MILWAUKEE (AP) -It was a weekend filled with worries for
, but things didn't seem so bad to the
manager after Sunday night's 8-5 victory over the
Despite a blown save by the new closer to start the series, too many walks by the rest of the bullpen in the first two games
and their only option at catcher hobbled by a sore toe, the Cubs managed to take two out of three games from their NL Central
rivals and are headed home with a winning record after their season-opening road trip.
''It turned out to be a good road trip for us, 4-2,'' Piniella said. ''We're home for a while, so I hope we have a good homestand.''
Now it's the Brewers' turn to show concern after starter
turned in another ugly outing. As bad as Suppan's four-inning, six-run performance in Milwaukee's opener at San Francisco
was, Sunday's was worse.
''You've got to give us six innings,'' Brewers manager
said. ''That's two starts in row that he couldn't give us six innings.''
clanged the first pitch of the game off the facade in center field for a leadoff home run. Suppan then walked home a whopping
three runs in the fourth inning, leaving the bases loaded for reliever
- who promptly walked
to bring home a fourth.
It was more of the same for Suppan, who struggled in the final month of last season.
''Last year is over with,'' Suppan said. ''I'm looking at these last two outings and trying to be a pitcher that helps a team
win. That's my goal, that's what I'm trying to do.''
Suppan's struggles were just one memorable moment in what turned out to be a wild start to the 2009 edition of one of the
NL Central's budding rivalries.
The first two games of the series both were won in the ninth inning, Friday's by Milwaukee and Saturday's by Chicago. And
after Sunday's walk parade put the Brewers in an early hole,
nearly bailed them out with one swing of the bat.
But he was robbed Spiderman-style by
, who entered the game after an injury to right fielder
and scaled the outfield wall to take away what would have been a certain game-tying grand slam in the fifth.
Sunday's game wasn't all good news for Chicago: Bradley has a right groin strain, and is not expected to play Monday. And
had another shaky ninth inning.
Chicago did get good news about catcher
, who stuck out as a pinch hitter Sunday - his first appearance since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore right shoulder. Soto
is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game in 45 career starts and Florida scored two unearned runs to hand
his first loss since June 28.
While Johnson retired 15 batters in a row, Santana was just as good. The left-hander struck out 13 in seven innings, allowing
only three hits. But left fielder
dropped a two-out flyball in the second for an error that led to both Florida runs.
Santana (1-1) had made 18 starts in a row without a loss, winning 10 consecutive decisions.
Johnson (2-0) struck out seven, walked one and threw 113 pitches in a fast-paced pitchers' duel that took only 2 hours, 4
threw a three-hitter,
hit a two-run homer and the Reds overcame a Pittsburgh triple play.
Harang (1-1) faced just three batters over the minimum while pitching his sixth shutout and 12th complete game. It was the
first complete-game shutout of the year in the majors.
(0-2) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings.
Cincinnati had a chance to add to its lead in the eighth inning with
on first and
hit a blooper into short left that was easily caught by
, who threw to
at second base to double up Phillips. By then, Bruce was already at second, and Sanchez threw to first baseman
to complete the triple play.
It was the first triple play for the Pirates since Aug. 10, 1993, at St. Louis, and the first time the Reds had hit into a
triple play since April 21, 2007, against Philadelphia.
At St. Louis,
threw a career-best three-hitter, retiring 24 in a row after giving up a single on his first pitch, and the Cardinals completed
a three-game sweep.
had three hits and an RBI, and
extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI single for St. Louis, which went 5-2 on its opening homestand.
Houston has lost four in a row and is off to a 1-5 start while totaling 16 runs.
Lohse (2-0) threw his fifth career shutout.
(0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.
At San Diego,
pitched seven strong innings to beat
had a career-high four hits for the Padres.
Young (2-0) allowed an unearned run and four hits. The right-hander struck out seven and walked none.
Lincecum (0-2) had another rough outing after he tied his career low by lasting just three innings in Monday's season-opening
10-6 win over Milwaukee. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up four runs and a career-high 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.
San Diego has won four straight to raise its record to 5-2, the first time the Padres have been three games over .500 since
the end of the 2007 season.
The Giants have lost three straight and four of five.
tossed two-hit ball into the eighth inning, outpitching
to lead the Dodgers.
Wolf (1-1) helped Los Angeles take two of three in an early season series between teams expected to contend in the NL West.
The left-hander allowed one run, struck out five and walked two in seven-plus innings.
pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Haren (0-2) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings.
drove in two runs, including a tiebreaking single, and the Braves handed Washington its sixth straight loss to start the season.
(2-0) gave up five hits and walked five in 5 1-3 innings but allowed only four runs, three earned, to help the Braves sweep
the three-game series and improve to 5-1.
Washington is the only winless team in the majors.
The Braves scored their first five runs on two-out rallies in the fourth and fifth to beat
(0-2), who gave up six hits and five runs in five innings.
pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
had two hits and drove in three runs for the Nationals.
At Denver, pinch-hitter
connected for a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia.
tied it at 5 with a two-run homer in the eighth and
had three hits for the Phillies, who won the last two of the three-game series. Utley went 2-for-3 and scored three times.
(1-0) worked a scoreless eighth and
, the last of six Philadelphia pitchers, finished for his second save.
(0-1) got the loss. Colorado put two men on in the ninth, but Lidge got
to ground out to end the game.