Back-to-back-to-back dingers secure Braves win over Marlins

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2003

ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning Monday, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 3-0.

Russ Ortiz (1-1) won his first game for Atlanta, allowing three hits in seven innings and combining with three relievers on a five-hitter.

Florida loaded the bases in the eighth off Roberto Hernandez, and Kevin Gryboski got Ivan Rodriguez to ground into a double play. John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his second save.

Giants 7, Padres 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rich Aurilia and Jose Cruz Jr. each homered twice and Edgardo Alfonzo hit his first home run for San Francisco as the Giants won their home opener.

At 7-0, the Giants are off to their best start since moving to San Francisco, topping the 6-0 mark that began their pennant-winning 2002 season. When the franchise was in New York, the Giants started 7-0 in 1930 and 9-0 in 1918.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES -- Lyle Overbay hit his first major league home run, a two-run drive in the 12th inning off Andy Ashby (0-1) in the Dodgers' home opener.

Arizona overcame a 3-0 deficit and stopped a four-game losing streak. Overbay, a 26-year-old rookie who had two hits in his previous 15 at-bats, pinch hit for Matt Mantei (2-0).

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