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April 4th, 2007 11:45 pm by Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - A strong outing by the starting pitcher. Another late-inning rally against a beleaguered bullpen. Two comeback wins in two games for the Atlanta Braves.

Scott Thorman's solo homer in the 11th inning led Atlanta to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Brian McCann's two-run homer off closer Tom Gordon tied it at 2 in the ninth. Thorman then connected against Ryan Madson (0-2) with one out in the 11th.

Macay McBride (1-0) threw one pitch, retiring Ryan Howard on a grounder to second base to leave the winning run at third in the 10th. Bob Wickman pitched a scoreless 11th for the save.

The Phillies wasted an outstanding effort by Cole Hamels, who pitched seven scoreless innings.

WASHINGTON - Dmitri Young hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth to complete Washington's comeback from a five-run deficit, and the Nationals beat Florida.

Young hit an arching ball toward the left-field corner, and outfielder Josh Willingham let it drop in, hoping it would land foul. Robert Fick delivered an RBI single earlier in a three-run ninth off Jorge Julio (0-1).

DENVER - Rodrigo Lopez (1-0) gave up two runs - one earned - and six hits in seven innings for his first win since last Aug. 17, and Matt Holliday backed him with four hits and four RBIs.

Last year, Lopez led the major leagues with 18 losses.

Doug Davis (0-1) made his Arizona debut and allowed three first-inning runs - all unearned.

ST. LOUIS - John Maine (1-0) kept the Cardinals' bats quiet and Carlos Beltran homered twice and drove in four runs, helping the New York Mets sweep the World Series champions.

Jose Reyes also homered and had three RBIs for the Mets, who were 8-1 to start last season en route to an NL-high 97 wins before they were eliminated by the Cardinals in the NLCS.

Braden Looper (0-1) made his first major league start for St. Louis after 572 relief appearances.

HOUSTON - Jose Bautista drove in three runs to help Pittsburgh erase a two-run deficit and rally for a win over the Astros.

Pittsburgh, which opened last season with three straight losses, is 3-0 for the first time since 2003 and left town with its first three- game sweep in Houston since 1991.

MILWAUKEE - Jason Schmidt pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and the bullpen held on as Los Angeles avoided being swept by the Bewers.

Schmidt worked his way through four innings, allowing three hits and a run before finding trouble in the fifth due to his own control problems.

Jeff Suppan (0-1), 5-0 in Miller Park when he was with the Cardinals and Pirates, made his debut for the Brewers after signing a four-year, $42 million contract, the largest in Brewers' history.

DETROIT - After getting their AL championship rings, the Tigers played like winners for seven innings and then hung on.

Curtis Granderson hit his first career grand slam as Detroit built a nine-run lead.

Coming off its first AL pennant since 1984, Detroit chased A.J. Burnett (0-1) early in this one, and Granderson connected off Shaun Marcum for his first homer of the season, capping an eight-run third with a drive that landed on top of the wall in right-center and bounced over.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ervin Santana held Texas to four hits in seven innings, Gary Matthews Jr. robbed Michael Young of a home run with a leaping catch in center and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas for only the fourth 3-0 start in franchise history.

The Angels outscored the Rangers 17-7 and left Texas rookie manager Ron Washington looking for his first victory.

CHICAGO - Grady Sizemore hit a two-run, two-out homer off Matt Thornton (0-1) to overcome a 7-6 deficit in the seventh inning, and Jason Michaels made a game-ending catch on Joe Crede's drive with two on while falling down backward at the warning track.

Aaron Fultz (1-0) went two-thirds of an inning for the win, and Joe Borowski got three outs for the save around a pair of walks.

MINNEAPOLIS - Ramon Ortiz (1-0) allowed two runs in seven innings in his Twins debut, helping Minnesota complete a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.

Michael Cuddyer had three singles and two RBIs before leaving with a cut on his chin in the fifth inning for the Twins, who smacked around Jaret Wright in his first start for the Orioles.

Wright (0-1) lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up six runs - four earned - on four hits and walking five.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell hit back-to-back doubles in a three-run first inning and Josh Beckett held Kansas City to two hits through five chilly innings.

Kevin Youkilis added a two-run home run off reliever Todd Wellemeyer in the seventh to make it 6-1 as the temperature dipped to 39 degrees.

Beckett (1-0) had five strikeouts and four walks while delivering Boston's first win.

It's been a rough two games for Royals rookie third baseman Alex Gordon. The 2006 minor league player of the year is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and hasn't hit a ball out of the infield.

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