By The Associated Press
DENVER - Carl Pavano pitched eight strong innings and Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez each hit a two-run homer, leading the Florida Marlins to a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Pavano (2-0) allowed two runs, scattered five hits and walked one to help Florida win its fourth straight road game.
Cabrera went 1-for-4 with his seventh home run, while Gonzalez hit his first homer and went 2-for-4. Jeff Conine was 3-for-3 for the Marlins (13-6), off to the best start in franchise history.
Jeromy Burnitz homered and Todd Helton had an RBI double for Colorado. Kit Pellow added an RBI single in the ninth off Chad Fox, but Armando Benitez struck out Charles Johnson with two on for his 10th save in 10 chances.
Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 0
PHOENIX - Richie Sexson hit the longest home run in Bank One Ballpark history and Randy Johnson struck out 10, helping Arizona snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.
Sexson's two-run shot off reliever Francis Beltran in the sixth traveled an estimated 503 feet and smacked off his own image halfway up the video screen in center field, smashing several lights.
It was Sexson's 200th career home run and ninth this season.
Johnson (2-2) improved to 12-0 in 13 career starts against the Cubs, striking out seven straight during one stretch. He pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and had an RBI single as the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in five games. He walked none.
Carlos Zambrano (2-1) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Danny Bautista extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games.
Giants 3, Braves 2
SAN FRANCISCO - Jason Schmidt earned his first win of the season and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday night.
Barry Bonds went 0-for-1 with three walks, two intentional, leaving the six-time NL MVP with 667 career homers.
Schmidt (1-2) became the first of San Francisco's top three starters to win this year - lefty Kirk Rueter is 0-2 and right-hander Brett Tomko is 0-1. Schmidt allowed six hits, struck out six and walked four in five innings.
Schmidt won 17 games last season and led the NL in ERA, but the Giants had not scored a run for him this year until going ahead 3-0 in the third inning.
Mark DeRosa hit a two-run homer to pull the Braves to 3-2.
This was certainly a solid start to a series for the Giants, who had lost nine of 11 and have dropped three straight series only a year after leading the NL West from Day 1 on the way to 100 victories.
Jim Brower got six straight outs in two innings of relief, and Matt Herges pitched a hitless ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
AL: Lilly shines for Jays
MINNEAPOLIS - Ted Lilly tossed a two-hitter, giving Toronto's struggling starters a big boost and leading the Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
Lilly struck out eight and walked two. He's the first Blue Jays starter to win this year other than AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay.
Orlando Hudson had three hits and Josh Phelps drove in two runs with a double.
Michael Cuddyer spoiled Lilly's shutout bid on the first pitch of the sixth with his first home run of the season.
Brad Radke (2-2) yielded four runs and 10 hits in seven innings.
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