Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer in the first inning, eliminating the need for another dramatic Cincinnati comeback, and the Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Saturday night behind seven strong innings from left-hander Travis Wood.
The defending NL Central champions are 2-0 for the first time since 2005, when they swept an opening three-game series from the Mets. They beat the Brewers on opening day with a ninth-inning homer.
Wood (1-0) allowed only a run on four hits, including Erick Almonte's solo homer.
Milwaukee got an uncharacteristically wild debut from Shaun Marcum (0-1), who tied his career high with five walks in 4 2-3 innings. The Brewers are 0-2 for the first time since 2003, when they dropped their first six.