Greg Maddux hit his first homer since 1992 and also had a two-run single during an eight-run fourth inning, leading the Braves over the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-3, last night in Atlanta.
Maddux became the first pitcher to get two hits in an inning since Todd Stottlemyre did it for St. Louis against Pittsburgh on June 30, 1996.
Maddux (1-0) pitched six innings and gave up one run and eight hits. He walked none and struck out five.
Ryan Klesko and Brian Jordan also homered, and Chipper Jones had three hits in the Braves' 16-hit attack.
Maddux led off the fourth against Chad Ogea (0-1) by hitting his first home run for the Braves into the left field stands. It was the third homer of his career and first since April 20, 1992, when he hit one while with the Chicago Cubs.
"It was just flat-out luck," Maddux said of his homer. "The two-run single -- that was lucky, too. It just found a hole."
Maddux set a career high with three RBI -- one short of his total in 75 at-bats last season.
"It throws a little salt on the wound," Ogea said. "That tells you you're having a bad night."
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3: The NL pennant was hoisted to the top of Qualcomm Stadium, the players got their championship rings and "Hell's Bells" rang out again, reminders of San Diego's successful 1998 season.
Two nights after opening the season with a loss to Colorado in Monterrey, Mexico, the Padres fared far better at home. Tony Gwynn had two hits and scored twice, and Wally Joyner went 3 for 4 with two RBI.
"What a difference, Game One and Game Two -- the home crowd getting behind you, Hoffy [reliever Trevor Hoffman] coming in at the end," Gwynn said. "It brought back vivid memories of the not-too-far past. It was a good day, all the way around."
The fans saved their biggest ovation for the ninth when Hoffman came on, accompanied by AC/DC's "Hell's Bells." Hoffman, who converted 53 of 54 save opportunities last season, set down the Rockies in order.
"You knew what was coming," Gwynn said. "As soon as that bell rang, this place was rocking again. It was real good to be back home."
ASTROS 4, CUBS 2: In Houston, the Astros hit the home runs, not Sammy Sosa. He went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in his 1999 debut, and Houston started its final season at the Astrodome with a victory.
Carl Everett and Richard Hidalgo hit consecutive homers in the fourth inning, and Shane Reynolds (1-0) made the lead stand up with relief help.
"I'm not Superman -- I've got six months to go," Sosa said. "We have 161 to go. I'm going to have games like this. I just had a bad day. Reynolds is a tough pitcher."
PIRATES 8, EXPOS 2: Montreal knew for days it would oppose Jason Schmidt in the second game of the season. The Expos just didn't expect this Jason Schmidt -- not this fast, not this good, not this early.
Schmidt yielded one hit over seven innings -- Jose Vidro's pinch-hit single starting the sixth -- and Brian Giles homered and drove in three runs for host Pittsburgh.
Schmidt wasn't bothered by the groin injury that limited him to one start over the final 2 1/2 weeks of spring training. He struck out six and was in command until being lifted after throwing 95 pitches.
"He was nasty, man," the Expos' Rondell White said. "He was throwing about 95 [mph] and he had the slider working so good, you had to be ready for it. . . . That's the best I've seen him."
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Gary Sheffield hit a one-out homer in the 10th, giving host Los Angeles the victory.
Sheffield hit the first pitch from Brian Anderson (0-1) into the left-field seats for his first homer of the year and third hit of the game. On Monday, Raul Mondesi hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to tie it for the Dodgers, then hit a two-run shot with two outs in the 11th for an 8-6 win.
GIANTS 7, REDS 6: In Cincinnati, Barry Bonds homered, singled and doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth as San Francisco rallied from a six-run deficit.
The Giants fell behind 6-0 as Kirk Rueter struggled through the second-shortest start of his career. But Bonds and Jeff Kent hit back-to-back homers off Jason Bere as San Francisco cut it to 6-4 in the fifth, and Marvin Benard singled home another run in the sixth.
San Francisco completed the comeback when Brent Mayne singled and scored on Rich Aurilia's double off loser Danny Graves. After Ellis Burks walked with two outs, Bonds hit an opposite-field double to left off Gabe White.
METS 12, MARLINS 3: In Miami, Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer and Rick Reed pitched six strong innings to lead New York. The Mets stranded 14 runners in an Opening Day loss to Florida, but this time raced to a 7-0 lead against Livan Hernandez (0-1).
CAPTION: Giants' Rich Aurilia, right, holds on to Reds first baseman Sean Casey to keep from falling after they collided. Giants rallied from 6-0 deficit to win, 7-6.