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Tuesday, 28 August 2007 19:15
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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Ryan Howard's two-run home run off Guillermo Mota in the 10th inning capped a late rally and led the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Shane Victorino, who scored the tying run in the eighth on a pair of bizarre plays, opened the 10th with a bloop single off Mota (1-1). Then Howard hit a 1-2 pitch deep the opposite way into the left-field seats for his 35th homer, giving the Phillies wins in the first two games of this pivotal four-game series.
Brett Myers (3-5) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. The Phillies now trail the NL East-leading Mets by four games.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead into the eighth behind seven shutout innings from Tom Glavine.
But the Phillies rallied for two runs against New York's bullpen, including Jimmy Rollins' solo homer off Pedro Feliciano.
Carlos Delgado gave the Mets a 2-0 lead with his two-run shot off Adam Eaton in the second. It was Delgado's 19th homer this season and No. 426 of his career, tying him with Billy Williams for 38th place on the career list.
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mike Cameron homered to start a four-run rally off reigning NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb in the sixth inning and San Diego pulled within one game of the division-leading Arizona.
Webb (14-9) allowed a season-high six earned runs in 5 1-3 innings and had his six-game winning streak snapped.
The Padres, trying to win their third straight division title, have won the first two games in the four-game series. San Diego has won seven of nine overall and is back to a game behind Arizona for the first time since Aug. 7. The Padres continue to lead the wild-race by three games over Philadelphia.
Khalil Greene and Josh Bard had two RBIs apiece for San Diego, and Arizona's Conor Jackson had a homer among his three hits and drove in two runs.
Justin Germano (7-7), allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out four and walked three. Cubs 5, Brewers 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Jacque Jones hit a game-tying two-run double in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on an error by reliever Scott Linebrink as Chicago rallied to increase their lead on Milwaukee in the NL Central to 2 1/2 games.
The slumping Brewers lost for the 11th time in 14 games.
The Cubs, down 3-1, scored four in the seventh. After starter Jeff Suppan hit leadoff batter Cliff Floyd, Linebrink (4-6) relieved and promptly gave up an infield single to Mark DeRosa and the double to Jones. After an intentional walk to Daryle Ward and Alfonso Soriano's fly out, Ryan Theriot hit a high bouncer back to the mound. Linebrink jumped for the ball but it went in and out of his glove for an error as Jones raced home with the go-ahead run.
Chicago starter Rich Hill (8-7), who struck out the first four batters and five of the first six he faced, allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings, finishing with nine strikeouts.
Dodgers 4, Nationals 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jeff Kent homered, Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly broke a seventh-inning tie and the Los Angeles won its third straight.
The Dodgers, just 12-14 in August, closed within 4 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, the closest they've been to the lead since before play Aug. 8.
Chad Billingsley (9-4) won his second in a row, allowing three runs and eight hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked one. Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 39 chances.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning when pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney doubled off Chris Schroder (1-1), Rafael Furcal walked and Juan Pierre reached on a fielding error by shortstop Felipe Lopez. That brought up Ethier, whose sacrifice fly to center field off Ray King scored Sweeney with the go-ahead run.
Cardinals 7, Astros 0
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Duncan shook off an August slump with a three-run homer and an RBI single to help St. Louis Cardinals ruin Cecil Cooper's first game as Phil Garner's successor.
Duncan, meanwhile, snapped a 28-game home run drought with a three-run drive into the upper deck in the first inning off Houston starter Woody Williams (8-13). Duncan was hitting just .167 with only three RBIs this month before Tuesday's outburst.
Rick Ankiel and Aaron Miles added RBI doubles for the Cardinals, who've won six of their last eight and got back to .500 for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 16.
St. Louis starter Braden Looper (11-10) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits with four strikeouts. Looper has won five of his last nine starts.
Marlins 4, Braves 3, 11 innings
MIAMI (AP) - Alejandro De Aza's 11th-inning sacrifice fly gave Florida a win in a game in which Atlanta struck out 19 times.
Braves starter John Smoltz fell behind early, but the Braves rallied on Chipper Jones' two-run homer in the eighth, tying the game at 3.
In the 11th, Oscar Villarreal (2-2) walked Alfredo Amezaga with one out and Jeremy Hermida moved Amezaga to third with a double off the left-center field scoreboard. Villarreal intentionally walked Matt Treanor, loading the bases for De Aza, who flied to right to score Amezega.
Atlanta remained six games back of the NL East-leading Mets.
Byung-Hyun Kim (6-3) pitched a one-hit 11th for the win.
Giants 3, Rockies 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain struck out eight in seven innings to win his third straight start, Bengie Molina homered and Randy Winn drove in two runs in San Francisco's sixth straight victory.
Molina hit a solo homer in the sixth and also singled twice, and Winn's infield single in the third put San Francisco ahead and gave him a nine-game hitting streak. Winn then he added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Rajai Davis scored both times and also doubled off the left-field wall for one of his two hits.
Cain (7-13) allowed a leadoff single to Kazuo Matsui in the first and didn't give up another hit until Cory Sullivan singled to start the sixth. Cain allowed four hits and one run with two walks.
Sullivan had three of the Rockies' seven hits, including two doubles.
Franklin Morales (0-2), a left-hander making just his third major league start, allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.
Pirates 6, Reds 4, 1st
Pirates 3, Reds 2, 2nd
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Freddy Sanchez drove in five runs in the opener, then tripled and scored the winning run in the eighth inning of the second game to give Pittsburgh a doubleheader sweep that slowed previously surging Cincinnati.
The Reds had won six in a row and nine of 11, only to be swept by Pittsburgh in a doubleheader for the first time since September 2000.
Sanchez tied a career high with five RBIs and hit his second career grand slam as the Pirates won the opener. Tom Gorzelanny (13-6) gave up four runs in six innings but still won his fourth in five starts.
Jason Bay also hit a solo shot for the Pirates, off Elizardo Ramirez (0-2) in the fifth.
In the nightcap, Sanchez tripled with one out in the eighth against Bill Bray (3-1). With the infield pulled in, Adam LaRoche singled up the middle to score Sanchez.
Shawn Chacon (5-4) got the final out in the eighth for the victory, before Matt Capps finished up for his second save of the night and his 15th in 17 opportunities.
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