Pedro pitches Mets past Atlanta

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2005


  New York Mets starting pitcher Pedro Martinez delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Atlanta, Sunday, April 10, 2005. Martinez pitched the complete game to win six to one. AP Photo/John Amis

New York Mets starting pitcher Pedro Martinez delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Atlanta, Sunday, April 10, 2005. Martinez pitched the complete game to win six to one.

AP Photo/John Amis

ATLANTA — Pedro Martinez pitched a two-hitter and the New York Mets finally got their first win of the season Sunday, overcoming John Smoltz's 15 strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer off Smoltz in the eighth, and Cliff Floyd and David Wright connected later in the inning to send Willie Randolph to his first victory as a manager.

Martinez (1-0) retired his final 16 batters, struck out nine and walked only one. After the bullpen cost him a win on opening day in Cincinnati, the Mets' new ace finished this one himself for his 43rd career complete game and fourth two-hitter.

Smoltz (0-2) tied his Atlanta record for strikeouts and led 1-0 through seven innings. But Jose Reyes led off the eighth with a single and moved up on Miguel Cairo's sacrifice before Beltran drove a 2-1 pitch over the right-field fence, chasing Smoltz.

The Mets started 0-5 for the first time since 1963 — their second year of existence. Boosted by the victory, they now head to New York for their home opener Monday against Houston.

Marlins 8, Nationals 0

MIAMI — Josh Beckett pitched a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts for his second career shutout, and Juan Encarnacion hit his second grand slam of the week to help Florida beat Washington.

Beckett (2-0) walked one and retired 14 consecutive batters before Jose Vidro doubled with one out in the ninth. After pitching six shutout innings to win on opening day, the right-hander ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings.

Astros 5, Reds 2

HOUSTON — Jeff Bagwell hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Roy Oswalt pitched seven strong innings to lead Houston over Cincinnati for its fourth straight win.

Craig Biggio and Morgan Ensberg also homered for the Astros, who won their series-record 11th consecutive game — eight last season — against Cincinnati. Houston won 10 straight against their longtime division rival in 2003.

Brad Lidge got his third save in the last four games.

Phillies 13, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS — Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 15 and Bobby Abreu had three hits and four RBIs, helping Jon Lieber and Philadelphia beat St. Louis.

The Phillies routed St. Louis in their final game at 40-year-old Busch Stadium, which is being demolished to make room for a new ballpark after the season. They took two of three in the Cardinals' first home series after dropping two of three at home against the Nationals to start the season.

Cubs 6, Brewers 5, 12 innings

CHICAGO — Todd Hollandsworth singled through a drawn-in infield with one out in the 12th, giving Chicago a victory over Milwaukee.

Jeromy Burnitz tripled off the left-center wall with one out against Derrick Turnbow (0-1). After an intentional walk to Derrek Lee, Hollandsworth hit a bouncer into right for his second RBI of the game.

Glendon Rusch (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings for the win.

Pirates 6, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO — Khalil Greene's two-out throwing error in the fourth inning led to four unearned runs, and Pittsburgh beat San Diego to split a four-game series.

It was the first time the Pirates scored more than three runs in six games this year. Dave Williams (1-0) hit an RBI single and won his season debut. Jose Mesa — the seventh Pittsburgh pitcher — earned his second save. With two on, he struck out Phil Nevin and retired Ryan Klesko a fly ball to end it.

Giants 11, Rockies 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Jason Schmidt singled twice in San Francisco's seven-run fifth and gave up only two hits in six sharp innings, helping the Giants complete a three-game sweep of Colorado.

Mike Matheny hit a two-run double and Marquis Grissom had a two-run single for San Francisco, which scored 25 runs in the series after losing two of three to rival Los Angeles to start the season.

Schmidt (2-0), out with a nasty case of the flu Thursday, didn't allow a hit until J.D. Closser's broken-bat liner in the fifth.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4

PHOENIX — Troy Glaus homered for the fourth straight game to tie a franchise record, and Shawn Green connected against his former team for the second day in a row to help Arizona beat Los Angeles.

Dodgers starter Derek Lowe left after being hit on the right arm by Craig Counsell's line drive in the fifth inning. The ball struck the right-hander just above the elbow, and X-rays were negative.

American League

Orioles 7, Yankees 2

NEW YORK — Carl Pavano was hit in the head by a line drive off Melvin Mora's bat. Taken to a hospital, Pavano was diagnosed with a mild concussion, then returned to Yankee Stadium shortly after the Baltimore Orioles completed a 7-2 win over New York on Sunday.

Pavano went with the team to Boston for the three-game series against the Red Sox that opens Monday, but it was too early to know if he will make his next scheduled start.

Rodrigo Lopez (2-0), meanwhile, didn't allow a hit through four innings and led 6-0 going to the bottom of the fifth.

Lopez, who beat Oakland 4-0 in Baltimore's opener, allowed six hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked two.

Baltimore, which had 14 hits, went ahead in the second on an RBI single by Luis Matos after Rafael Palmeiro stole second, getting a big jump on Pavano (0-1).

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3

TORONTO — Orlando Hudson doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a victory.

Eric Hinske went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from Boston — their first series win against the Red Sox since sweeping them May 30-June 1, 2003.

Miguel Batista (1-1) got the win despite blowing a save chance in the top of the ninth.

Indians 7, Tigers 6

DETROIT — Ben Broussard's two-run double keyed a six-run first inning, then Cleveland held on to defeat the Tigers.

Jason Davis (1-0) pitched six innings in his season debut, giving up five runs — four earned — and eight hits.

Athletics 6, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rich Harden allowed just one run in his first start of the season, and Erubiel Durazo hit a two-run single during a four-run sixth inning for Oakland.

Harden (1-0) missed his scheduled start last Wednesday against Baltimore because of a blister on his right middle finger. He allowed five hits, two walks and had five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.

Durazo ended an 0-for-10 slump with a two-run single off reliever Trever Miller that put Oakland up 5-0 in the sixth.

Royals 8, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ruben Gotay went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, and Emil Brown also homered to lead Kansas City over the Los Angeles Angels.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, Brian Anderson (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings in his season debut. He gave up a homer to AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero, struck out five and walked none.

Rangers 7, Mariners 6

SEATTLE — David Dellucci hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to help Texas rally for a victory after wasting a five-run lead.

Mark Teixeira led off the seventh with a double off Mariners reliever Matt Thornton (0-2). One out later, Dellucci hit a 416-foot homer into the second deck in right field.

Twins 5, White Sox 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Johan Santana struck out 11 in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer to help Minnesota avoid a three-game sweep.

Hunter had four RBIs and Santana (2-0) showed the form that made him the AL Cy Young Award winner last season, scattering seven hits.

Carl Everett was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the White Sox. Everett went 6-for-11 with six RBIs in the series.

Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

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