Sheffield’s homer lifts L.A. Dodgers


Gary Sheffield turned boos to cheers with a sixth-inning home run Monday that led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a season-opening 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Sheffield, who criticized the Dodgers and teammates during spring training after Los Angeles wouldn’t extend his contract beyond 2004, hit a drive off Jamey Wright that went about 440 feet. Chan Ho Park, making his first opening-day start as a replacement for the injured Kevin Brown, struck out seven in seven innings and allowed five hits. Jeff Shaw pitched a perfect ninth for the save. Rockies 8, Cardinals 0 In Denver, Mike Hampton tamed Coors Field in his Rockies debut, allowing five hits in 8 1-3 innings and striking out five. During last year’s NL championship series, Hampton pitched 16 scoreless innings against the Cardinals to earn MVP honors for the Mets. Todd Walker and Larry Walker each hit two run home runs for the Rockies, who again made life miserable for St. Louis starter Darryl Kile, who dropped to 11-15 with a 6.76 ERA at Colorado, allowing six runs and 11 hits in five innings. Jeff Cirillo, who went 3-for-5, had a run-scoring double in the third. Braves 10, Reds 4 In Cincinnati, Rafael Furcal homered and drove in a career high four runs as the Braves defeated the Reds. Furcal had a pair of sacrifice flies, an RBI single and a solo homer off loser Dennys Reyes that snapped a 4-all tie in the seventh. Andruw Jones also homered for the Braves and Quilvio Veras drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. All of Cincinnati’s runs came off homers — Dmitri Young’s solo shot and Sean Casey’s three-run homer. Marc Valdes got the victory by getting the final out in the sixth.

Giants 3, Padres 2 In San Francisco, Barry Bonds hit 495th career homer and threw out Tony Gwynn at home plate to help the Giants beat the San Diego Padres. Winner Livan Hernandez allowed six hits in 7 1-3 innings, and broke hit an RBI single in the fourth that scored Bobby Estalella, who had doubled off loser Woody Williams. Gwynn went 2-for-4 in his first game since knee surgery last June 27, batting fifth in the order for the first time since 1983, his second season. With 3,110 hits, he tied new Hall of Famer Dave Winfield for 16th on the career list. Robb Nen, who had 41 saves last season, struck out the side in the ninth for the save. Expos 5, Cubs 4 In Chicago, Vladimir Guerrero hit a go-ahead single in the 109th and Jose Vidro had a two-run homer for Montreal as the Expos defeated the Cubs. Winner Graeme Lloyd got just one out, getting a grounder to escape a big jam in the ninth and send the game into extra innings. Ugueth Urbina pitched the 10th for his first save. Jeff Fyhrie was the loser, allowing Vidro’s leadoff single in the 10th. Expos catcher Michael Barrett became the first player ejected this season, tossed by plate umpire Rick Reed in the eighth after a checked swing by Joe Girardi was called a ball. Phillies 6, Marlins 5 In Miami, reliever Amaury Telemaco pitched four shutout innings for the win and scored the tiebreaking run on Doug Glanville’s grounder off Vladimir Nunez. Scott Rolen had a sacrifice fly, walked twice and hit a two-out solo homer in the seventh off Braden Looper to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead. But Jose Mesa, who blew a save on the same mound as a member of the Indians when the Marlins won Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, balked in the tying run in the ninth.