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Wednesday, 23 May 2007 19:24
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 MIAMI (AP) -Abraham Nunez singled home the tie-breaking run in the 10th inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rebounded after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth to beat the Florida Marlins 8-7 on Wednesday night.
Florida tied the game with a bizarre rally that included two ejections, two defensive gaffes by the Phillies and an injury to their closer, Brett Myers, who left with a strained right shoulder.
Dan Uggla tripled in two runs off Myers to pull the Marlins within two. After Uggla scored on a Hanley Ramirez bunt, Ramirez scored the tying run when he slid under catcher Rob Barajas, who stood waiting with the ball but failed to crouch low enough to make the tag for the game's final out. Barajas and Phils manager Charlie Manuel were ejected, but TV replays showed the call was correct.
Myers left the game two pitches later, after hurting his arm throwing a wild pitch.
Clay Condrey (2-0) replaced Myers. With the bases loaded, Todd Linden lined to Condrey, sending the game into extra innings. Condrey pitched a scoreless 10th.
Nunez singled in the winning run off Kevin Gregg (0-2) in the 10th.
Mets 3, Braves 0
ATLANTA (AP) - Oliver Perez pitched seven strong innings and David Wright hit his fourth homer in the last four games for New York.
The first-place Mets increased their lead over Atlanta in the NL East to 2 1/2 games.
Perez (6-3) gave up only four hits and two walks in seven innings. Joe Smith pitched a perfect eighth and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 11th save to complete the five-hitter.
Wright hit fourth for the third time this season, and Carlos Delgado - normally the cleanup hitter- hit sixth, the first time he's hit that low in 10 years. Delgado, who began the night hitting .209, had two hits.
Chuck James (4-4) gave up seven hits and three runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Nationals 12, Reds 7
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ryan Church returned to Washington's lineup with a pair of homers and a career-high six RBIs, keeping the Nationals on their offensive tear.
The Nationals hit a season-high four homers during their biggest run splurge in more than a year. Brian Schneider and Ryan Zimmerman also homered.
Church set the tone with a two-run homer in the first inning off Kyle Lohse (1-6), who has lost his last six starts. Church, who was out of the lineup the last two games with a bruised forearm, also had a solo homer and a bases-loaded double.
The Reds keep stumbling to new lows. They've lost 16 of 21, falling 11 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.
Jason Simontacchi (2-2) got his first road victory.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kip Wells ended a seven-game losing streak with seven strong innings and was backed by three home runs, a rare power display by St. Louis.
David Eckstein opened the first with his fifth career leadoff homer, Jim Edmonds hit his second of the year in the second and Chris Duncan added a two-run shot in the fifth for the Cardinals, who have won two straight after losing five in a row.
All of the homers came off Ian Snell (4-3), who had allowed only two in 58 2-3 innings all season and none in his three previous starts.
Wells (2-8) faced the Pirates for the first time since he went to the Rangers at the trade deadline last July and allowed one earned run on five hits in seven innings.
Jason Isringhausen got the last five outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 0
PHOENIX (AP) - Colorado's Jeff Francis allowed five singles in seven innings to improve to 7-1 lifetime against Arizona, and 4-0 at Chase Field.
Francis (3-4) allowed only two runners to reach second base. He walked two and struck out four and was lifted after throwing a season-high 119 pitches. Brian Fuentes got three outs for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Francis outpitched Doug Davis (2-6), who allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Davis walked three and struck out four.
Ryan Spilborghs drove in Jamey Carroll for both runs on a double and a single.
Padres 2, Cubs 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer and David Wells allowed one run in seven innings for San Diego.
Kouzmanoff hit a 2-0 pitch from Sean Marshall (0-1) an estimated 438 feet into the second deck in left-center field to put San Diego ahead 2-1 in the seventh inning. It was his second homer in two games.
Wells (2-2) allowed five hits as he won his first game since April 24. He walked two and struck out five.
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth inning for his 13th save in 15 chances and career No. 495 for the all-time save leader.
Mark DeRosa was 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Cubs.
Giants 9, Astros1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bengie Molina had four RBIs to help Barry Zito bounce back from an awful outing, and San Francisco completed a three-game sweep of Houston.
Molina had two hits including his fourth career triple, and Ray Durham added two RBIs for the Giants, winners of four straight. Zito (4-5) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.
Barry Bonds got the night off. He still needs 10 home runs to match Aaron's career mark of 755.
Morgan Ensberg hit his 100th career home run for the Astros. Matt Albers (1-4) allowed four runs and four hits, walking five in 6 1-3 innings.
Dodgers 5, Brewers 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brad Penny stranded six runners in scoring position through seven scoreless innings, and Russell Martin tied a career high with four RBIs for Los Angeles.
Penny (6-1) scattered six hits, striking out four and walking two to lower his ERA to 2.26.
Chris Capuano (5-3) lost his third straight start, allowing four runs and eight hits over four innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
In the final meeting of the season between the two division leaders, a bench-clearing incident took place in the bottom of the fifth with Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and Dodgers first base coach Mariano Duncan at the center of the action. No punches were thrown and order was quickly restored.
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