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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) overcame a maddening first, when the Reds scored two run with the help of a walk and an error. Hamels 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.
Cincinnati loaded the bases off Lidge when Paul Bako walked with two outs, left fielder So Taguchi dropped Corey Patterson's fly ball after a long run, and pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. was intentionally walked.
Lidge bounced a wild pitch that let in a run, then got Javier Valentin on a 95 mph called third strike to end it.
Cubs 10, Pirates 8, 12 innings
PITTSBURGH (AP) - 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, and Chicago rallied after squandering a seven-run lead to win Pittsburgh's home opener.
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 the 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.
Ramirez and Geovany Soto each drove in two runs and Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny walked three and committed a run-scoring throwing error during a six-run third finished off by Ronny Cedeno's three-run double off Phil Dumatrait.
Rockies 2, Braves 1
DENVER (AP) - Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and Colorado snapped a five-game losing streak.
Tom Glavine gave up three hits in 6 1-3 shutout innings but got his second straight no-decision, despite owning a 0.79 ERA in two starts.
The game took just 2:05 to play, the shortest nine-inning game in Coors Field history.
Matt Herges (1-0) got the victory in relief of Cook, and Manny Corpas got his second save of the season.
The Rockies trailed 1-0 into the eighth before rallying. Troy Tulowitzki led off with a double to right-center off of reliever Blaine Boyer (0-2), and after Todd Helton struck out looking, Holliday blasted Boyer's first pitch over the center field wall.
Marlins 10, Nationals 7
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Robert Andino homered, and four Florida relievers combined for 5 2-3 innings of one-run ball.
The Nationals dropped their fifth consecutive game after a 3-0 start, guilty of some sloppy fielding that led to six unearned runs at a less-than-half-full $611 million Nationals Park.
Florida improved to 4-3 thanks in large part to putting up five runs off Tim Redding (1-1) in the third inning. All the scoring was unearned, because of shortstop Cristian Guzman's throwing error, and the big blow was Ramirez's three-run homer.
Renyel Pinto (1-0) earned the win with 2 2-3 hitless innings. He was followed by Justin Miller, Taylor Tankersley and Kevin Gregg, who got the final four outs to earn the first save by a Marlins pitcher this season.
Padres 8, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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, and has won six straight decisions against San Francisco since 2003. He retired 19 of his final 20 batters after giving up an RBI single to Bengie Molina in the first - the only run the Giants have scored before the fifth inning this season.
Khalil Greene drove in three runs for the Padres with two sacrifice flies and a single.
Cain (0-1) allowed five runs - four earned - seven hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings and fell to 0-4 in his last seven starts against the Padres.
Astros 5, Cardinals 3
HOUSTON (AP) - Miguel Tejada's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave Houston the win, snapping St. Louis' winning streak at five games.
Tejada's home run to right field off Kyle McClellan (0-1) scored pinch runner Darin Erstad.
The Astros led 3-0 before the Cardinals three-hit ninth inning. Ryan Ludwick's two-out, two RBI double off closer Jose Valverde (2-0) tied it at 3 in the top of the ninth. Cesar Izturis scored easily on the hit to right center field. Astros pitcher J.R. Towles was in position to tag Troy Glaus at home, but couldn't hold onto the ball during a collision and Glaus scored the tying run.
Back-to-back homers by Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Astros catcher J.R. Towles added a run with a solo homer to left field off Kelvin Jimenez in the eighth inning.
Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 3
PHOENIX (AP) - Mark Reynolds hit two of Arizona's four home runs, and the Diamondbacks won their home opener to stretch their winning streak to four games.
Orlando Hudson had a two-run homer, and Chris Young added a solo shot and an RBI single after agreeing to a six-year contract extension earlier in the day.
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.
Esteban Loaiza (0-2) threw just 53 pitches in four innings, allowing four runs on four hits.