Brown impressive in Dodgers win

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

PHOENIX -- Kevin Brown, in a performance that bodes well for the Los Angeles Dodgers, shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks on three hits in six-plus innings of a 5-0 victory Wednesday night.

Shawn Green was 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs as the Dodgers took two of three in the season-opening series between NL West squads. Both Los Angeles wins were shutouts.

Mets 4, Cubs 1

NEW YORK -- Sammy Sosa just missed his 500th homer, and Al Leiter threw six sharp innings for New York.

Leiter (1-0) gave the Mets the type of pitching performance they lacked in Tom Glavine's debut, a 15-2 drubbing in Monday's opener. Cliff Floyd and Roger Cedeno homered, giving manager Art Howe his first victory in a New York uniform.

Expos 3, Braves 0

ATLANTA -- Zach Day and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Jose Vidro hit a two-run homer to lead Montreal.

The vagabond Expos, who won't play in Montreal until April 22, have outscored the Braves 13-2 in the first two games at Turner Field. Atlanta is 0-2 for the first time in six years.

Phillies 8, Marlins 2

MIAMI -- Randy Wolf (1-0) took a one-hitter into the seventh inning, Jim Thome had two more hits and Mike Lieberthal added a bases-loaded triple for Philadelphia.

It was pretty similar to Monday's opener, when Kevin Millwood took a shutout into the sixth, Thome had three hits and David Bell added two singles and scored three times in Philadelphia's 8-5 victory

Pirates 7, Reds 4

CINCINNATI -- Kevin Young and Jason Kendall hit two-run homers off Josias Manzanillo (0-1) in the eighth inning, and Pittsburgh kept Cincinnati winless in its new ballpark.

Austin Kearns and Ken Griffey Jr. got the Reds' first homers in Great American Ball Park as the home team finally cozied up and took its first lead, 4-3.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 0

ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Mike Matheny had three hits and two RBIs to lead St. Louis over Milwaukee.

Williams, limited to 17 starts last season by a pulled muscle in his left side, didn't allow a hit until Eric Young tripled to right with two outs in the sixth.

Astros 8, Rockies 7

HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio's two-run single capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning, giving Houston a win over Colorado.

Jose Jimenez (0-1) entered with a 7-3 lead and gave up six hits while retiring just one batter. Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Jeff Kent loaded the bases with singles, and Richard Hidalgo hit a two-run single.

Giants 5, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Marquis Grissom's three-run double highlighted a five-run third inning, and San Francisco completed a three-game sweep.

The Giants are 31-10 against the Padres since the start of the 2001 season, and have swept their NL West rivals six times in their last 15 series.



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