Marlins' Cantu on record hit streak
MIAMI — A hit and an RBI. Jorge Cantu has gotten at least one of each in every game of this young season to put together a unique streak.
Cantu homered last night, making him the first player in major league history to have at least one hit and one RBI in each of his team's first nine games, and the Florida Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3.
Cantu's mark dates to 1920, when RBIs became an official statistic. Including last season, Cantu has 13 consecutive games with a hit and an RBI, the longest string since Mike Piazza went 15 straight from June 14-July 2, 2000.
Cantu hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. He entered the game tied with George Kelly of the 1921 New York Giants with at least one hit and RBI in the opening eight games, based on research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
"It's a great honor," Cantu said. "I'm going to keep pushing myself and get hungrier for more."
Cantu had hit into a double play and struck out in his two previous at-bats before coming up with nobody on and one out in the fifth. He drove Homer Bailey's slider over the wall in left field.
"It's like, wow, I accomplished something very big," Cantu said. "It hit me when I was running the bases."
Brett Carroll homered in his first game of the season for Florida. The Marlins activated him from the 15-day disabled list before the game after his left oblique strain healed.
GIANTS 6, PIRATES 0
Aubrey Huff hit the first inside-the-park home run of his career, Eli Whiteside hit a three-run shot and Jonathan Sanchez (1-0) spaced three hits over eight innings, striking out 11, leading host San Francisco.
PHILLIES 14, NATIONALS 7
Chase Utley hit two homers and Maui native Shane Victorino drove in a career-high five runs as host Philadelphia are 7-1 for the first time since their pennant-winning season in 1993.
CUBS 7, BREWERS 6
Ryan Theriot's two-run single made it 6-5 and Kosuke Fukudome followed with two-run single, both coming with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping Chicago rally past Milwaukee.
CARDINALS 2, ASTROS 1
Brad Penny (1-0) allowed an unearned run on three hits in seven innings and Albert Pujols drove in his major league-leading 15th run, helping host St. Louis drop Houston to 0-8.
ROCKIES 6, METS 5
An inning after his throwing error let visiting New York tie it, Chris Iannetta homered to lead off the 10th inning to lift Colorado to its third straight victory.
BRAVES 6, PADRES 1
Tommy Hanson (1-1) allowed one run on four hits and truck out seven in six innings, Brian McCann had a two-run double and Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer to lift visiting Atlanta over San Diego.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, DODGERS 7, 11 INNINGS
Chris Young hit a go-ahead RBI single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, and Justin Upton and Stephen Drew homered for visiting Arizona.
RED SOX 6, TWINS 3
John Lackey (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, and Jeremy Hermida gave visiting Boston room with a three-run double in the eighth inning to beat Minnesota.
ANGELS 5, YANKEES 3
Joel Pineiro (1-1) gave up a run and five hits over seven innings, and Bobby Abreu and Kendry Morales each hit an RBI double off Javier Vazquez (1-1), helping visiting Los Angeles beat New York.
RAYS 9, ORIOLES 1
B.J. Upton homered twice and drove in four runs, Carlos Pena hit a three-run shot and David Price (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings as visiting Tampa Bay swept the three-game series with Baltimore.
ROYALS 7, TIGERS 3
Jose Guillen homered for the fourth straight game, a solo shot for his 200th career blast and a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning as Kansas City beat Detroit. Johnny Damon got his 1,000th career RBI for Detroit.
WHITE SOX 11, BLUE JAYS 1
Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and John Danks (1-0) allowed two hits and a run in seven innings to help visiting Chicago beat Toronto.
RANGERS 6, INDIANS 2
Nelson Cruz hit his AL-leading sixth home run and fill-in starter Colby Lewis (2-0) allowed two runs and three over 5 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts to lead visiting Texas over Cleveland.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 2
Milton Bradley's broken-bat, two-run single in the fifth tied the score at 2-all and Franklin Gutierrez's splintering single an inning later gave host Seattle the lead for good in beating Oakland.
AROUND THE HORN
Angels: Los Angeles closer Brian Fuentes, who hasn't pitched since opening day, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 6, with a strained back.
Diamondbacks: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero will have surgery on his right knee this morning to repair a torn meniscus. Montero was injured in Saturday's loss against Pittsburgh while running out a grounder.
Phillies: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. yesterday said an MRI revealed a mild to moderate strain of Rollins' right calf.