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|Monday, 16 July 2007 16:20|
Rich Hill (6-6) won for the first time in more than a month, getting just enough offense in eight innings. Bob Howry finished for his sixth save in 10 chances.
Koyie Hill hit a solo home run in the third for the Cubs, who won their fourth straight since the All-Star break and 16th in 20 overall to move a season-best five games over .500. Chicago sent San Francisco to its fifth consecutive defeat to start the second half on a day Barry Bonds was a late scratch from the lineup to rest his sore legs.
The Giants bullpen blew it yet again, spoiling a strong outing by rookie right-hander Tim Lincecum, who struck out eight in 6 1-3 innings. Kevin Correia (1-5) gave up two-out singles to Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee and was relieved by Randy Messenger, who allowed the double by Ramirez.
Pedro Feliz tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit RBI single by Guillermo Rodriguez in the eighth, but the Cubs answered in the bottom half.
Nationals 4, Astros 3
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dmitri Young hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and Washington handed Houston its seventh straight road loss.
Washington's lone All-Star last week, Young lifted his batting average to a team-best .339 and his RBI total to a team-best 52. His ninth homer of the season came on a 1-0 pitch from Woody Williams with one out in the sixth inning.
It was the NL-high 22nd homer allowed by Williams (4-11) this season. The shot to right field followed a single by Ronnie Belliard and a bunt single by Ryan Zimmerman.
Young's big hit put Washington ahead 4-2 and made a winner of reliever Saul Rivera (4-2), who pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and stranded two inherited runners. Jon Rauch allowed Carlos Lee's 17th homer before getting out of the eighth, and closer Chad Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save.