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|Tuesday, 14 August 2007 17:23|
Chipper Jones doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Bob Wickman (3-2) blew a save in the top half Tuesday night, though Cox wasn't around to see the thrilling finish.
Atlanta's cantankerous manager was tossed after the fifth for arguing a called third strike on Jones - the 132nd ejection of his career to break the mark originally set by Hall of Famer John McGraw.
Steve Kline (1-1) walked Willie Harris leading off the Atlanta ninth, and Kelly Johnson reached on a throwing error by Kline while bunting the runner along. Randy Messenger came on to give up Jones' game-winning hit, which split the gap in left-center.
Marlins 14, Diamondbacks 5
MIAMI (AP) - Dontrelle Willis earned his first win since May 29, striking out 11 in seven innings and Florida's bats do the rest in a victory over Arizona.
Willis (8-12) had gone 0-7 over his past 13 starts. His teammates came to the rescue, building a 14-1 lead by the time he took the mound in the fifth inning.
Byung-Hyun Kim (6-6) lasted only 17 pitches in his second start for the Diamondbacks since they claimed him off waivers from Florida. He retired one batter and gave up four runs, three earned, hiking his ERA with Arizona to 23.62.
Mets 5, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Moises Alou's two-run single in the eighth inning put New York ahead, and the Mets finally figured out how to win in Pittsburgh.
Carlos Beltran, who doubled to set up the two-run eighth, hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the Mets won in PNC Park for only the second time in nine games. The Mets were swept by the last-place Pirates in a three-game series last September when they needed to win only once to clinch the NL East.
With the scored at 3, David Wright singled and Beltran doubled against reliever Salomon Torres (1-4), who faced only the two batters. Damaso Marte came on to walk Carlos Delgado to load the bases, and Alou, who stranded two runners in his previous at-bat, hit a line-drive single to center against Shawn Chacon that made it 5-3.
Jorge Sosa (9-6) got the win and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 29 opportunities.
Phillies 3, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Russell Branyan's pinch-hit, two-run homer keyed an eighth-inning rally and Philadelphia beat Washington to remain three games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.
Trailing 2-0 entering the eighth, Jayson Werth hit a one-out grounder to third which Ryan Zimmerman threw away for a two-base error. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single off Jon Rauch (8-3) to score Werth. Branyan, in his first at-bat with the Phillies after being acquired on Aug. 9 from Cleveland, lined a 1-0 pitch into the mezzanine in right field for his eighth home run of the year.
Branyan was batting for Antonio Alfonseca (4-1), who got the win after he retired the only batter he faced in the seventh. Tom Gordon allowed one hit in the eighth. Brett Myers struck out the side in the ninth for his 10th save.