Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle for the second time in his career and Jose Guillen hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals earned their first victory, 7-3, over the Phillies last night in Philadelphia.
Vinny Castilla was 4 for 5 with two doubles and one RBI for Washington, which hadn't celebrated a victory by a major league team since the expansion Senators left for Texas following the 1971 season. The Nationals play their home opener at RFK Stadium April 14 against Arizona.
Wilkerson was 4 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs, completing his cycle with a ground-rule double in the eighth against Aaron Fultz.
Wilkerson homered off Brett Myers in the third, singled off Myers in the fifth, and tripled against Rheal Cormier in the seventh. Wilkerson's first cycle was against Pittsburgh June 24, 2003.
Braves 2, Marlins 1 -- At Miami, Chipper Jones homered on the first pitch of the 13th inning, and seven Atlanta pitchers shut out Florida for the final 11 1/3 innings. Jones was 4 for 6, driving in both Atlanta runs. His homer to center field off Nate Bump (0-1) was estimated at 418 feet.
Adam Bernero (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and got Juan Pierre to ground out with the potential winning run at second to end the 12th. New closer Dan Kolb pitched a perfect 13th.
Reds 9, Mets 5 -- Joe Randa provided an encore to his walkoff homer Opening Day, hitting a bases-loaded single and a grand slam that powered the Reds in Cincinnati.
Randa got the Reds going with a two-run single in the first off Tom Glavine. His second career grand slam came in the eighth off Mike DeJean.
Eric Milton got the win in his Cincinnati debut, allowing homers to Doug Mientkiewicz and David Wright.
Astros 4, Cardinals 1 -- Coming off an elbow injury that ended his season last August, Andy Pettitte allowed only a solo homer to Reggie Sanders in a strong six-inning season debut, and Mike Lamb's two-run triple in the eighth lifted host Houston over St. Louis.
Chad Qualls pitched two perfect innings and Brad Lidge got three outs to help Houston break a three-game losing streak against the Cardinals, dating to Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS.
Dodgers 10, Giants 4 -- Jose Valentin hit a three-run homer and Olmedo Saenz drove in three runs as Los Angeles pulled away in San Francisco behind a five-run sixth.
Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 3 -- At Phoenix, Troy Glaus homered and drove in three runs, and Jose Cruz also had three RBIs to power Arizona.
Padres 14, Rockies 6 -- Brian Giles homered for the second straight game and had five RBIs, and visiting San Diego battered Colorado's bullpen for seven runs in the seventh.
Brewers 10, Pirates 2 -- At Pittsburgh, Carlos Lee homered and drove in four runs and Doug Davis pitched effectively over six innings in Milwaukee's rout.