Casey, Acevedo lead Cincinnati to win over Chicago

Posted: Friday, April 09, 2004

CINCINNATI Sean Casey had three hits, including a two-run double, and Jose Acevedo pitched six solid innings Thursday to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 5-3.

Acevedo (1-0) gave up five hits all for extra bases and didn't walk a batter. Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his second save.

Matt Clement (0-1) allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in four innings, Sammy Sosa emerged from an 0-for-9 slump with an RBI double and two-run homer.

Brewers 11, Cardinals 5

ST. LOUIS Brady Clark homered in his first two at-bats, Keith Ginter hit a three-run homer and Scott Podsednik had four hits. Milwaukee, which started last year 0-6, took three of four from St. Louis.

Chris Capuano (1-0) gave up four runs, one earned, and four hits in six innings, and Dave Burba pitched three innings for his second career save, his first since 1991.

Marlins 3, Expos 0

MIAMI Dontrelle Willis pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning, went 3-for-3 and scored with a headfirst slide to help lift Florida over Montreal.

Mike Lowell led off the second inning with his first homer of the season, and Luis Castillo and Miguel Cabrera had RBI singles for Florida.

Pirates 6, Phillies 2

PITTSBURGH Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched his way into the Pirates' rotation with a breakout spring training, limited Philadelphia to a run and six hits over seven innings.

Bobby Hill, another Pirates spring training surprise, had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the sixth off Vicente Padilla (0-1).

Braves 10, Mets

ATLANTA Johnny Estrada had a career-high four RBIs and Atlanta celebrated the 30th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run with a victory over the New York Mets.

Estrada finished 3-for-4 tying a career high for hits and Marcus Giles had four hits for Atlanta, which bounced back from a season-opening loss to the Mets to score 27 runs in the next two games.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 5, 11 inn.

PHOENIX Richie Sexson hit a two-run home run in the 11th inning to give the Arizona a victory over Colorado.

Sexson hit a 1-0 pitch from Shawn Chacon (0-1) 434 feet onto the Bank One Ballpark concourse in left-center, his second homer of the season.

Padres 4, Giants 3, 10 inn.

SAN DIEGO Sean Burroughs hit an opposite-field RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning that dropped in front of left fielder Barry Bonds to give San Diego a wild win over San Francisco.

Bonds, who normally hits well against the Padres, went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk and remained on hold with 659 home runs, one behind Willie Mays, for third place on the career list.

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