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Wednesday, 09 April 2008 19:31
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Mike Pelfrey gave the Mets' injury-riddled pitching staff an encouraging boost, and the Phillies played a painfully sloppy game without their MVP shortstop in New York's 8-2 victory Wednesday night.
The Mets ended a nine-game losing streak to Philadelphia, taking advantage of four errors that led to six unearned runs.
Handed a comfortable lead, Pelfrey (1-0) tossed five effective innings in his first start of the year to help the Mets bounce back after losing their home opener to Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Angel Pagan hit a two-run double for the Mets. Damion Easley, starting at second base for ailing Luis Castillo, put New York ahead 2-1 with an RBI single off Kyle Kendrick (1-1) in the third. Kendrick walked six batters in the first two innings.
Jimmy Rollins sat out with a sprained left ankle, missing his first game since July 30, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He left Tuesday's game in the eighth inning after tweaking his ankle while scrambling back to second base on a pickoff play.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3
PHOENIX (AP) - Eric Byrnes hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh-inning off Hiroki Kuroda, and Arizona stretched its winning streak to six.
Micah Owings (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings as the Diamondbacks finished a three-game sweep of their NL West rival.
Brandon Lyon, who had blown his prior two save chances, retired the side in order in the ninth for his second save, although he got a scare when Blake Dewitt flied out to the left field wall.
Byrnes, who went 3-for-5, ended Kuroda's afternoon with a two-out, bases-loaded single that brought in the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth.
Kuroda (1-1), in his second start since coming to the Dodgers from Japan, gave up four runs - two earned - and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Marlins 10, Nationals 4
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Jacobs hit two homers, including one that capped a seven-run inning, to back Scott Olsen's solid pitching and help Florida improve to 5-3 overall, best in the NL East.
The pair of two-run shots give the first baseman four homers in the past five games, a surge that featured his first career game-ending homer Friday, his first career grand slam Saturday - and now his first multi-homer game since Aug. 24, 2005.
The Nationals have lost six consecutive games after a 3-0 start to the season.
Olsen (1-0) went 7 2-3 innings - one out shy of tying his career high - allowing four runs - three earned - four hits and four walks.
Nationals starter Jason Bergmann (0-1) managed to fool Florida for four innings. He got hit hard in the fifth, as the Marlins sent 10 men to the plate and scored seven runs, all earned.
Rockies 12, Braves 6
DENVER (AP) - Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run home run to cap off a six-run third inning and Colorado put up its highest run total of the young season to win its third straight.
Matt Holliday had a triple and two RBIs and Ryan Spilborghs went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in a spot start for the Rockies. Their previous high was just four runs, in a win Tuesday night against the Braves.
Mark Redman (1-1) pitched five innings and allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Chuck James (0-1), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, gave up six runs in three innings in his first start of the season. James hit three batters.
Cubs 6, Pirates 4, 15 innings
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Felix Pie's two-run single in the 15th allowed Chicago to outlast Pittsburgh in the second extra-inning game in a row between the two teams.
Pie's hit to left off of Phil Dumatrait (0-1) with the bases loaded scored Ryan Theriot and Alfonso Soriano, helping the Cubs win their fourth in a row.
Twice the Pirates tied the Cubs with home runs to extend the game. Jason Bay hit his first of the season to lead off the ninth against Kerry Wood, who blew his first save. Adam LaRoche then broke out of an 0-for-25 slump by homering off of Kevin Hart (2-0) with Bay aboard in the 14th to tie the game at 4.
That came after ex-Pirate Aramis Ramirez had given the Cubs the lead with a two-run shot, his second, in the top of the inning. Ramirez had three hits and scored two runs.
Cardinals 6, Astros 4
HOUSTON (AP) - Albert Pujols hit his first two homers of the year and St. Louis beat Houston to take its third straight series.
Pujols also had an RBI single and Rick Ankiel added two RBIs.
Pujols ended the longest home run drought to start the year in his career, hitting two in his ninth game. His previous long season-opening drought was five games, last season.
St. Louis opened the season with series wins over Colorado and Washington before taking this one 2-1. They won three consecutive series' just once last season.
Cardinals starter Braden Looper (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Houston starter Chris Sampson (0-1), who has struggled with flu-like symptoms all week, lasted four innings. He allowed six hits and three runs.
Reds 12, Brewers 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Adam Dunn and Corey Patterson each hit two-run homers, Brandon Phillips scored twice off a pair of heady baserunning plays and Cincinnati scored 10 straight runs in a victory over Milwaukee.
Phillips helped put the Reds on top for good in the sixth after the normally sure-handed second baseman allowed two unearned runs that cost Cincinnati the lead in the fifth when he let a grounder go through his legs.
In the sixth, Ken Griffey Jr. singled and advanced to second on a balk by Brewers starter Dave Bush. Then Phillips singled to put men on the corners, setting up Dunn's sacrifice fly that tied the game at 3.
Dave Bush (0-2), who may be out of the Brewers rotation with Yovani Gallardo (left knee) days from returning, gave up five runs off six hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four.
Josh Fogg (1-1) gave up three runs - one earned and four hits in five innings.
Giants 1, Padres 0
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - Daniel Ortmeier hit a two-out, RBI double in the ninth off San Diego's Heath Bell and San Francisco won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Ortmeier's double over the head of center fielder Jim Edmonds bounced at the base of the wall and drove in pinch-runner Rajai Davis from second base. Davis stole second after replacing Bengie Molina, who singled leading off the inning for San Francisco.
Tyler Walker (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win, combining with starter Jonathan Sanchez, Merkin Valdez and Jack Taschner on the four-hit shutout.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities to score, but it wasn't until Ortmeier's hit off Bell (0-1) in the ninth that the Giants broke through.
 

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