his first homer of the season.
Fans saw a rare sight - Hoffman (0-1) being pulled.
San Diego's Brian Giles singled three times and had three RBIs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jose Valverde (1-0). Michael Barrett scored three runs for the Padres.

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