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Braves sweep away Philadelphia

EARLY STREAKS While Atlanta moved to 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1994, the Phillies stumbled by losing their first three games at home


Chuck James gave up one run in five innings, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer and the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Atlanta is 3-0 for the first time since opening with seven straight wins in 1994, but the Phillies are 0-3 -- all at home.

James (1-0) struck out five and allowed six hits. Adam Eaton (0-1) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- and seven hits over 4 2-3 inning in his first start since signing a US$24.5 million contract.

Reds 5, Cubs 2

At Cincinnati Michael Barrett's passed ball let in the tiebreaking run in the seventh as Cincinnati took two of three in its opening series.

Chicago's Bob Howry (0-1) gave up pinch-hitter Jeff Conine's single that tied it with two outs in the seventh, then walked Ryan Freel. Will Ohman came on and threw a wild pitch with Adam Dunn at the plate. Barrett then compounded the mistake by letting a low, sinking pitch deflect off the end of his mitt and skitter to the backstop. Scott Hatteberg added a two-run homer in the eighth off Scott Eyre.

Victor Santos (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the seventh, and David Weathers got three outs for his first save.

Diamondbacks 4, Nationals 3

At Washington, Chris Young hit a two-run single in the first inning and Orlando Hudson homered in the third to help Arizona get the win.

The Diamondbacks had a 4-0 lead by the third inning and Edgar Gonzalez (1-0) and four relievers made it stand. It helped that the Nationals went 0-for-13 with men in scoring position.

Washington's Jason Bergmann (0-1) departed after allowing four runs in 3 2-3 innings.

Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in two chances.

Giants 5, Padres 3

At San Francisco, Barry Bonds had an RBI double, Ray Durham hit a go-ahead two-run single after a walk to Bonds in the decisive fifth and Matt Morris pitched six strong innings for San Francisco.

Bruce Bochy beat his old team for his first win as Giants manager and San Francisco kept from losing its first three games for only the fifth time since the team moved west from New York in 1958.

Josh Bard hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth for San Diego but Armando Benitez got Mike Cameron to pop out with runners on first and second for his first save.

Morris (1-0) allowed one run and five hits, struck out two and walked two in an efficient 86-pitch effort.

Clay Hensley (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in four-and-two-thirds innings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out 10 in seven innings in his major league debut, allowing six hits and dominating as he led the Boston Red Sox over the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Thursday.

Matsuzaka (1-0), who signed a US$52 million, six-year contract with Boston, gave up his only run on a sixth-inning homer by David DeJesus. He retired 10 in a row during one stretch and struck out the side in the fourth on 14 pitches.

Jonathan Papelbon struck out two of three batters for his first save.

Zack Greinke (0-1), who missed almost all of last season due to social anxiety disorder, struck out seven in seven innings. Manny Ramirez had an RBI double in the first and Julio Lugo doubled in the fifth, stole third and scored on catcher John Buck's throwing error.

White Sox 4, Indians 3

At Chicago, Roberto Hernandez hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run.

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