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Tuesday, 03 July 2007 19:14
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 EDS: UPDATES with Phillies-Astros, Marlins-Padres, Braves-Dodgers; SHOULD STAND.
By The Associated Press
CINCINNATI (AP) -Barry Bonds hit homer No. 751 on Tuesday night to move with four of Hank Aaron's career record, but Cincinnati beat San Francisco 7-3.
Brandon Phillips' grand slam gave Pete Mackanin a victory in his debut as the Reds' interim manager. Mackanin was promoted from advance scout after baseball's worst team fired Jerry Narron on Sunday night.
Bonds hit a two-run homer on his third swing of the game, his second career homer off Aaron Harang (9-2).
The last-place teams in the NL's West and Central divisions combined for 14 walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch.
Giants left-hander Barry Zito walked five batters in a 44-pitch fourth inning, including Edwin Encarnacion and Alex Gonzalez with the bases loaded.
Phillips gave the Reds a 7-3 lead with his second career grand slam in the sixth off Kevin Correia (1-4).
Pirates 6, Brewers 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Shane Youman gave up two runs over six innings to earn his first major league win and Pittsburgh took advantage of a season-high four errors by Milwaukee for the win.
Youman (1-0) allowed eight hits in his first start of the season.
Ryan Braun had an RBI single in the first and Kevin Mench led off the fourth with his fourth homer for Milwaukee.
After Rajai Davis doubled to start the Pirates' third against starter Chris Capuano, consecutive errors on ground balls by shortstop Craig Counsell and third baseman Braun led to Jason Bay's RBI grounder.
Ronny Paulino's sacrifice fly put the Pirates up 3-2 in the fifth when Milwaukee made two errors. Pittsburgh added three runs in the sixth.
Yovani Gallardo (1-1) gave up two earned runs in 2 2-3 innings in his first career relief appearance.
Cubs 3, Nationals 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Carlos Zambrano won his third consecutive start for Chicago, while Alfonso Soriano again hurt his former team with two hits and two runs scored.
Zambrano (10-6) allowed one run and three hits. He struck out eight and walked four in 6 2-3 innings. He tied Milwaukee's Ben Sheets and Los Angeles' Brad Penny for most wins in the NL.
Soriano went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Monday's win. Soriano, who batted leadoff for the Nationals last season, went 2-for-4 with a stolen base Tuesday.
Bob Howry got the last two outs for his third save.
Chicago is 5-0 against Washington this season and has won 10 of 11 overall.
Rockies 11, Mets 3
DENVER (AP) - Former Met Kaz Matsui had a career-high five hits and Ryan Spilborghs hit his first grand slam to lead Colorado.
Garrett Atkins added a two-run home run and had three RBIs for the Rockies, while Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBIs.
Matsui, a second baseman who played for the Mets from 2004 to 2006, was 5-for-5, all singles.
The benefactor of the 18-hit attack was Aaron Cook (5-5), who won for the first time since May 26. He limited the Mets to three runs, two earned, and seven hits over eight innings.
Jason Vargas (0-1) was called up from Triple A New Orleans to replaced injured starter Oliver Perez. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Ramon Castro was 2-for-3 with a home run for New York, which had won eight of 12.
Joe Smith replaced Vargas after the Rockies loaded the bases with one out in their fourth and Spilborghs hit the grand slam to make it 10-3.
Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Stand-in starter Yusmeiro Petit pitched into the sixth inning in place of injured Randy Johnson and Arizona backed him with three home runs.
Chris Young, Chad Tracy and Mark Reynolds connected for the Diamondbacks, who ended a three-game losing streak and silenced a team that had scored 11 runs each of its last two games.
Albert Pujols went 3-for-3 with a walk for St. Louis but Todd Wellemeyer (2-1) was victimized by two first-inning errors and surrendered all three homers in three innings, his shortest outing in seven starts since joining a beat-up rotation.
Petit (1-1) arrived about three hours before the game to take Johnson's spot in the rotation after the 43-year-old lefty was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season because of a back injury. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed a run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings for his second career victory.
Wellemeyer had allowed no homers in his last two starts and only one in five outings in June covering 23 1-3 innings. He gave up six runs, four earned, and seven hits.
Astros 5, Phillies 4, 13 innings
HOUSTON (AP) - Hunter Pence hit a solo homer off Jose Mesa on the first pitch of the 13th inning and Houston took advantage of a questionable umpire's call to beat Philadelphia.
The rookie center fielder's 10th homer was the third walk-off homer for the Astros in six days. Carlos Lee and Mark Loretta ended games with homers against Colorado last Thursday and Friday.
Mesa (0-1) also gave up a solo homer to Lee on Monday night.
Craig Biggio had an RBI single for Houston and the Astros scored on a bases-loaded walk for the second straight night, winning for the eighth time in their last nine home games.
The Phillies took a 4-3 lead to the ninth, but the Astros loaded the bases with one out on closer Antonio Alfonseca.
Lee hit a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who flipped to Chase Utley to start a potential game-ending double play. The relay throw appeared to get Lee by half a step, but first-base umpire Lance Barksdale called Lee safe and Biggio, who singled, scored to tie the game.
Matt Albers (2-4) shut out the Phillies in the 12th and 13th.
Marlins 6, Padres 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hanley Ramirez, who didn't start because of a tweaked left hamstring, hit a pinch-hit two-run homer that highlighted Florida's four-run seventh inning.
Justin Miller (3-0), who retired one batter in the sixth inning, got the victory. Kevin Gregg, who blew his first save Sunday against Atlanta in his last outing, struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.
Padres starter Greg Maddux (7-5) came into the game with 19 wins against the Marlins, the most of any team in his 340 career victories. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five with no walks.
The Padres took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on Khalil Greene's two-run home run, his 14th of the season, off Marlins starter Scott Olsen.
Miguel Olivo started the Marlins' rally in the seventh with a single to left. After one out, Ramirez, pinch-hitting for Miller, hit an 0-and-2 pitch for his 12th homer of the season and first career pinch-hit homer.
Alfredo Amezaga followed with a single and Dan Uggla hit his second double of the game to knock out Maddux. The Marlins added two runs on a a wild pitch and walk with the bases loaded.
Dodgers 7, Braves 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wilson Betemit was 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs against his former team and Matt Kemp singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Los Angeles.
With one out in the seventh and the game tied 6-6, Jeff Kent doubled off Wilfredo Ledezma (0-1). After a groundout, Kemp singled off Tyler Yates to break the tie.
Rudy Seanez (5-1) pitched a perfect seventh inning for the win. Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless eighth and Takashi Saito got three outs for his 23rd save. The victory put the Dodgers a season-best 12 games over .500 (48-36).
Brian McCann homered and had three RBIs for the Braves.
Neither starting pitcher made it past the third. Atlanta's Kyle Davies was charged with five runs, six hits and two walks in two-plus innings. Dodgers lefty Randy Wolf gave up six runs, five hits and four walks before he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third.
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