Major Leagues: National League Roundup
LOS ANGELES ó Matt Cain scattered five hits over six innings, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs each and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-0 Saturday for their first win of the season.
Miguel Tejada added two RBIs for the defending World Series champions, who had committed five errors in dropping a pair of one-run games to the rival Dodgers. But they backed Cain with ample offense and clean defense to avoid equaling their worst start since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
Cain (1-0) struck out three and walked none, picking up where he left off last season as one of the Giants’ most consistent starters.
Ted Lilly (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one for the Dodgers.
Padres 11, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS ó Clayton Richard (1-0) had two RBIs to match his career high without getting the ball out of the infield and pitched six solid innings for San Diego.
Albert Pujols homered on the 10th anniversary of his major league debut and Allen Craig had a two-run single for the Cardinals. St. Louis led 2-0 after one inning and 3-2 after three but Jake Westbrook (0-1) was knocked out after retiring only one of six batters in the Padres’ six-run sixth.
Chase Headley had a career best-tying four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the ninth for the Padres.
Nationals 6, Braves 3
WASHINGTON ó Rick Ankiel drove in three runs with a homer and squeeze bunt, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each had three hits and the Nationals beat Atlanta.
In a game that included two rain delays totaling 87 minutes, Ankiel’s two-run homer run highlighted a three-run third inning off Tommy Hanson (0-1). Ankiel put down his bunt in the seventh.
John Lannan (1-0) got the win, Washington’s first of the season.
Cubs 5, Pirates 3
CHICAGO ó Pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt delivered a two-out, two-run double that capped a five-run eighth inning Saturday as the Cubs rallied for a win.
Chicago’s comeback against relievers Evan Meek (0-1) and Chris Resop was aided by a costly error on Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay.
Mets 6, Marlins 4, 10 innings
MIAMI ó David Wright ‘s third hit of the game brought Jose Reyes home with the go-ahead run in the 10th, Willie Harris added a big two-run single later in the inning, and the Mets wasted a ninth-inning lead before beating the Florida Marlins 6-4.
Reds 4, Brewers 2
CINCINNATI ó Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer in the first inning, eliminating the need for another last-minute Cincinnati comeback and setting up a 4-2 win over Milwaukee that kept the defending NL Central champions unbeaten.
The Reds are 2-0 for the first time since 2005.
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 1
DENVER ó Lefty Jorge De La Rosa scattered three harmless singles and drove in a run before leaving in the sixth inning with a blister on his left middle finger, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.
Phillies 9, Astros 4
PHILADELPHIA ó In his first game back with the Phillies in front of fans who adore him, Cliff Lee even heard cheers after striking out.
Lee can do no wrong in Philadelphia.
The lefty struck out 11 in seven impressive innings, five players had multiple hits and the Phillies beat Houston.