Dusty Baker quickly warmed to Wrigley Field.
With snow dusting the brown ivy on the outfield walls and the game-time temperature 32, the Chicago Cubs won Baker's first home game as their manager, beating the Montreal Expos, 6-1, yesterday as Matt Clement allowed three hits in 71/3 innings.
Moises Alou drove in three runs, Alex Gonzalez had three hits and the Cubs turned three double plays.
The game, played in a biting 14 mph wind that was blowing in, was a makeup of Monday's snowout. It was Baker's first at Wrigley since leaving the San Francisco Giants in the offseason to manage the Cubs.
"I felt like singing 'Jingle Bells.' It felt like it was Christmas," Baker said before the game. "That's the truth, it's what I did. I started signing to my son. Kids love it. They don't have to play in it like we do."
The announced attendance was 29,138, and some in the crowd booed the Canadian national anthem when it was sung before the game.
Baker said he'd never been in a game as a player when it was so cold. The Wrigley Field grounds crew worked long hours to clear the snow.
"You have to have a football mentality. You can't do anything about the elements, pretend like you're the Green Bay Packers or the Chicago Bears," Baker said. "It's not pleasant . . . but you got to play."
* BREWERS 5, PIRATES 3: The Brewers, who hit a lot of homers in losing their first six games, relied on walks for most of their scoring and ruined Pittsburgh's home opener -- the first for new manager Ned Yost.
Glendon Rusch (1-1), previously 0-6 against Pittsburgh, was everything Kip Wells wasn't -- effective and in control -- in limiting the Pirates to one hit over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two to end a personal four-game losing streak.
Wells (0-1) couldn't find the strike zone in one of the wildest starts in years by a Pirates pitcher, walking seven in four-plus innings while throwing only 42 of 92 pitches for strikes.
* DODGERS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Paul Lo Duca hit a two-out double in the seventh to drive in the go-ahead run in Los Angeles.
Lo Duca's liner off third baseman Matt Williams' glove scored Cesar Izturis from first base. It was Lo Duca's second RBI double and third hit of the game.
Williams and Luis Gonzalez homered to give Arizona a 3-2 lead entering the seventh.
Dave Roberts was hit by a pitch from Miguel Batista (0-2), went to third on a hit-and-run single by Izturis and scored the tying run on Shawn Green's sacrifice fly.
Lo Duca came through after Fred McGriff struck out.
The Dodgers added an insurance run in the eighth when shortstop Craig Counsell made a throwing error on pinch hitter Brian Jordan's grounder, allowing Adrian Beltre to score from second.
* METS 4, MARLINS 2: Al Leiter pitched effectively into the seventh and Ty Wigginton hit a three-run homer to lead visiting New York. The Marlins lost their third straight and are last in the NL East.
* PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 3: Tomas Perez's two-out RBI single in the 10th gave host Philadelphia the win. Jose Mesa (1-0) pitched 11/3 hitless innings for the win.
* REDS 2, ASTROS 1: Jason LaRue hit his first home run of the year in the 10th, leading visiting Cincinnati over Houston. Ryan Dempster (1-0) allowed seven hits in nine innings for the Reds, and Scott Williamson pitched a perfect 10th for his second save.