Biggio hits for cycle

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

DENVER -- Craig Biggio hit for the cycle and drove in four runs, leading the Houston Astros over Colorado 8-4 Monday in the Rockies' home opener.

Lance Berkman hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run drive off Denny Neagle (1-1) in the third, and Roy Oswalt (2-0) sent the Rockies to their fourth consecutive loss, allowing three runs and 10 hits in seven innings.

Expos 10, Marlins 2

MIAMI -- Michael Barrett hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs in Florida's home opener.

Umpires reversed a call to take a three-run homer away from Florida's Mike Lowell in the fourth, correctly ruling the ball was foul. The game was halted for 7 minutes when fans upset about the reversal threw magnetic schedules -- a giveaway gift -- and other items onto the field.

Braves 2, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Millwood (1-1) improved to 5-0 at Veterans Stadium, by allowing four hits and one run in 7 1-3 innings with eight strikeouts. Last Wednesday, he lost to the Phillies 3-1.

Marlon Anderson started the ninth with a double to right-center off John Smoltz and moved to third on Bobby Abreu's infield single. But Smoltz got Scott Rolen to pop out to second, before fanning Travis Lee and Pat Burrell for his first save.

Padres 8, Diamondbacks 0

SAN DIEGO -- Phil Nevin and D'Angelo Jimenez hit two-run homers in San Diego's home opener, and the Padres took advantage of four Arizona errors.

Brian Lawrence (1-0) pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout and second complete game. The Padres tried the GI Joe look for the third straight year, wearing camouflage jerseys and olive green caps to honor the area's many servicemen.

Pirates 1, Reds 0

PITTSBURGH -- Ron Villone (1-1) extended Pittsburgh's unexpectedly good run of early pitching with 7 1-3 shutout innings and the Pirates improved to 5-1 for the first time since 1983.

Brian Giles' first hit of the season, a one-out double in the sixth off Elmer Dessens (0-2), created the only run as the Pirates won their fifth in a row overall -- and their first home opener since 1993.



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