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Friday, 29 June 2007 19:37
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 HOUSTON (AP) -Mark Loretta hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to lift the Houston Astros to a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night, the second night in a row the Astros hit a walk-off home run off Rockies closer Brian Fuentes.
It was the fourth blown save in eight days for Fuentes, and the Rockies have lost eight straight.
With two outs, Fuentes (0-4) walked Carlos Lee, who hit a grand slam in the 11th off Fuentes on Thursday night. Loretta followed, homering to the Crawford Boxes in left for his second home run of the season.
Ryan Spilborghs' pinch-hit single to center field scored Brad Hawpe in the seventh inning and put Colorado up 8-7.
Dave Borkowski (2-3) allowed one hit and walked one in the ninth for the win.
Garrett Atkins hit two home runs in a losing effort for the Rockies.
Cubs 6, Brewers 5
CHICAGO (AP) - Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally against Milwaukee closer Francisco Cordero for Chicago.
The NL Central-leading Brewers took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. They still led 5-3 going into the ninth before Alfonso Soriano and Mike Fontenot singled with one out off Cordero (0-2).
After Derrek Lee hit a sacrifice fly, Ramirez hit the next pitch into the left-center field bleachers for his 15th homer, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field.
It was Cordero's third blown save in 30 chances. Bob Howry (5-4) pitched one inning and got the win.
The Brewers lost for just the third time in 15 games. Chicago's comeback pulled the Cubs to within 6 1/2 games.
Mets 6, Phillies 5, 1st game; Mets 5, Phillies 2, 2nd game
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Beltran homered twice and John Maine dominated the Phillies again, helping New York complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.
Damion Easley also connected for the NL East-leading Mets, who moved five games ahead of the Phillies.
In the opener, Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes homered, Orlando Hernandez pitched six strong innings and the Mets held on for a 6-5 win.
Maine (9-4) allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits in eight-plus innings to improve to 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six career starts against Philadelphia. He struck out six and had no walks.
Hamels (9-4) gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, tying a career-high with five walks.
In the opener, J.D. Durbin (0-1) made his first appearance with the Phillies, allowing six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. Hernandez (4-3) gave up two runs and three hits, including solo homers to Aaron Rowand and pinch-hitter Chris Coste. The right-hander struck out seven.
Pirates 3, Nationals 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jose Bautista's second sacrifice fly of the game drove in the winning run in the ninth inning, and Pittsburgh rallied from two runs down to beat slumping Washington.
The Nationals have been limited to five runs while losing four in a row. They have dropped five of six and 10 of 13.
Ronny Paulino started the Pirates' ninth with a single to left against Jon Rauch (3-2). After an intentional walk to Nate McLouth and a walk to pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit, Bautista worked the count to 3-0 before hitting a full-count pitch to left against a drawn-in outfield, allowing Castillo to score easily. Bautista has four RBIs in three games.
Matt Capps (4-4), matching Rauch by pitching in his NL-leading 43rd game, worked a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Cardinals 4, Reds 2
CINCINNATI (AP) - Juan Encarnacion's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning helped St. Louis rally past Cincinnati, giving reliever Troy Percival a triumphant return to the majors.
The 37-year-old Percival was in position for his first victory since April 22, 2005, after he pitched a perfect seventh inning. He watched from the bench as the Cardinals pulled it out with three runs in the eighth.
The former All-Star closer made his first major league appearance since July 9, 2005, with Detroit. Percival signed a minor league deal with St. Louis on June 8, made six appearances in Triple-A, then was added to the roster on Tuesday.
The Reds fell a season-low 20 games under .500, leaving them with the worst record in the majors at 30-50.
Marcus McBeth (2-2) opened the seventh by giving up a double to Aaron Miles and a single to Albert Pujols, the third of his three hits. Chris Duncan's single to center off Jon Coutlangus tied it at 2.
Braves 12, Marlins 3
MIAMI (AP) - Chuck James held Florida to a run and four hits and had two hits of his own for Atlanta.
James (7-7) went 6 2-3 innings and struck out five to win for the second time in three starts.
It was the fourth consecutive win for the Braves, after a five-game losing streak. Kelly Johnson had three singles and reached base in all five plate appearances. Jeff Francouer had four hits and an RBI.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson (0-3) pitched four innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked five and struck out six.
The loss was Johnson's fourth straight, dating back to 2006. Johnson came off the disabled list on June 18. He missed the first 10 weeks of the season because of a nerve injury in his right elbow.
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3, 10 innings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds hit his 750th career home run, pulling within five of tying Hank Aaron's record, before Miguel Montero hit a solo homer off Brad Hennessey (1-3) in the 10th for the Diamondbacks.
Tony Pena (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth and Jose Valverde finished for his 26th save in 29 chances. Valverde got Bonds to ground out to first to end it.
Bonds' solo shot off D-Backs starter Livan Hernandez tied the game at 3, and came an inning after getting a startling hug from a fan.
The fan came out over the short fence along the left-field line and scurried to Bonds while Orlando Hudson was batting. Bonds didn't flinch, putting his arm around the man and walking him off the field - and fans began chants of ``Barry! Barry!''
 

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