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Florida's Willis racks up second straight shutout

Dontrelle Willis completed a three-hitter for his second consecutive shutout, and Florida used another pitching gem to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0, yesterday in Miami. "I was going to leave everything out on the field," the lefthander said. "You want to end the game, but at the same time you want to focus on what you did to get to the ninth inning. You don't want to overdo anything."

On an 87-degree afternoon, Willis threw 114 pitches, 74 for strikes, and hit 93 miles per hour on the radar gun even in the ninth inning. He struck out seven and walked one for his fourth career shutout.

"He had good stuff right to the end," manager Jack McKeon said. "He was throwing strikes and staying ahead of the hitters, and when he pitches like that, he generally wins."

Willis retired the first nine batters before Jimmy Rollins lined a 1-2 pitch up the middle for a single. Rollins advanced to third on a pair of groundouts but was stranded when Pat Burrell was called out on strikes.

That was the only Phillies runner to reach third. Burrell, who leads the major leagues with 17 RBIs, singled with two outs in the seventh but also struck out twice. Placido Polanco singled with one out in the ninth for the only other hit off Willis.

Mets 1, Astros 0 -- Kazuhisa Ishii matched Roger Clemens for seven innings and Jose Reyes hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead New York over Houston. Ishii and Clemens each allowed two hits over seven innings. Each team finished with four hits.

After Victor Diaz walked, late-inning defensive replacement Chris Woodward sacrificed him to second. Reyes then hit a bouncer that Astros reliever Dan Wheeler (0-1) reached up and deflected with his glove, but the ball continued past second.

Second baseman Chris Burke made a weak throw home from short center field, and Diaz scored without a play at the plate.

Nationals 11, Braves 4 -- Jose Guillen homered twice, becoming the first player in the major leagues with five this season, and Washington beat Atlanta before heading home for their first game at RFK Stadium. After winning the last two games of the three-game series, the Nationals play their home opener tonight, the capital's first regular-season game since the expansion Senators became the Texas Rangers after the 1971 season.

Dodgers 4, Giants 1 -- Odalis Perez allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings, Hee-Seop Choi and Jeff Kent homered, and host Los Angeles beat San Francisco for its fourth victory in five games. The win gave the Dodgers a sweep of the two-game series and four wins in five games against their Northern California rivals this season.

Reds 6, Cardinals 5 -- Mark Mulder flopped again in his second outing for St. Louis, with Austin Kearns hitting a three-run homer and Joe Randa getting three hits for visiting Cincinnati. Matt Belisle (1-1), starting because Ramon Ortiz was scratched before the game because of a groin injury, got his second career win, his first since 2003. He pitched five strong innings in his first major league start.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2 -- Shawn Estes pitched seven strong innings, Tony Clark doubled in two runs, and host Arizona handed Colorado its seventh loss in a row. Troy Glaus had two hits, including an RBI double, to help the Diamondbacks finish a nine-game home stand with their fourth consecutive victory.

Padres 8-3; Cubs 8-3 -- Mark Prior was a success in his season debut while Kerry Wood struggled again. Prior pitched six shutout innings in his first game of the season and Derrek Lee had five RBIs, leading host Chicago over San Diego for a doubleheader split.

Brewers 6, Pirates 2 -- Carlos Lee's two-run double off Mike Gonzalez in the eighth sparked a four-run rally that gave host Milwaukee its fourth victory in five games against Pittsburgh.

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