Marlins topple Phillies

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2005

MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis threw a three-hitter for his second consecutive shutout, and the Florida Marlins used another pitching gem to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Wednesday.

Willis (2-0) beat Washington with a five-hit shutout last Friday, and his latest performance dropped the Marlins' team ERA to 1.36, best in the major leagues.

Willis struck out seven and walked one.

Philadelphia, which came into the series leading the majors in runs, was shut out over the final 15 innings.

Miguel Cabrera hit two sacrifice flies for Florida.

Corey Lidle (0-1) lost to an NL East team for the first time in 13 career decisions.

Nationals 11, Braves 4

ATLANTA — Jose Guillen homered twice, becoming the first player in the major leagues with five this season.

After winning the last two games of the three-game series, the Nationals play their home opener at RFK Stadium on Thursday night. President Bush, the Rangers' former owner, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tomo Ohka (1-1) won despite walking six in six innings. He gave up three runs and four hits, leaving with a 5-3 lead.

John Thomson (1-1) allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings.

Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected by plate umpire Randy Marsh in the first.

Padres 8, Cubs 3

Cubs 8, Padres 3

CHICAGO — Mark Prior (1-0) allowed four hits in six shutout innings in his first game of the season following a stint on the disabled list caused by right elbow inflammation, and Derrek Lee had five RBIs as Chicago gained a doubleheader split.

Brian Lawrence (0-2) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings, allowing a three-run homer to Lee in the first inning. Neifi Perez went 6-for-9 in the doubleheader.

In the opener, Kerry Wood (0-1) gave up three homers, including one to Geoff Blum leading off the game, in the doubleheader opener. Blum homered again leading off the ninth against left-hander Cliff Bartosh, the third time he homered from both sides of the plate in one game.

Brewers 6, Pirates 2

MILWAUKEE — Carlos Lee's two-run double off Mike Gonzalez in the eighth sparked a four-run rally, giving the Brewers their fourth win in five games against the Pirates.

Milwaukee, 6-12 against Pittsburgh last year, erased a 2-0 deficit with solo homers by Geoff Jenkins and Lyle Overbay off Josh Fogg.

Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning. Rick White (0-2) took the loss.

Reds 6, Cardinals 5

ST. LOUIS — Mark Mulder (0-1) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five innings in his second outing for the Cardinals., his ERA rising to 8.18.

Austin Kearns hit a three-run homer and Joe Randa had three hits for the Reds.

Matt Belisle (1-1) got his second career win, allowing one run in five innings in his first major league start.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2

PHOENIX — Shawn Estes (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, Tony Clark doubled in two runs and the Diamondbacks handed the Rockies their seventh straight loss.

Troy Glaus had two hits, including an RBI double, to help the Diamondbacks to their fourth consecutive victory.

Dodgers 4, Giants 1

LOS ANGELES — Odalis Perez allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings, Hee-Seop Choi and Jeff Kent homered, and the Dodgers won for the fourth time in five games.

The win gave the Dodgers a sweep of the two-game series and four wins in five games against their Northern California rivals this season.

The Giants entered with a big league-leading .387 batting average (29-for-75) against left-handers, but they were no match for Perez, who retired 15 straight batters after Edgardo Alfonzo's single to start the second.

Mets 1, Astros 0

NEW YORK — Kazuhisa Ishii matched Roger Clemens for seven innings and Jose Reyes hit an RBI single in the 11th inning to lead the Mets.

After Victor Diaz walked, late-inning defensive replacement Chris Woodward sacrificed him to second. Reyes then hit a bouncer that Astros reliever Dan Wheeler (0-1) reached up and deflected with his glove past second. Shortstop Adam Everett dived and also got a glove on it. Second baseman Chris Burke made a weak throw home from short center field, and Diaz scored without a play.

Mike DeJean (1-0), the fourth Mets pitcher, pitched the 11th for New York. Roberto Hernandez pitched a hitless eighth, and Braden Looper worked a 1-2-3 ninth and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th for New York, which won its third straight after an 0-5 start.

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