CHICAGO -- Kazuhisa Ishii became the first Los Angeles rookie to win his first five decisions since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Sunday in the opener of a doubleheader.
Ishii (5-0), in his first year from Japan, allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, striking out eight. He's off to the best start for a Dodgers rookie since Valenzuela began 8-0 in 1981.
Brian Jordan hit a three-run homer, and Mark Grudzielanek and Chad Kreuter added RBIs for the Dodgers, who have won nine of 12. Eric Gagne got his ninth save and Juan Cruz (0-5) was the loser.
Andy Ashby (2-2) and Paul Quantrill combined on a three-hitter as the Dodgers won the second game 4-1. Ashby retired his first nine batters before Corey Patterson's fourth-inning bloop single to right, the lone hit off Ashby in eight shutout innings.
Los Angeles has won 10 of 13, while the Cubs fell to 8-15, including 4-10 at home. Jason Bere (1-3) lost the second game for Chicago, which had just six runs and 10 hits in the series.
Pirates 3, Padres 2
Padres 7, Pirates 2
PITTSBURGH -- Brian Giles hit a go-ahead triple off Alan Embree (2-1) in the seventh as Pittsburgh rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the opener.
San Diego's Ben Howard -- the lone survivor of the Feb. 15 highway accident that killed Padres outfielder Mike Darr and minor leaguer Duane Johnson -- made his major league debut and allowed one run and four hits in five innings.
Scott Sauerbeck (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings, and Mike Williams got his 10th save, stranding the potential tying run on third.
Brian Tollberg (1-3), in danger of being demoted to the minors, held Pittsburgh to two runs in six-plus innings of the second game and San Diego scored five runs in the third against Jimmy Anderson (2-3).
Astros 7, Braves 1
ATLANTA -- Carlos Hernandez (2-0) allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and struck out six, and Houston took a 6-1 lead with a four-run eighth off reliever Mike Remlinger.
Atlanta's Chipper Jones left after the seventh with a sprained right thumb. He collided with catcher Brad Ausmus in a play at the plate that ended the third.
Albie Lopez (1-2) allowed three hits, two runs and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 4
MIAMI -- Curt Schilling (5-1) struck out 13 in seven innings, allowing four runs and six hits.
Steve Finley, Damian Miller and Mark Grace hit consecutive two-out solo home runs against rookie Josh Beckett (0-2) in the sixth as Arizona rallied from a 3-2 deficit.
Mets 9, Brewers 6
NEW YORK -- Mo Vaughn hit an RBI double that highlighted a six-run rally in the sixth inning and Jeromy Burnitz homered against his former team as New York won its fourth straight. Milwaukee completed an 0-6 road trip.
Jay Payton had three of New York's season-high 15 hits.
Kane Davis (1-0) got two outs, and Armando Benitrz struck out pinch-hitter Matt Stairs to end it with the bases loaded. Ray King (0-1) was the loser.
Giants 5, Reds 4
CINCINNATI -- Reggie Sanders and Benito Santiago homered through a gusting wind and J.T. Snow drove in two runs, ending Cincinnati's seven-game winning streak.
Kirk Rueter (3-1) remained unbeaten at Cinergy Field and got his third win on the Giants' 5-7 trip, its longest in three years. Robb Nen escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got his sixth save. Jimmy Haynes (2-3) was the loser.
Dugouts emptied when Felix Rodriguez hit Sean Casey in the back of his arm with his first pitch in the eighth. No punches were thrown.
Expos 5, Cardinals 2
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero had his second multihomer game of the season and 15th of his career. Guerrero and Lee Stevens hit consecutive homers off Matt Morris (4-2) in a four-run fourth inning, and Guerrero homered again in the fifth.
Tomo Ohka (3-2), who gave up the winning run in the 11th inning Friday, allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, matching the longest outing of his career. He struck out a career-high seven and walked none. Matt Herges got two outs for his fourth save.
Rockies 4, Phillies 2
DENVER -- Jason Jennings (2-2) allowed four hits in even shutout innings and Todd Helton hit a two-run homer off Randy Wolf (1-1) and Colorado improved to 3-0 under new manager Clint Hurdle.
Philadelphia has lost five straight and nine of 10. Jose Jimenez got pinch-hitter Jason Michaels to ground out with runners on first and third to earn his seventh save.
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