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Thursday, 07 June 2007 19:25
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Chase Utley delivered the go-ahead hit in extra innings for the second time in three days after Pat Burrell tied it in the ninth with a solo homer, and Philadelphia beat the New York Mets 6-3 in 10 innings Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Paul Lo Duca hit consecutive homers off Cole Hamels in the sixth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 lead, and they were three outs away from snapping their first three-game losing streak of the season.
But Burrell hit his 37th career homer against the Mets leading off the ninth against closer Billy Wagner, his former teammate, to tie it at 3. For Wagner, it snapped a string of 31 consecutive successful save opportunities.
Jimmy Rollins got the winning rally started with a lead-off single against Scott Schoenweis (0-1) in the 10th. Shane Victorino bunted Rollins to second. Utley served an opposite field double down the left-field line to score Rollins.
Rookie Mike Zagurski (1-0) earned his first career victory with a scoreless ninth. Antonio Alfonseca earned the save for the third straight night, his fourth of the season.
Rockies 7, Astros 6
DENVER (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki singled home the winning run to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning for Colorado.
Houston led 6-2 in the sixth and was ahead 6-4 when Dan Wheeler (0-3) took over from Brad Lidge to start the ninth.
Kaz Matsui doubled leading off and scored on a single by Matt Holliday, his fourth hit of the game. Helton singled, Garrett Atkins loaded the bases with a walk and Brad Hawpe tied the score with a sacrifice fly.
Tulowitzki hit a 1-2 pitch under the glove of shortstop Adam Everett, scoring pinch-runner Jamey Carroll. Tulowitzki began Colorado's comeback with a two-run homer in the sixth off Roy Oswalt.
Jeremy Affeldt (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Wheeler blew a save for the second time in 12 chances.
Willy Taveras homered on Oswalt's third pitch of the game for Colorado. It was Taveras' first home run in 349 at-bats dating back to August.
Pirates 3, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jason Bay homered off Chad Cordero in the ninth inning, and Pittsburgh won for the third time in nine games.
Bay's homer to right-center was the first run off Cordero (1-1) since the closer returned from the bereavement list on May 14, a span of 13 appearances.
Matt Capps (3-2) got six straight outs to complete a three-hitter.
Pirates starter Ian Snell struck out seven in seven innings, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks. Washington's Matt Chico gave up two runs, four hits and three walks in seven innings.
Dmitri Young hit a two-run homer in the first following Cristian Guzman's walk, but Freddy Sanchez's two-run homer tied the score in the third.
Cubs 2, Braves 1
ATLANTA (AP) - Rich Hill matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and Chicago won in manager Lou Piniella's return from a four-game suspension.
Hill (5-4) gave up three hits in eight innings and the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games, a streak that began a day after Piniella's theatrical argument during Saturday's game against Atlanta at Wrigley Field, which led to his ejection and suspension.
Ryan Dempster pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 tries.
Chuck James (5-5) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks for the Braves, who have lost three straight and five of six.
Andruw Jones led off the second inning with his 10th homer.
Reds 5, Cardinals 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kyle Lohse came within two outs of his second shutout in three starts and Cincinnati Reds got home runs from Ken Griffey Jr., Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Dunn.
Encarnacion had four hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep.
All of the homers came off Adam Wainwright (4-5), who allowed only four in his first 11 career starts. Wainwright lasted six innings and gave up four runs and eight hits.
The Cardinals lost for only the second time in eight games.
Lohse (3-7) went 8 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits and one run with a walk and two strikeouts.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4, 11 innings
PHOENIX (AP) - Barry Bonds had two hits in his return to the lineup and San Francisco rallied to avoid a three-game sweep in Arizona.
Pedro Feliz and Omar Vizquel homered for the Giants, and Bonds had an RBI single after missing the previous two games because of shin splints.
Vizquel lined a go-ahead single to left in the 11th off Brandon Medders (1-2). Feliz hit a tying solo shot to start the ninth off closer Jose Valverde for one of his three hits.
Jack Taschner (1-0) pitched the ninth and 10th for the win, then Steve Kline finished for his first save in as many chances.
Conor Jackson homered and hit a two-run triple for Arizona, which lost for only the second time in 13 games. Eric Byrnes had three hits for the D-backs, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
Padres 6, Dodgers 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Russell Branyan drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth to complete a five-run rally as San Diego completed a three-game sweep.
The Padres won their fifth straight and their 10th in 12 games to remain atop the NL West.
The Padres trailed 5-1 and had only four hits going into the ninth. They got five hits and four runs off Jonathan Broxton (2-2) before making their first out of the inning.
Paul McAnulty hit an infield single to drive in the first run of the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a two-run double and Mike Cameron's single to center brought in McAnulty to tie the game.
Justin Hampson (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.

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