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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Japanese Player in 30 Years Stars

NEW YORK -- Hideo Nomo is off to a nice start, but the most notable performance of the young baseball season may have come at the Olympic Stadium.


Despite seeing their talented team stripped of its stars in cost-cutting moves, Montreal fans gave the Expos a prolonged, standing ovation from the start at the home opener Tuesday.


The reaction by the sellout crowd of 46,515 came during a rough week for baseball in which attendance was down and acts of fan displeasure were up.


"We expected the fans to be the way they always are -- great fans,'' first baseman Cliff Floyd said after the Expos rewarded its crowd with a 9-6 win over the New York Mets.


Nomo, in his heralded debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, did not get a win, although that wasn't his fault. The first Japanese native to play in the majors in three decades, he pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out seven.


The Dodgers, however, lost 4-3 in 15 innings to San Francisco.


"I'm really glad I was on the mound. I'm disappointed we lost the game,'' Nomo said through an interpreter.


Phillies 6, Reds 0. Picked by many to win the NL Central, the Reds dropped to an 0-6 start, their worst since 1950. "We can't believe we haven't won," shortstop Barry Larkin said.


Giants 4, Dodgers 3. After Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 15th, San Francisco's Robby Thompson hit a three-run homer with two outs and Matt Williams hit an RBI double.


Rob Murphy retired the first two Giants batters in the 15th before walking Jeff Reed and giving up a single to Darren Lewis. Greg Hansell (0-1), the ninth Dodgers pitcher, relieved and Thompson homered.


Barry Bonds followed with a single, making him 2-for-20 this season, and scored on Williams' double.


Chris Hook (1-0) was the eighth Giants pitcher. The game lasted 5 hours, 16 minutes.


Expos 9, Mets 6. Moises Alou and Rondell White homered, leading Montreal past New York on a festive evening. The only booing came when manager Felipe Alou was ejected by replacement umpire Don January after a rare batting out of order call.


In other National League games Tuesday, it was Braves 7, Marlins 1; Rockies 6, Padres 5 in 11 innings; Astros 5, Cubs 2; and Pirates 7, Cardinals 6.


Red Sox 8, Yankees 0. In New York, John Valentin and Mo Vaughn provided the offense by hitting grand slams an inning apart, tying a major-league record, accomplished 41 previous times, of two grand slams in the same game.


Indians 11, Tigers 1. The smallest crowd to attend a Tigers' opener in 23 years welcomed baseball back to Detroit by continually running onto the field, throwing magnetized schedules onto the field and booing Cecil Fielder.


Cleveland center fielder Kenny Lofton said whiskey bottles, baseballs and even a large metal napkin dispenser were thrown at him from the bleachers.


"I've never played in worse conditions,'' he said. "I've never seen anything like this. I wasn't focused on the game today. I was just worried about what was going on.''


In Tuesday's other American League action, it was Royals 4, Twins 3; Blue Jays 9, White Sox 8; Mariners 15, Rangers 3; and Athletics 2, Angels 0.


(For weekend results, see Scorecard.)