|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 08 May 2007 16:37|
Pungent smoke from brush fires in southwest Florida rolled into the area shortly before the first pitch and hung over the crowd of 11,124 throughout the game.
Rookie pinch-hitter Eric Reed led off the ninth with a single, hiking his lifetime average to .109 in 55 at-bats. He took second on a passed ball. After a strikeout and a walk, Cabrera singled off Jonathan Broxton (1-1), improving his average with runners in scoring position to .423.
He also hit his eighth home run for Florida, and Miguel Olivo hit his second.
Henry Owens (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Astros 7, Reds 6
CINCINNATI (AP) - Lance Berkman's second home run in two nights overshadowed the 568th of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career and lifted Houston to the win.
Trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Berkman lofted an 0-1 pitch from rookie Brad Salmon (0-1) into the seats in left field with Craig Biggio on first base.
Berkman's homer was his 14th at Great American Ball Park, the most by any opponent. Berkman has 37 career homers and 106 RBIs against Cincinnati, his highest totals against any team.
Brad Lidge (2-0) got the win, striking out the only batter he faced to end the sixth.
After Morgan Ensberg hit an RBI double in the ninth to give Houston a two-run lead, Brandon Phillips hit his sixth homer of the year with one out off closer Dan Wheeler to pull the Reds within 7-6. Wheeler recovered to notch his seventh save in eight opportunities, sending the Reds to their sixth loss in their last seven games.
Griffey's homer left him one behind Rafael Palmeiro for ninth place on baseball's career homer list.
Braves 3, Padres 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Andruw Jones snapped an 0-for-21 slump with two hits, including an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run for Atlanta.
He doubled in the sixth to drive in the Braves' first run.
San Diego reliever Heath Bell (0-1) couldn't hold a 2-1 lead in the eighth. Edgar Renteria's triple to right-center drove in Kelly Johnson from first to tie the game. After an intentional walk to Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones followed with a single to center to give Atlanta the lead.
Mike Gonzalez (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his third save.