NL roundup: Giants earn 1st win of season

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Published: Saturday, April 2 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

Dodgers shortstop Jamey Carroll, left, applies a late tag to a safe Brandon Belt.

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LOS ANGELES — Matt Cain scattered five hits over six innings, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs each and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-0 Saturday for their first win of the season.

Miguel Tejada added two RBIs for the defending World Series champions, who had committed five errors in dropping a pair of one-run games to the rival Dodgers. But they backed Cain with ample offense and clean defense to avoid equaling their worst start since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

Cain (1-0) struck out three and walked none, picking up where he left off last season as one of the Giants' most consistent starters.

Ted Lilly (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one for the Dodgers.

PADRES 11, CARDINALS 3: At St. Louis, Clayton Richard (1-0) had two RBIs to match his career high without getting the ball out of the infield and pitched six solid innings for San Diego.

Albert Pujols homered on the 10th anniversary of his major league debut and Allen Craig, subbing for ailing Matt Holliday, had a two-run single for the Cardinals. St. Louis led 2-0 after one inning and 3-2 after three but Jake Westbrook (0-1) was knocked out after retiring only one of six batters in the Padres' six-run sixth.

Chase Headley had a career best-tying four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the ninth for the Padres.

NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 3: At Washington, Rick Ankiel drove in three runs with a homer and squeeze bunt, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each had three hits and the Nationals beat Atlanta in a game that included two rain delays totaling 87 minutes. Ankiel's two-run homer run highlighted a three-run third inning off Tommy Hanson (0-1). Ankiel put down his bunt in the seventh.

John Lannan (1-0) got the win, Washington's first of the season.

CUBS 5, PIRATES 3: At Chicago, Pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt delivered a two-out, two-run double that capped a five-run eighth inning as the Cubs rallied for a win.

Chicago's comeback against relievers Evan Meek (0-1) and Chris Resop was aided by a costly error on Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay.

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano left the game in the seventh with cramping in his right hand, one batter after he'd given up a leadoff homer to Garrett Jones that gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead.

Sean Marshall (1-0) got the victory with a scoreless eighth and Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth for his first save.

Pirates starter Paul Maholm pitched 6 2-3 shutout innings, giving up five hits.

ROCKIES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Denver, Lefty Jorge De La Rosa scattered three harmless singles and drove in a run before leaving in the sixth inning with a blister on his left middle finger, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With De La Rosa listed as day-to-day, Colorado's top two pitchers are now dealing with injuries. Ace Ubaldo Jimenez has a cracked cuticle on this right thumb that was the culprit in his shaky debut Friday and could force him to miss his next start.

After Kelly Johnson grounded out leading off the sixth, Rockies manager Jim Tracy and head athletic trainer Keith Dugger rushed out to the mound, took a quick look at De La Rosa and decided his night was over. He dejectedly walked off toward the dugout.

METS 6, MARLINS 4: At Miami, David Wright's third hit of the game brought Jose Reyes home with the go-ahead run in the 10th, Willie Harris added a two-run single later in the inning, and the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins.

Wright also homered for the Mets, who got a three-hit night from Josh Thole and two hits from Ike Davis.

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