MIAMI (AP) -The scene keeps repeating in the first week of the season:
sprinting around third base to score.
His latest run gave the unbeaten
their latest win.
singled with two out in the ninth to bring Bonifacio home from second base Friday, and the Marlins remained unbeaten through
four games by defeating the
New York Mets
''Bonifacio is creating all kinds of opportunities,'' Cantu said. ''It's unbelievable. He has tremendous speed, and we're
blessed to have him.''
Acquired in November from Washington, Bonifacio went 3-for-5 for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, hiking his average
to .579 (11-for-19). He scored three times and has nine runs this season.
''If he doesn't get better, we're going to send him to Albuquerque,'' said manager Fredi Gonzalez, smiling at his facetious
The Marlins' new leadoff hitter is a big reason they're the only unbeaten team in the majors and 4-0 for the first time in
franchise history. Other key contributors include
(.500, eight RBIs) and Cantu (.429). The team average is .309.
''When it comes time to do the job, we've been doing it,'' Ramirez said.
Bonifacio is helping most of all. After New York tied the game in the top of the ninth, he reached on an infield single off
(0-1) with one out. Darren O'Day walked Ramirez, and Cantu singled to left on an 0-1 pitch, bringing Bonifacio around.
O'Day was a minor-league teammate last year of Angels pitcher
, who died early Thursday in a car crash.
''It hasn't been a normal week for sure,'' O'Day said. ''But when I went out there I was focused on one thing - doing my job.''
Said Mets manager
: ''You just don't know how a person is going to grieve. I don't know if it has affected him or not.''
Bonifacio's speed helped give Florida a 4-3 lead. He reached on a two-out bunt single in the seventh against
, went to third on a bloop single by
and came home on Ramirez's single.
The Mets scored once in the ninth off closer
(1-0) to tie the game.
singled, and pinch hitter
hit a two-out RBI single, but pinch hitter
grounded out to end the inning.
The Mets left 14 runners on base, stranding at least one in every inning.
''A couple of hits here and there, and we could have broken it open,'' Manuel said.
The loss was the first for the Mets' bullpen after the front office invested heavily in upgrades during the offseason. Parnell
each gave up one run.
allowed homers to two of the first five batters he faced, and those were the only hits he gave up before leaving for a pinch
hitter after five innings.
threw 93 pitches in five scoreless innings.
''He pitched good enough to get the win,'' Gonzalez said. ''Hopefully he gets about 31 more starts like that.''
At San Diego,
hit a three-run homer and made a leaping catch against the wall,
drove in two runs and the Padres jumped on
early in a rare, rain-delayed game here.
It's the first time the Padres (3-2) are above .500 since they were 8-7 last April 16.
(1-0) won his Padres debut while Zito (0-1) lasted only four innings.
's 10th-inning single off
(0-1) drove in
with the winning run and the Braves recovered after blowing two leads in a rain-delayed game.
Including the rain delay of 2 hours, 2 minutes, the game lasted almost 6 hours.
(1-0), Atlanta's eighth pitcher, earned the win.
went 3-for-3 with a home run and
(1-0) won his National League debut for the Diamondbacks, getting help from a five-run third inning.
(0-1) had control problems for the Dodgers and lasted just 2 1-3 innings in his first major league start.
At St. Louis,
homered and drove in two runs,
had three hits and the Cardinals survived another shaky ninth inning to give
(1-0) the win.
got the final two outs for his second career save.
(0-1), making his first regular-season appearance as an Astro since October 1999, gave up three runs on four hits and four
walks in five innings.
's grounder to shortstop scored
on a close play at the plate, and the Brewers rallied for two runs in the ninth off Cubs closer
(1-0) worked a hitless inning for the win.
(1-0) pitched seven strong innings in his Rockies debut before a crowd of 49,427, the highest paid attendance in a regular-season
game at Coors Field.
(0-1) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings for Philadelphia.