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Friday, 04 April 2008 19:19
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 DENVER (AP) -Arizona right-hander Micah Owings struck out a career-best nine batters and allowed just one run and two hits over 6 2-3 splendid innings, and the Diamondbacks pounded the struggling Colorado Rockies 8-1 on Friday.
Chad Qualls and Juan Cruz completed the two-hitter, and Mark Reynolds homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who watched the Rockies celebrate a sweep of the NL championship series the last time they were in town.
Owings (1-0) at one point retired 17 straight batters.
Mark Redman (0-1) allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings for Colorado.
Astros 4, Cubs 3
CHICAGO (AP) - J.R. Towles homered in the fourth, Miguel Tejada added a go-ahead triple in the eighth and the Astros sent the Cubs to their third loss in four games.
Towles' two-run drive off Rich Hill gave Houston a 2-0 lead, and that held until Geovany Soto's tying, two-run single in the seventh. Houston immediately got two runs in the eighth off Jon Lieber (0-1), thanks to some shoddy defense.
Mark DeRosa homered in the ninth off Jose Valverde, who earned his first save of the year after leading the major leagues last season with 47 for Arizona.
Wesley Wright (1-0), a 23-year-old rookie, got his first major league decision in relief.
Brewers 13, Giants 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Bill Hall homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs, leading the Brewers to a rout of San Francisco in their home opener.
Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs, and Gabe Kapler drove in a pair of runs. The Brewers have won three of their first four games after taking two out of three from Chicago in their season-opening series at Wrigley Field.
Carlos Villanueva (1-0) tied a career high with six strikeouts, going 5 1-3 innings. Salomon Torres pitched three innings for his first save.
San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) set a career high with eight strikeouts. But it wasn't much of a day otherwise for Sanchez, who gave up seven runs in four-plus innings.
Marlins 5, Pirates 4
MIAMI (AP) - Mike Jacobs homered off reliever Franquelis Osoria leading off the ninth to give Florida it's second walk-off win of the young season.
Jacobs sent Osoria's 1-1 pitch over the right-field wall. Jacobs went 3-for-5 and scored three runs. Josh Willingham homered and Hanley Ramirez had three hits for Florida.
Kevin Gregg (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win.
Ryan Doumit hit his first home run for Pittsburgh.
The Marlins have won two of their first four games. On Tuesday, Robert Andino hit his first major league home run in the bottom of the 10th to beat the New York Mets 5-4.
Cardinals 5, Nationals 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Braden Looper gave the lightly regarded St. Louis rotation its fourth straight stingy outing and Rick Ankiel hit a two-run homer in a win over Washington.
Looper (1-0), beginning his second season as a starter after making 572 appearances as a closer or setup man, allowed a run and five hits in six innings and left leading 5-1. Cardinals starters have allowed only two earned runs in 22 2-3 innings.
Cristian Guzman homered for Washington, but it didn't do much good. Odalis Perez (0-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings to fall to 3-5 with an 8.87 ERA for his career against the Cardinals.
Phillies 8, Reds 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Chase Utley continued his domination of Cincinnati, driving in three runs with a pair of homers and helping Philadelphia to its second win after an 0-2 start.
Utley hit a two-run homer off Josh Fogg (0-1), who lasted only four innings in his Reds debut, and added a solo shot off left-hander Jeremy Affeldt for his 100th career homer. Utley is 13-for-22 in his last six games against the Reds, with seven homers and 13 RBIs.
Pat Burrell also had a two-run homer for the Phillies, who had six extra-base hits.
Kyle Kendrick (1-0), who led NL rookies with 10 wins last season, had a tough time getting his first of the new season. The right-hander gave up four runs, eight hits and a pair of walks in five-plus innings, getting pulled from the game after 94 pitches.
Dodgers 7, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant in his big league debut, holding San Diego to three hits in seven innings with a mix of fastballs and sliders, plus an occasional splitter.
Kuroda (1-0) also walked and scored on Russell Martin's first hit of the season, a two-run single in the seventh. A meltdown by the Padres' bullpen led to six runs that inning.
The Dodgers blew it open in the seventh against lefty relievers Joe Thatcher (0-1) and Glendon Rusch, getting three singles, four walks and a sacrifice fly.
Padres starter Justin Germano allowed an unearned run on three hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.
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