On a day when the Colorado Rockies wanted everything to go right - the home opener before a capacity crowd - everything did.
Jeff Reed hit a three-run homer, Jason Bates had three hits and Bill Swift held Cincinnati without a hit until the fifth inning Monday as the Rockies routed the Cincinnati Reds 13-2.
Reed and Bates were each thrust into the starting lineup because of injuries and Swift, a question mark because of injuries the last two years, pitched six strong innings as Colorado won its fifth straight game.
Vinny Castilla also hit a three-run homer for the Rockies.
“I didn’t have too much to do today - just make out the lineup,” Rockies manager Don Baylor said. “Offensively, we just jumped on them right away. That’s what we’re all about in this ballpark. And Billy Swift was just spectacular today.”
The Rockies drew 48,014 for their home opener, extending their consecutive sellout streak to 133 games - a major league record.
Padres 3, Pirates 2 (10)
Chris Gomez’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning gave San Diego a victory over Pittsburgh.
San Diego blew two chances to win it in the ninth inning before finally putting the Pirates away in the 10th.
Giants 4, Phillies 3
Shawn Estes made his much-awaited return to the mound. Too bad hardly a soul was around to see it.
Estes turned in a commendable if not overpowering performance in his season debut and San Francisco went on to post a victory over Philadelphia before a paltry gathering of 7,525 fans at 3Com Park.
Clearing the bases
The New York Mets placed right-hander Pete Harnisch on the 15-day disabled list.
The 30-year-old Harnisch will be out at least 10 days.
He’s had problems related to giving up smokeless tobacco and was scratched from his scheduled start against the San Francisco Giants Sunday. Harnisch is reportedly going to see a psychiatrist after having trouble sleeping and relaxing since the end of spring training.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker was named the National League player of the week after batting .440 with six home runs and 11 runs batted in. … The Houston Astros placed infielder Sean Berry on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin muscle.
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