National League

NEW YORK — Cerone, Brooks homer, as Mets top Phillies, 2-1

Hubie Brooks hit a bases-empty home run with two out in the 10th inning, as the New York Mets, saved by Rick Cerone's homer in the ninth, stung the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, yesterday.


Cerone, in his first at-bat for the Mets, homered with one out off Roger McDowell. Brooks homered the next inning after Joe Boever retired the first two batters.

"I'm looking to hit a double or something in that situation," Brooks said. "How many times do you hit a homer when you try?"


Boever said: "Hubie just hacked at it. The pitch was way above his head. Most people don't swing at a pitch so far out of the strike zone."

Cerone said of his homer: "I did what they pay me to do. Well, they don't pay me to hit home runs. But I can still play a little."

Cardinals 4, Cubs 1


St. Louis spoiled Danny Jackson's Chicago debut with three runs in the eighth inning, and beat the Cubs in the season opener for both teams.

Jackson, one of the 1990 World Series heroes for the Cincinnati Reds, signed a four-year deal for $10.5 million after the season.

With the score tied, 1-1, Felix Jose doubled with one out in the eighth off Jackson. Todd Zeile walked, Tom Pagnozzi singled to left to fill the bases and Paul Assenmacher replaced Jackson.

Jose Oquendo hit a roller to shortstop, but Shawon Dunston's throw to second was late as Jose scored the tie-breaking run on the fielder's choice. Pinch hitter Craig Wilson singled off Assenmacher's glove as Zeile scored and Rex Hudler's force-play grounder scored Pagnozzi.


"Typical of the way we have to play," said Cardinals manager Joe Torre. "Run everything out and force the other team to make the plays."

St. Louis starter and winner Bryn Smith gave up four hits in seven innings. Mike Perez pitched the eighth, and former Cub Lee Smith retired the side in the ninth for the save.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Bernard Gilkey walked with the bases loaded to score Pagnozzi. Dunston tied the score in the bottom of the inning when he led off with a home run into the left-center-field basket.

Tim Burke hit two batters and walked two during Pittsburgh's two-run eighth inning rally, as the Pirates, held scoreless for the first 15 innings this season, beat Montreal in a rain-delayed game.

With the bases loaded and two outs after Pittsburgh had rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score, Burke hit Gary Redus to force in the winning run. The victory stopped the Expos' five-game winning streak against Pittsburgh.

Montreal was 13-5 against Pittsburgh last season and was one of just two clubs to hold an edge in the season series against the National League East champions.


Burke hit only two batters in the 75 innings he worked last season.

"I've never seen him do it -- and I guarantee you'll never see him do that again," Expos manager Buck Rogers said of Burke, who didn't allow Pittsburgh any runs in 9 1/3 innings in 1990.

Padres 7, Giants 4


Benito Santiago went 4-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run during a four-run eighth-inning rally, as San Diego beat San Francisco for its first Opening Day win since 1984.

Mike Maddux earned the victory, his first in the majors since April 20, 1989, by getting the last out in the top of the eighth.