The Miami Marlins did not score after the third inning. They didn't need to, thanks to a big effort by their bullpen.
Given an early lead, starter Ricky Nolasco settled down and five relievers combined to throw 3 2/3 perfect innings yesterday as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Cubs, 5-3, sending Chicago to its fifth straight loss.
"Every championship team has a great bullpen, and I think we do," said Marlins closer Heath Bell, who recorded his second save in four opportunities.
A crowd of 23,168 saw the Marlins complete their first home series sweep against the Cubs since September 2007 and improve to 5-2 in their new ballpark. "It was pretty cool," Dobbs said of the crowd. "This is a beautiful park. It's pretty breathtaking. Our goal is to play winning baseball. If we win, they will come. It's a rebirth, new name, new stadium, new players. This stadium is very, very special."
Dodgers 4, Brewers 3: Matt Kemp hit his seventh home run as visiting Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke raved about Hairston.
"He's a great ballplayer," Roenicke said. "I can't think of anybody that's a better utilityman than him. The plays he can make defensively -- it showed this series, it showed last year."
Astros 11, Nationals 4: Houston set a franchise record by hitting three triples in a five-run first inning, backing starter Bud Norris (1-0) with a season-high 17 hits.
Longoria went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Orioles 5, White Sox 3: Jason Hammel struck out 10 and Jim Johnson fanned Alex Rios with the bases loaded in the third inning for visiting Baltimore. Adam Jones hit his fifth homer and a run-scoring double for the Orioles.
The game was briefly delayed in the top of the seventh when a young boy who appeared to about 4 or 5 years old slipped through a barricade and went running across the outfield.
With the crowd laughing, White Sox leftfielder Dayan Viciedo scooped him up and handed him over to a security guard. The child and his family were ejected from the game but no charges were filed.