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Reds hammer Mets' bullpen

Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2005

CINCINNATI — Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran made impressive debuts with the New York Mets, but Adam Dunn and Joe Randa homered off Braden Looper in the ninth to give the Cincinnati Reds a dramatic 7-6 victory Monday.

Martinez struck out 12 in six innings and Beltran homered in the third inning, but Looper could not retire a batter, allowing Dunn's tying two-run homer and Randa's game-winner. Danny Graves pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Dunn also had a three-run homer in the first inning off Martinez, the only ball hit hard in his six innings of domination. Martinez allowed three hits, two walks and struck out 12 of his last 14 batters.

Kaz Matsui homered in his first at-bat — the second straight year he's done that — and Cliff Floyd also connected for the Mets.

Phillies 8, Nationals 4

PHILADELPHIA — Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched 5 2-3 effective innings to help the Phillies ruin the Washington Nationals' debut.

Terrmel Sledge hit the first homer in Nationals' history and drove in three runs. The team moved during the offseason after 36 seasons as the Montreal Expos.

Lieber allowed three runs and 10 hits for the win. Lofton reached four times and scored twice, and Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBIs, helping manager Charlie Manuel win his debut with the Phillies.

Brad Wilkerson led off the game with the Nationals' first hit — a bloop single.

Rockies 12, Padres 10

DENVER — Rookie Clint Barmes hit a game-winning two-run homer to cap Colorado's four-run ninth inning off Trevor Hoffman.

Aaron Miles had a career-high five hits, including an RBI single to tie it, and Jeff Baker and Preston Wilson homered for Colorado, which had 18 hits. Ryan Speier pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win in his major league debut.

Xavier Nady hit two of the Padres' five homers and had four RBIs. Brian Giles, Phil Nevin and Ramon Hernandez also homered for San Diego, which nearly overcame a shaky start by Woody Williams in his Padres debut.

Williams allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings, while Rockies starter Joe Kennedy gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings.

Brewers 9, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH — Ben Sheets allowed two runs over seven innings to outpitch Oliver Perez in a matchup of two of the NL's best young starters.

Jeff Cirillo, who played for Milwaukee from 1994-99, homered and doubled for the Brewers. Rookie shortstop J.J. Hardy, known more for his defense in the minors, added a two-run single for his first career hit in a five-run Brewers sixth.

Perez allowed six runs and five hits, walked three and hit a batter in five-plus ineffective innings.

Matt Lawton went 3-for-4 in his Pirates debut.

Cubs 16, Diamondbacks 6

PHOENIX — Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs to lead a dominant performance by the Cubs' lineup.

Derrek Lee had four hits and five RBIs, including a three-run homer and two doubles. Todd Walker, Jeromy Burnitz and Corey Patterson also had three hits apiece for Chicago, which amassed 23 hits and set a team record for runs in an opener. Javier Vazquez, acquired from the New York Yankees in the Randy Johnson deal, lasted just 1 2-3 innings for Arizona and allowed seven runs and 10 hits. Glendon Rusch allowed two runs in 2 2-3 innings of relief for the win. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano was lifted in the fifth inning after issuing a bases-loaded walk, then was ejected by plate umpire Dale Scott.

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