Even the World Series champions have to win once in a while.
Following an 11-game losing streak, the longest in team history, the Florida Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Monday night behind rookie Derrek Lee's second grand slam in a week."It's good to hear noise in here," Gregg Zaun said of the Marlins' upbeat clubhouse. "An 11-game losing streak is probably the longest I've ever been part of."
At 1-11, the Marlins were off to the worst start by a defending champion, and the losing streak matched the longest by a World Series winner. Florida hadn't won since beating the Chicago Cubs March 31.
ROCKIES 8, REDS 4: Colorado won its first home game this season, rallying behind Vinny Castilla's three-run homer in the seventh and a four-run eighth. The Rockies, who stopped an eight-game losing streak overall, improved to 1-6 at Coors Field this year.
GIANTS 8, CARDINALS 2: At San Francisco, Barry Bonds hit his first homer in 59 at-bats this season, connecting in the fifth off Manny Aybar (1-2) for his first since last Sept. 23.
Kirk Rueter (2-1) allowed five hits in six shutout innings. The Cardinals' Eli Marrero and Willie McGee hit solo homers in the ninth off Julian Tavarez.
PHILLIES 11, BRAVES 8: Rico Brogna hit two homers and drove in five runs as Philadelphia rallied from a 7-1 deficit at Veterans Stadium and won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Phillies scored four unearned runs in the fifth and six in the seventh, with Brogna's three-run homer in the seventh breaking a 7-all tie.
PADRES 1, D'BACKS 0: Archi Cianfrocco homered and Andy Ashby (2-1) pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout since August 1995 and San Diego's first complete game of the year as the Padres improved to a franchise best 11-2.
San Diego's previous best was 10-2 in 1984, the year the franchise made its only World Series appearance. The Padres' winning streak is their longest since an 11-gamer from April 14-27, 1982.
DODGERS 3, ASTROS 1: Hideo Nomo (1-1) scattered five hits in seven innings, and seldom-used Wilton Guerrero hit a two-run single to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh at Dodger Stadium.
Raul Mondesi singled off Jose Lima (2-1) starting the seventh - the first Dodgers runner since the third - and was hit by Todd Zeile's grounder on a hit-and-run play.
INDIANS 6, MARINERS 5: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 300th career homer on Monday night, but once again, Seattle's bullpen failed to protect a lead as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Mariners 6-5 at Jacobs Field.
Griffey hit a pair of two-run homers, and his second - in the seventh off Jose Mesa - made him the second-youngest player to reach 300 homers.
Griffey's second homer of the game was his sixth of the season and third in two days. The All-Star center fielder, who has hit at least 40 homers four times, is 28 years, 143 days old. Jimmie Foxx was 27 years, 328 days when he hit his 300th. Foxx hit 534 homers during his Hall of Fame career.
The Mariners' bullpen is 0-2 with no saves and a 7.44 ERA - 32 2-3 innings, 27 earned runs.
"That's one of the reasons we made a pitching coach change," Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "That's what we're going to work on. We're going to work hard at it."
ANGELS AT N.Y. YANKEES, PPD: At Yankee Stadium, a 500-pound steel joint smashed into the stands, forcing postponement of two games between the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels and possibly shifting another to Shea Stadium.
More than 20,000 people were expected at Monday night's game at the stadium, which turns 75 years old Saturday.
RANGERS 10, TIGERS 1: At Arlington, Lee Stevens hit three home runs and Bobby Witt got his 100th career victory with Texas.
Stevens hit solo homers in the second and fifth before connecting on a two-run shot in the seventh for his first three-homer game. He walked in the eighth attempting to become the 13th player to homer four times in a game.
Juan Gonzalez added a two-run homer for the Rangers, who have won four of five.
D'RAYS 13, TWINS 12: Robert Smith homered in the 14th and Esteban Yan (2-0) closed with five perfect innings as Tampa Bay overcame a six-run deficit to win at home.
At 7-4, the Devil Rays are off to the best start by an expansion team. The 1977 Toronto Blue Jays, 1969 Kansas City Royals and 1962 Houston Colt .45s began 6-5.
RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 3: At Boston, Bret Saberhagen continued his comeback with a second consecutive victory and Mo Vaughn homered, sending Oakland to its fourth straight loss.
Saberhagen (2-0) sat out all of 1996 after surgery on his right shoulder and spent most of last season in rehab. He allowed two runs and two hits in six innings.
ROYALS 11, BLUE JAYS 1: Glendon Rusch got his first win at Kauffman Stadium and rookie Larry Sutton, Shane Mack and Mike Swenney all homered for Kansas City off Pat Hentgen (1-1).
Rusch (1-2), who entered the game with a 12.54 ERA, allowed seven hits in eight innings - the longest outing by a Royals pitcher this season.