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|Friday, 31 August 2007 19:50|
The only run Maine (14-8) allowed came in the sixth, after he loaded the bases with no outs. Maine struck out eight and walked three in seven innings, and won for only the second time in his last six starts.
Jose Reyes also hit a homer for the Mets, who were coming off four straight losses to division rival Philadelphia. New York, which remained two games ahead of the Phillies, won for only the third time in seven games in Atlanta this season.
Tim Hudson (15-7) was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his first two starts against New York this season, but surrendered six hits and four runs in six innings. He had allowed only five homers in his first 28 starts before giving up the homers to Delgado and Reyes.
Phillies 9, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) - Kyle Kendrick took a fastball off his right arm trying to bunt in the second inning, but he still pitched seven innings and help the Phillies extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
Kendrick (8-3) allowed six hits and two runs to win his third start in a row. He shouted angrily after being hit by a 1-0 pitch from Sergio Mitre and was still rubbing his arm standing on second base later in the inning. But he scored and stayed in the game.
Chase Utley drove in three runs and reached base four times. Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth had three hits each, and Pat Burrell drove in runs with a groundout and a sacrifice fly.
Mitre (5-8) gave up seven hits and six runs in 3 1-3 innings. He has an 8.86 ERA in his past eight starts and fell behind after only three batters.
Astros 6, Cubs 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Hunter Pence homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs, Wandy Rodriguez pitched six shutout innings and the Astros won for the third time in four games.
Pence's first career multihomer game featured a three-run shot in the fourth off Sean Marshall (7-7) and two-run drive in the sixth. The homers gave the standout rookie 14 for the season, while helping Rodriguez (8-12) win for the first time since July 26.
Rodriguez, who'd been 0-3 in six previous August starts, allowed four hits and earned a rare road victory. He is 2-9 away from Minute Maid Park and 6-3 at home.
His two-out, three-run homer off Sean Marshall capped a fourth that started when third baseman Aramis Ramirez fumbled Ty Wigginton's grounder for an error. After Chris Burke singled, Marshall got two outs before Pence hit a long drive to left for a 4-0 Astros lead.
Brewers 3, Pirates 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sharp innings and hit his second homer of the season, helping the Brewers inch closer in the NL Central race.
Gallardo (6-4) allowed five hits and two runs for Milwaukee. Derrick Turnbow pitched a scoreless eighth, and Francisco Cordero got three outs to earn his 38th save in 44 chances and complete the six-hitter.
Gallardo's home run came in the fourth inning, and it was anything but a cheap shot. The rookie right-hander pounded a 1-0 pitch from Pirates starter Tony Armas high and deep over the fence in left-center, with the ball landing in a canopy above the Brewers' bullpen.
The 21-year-old cruised through the first six innings, allowing his only run on a solo homer by Adam LaRoche in the fourth. Then he pitched out of a jam in the seventh.
Armas (2-5) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings for the Pirates, who have lost three straight.
Cardinals 8, Reds 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rick Ankiel hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning, and Yadier Molina's two-run homer helped manager Tony La Russa pass Red Schoendienst as the winningest manager in Cardinals history.
Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion was taken to a hospital after being struck on the left eye by a foul ball while waiting in the on-deck circle in the sixth inning. Encarnacion had been preparing to pinch hit when Aaron Miles fouled off an 0-1 pitch from Gary Majewski (0-2).
St. Louis trailed 4-3 when Ankiel drove a 1-1 pitch from Eddie Guardado into the seats in right-center with one out in the sixth.
Randy Flores (2-0) allowed one hit and a walk in two innings, striking out two. St. Louis' bullpen allowed only two hits in eight scoreless innings.
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 3, 10 innings
PHOENIX (AP) - Cory Sullivan hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, then scored the go-ahead run on a 10th-inning error as the Rockies dropped the Diamondbacks out of first place in the NL West.
Miguel Montero's three-run homer in the seventh gave Arizona a three-run lead.
After Livan Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings, Sullivan hit a two-run, two-out single off Brandon Lyon in the eighth. Todd Helton reached on a two-out infield single against Jose Valverde in the ninth, and pinch-runner Jamey Carroll scored from first when Garrett Atkins' single bounced past center fielder Chris Young.
Sullivan tripled off Tony Pena (5-3) leading off the 10th. Kazuo Matsui followed with a grounder back to the mound, but Pena threw the ball wildly to first, allowing Sullivan to score. Atkins added a sacrifice fly, and Brad Hawpe hit a two-run single off Doug Slaton.
Matt Herges (3-0) got the win as five Colorado pitchers combined on a three-hitter that included 3 1-3 hitless innings by the bullpen.
Padres 6, Dodgers 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Josh Bard singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth and the Padres had to get past five strong innings by former teammate David Wells to beat the Dodgers.
The 44-year-old Wells pitched better than he did in his last four starts with the Padres, when he struggled so badly that they designated him for assignment on Aug. 9. Wells left after five innings with the score tied at 3. He allowed six hits while striking out three.
Adrian Gonzalez was hit by a pitch from Rudy Seanez (6-3), advanced on Kevin Kouzmanoff's single and scored on Bard's single. Milton Bradley hit an RBI double in the seventh and scored.
Doug Brocail (5-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 41 chances and the 518th of his career.
Giants 3, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kevin Correia had his longest outing as a starter in more than two years, and Rajai Davis' broken-bat double capped a three-run second inning for the Giants.
Making his third start since being moved into the rotation, Correia (3-6) allowed two runs over six innings. He allowed five hits, struck out two and walked one. He is 2-0 with an 2.25 ERA since coming out of the bullpen.
Tim Redding (3-5) struggled with his control again, walking five batters for the second straight start. He allowed at least two batters in every inning until a 1-2-3 fifth.