Kevin Brown, backed by flawless, often spectacular, defense, shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks on three hits in six-plus innings last night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers post a 5-0 victory in Phoenix.
Shawn Green was 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI as the Dodgers took two of three in the season-opening series between NL West rivals.
Brian Jordan homered for the second time in three games.
Brown, 38, has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons, but had a strong spring and was in command of the Diamondbacks from the start, striking out three of the first five batters.
Asked how long it's been since he felt this good, Brown said, "as far as not hurting and stuff, you'd probably have to go back 10 years. Now, whether that translates into wins, we'll have to wait and see."
Brown allowed two hits through six scoreless innings. He walked Craig Counsell to start the seventh, then gave up a bloop single to Junior Spivey, and left after 72 pitches. He struck out four and walked one.
"He looked like the Kevin Brown of old tonight," Arizona Manager Bob Brenly said. "He just stifled our offense completely."
* EXPOS 3, BRAVES 0: Zach Day and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and Jose Vidro hit a two-run homer to pace visiting Montreal.
Vidro hit a two-run shot in the first inning off Horacio Ramirez, making his major league debut.
Day, making just his third big league start, dominated as Atlanta got only one runner past second base. The 24-year-old right-hander yielded three hits in seven innings, walked two and struck out three. Rocky Biddle struck out two in the ninth for his second career save.
* GIANTS 5, PADRES 2: Benito Santiago and J.T. Snow homered on consecutive pitches as defending NL champion San Francisco scored three runs in the ninth to win its season opener on the road.
Until Santiago and Snow connected off rookie Clay Condrey, the Giants had just four hits off two San Diego pitchers. They got five hits in the ninth.
A crowd of 61,707, a San Diego regular-season record, watched as the Padres opened their 35th and final season at Qualcomm Stadium.
* PHILLIES 8, MARLINS 2: In Miami, Randy Wolf took a one-hitter into the seventh inning, Jim Thome had two more hits and Mike Lieberthal added a bases-loaded triple to lead Philadelphia.
Thome was 2 for 3 with a walk. He was 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI in Monday's opener.
* METS 4, CUBS 1: Al Leiter limited visiting Chicago to four hits in six innings and Cliff Floyd and Roger Cedeno homered to give Manager Art Howe his first victory in a New York uniform.
* PIRATES 7, REDS 4: In Cincinnati, Kevin Young and Jason Kendall hit two-run homers in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh kept the Reds winless in their new ballpark.
Austin Kearns and Ken Griffey Jr. got the Reds' first homers in Great American Ball Park.
* CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 0: Woody Williams pitched two-hit ball into the seventh and Mike Matheny had three hits and two RBI for host St. Louis.
* ASTROS 8, ROCKIES 7: In Houston, Craig Biggio's two-run single capped a five-run Astros' rally in the ninth inning.