Sheets outduels Santana

Gavin Floyd's no-hit bid ended when the Tigers' Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth inning at soggy U.S. Cellular Field. Gavin Floyd's no-hit bid ended when the Tigers' Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth inning at soggy U.S. Cellular Field. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)
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Associated Press / April 13, 2008

Johan Santana offered a succinct evaluation of his Shea Stadium debut for the New York Mets, a marquee matchup against Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets.

"He pitched good and I didn't," Santana said. "He was better than me."

That seemed fair after Sheets retired 18 straight Mets batters and, backed by home runs from Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks, and Gabe Kapler, beat Santana and the Mets, 5-3, yesterday.

It didn't start out very well for Sheets, who was coming off a shutout in his last start. He gave up two runs in the first inning and against Santana, that seemed like major trouble for the Brewers. The Milwaukee ace described his mind-set after that: "Don't give up no more," he said. "Figure out what you've got and put it in. Try and find another thing to do."

The other thing turned out to be an effective changeup. Sheets (2-0) mixed it well with his curve and fastball and had the Mets off balance after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the second. He did not allow another hit until David Wright's two-out homer in the eighth.

Santana (1-2) lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs and six hits with two walks, striking out seven and throwing two wild pitches.

Sheets allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

White Sox 7, Tigers 0 - Gavin Floyd held Detroit hitless until Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth inning and pitched host Chicago to a shutout.

Floyd (2-0) had never pitched more than seven innings in the majors. His no-hit bid ended when Renteria hit a liner to right-center that fell in front of right fielder Jermaine Dye.

Twins 2, Royals 0 - Boof Bonser pitched six innings and Jason Kubel homered and scored twice, leading visiting Minnesota to a second straight shutout over punchless Kansas City.

Bonser (1-2) did not give up a hit until Ross Gload singled in the fifth.

Orioles 3, Rays 2 - Ramon Hernandez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth inning to lead Baltimore past host Tampa Bay.

Hernandez, who also had a run-scoring triple, gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead on his two-out homer off Dan Wheeler (0-1).

Dodgers 11, Padres 1 - Andre Ethier went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer, Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp each hit their first homers, and Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak with a rout of visiting San Diego.

Derek Lowe (1-0) allowed a run and four hits over eight innings, and drove in a career-high three runs with a pair of singles.

Athletics 7, Indians 3 - Bobby Crosby hit a three-run homer for visiting Oakland, which took advantage of 10 walks by Cleveland pitchers.

Blue Jays 4, Rangers 1 - In Arlington, Texas, Roy Halladay threw a six-hit complete game, and Aaron Hill drove in three runs to lead Toronto past Texas.

Mariners 8, Angels 3 - Richie Sexson hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run, Carlos Silva worked eight effective innings, and host Seattle again beat AL West nemesis Los Angeles.

Phillies 7, Cubs 1 - In Philadelphia, Cole Hamels allowed one hit over seven innings, and Pedro Feliz and Ryan Howard hit two-run homers to beat Chicago.

Pirates 4, Reds 3 - Nate McLouth, the surprise major league hits leader, drove in the go-ahead run and had two more hits, and host Pittsburgh won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Cardinals 8, Giants 7 - Chris Duncan lined a go-ahead single to left with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and visiting St. Louis battered the San Francisco bullpen to spoil a gem by Giants starter Matt Cain, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

Astros 5, Marlins 0 - Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer and Brandon Backe combined with three relievers to shut out visiting Florida.

Braves 10, Nationals 2 - Jeff Francoeur had two home runs and a career-high seven RBIs, and visiting Atlanta handed Washington its ninth straight loss.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 3 - Justin Upton went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run, to power host Arizona to its eighth consecutive victory.

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