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Mets 9, Reds 7
At Cincinnati, Carlos Delgado homered and drove in four runs, and the Mets' rebuilt bullpen barely held on for the win.
The Mets won the season opener 2-1 on a raw, 37-degree afternoon that showcased their offseason bullpen additions of closers J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez. With temperatures in the 50s on a clear Wednesday evening, the offense took over and Rodriguez pitched out of a bases-loaded threat in the ninth to avoid a bullpen collapse.
Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first off Edinson Volquez (0-1).
Mike Pelfrey (1-0) gave up four runs and five hits in five innings for New York.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 4
At St. Louis, Zach Duke beat the Cardinals for the first time in nearly three seasons and Freddy Sanchez went 4-for-5 for his third straight multi-hit game to open the year.
Albert Pujols set a franchise record for a Cardinals first baseman with seven assists -- the most in the majors at the position since Pittsburgh's Bob Robertson had eight on June 21, 1971.
Todd Wellemeyer (0-1) surrendered five runs and 12 hits in five innings for St. Louis.
Duke (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings for his first victory over the Cardinals since a complete game on Aug. 11, 2006.
Marlins 6, Nationals 4
At Miami, Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double and Florida completed the three-game sweep.
The Marlins improved to 3-0 for only the second time. The other was in 1997, when they won the first of two World Series titles.
Chris Volstad (1-0) struck out seven, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and two hits in five innings. Matt Lindstrom got his first save.
Daniel Cabrera (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits over six innings for Washington.
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 2
At Phoenix, Dexter Fowler, Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Stewart homered and Colorado won a series against Arizona for the first time in two years.
Franklin Morales (1-0) allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings for the Rockies. He then was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for right-hander Jason Hammel, acquired Sunday in a trade with Tampa Bay.
Arizona's Doug Davis (0-1) gave up four runs and four hits in five innings.
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