MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett pitched a four-hitter and third-string catcher Ramon Castro homered twice to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Sunday.
Florida's Mike Lowell went 3-for-5, his fifth consecutive multihit game, raising his average to .408.
Burnett (2-1), who struck out eight, pitched the third complete game and second shutout of his career.
Jason Marquis (1-2) gave up three home runs, including a 442-foot drive by Derrek Lee.
Mets 6, Expos 4
NEW YORK -- Roberto Alomar, borrowing a bat from Mike Piazza, homered twice, drove in four runs and singled to set up Piazza's go-ahead single in the sixth. New York won for the fourth time in five games.
Steve Trachsel (1-2) got the victory despite another costly error by New York's shaky infield. The Mets lead in the major leagues with 20 errors.
Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Tony Armas Jr. (1-2) allowed five runs and five hits in six innings.
Phillies 3, Reds 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Vicente Padilla (2-1) took a shutout into the ninth inning, allowing six hits and striking out a career-high 11 in his third major league start.
Bobby Abreu had two RBIs, Todd Pratt matched a career high with fours hits and Jose Mesa got three outs for his fourth save, stopping Cincinnati's four-game winning streak.
Elmer Dessens (0-3) allowed seven hits in six innings and gave up three unearned runs in the third after a throwing error by third baseman Wilton Guerrero.
Astros 5, Cardinals 4
ST. LOUIS -- Shane Reynolds (2-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in 5 1-3 innings as Houston avoided getting swept and stopped a five-game St. Louis winning streak.
Lance Berkman, Daryle Ward, Geoff Blum and Adam Everett drove in a run apiece for the Astros.
St. Louis trailed 5-1 in the fifth before closing within one as Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Nelson Cruz. Eli Marrero was 3-for-3 with two steals and an intentional walk.
Billy Wagner got three outs for his first save. Cardinals starter Garrett Stephenson (0-2) allowed two runs and five in three innings, leaving because of lower back spasms. His knees buckled as he walked down the steps to the dugout.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3
DENVER -- Former-Rockie Quinton McCracken had three hits and two RBIs, including his first home run in 206 at-bats since April 21, 1999, when he played for Tampa Bay. It was the first time the Rockies have been swept in a four-game series at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.
Miguel Batista (1-0), making his first start of the season because Todd Stottlemyre was scratched because of the flu, allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. Byung-Hyun Kim got four outs for his second save.
John Thomson (2-1) gave up six runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Brewers 4, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds left after the third inning with a mild right hamstring strain, and Milwaukee rallied to stop a seven-game losing streak.
Milwaukee trailed 3-2 in the eighth when pinch-hitter Matt Stairs had a tying double off Felix Rodriguez (0-1) and Alex Sanchez hit a go-ahead single.
Luis Vizcaino (1-1) induced a seventh-inning double-play grounder by Yorvit Torrealba, and Mike DeJean pitched two scoreless innings for Milwaukee's first save this season.
Cubs 5, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH -- Jon Lieber (2-0) waited out 3 hours, 53 minutes of rain delays to improve to 7-0 against his former club, allowing one runs and four hits in five innings. The game was called after 7 1/2 innings.
Ron Villone (1-2) allowed four runs, six hits and four walks in three innings. The start was similar to his 6-2 loss to the Mets on opening day, when he
Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run single and Mark Bellhorn hit a two-run double. Joe Borowski got one out for his first save.
Padres 1, Dodgers 0
SAN DIEGO -- D'Angelo Jimenez hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning, and Brian Lawrence (2-0) outpitched Hideo Nomo (1-2) to lift San Diego to its fifth win in six games.
Lawrence, coming off a four-hitter in Monday's 8-0 win over Arizona -- his first career shutout -- held the Dodgers to four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.66. He struck out two and walked one, extending his scoreless streak to 16 innings.
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances. With his 319th career save, Hoffman took sole possession of eighth place on the all-time list. He had been tied with Rick Aguilera.
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