Cubs' Zambrano shuts down Brewers

Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2005


  Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano throws during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, April 9, 2005, in Chicago. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano throws during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, April 9, 2005, in Chicago.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

CHICAGO — Carlos Zambrano pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning and had two singles and an RBI to help the Chicago Cubs hand the Milwaukee Brewers their first loss of the season, 4-0 Saturday.

Zambrano (1-0) gave up only a two-out line single in the second inning to Russell Branyan as he outpitched fellow opening day starter Ben Sheets (1-1), who allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings.

After giving up Branyan's single, Zambrano retired 10 straight before walking J.J. Hardy to start the seventh. He walked two and struck out six.

Jeromy Burnitz hit a solo homer and Todd Walker a two-run double for the Cubs, who snapped a three-game losing skid. The Brewers were the last remaining undefeated team entering in the major leagues.

Phillies 10, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS — Rookie Gavin Floyd pitched seven dominant innings, retiring 19 straight Cardinals batters, and Pat Burrell was 4-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBIs in Philadelphia's victory.

Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu also homered for the Phillies. Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan gave up 10 hits and six runs — five earned — in four-plus innings.

The 22-year-old Floyd, the fourth pick of the 2001 draft out of high school, allowed three hits with two strikeouts and no walks. He also got his first career hit in the fourth, a single up the middle.

Giants 4, Rockies 2

SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Tucker hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the Giants over Colorado.

Tucker homered off Scott Dohmann (0-1).

Jamey Wright took a three-hitter into the eighth. He allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings for Colorado. Jerome Williams was just as stingy for the Giants, giving up a run and five hits over seven innings. He struck out five, walked one and retired 10 in a row at one point.

Nationals 3, Marlins 2

MIAMI — Jose Guillen hit a two-out home run in the 10th inning, and Ryan Church and Vinny Castilla also hit solo homers to lead Washington.

The Nationals were two outs away from winning in the ninth, but Carlos Delgado's first home run in a Marlins uniform pulled Florida into a 2-all tie.

Guillen provided the winning margin with his third hit of the game, a shot over the center-field wall off Antonio Alfonseca (0-1).

Chad Cordero (2-0), who gave up Delgado's homer, gave up a double in the 10th but sealed the Nationals' third win in five games.

Braves 6, Mets 3

ATLANTA — Brian Jordan hit a grand slam to lead the Braves to their fourth straight victory, and extend the Mets' season-opening losing streak to five games.

Chipper Jones also homered to help the Braves keep the Mets as the only winless team in the majors. New York already trails first-place Atlanta by four games in the NL East.

Aaron Heilman (0-1) gave up five runs in five innings as the fill-in starter for injured right-hander Kris Benson, who is on the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle.

Adam Bernero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Atlanta in relief of starter Horacio Ramirez, who tired in the fifth inning.

Astros 4, Reds 3

HOUSTON — Pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino hit an RBI double with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, completing the Astros' rally from a three-run deficit.

Willy Taveras led off the ninth with an infield single off Ryan Wagner (0-1), and Vizcaino, hitting for Brad Lidge, doubled off the right-field wall to score Taveras.

Lidge (1-0) pitched an inning for the win.

Jeff Bagwell led off the sixth with a homer, the Astros' first of the season. After Morgan Ensberg singled, Jason Lane connected for a two-run shot to tie the game at 3.

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