MILWAUKEE – Claudio Vargas and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the Milwaukee Brewers to their first loss of the season, 7-0 Sunday.
Milwaukee and Detroit, the last unbeaten teams in the major leagues, both were 5-0 before losing Sunday. The Brewers were trying to become the first major league team to open a season 6-0 all with come-from-behind wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Damion Easley and Tony Clark homered for the Diamondbacks, who had six hits. Corey Koskie went 3-for-4 for Milwaukee.
Giants 6, Braves 5
SAN FRANCISCO – Randy Winn blooped a single to shallow right field to score the winning run after Lance Niekro led off the ninth with a homer to left, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Tim Worrell (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win, while Chris Reitsma (0-1) blew his first save. Winn came up big after pinch-hitter Steve Finley drew an intentional walk.
Andruw Jones had tied the game with a three-run homer off Jason Schmidt in the sixth, and Edgar Renteria gave the Braves the lead on a seventh-inning double.
Phillies, Dodgers split
PHILADELPHIA – Brad Penny threw four-hit ball over seven innings, drove in a run and helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
In the opener, Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning in a 6-3 victory that stopped a season-opening four-game losing streak. The Phillies avoided their first 0-5 start since 1934.
Penny (2-0) was in command throughout, striking out six and allowing only one runner to reach second base after the first inning. Penny also put the Dodgers ahead 2-1 in the fourth with a broken-bat bloop single off Jon Lieber (0-2).
Mets 3, Marlins 2
NEW YORK – David Wright hit a tying triple in the seventh inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth, driving in all of New York’s runs and giving the Mets a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Sunday after Dontrelle Willis and Tom Glavine hooked up in a pitchers’ duel.
Wright’s two-run triple off Willis tied the score at 2, and New York got hitless relief work from Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner (1-0).
Josh Willingham had a two-run double for the Marlins in the sixth, putting Willis in position to improve his 8-1 record against the Mets. Let down a bit by his defense, he went eight innings but couldn’t hold the lead.
Astros 7, Nationals 3
HOUSTON – Andy Pettitte allowed three runs in 6 1-3 solid innings and Adam Everett had three RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Pettitte (1-1) rebounded from his 10-run, 13-hit first start to allow seven hits and strike out four and help Houston win two of the first three games in the series. He also had an RBI-single and scored a run for Houston.
Pirates 5, Reds 3
CINCINNATI – Jack Wilson hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their season-opening six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Victor Santos (1-1) got his first win for the Pirates, who had not been 0-6 since 1974. He allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out five. Four relievers followed, with Roberto Hernandez getting three outs for the save.