|Diamondbacks unfurl NL West banner, hit four homers in 9-3 win over Dodgers|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 07 April 2008 23:29|
These boys can sure hit now.
Mark Reynolds hit two of Arizona's four home runs Monday night, and the worst-hitting team in the National League last year, routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 in its home opener.
``A lot of guys got some more time under their belts,'' Reynolds said. ``Everybody's got more experience, and with that comes confidence, and you really see it in the results.''
Orlando Hudson had a two-run homer, and Chris Young added a solo shot and an RBI single as the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight. Reynolds and Young each have four home runs in Arizona's seven games.
Reynolds has nine RBIs for a young team that learned a lot in their run to the NLCS last year, when Arizona had the NL's best record but worst batting average.
``Offensively we're starting to mature a little bit,'' Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. ``We have to keep it going, but the results early on here have been pretty good.''
In other NL games, it was: Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3; Chicago Cubs 10, Pittsburgh 8, 12 innings; San Diego 8, San Francisco 4; Houston 5, St. Louis 3; Florida 10, Washington 7; and Colorado 2, Atlanta 1.
Dan Haren gave up three runs - one earned - in six innings to get his first Arizona victory. Haren (1-0), acquired in a trade with Oakland in the offseason, allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none.
Dodgers first-year manager Joe Torre knew from his Yankees days what Haren can bring.
``He makes pitches when he has to,'' Torre said. ``I've seen him sharper, but the one thing about it is he may bend but he doesn't break. He's a very tough competitor.''
Reynolds, who had homered in the ninth in Arizona's 10-inning win at Colorado on Sunday, hit a first-inning two-run shot off Esteban Loaiza (0-2) some 455 feet deep into the left-field stands. His opposite-field solo homer off Chan Ho Park in the sixth barely cleared the right-field fence.
Jeff Kent drove in two runs with a homer and RBI single for Los Angeles.
The Diamondbacks unveiled their NL West champion banner, their fourth in the franchise's 10-year history, in front of a capacity crowd of 49,057, then scored four runs by the time Loaiza threw his 11th pitch.
``I had the chills, I really did, running out there,'' Haren said. ``I was happy I was able to give a good performance, but I think tonight I'd really tip my hat to the hitters.''
Phillies 5, Reds 3
At Cincinnati, Pat Burrell hit two of Philadelphia's four homers off Bronson Arroyo.
Jimmy Rollins and Geoff Jenkins also homered off Arroyo (0-1), who had never before given up more than three in a game.
Left-hander Cole Hamels (1-0) gave up five hits and three walks in seven innings. Brad Lidge, who came off the disabled list Saturday after recovering from knee surgery, gave up a run in the ninth before closing it out for his first save.
Cubs 10, Pirates 8, 12 innings
At Pittsburgh, Aramis Ramirez's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run during a two-run 12th inning in which the Cubs didn't have a hit off rookie Evan Meek.
Former starter Jon Lieber (1-1) gave a depleted bullpen a big lift with three scoreless innings before Carlos Marmol finished up in the 12th for his first save since June 27, helping the Cubs win their third in a row.
Meek (0-1), the last remaining pitcher in the Pirates' bullpen, walked five - two intentionally. The Cubs' second run of the inning came on Mark DeRosa's bases-loaded walk.
Rockies 2, Braves 1
At Denver, Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth off Blaine Boyer (0-2), Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and Colorado snapped a five-game losing streak.
Matt Herges (1-0) got the victory in relief of Cook, and Manny Corpas got his second save of the season.
Marlins 10, Nationals 7
At Washington, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Robert Andino homered, and four Florida relievers combined for 5 2-3 innings of one-run ball.
Florida put up five runs against Tim Redding (1-1) in the third inning. All the scoring was unearned, because of shortstop Cristian Guzman's throwing error.
Renyel Pinto (1-0) earned the win with 2 2-3 hitless innings. Kevin Gregg got the final four outs to earn the first save by a Marlins pitcher this season.
Padres 8, Giants 4
At San Francisco, Greg Maddux earned his 348th career win, Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer and four runs, and San Diego spoiled San Francisco's home opener.
Maddux (1-0) gave up one run and three hits in seven innings.
Matt Cain (0-1) allowed five runs - four earned - seven hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Astros 5, Cardinals 3
At Houston, Miguel Tejada's two-run homer Kyle McClellan (0-1) in the bottom of the ninth gave Houston the win.
Ryan Ludwick's two-out, two RBI double off closer Jose Valverde (2-0) tied it at 3 in the top of the ninth.