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Sheets stymies Dodgers

April 3, 2007

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— Ben Sheets gave up an early home run, then retired his next 22 batters in a two-hitter Monday that led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-1 opening-day victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sheets (1-0) allowed Jeff Kent's homer leading off the second and Brady Clark's double with one out in the

ninth. Sheets pitched the first opening-day complete game of two hits or fewer in 15 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last to do it had been Tom Glavine with a two-hitter for Atlanta against Houston in 1992.

Marlins 9, Nationals 2

Washington - Miguel Cabrera homered into the upper deck off John Patterson (0-1) and drove in four runs, and Hanley Ramirez collected four hits.

Dontrelle Willis (1-0) allowed one earned run and seven hits in six innings, leaving after 100 pitches.

Braves 5, Phillies 3

Philadelphia - Edgar Renteria twice failed to execute a sacrifice, then hit a two-run homer in the 10th off Ryan Madson (0-1), his second homer of the game.

John Smoltz went six innings, Bob Wickman (1-0) pitched out of a jam in the ninth and Chad Paronto tossed a scoreless 10th for the save.

Jimmy Rollins homered for the Phillies, and Brian McCann hit a two-run drive for the Braves.

Reds 5, Cubs 1

Cincinnati - Adam Dunn homered in his first two at-bats, and Aaron Harang (1-0) allowed only an unearned run and six hits in seven innings.

Chicago's only run was unearned, courtesy of Ryan Freel's throwing error in center field.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6

Denver - Eric Byrnes lined a two-run single off LaTroy Hawkins in the eighth inning, and Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak on opening day.

Pirates 4, Astros 2, 10 innings

Houston - Jason Bay's two-run homer in the 10th lifted Pittsburgh in front of a Minute Maid Park-record crowd of 43,803 that included former president George H. W. Bush.

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