Reds' hot start burns Pirates

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2004

CINCINNATI D'Angelo Jimenez drove in a pair of runs and the Cincinnati Reds extended their best start in 10 years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday.

At 4-1, the Reds are three games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 19, 2002, when they were still playing at Cinergy Field. It's their best start since they opened the 1994 season 6-1.

Adam Dunn hit a solo homer his second in two games and Jimenez had a sacrifice fly and an RBI double, setting up the Reds' fourth straight victory.

Brewers 6, Astros 1

MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets struck out a career-high 10 in six scoreless innings, and Wes Helms hit a three-run homer to lead Milwaukee over Houston.

Sheets (1-0) has beaten the Astros seven straight times since losing his first two decisions against them in 2001. He outpitched Tim Redding (0-1), who gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, his first start of the season.

Marlins 5, Phillies 3

MIAMI Hee Seop Choi homered twice, and Miguel Cabrera's two-run shot off Rheal Cormier (1-2) propelled Florida over Philadelphia on the day the Marlins received their elaborate World Series rings before the game.

Braves 5, Cubs 2

ATLANTA Julio Franco hit a tie-breaking, three-run double off Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth, and Atlanta rallied past Chicago.

In the game only because rookie Adam LaRoche fouled a pitch off his foot earlier, Franco drove a 3-2 fastball from Kyle Farnsworth over Sammy Sosa's head in right.

Expos 1, Mets 0

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico John Patterson pitched seven stellar innings in his Montreal debut, and Peter Bergeron's two-out RBI single in the seventh sent the Expos to a win over New York.

The teams split the first two games of their series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, where the Expos will play 22 ''home'' games for the second consecutive season.

Cardinals 10, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX Scott Rolen homered twice and drove in five runs to power St. Louis to a victory over Arizona.

Padres 6, Giants 4

SAN DIEGO San Diego kept Barry Bonds in the yard for the second straight game and Phil Nevin had four hits to tie his career high in a win over San Francisco.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 4

LOS ANGELES Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs, and Milton Bradley hit his first home run for Los Angeles in a victory over Colorado.

Hideo Nomo (1-1) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings and struck out seven for Los Angles, which has won four in a row.

Jeromy Burnitz, who split last season with the Dodgers and New York Mets, hit his first home run for Colorado.

Eric Gagne finished for his first save of the season, extending his major league-record to 64 saves in a row since Aug. 28, 2002.

Los Angeles scored in each of the first three innings and built a 6-1 lead against Denny Stark (0-1).

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