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Burrell homers Phillies past Reds

Monday, April 7, 2008

By The Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Pat Burrell hit two of Philadelphia's four homers off Bronson Arroyo, a power splurge that swept Philadelphia to a 5-3 victory Monday and a split of their four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.

Jimmy Rollins and Geoff Jenkins also homered off Arroyo (0-1), who had never before given up more than three in a game.

Left-hander Cole Hamels (1-0) overcame a maddening first, when the Reds scored two run with the help of a walk and an error. Hamels gave up five hits and three walks in seven innings.

Brad Lidge, who came off the disabled list Saturday after recovering from knee surgery, gave up a run in the ninth before closing it out for his first save.

Cincinnati loaded the bases off Lidge when Paul Bako walked with two outs, left fielder So Taguchi dropped Corey Patterson's fly ball after a long run, and pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. was intentionally walked.

Lidge bounced a wild pitch that let in a run, then got Javier Valentin on a 95 mph called third strike to end it.

Cubs 10, Pirates 8, 12 innings

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run during a two-run 12th inning in which the Cubs didn't have a hit off rookie Evan Meek, and Chicago rallied after squandering a seven-run lead to win Pittsburgh's home opener.

Former starter Jon Lieber (1-1) gave a depleted bullpen a big lift with three scoreless innings before Carlos Marmol finished up in the 12th for his first save since June 27, helping the Cubs win their third in the row.

Meek (0-1), the last remaining pitcher in the Pirates' bullpen, walked five -- two intentionally. The Cubs' second run of the inning came on Mark DeRosa's bases-loaded walk.

Ramirez and Geovany Soto each drove in two runs and Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny walked three and committed a run-scoring throwing error during a six-run third finished off by Ronny Cedeno's three-run double off Phil Dumatrait.

Padres 8, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Greg Maddux earned his 348th career win, Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer and four runs, and San Diego spoiled San Francisco's home opener.

Maddux (1-0) gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, and has won six straight decisions against San Francisco since 2003. He retired 19 of his final 20 batters after giving up an RBI single to Bengie Molina in the first -- the only run the Giants have scored before the fifth inning this season.

Khalil Greene drove in three runs for the Padres with two sacrifice flies and a single.

Cain (0-1) allowed five runs -- four earned -- seven hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings and fell to 0-4 in his last seven starts against the Padres.

Astros 5, Cardinals 3

HOUSTON (AP) -- Miguel Tejada's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave Houston the win, snapping St. Louis' winning streak at five games.

Tejada's home run to right field off Kyle McClellan (0-1) scored pinch runner Darin Erstad.

The Astros led 3-0 before the Cardinals three-hit ninth inning. Ryan Ludwick's two-out, two RBI double off closer Jose Valverde (2-0) tied it at 3 in the top of the ninth. Cesar Izturis scored easily on the hit to right center field. Astros pitcher J.R. Towles was in position to tag Troy Glaus at home, but couldn't hold onto the ball during a collision and Glaus scored the tying run.

Back-to-back homers by Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Astros catcher J.R. Towles added a run with a solo homer to left field off Kelvin Jimenez in the eighth inning.



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