Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marlins' Leyland Wins in First Game vs. Pirates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marlins' Leyland Wins in First Game vs. Pirates

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Jim Leyland tried not to make too much of his first game managing against the Pirates and Gene Lamont, his former third-base coach in Pittsburgh.

"Once the game starts, Gene and I are professionals and we're just trying to get a win," Leyland said after Florida's 3-0 victory at home over the Pirates on Monday.

Leyland managed the Pirates for 11 years and led them to three successive NL East titles, from 1990-92, before becoming the Marlins' manager for this season. Lamont, his replacement in Pittsburgh, is his best friend. "We got another game tomorrow," Lamont said. While both were low-key, they expect the hype to increase when the Marlins are in Pittsburgh on May 16. Rick Helling, who moved out of the bullpen to make his first start this season, allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. He took the spot of Al Leiter, placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a severely bruised right knee. Pittsburgh's Jon Lieber retired 13 consecutive batters before Edgar Renteria reached on a bunt single in the fourth. Cliff Floyd's bouncer got past second baseman Tony Womack for an error, sending Renteria to third. Both scored on Sheffield's double past third. "I could kick myself for throwing Sheffield inside," Lieber said. "Jim told me when I was a rookie he's got one of the quickest bats in the league. I thought I could sneak one in there. It cost us the ballgame." Bobby Bonilla followed with an RBI double. * Mets 6, Rockies 1: Todd Hundley homered from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs as New York won in Denver. Hundley, who finished the night four for four, hit a three-run homer lefthanded off Kevin Ritz in the second inning and added a solo homer righthanded off Mike Munoz in the eighth. It was Hundley's second two-homer game this year and the seventh of his career. Four have featured one from each side of the plate. The Mets, who have won seven of nine games, scored their first five runs on two-out hits, and Bobby Jones held the Rockies to one run on six hits in seven innings. …

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