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Wednesday, 18 July 2007 13:33
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 ATLANTA (AP) -Brandon Phillips' two-run single off rookie Jose Ascanio in the 15th inning gave the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 victory over the Braves on Wednesday and their first three-game sweep in Atlanta since April 1990.
Phillips' hit drove in Norris Hopper and Ken Griffey Jr. and helped the Reds improve to 8-3 in their last 11 games. Hopper reached on second baseman Kelly Johnson's error to lead off the inning and Griffey singled to right with one out for his 2,500th career hit.
Ascanio (0-1), the seventh Atlanta pitcher, gave up two hits and two unearned runs in two innings. The Braves have lost three straight.
Jeff Francoeur singled in Andruw Jones to cut it to 5-4 in the bottom half of the 15th. Atlanta went on to put runners on first and second with two outs but Michael Gosling (1-0) struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Davies, a starting pitcher, to end the game.
Cubs 12, Giants 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Zambrano pitched five shutout innings to become the National League's first 12-game winner, Koyie Hill drove in a career-high five runs on a pair of doubles, and the surging Cubs won for the fifth time in six games since the All-Star break.
Matt Cain (3-11), the Giants' hard-luck right-hander, didn't allow a hit until Cliff Floyd's two-out single started Chicago's four-run fourth inning.
Zambrano improved to 7-2 in his nine starts since fighting with then-Cubs catcher Michael Barrett on June 1. He went only five innings, likely a precaution with such a big lead after he took a ball off his hand on Dave Roberts' leadoff groundout in the first.
Slugger Barry Bonds was held out of San Francisco's starting lineup for the third straight day to rest his sore legs. Giants manager Bruce Bochy also rested shortstop Omar Vizquel and catcher Bengie Molina for part of the day after the club ended a five-game losing streak.
Rockies 5, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brad Hawpe and Todd Helton each hit two-run homers, Jeff Francis won his fifth decision in a row and Colorado handed Pittsburgh its sixth straight loss.
Francis (10-5) gave up six hits in seven innings, helped himself with an RBI single and left with a 5-2 lead. He is 9-1 in his past 13 starts, did not walk a batter and struck out six.
He singled in the third off Ian Snell (7-7) to account for Colorado's first run.
Freddy Sanchez and Adam LaRoche homered for Pittsburgh, which got swept in the three-game series and fell a season-low 14 games under .500.
Clint Hurdle won his 400th game with Rockies, becoming the second manager to reach that milestone. Don Baylor is the franchise's leader with 440 wins.
Manny Corpas pitched the ninth for his third save.
Nationals 7, Astros 6
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Langerhans hit a three-run homer, Jason Bergmann won for the first time in more than two months, and the Washington Nationals enjoyed a rare offensive outburst.
Bergmann (2-5) was charged with four runs and six hits over seven-plus innings, earning his first victory since May 14 when he took a no-hitter into the eighth against Atlanta. After that start, though, the right-hander went on the disabled list and has struggled since his return.
Washington did all of its scoring against Jason Jennings (1-6), who lost his fifth consecutive start - the worst stretch of the 2002 NL Rookie of the Year's career. He went five innings, giving up seven hits and four walks.
The Nationals led 7-2 before Houston scored four runs in the seventh. But reliever Jon Rauch pitched a perfect eighth and Chad Cordero threw a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save.
Dodgers 5, Phillies 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, Luis Gonzalez added a tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth inning and the NL West-leading Dodgers won their second consecutive series since the All-Star break.
Rudy Seanez (6-1) got the victory by throwing one perfect inning of relief. Starter Chad Billingsley allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out four and walked four before turning it over to the bullpen, which gave up one hit in four scoreless innings.
Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.
Rookie Kyle Kendrick (4-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked none.
Ryan Howard homered and scored three runs for the Phillies, who had 26 hits in a 15-3 victory Tuesday but just eight Wednesday.
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