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Conine connects for Reds

April 7, 2007

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Cincinnati - Jeff Conine hit a three-run homer and tripled on a frigid Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 victory that ended the Pittsburgh Pirates' unbeaten streak.

The 40-year-old outfielder, acquired in a December trade to platoon at first base, led the Reds to a win for the second day in a row. Conine also had a game-tying, pinch-hit single and scored the go-ahead run against the Cubs on Thursday.

He homered off Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm (0-1) in the third inning for a 4-1 lead Friday. He also beat out a triple to the wall in center field in the sixth, taking deep gulps of freezing air while he beat the throw to third.

The Pirates opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 2003, but couldn't keep the winning streak going against right-hander Matt Belisle (1-0), who retired 14 in a row over the middle innings.

It was 36 degrees with a biting wind at the first pitch, and snowflakes occasionally dotted the night sky. The three base umpires wore facemasks and gloves to ward off the cold.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1

San Francisco - Brad Penny pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, and Nomar Garciaparra doubled among his two hits and scored his first run of the year.

Cardinals 4, Astros 2

Houston - Adam Wainwright allowed five hits and struck out four in his first career start, leading St. Louis over winless Houston.

Rockies 4, Padres 3

San Diego - Greg Maddux was chased by Matt Holliday's two-run homer into San Diego's bullpen that helped carry Colorado and ruin the Padres' home opener.

Cubs 9, Brewers 3

Milwaukee - Rich Hill retired his first 15 batters and allowed one hit in seven innings, leading Chicago over Milwaukee.

Mets 11, Braves 1

Atlanta - Jose Reyes hit two triples and drove in four runs, and Oliver Perez tossed seven strong innings to lead New York past Atlanta.

Diamondbacks 7, Nationals 1

Washington - Micah Owings allowed one hit in five shutout innings in his big-league debut, and Chris Young homered and drove in four runs to help Arizona beat Washington.

Phillies 8, Marlins 2

Miami - Pat Burrell homered and drove in four runs, Jamie Moyer pitched 62â3 innings, and Philadelphia earned its first victory after three consecutive losses. Burrell hit a three-run homer and an RBI single, and Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer for the Phillies.

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