NEW YORK – Pedro Martinez earned his 200th win and the New York Mets sent an early message to Atlanta: They might have what it takes at last to topple their longtime nemesis.
Martinez became the seventh active pitcher with 200 victories, and the Mets edged the Braves 4-3 Monday night in the first of 18 meetings this season between the NL East rivals.
Martinez (3-0) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He is 200-84, the fewest losses for any pitcher with 200 wins.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH – Albert Pujols tied a major-league record with a home run in his fourth consecutive at-bat, Jason Marquis pitched eight innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.
A day after hitting three homers, including a gamer-winner, Pujols homered to center off Pirates starter Paul Maholm (0-2) in the top of the first to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Pujols doubled in his next at-bat in the third .
Astros 8, Brewers 7
HOUSTON – Jason Lane hit a three-run homer in Houston’s five-run seventh inning to lift the Astros to an 8-7 come-from-behind win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Back-to-back RBI-singles by Lance Berkman and Morgan Ensberg got the Astros within one before Lane hit his third homer deep into left-field bleachers off Matt Wise to put Houston up 8-6.
Reds 9, Marlins 1
CINCINNATI – Adam Dunn got Cincinnati’s offense rolling with his eighth homer, and left-hander Brandon Claussen pitched seven shutout innings Monday night, leading the Reds to a 9-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.
Dunn extended his week-long power surge with a two-run homer in the first inning – his last six hits have been homers.
Padres 5, Rockies 2
DENVER – Chris Young pitched seven strong innings and added an RBI double, and Josh Barfield hit his first career homer to lift the San Diego Padres over the Colorado Rockies 5-2.
Young (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits to win his second straight start after coming to San Diego in a six-player trade from Texas this past offseason. American League
White Sox 9, Royals 0
CHICAGO – Jose Contreras and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as the Chicago White Sox sent Kansas City to its eighth straight loss, beating the Royals 9-0. Paul Konerko and Joe Crede homered in a five-run first off Joe Mays as Chicago sailed to its seventh win in eighth games.
Indians 10, Tigers 2
DETROIT – Paul Byrd pitched seven solid innings and the Cleveland Indians overcame yet another home run by Chris Shelton to beat the Detroit Tigers 10-2. Shelton hit his major league-leading ninth homer.
Despite the solo shot, the Tigers went 2-5 on their homestand after winning five of their first six games.
Orioles 4, Angels 2
BALTIMORE – Daniel Cabrera displayed surprising control while pitching seven innings of five-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles got a home run from Miguel Tejada in a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Brian Roberts drove in two runs for the Orioles, who built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings against Jeff Weaver (0-2). Baltimore took three of four from Los Angeles after going 2-4 against the Angels a year ago.