PHILADELPHIA — Omar Infante hit two of his club’s three home runs, while Anibal Sanchez outdueled Cole Hamels and the Miami Marlins put a damper on the Phillies’ home opener with a 6-2 win Monday.
Sanchez (1-0) lasted 6-1/3 frames, allowing six hits and a pair of runs. Hamels (0-1), on the other hand, worked 5-1/3 innings, charged with eight hits and four runs — three earned — despite fanning nine. Gaby Sanchez added two hits and two RBI. Austin Kearns also went deep for the Marlins, who had dropped three of four to start the year.
Freddy Galvis knocked in both runs for Philadelphia, the five-time defending NL East champs who lost two of three in Pittsburgh this past weekend.
San Francisco 7, Colorado 0: Barry Zito threw his first shutout in almost nine years Monday, giving up just four hits to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Zito (1-0) struck out four and didn’t surrender a walk, throwing 71 of his 114 pitches for strikes while facing the minimum in five innings — including the last two. Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer and Brandon Crawford had a three-run double for the Giants, who snapped a three-game losing streak after being swept in a season-opening series in Arizona.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) threw 90 pitches in just four innings and gave up four runs on four hits and five walks to take the loss in the Rockies’ home opener.
Milwaukee 7, Chicago Cubs 5: Aramis Ramirez finished 1-for-3 and knocked in two runs in his first game back in Chicago since signing a four-year deal with the Brewers in the offseason, and Milwaukee fought off a late rally from the Cubs to take a 7-5 decision at Wrigley Field.
Ramirez, who played nine seasons in Chicago, hurt the Cubs early, but almost handed his former club the game late, as his error in the ninth kept the Chicago rally going and allowed the Cubs to score two runs in the frame before closer John Axford shut the door with two big strikeouts to complete the save and leave the bases full of Cubs.
Shaun Marcum (1-0) made the start for the Brewers, allowing three runs on five hits while fanning five over six innings of work. Rickie Weeks belted a solo home run, while Mat Gamel finished with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI as Milwaukee improved to 2-2 after dropping 2-of-3 to the Cardinals to open the season.
Milwaukee took the lead for good in the sixth as Shawn Camp (0-1) started the frame in place of Chris Volstad, who started his first game as a Cub after spending the last four seasons with the Marlins and yielded three runs on five hits over his five innings on the mound.
Elsewhere it was: NY Mets 4, Washington 3; St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 1; Houston 8, Atlanta 3. — Agencies