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|Friday, 07 September 2007 19:17|
The 40-year-old Smoltz didn't allow a hit through seven innings, but Washington's Ronnie Belliard led off the eighth with a clean single to right in the Atlanta Braves' 7-1 win over the Nationals on Friday night.
The only pitcher in baseball history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves, Smoltz had the crowd on its feet when he walked slowly to the mound to begin the eighth. He got ahead in the count 1-2, but Belliard lined the next pitch in front of Jeff Francoeur to end Smoltz's attempt at his first career no-hitter.
Smoltz (13-7) then walked off to a standing ovation, having struck out 10 and walked two.
Joel Hanrahan (4-3) took the loss, giving up four hits and four earned runs in 3 1-3 innings.
Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer and the Nationals helped Atlanta's cause with a ghastly display of defense, committing five throwing errors. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had three of them himself.
Marlins 6, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Miguel Olivo homered, Byung-Hyun Kim struck out seven over six innings and Florida handed Philadelphia its fifth loss in seven games.
Pat Burrell's three-run homer was the only offense for the Phillies, who entered five games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and trailed San Diego by three games in the wild-card standings.
A fielding error by left fielder Burrell and throwing error by first baseman Ryan Howard led to three unearned runs in a four-run fourth inning for Florida.
Kim (9-6) gave up three runs and seven hits. Three relievers held the Phillies scoreless over two innings, before Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 29th save in 32 chances.
J.D. Durbin (6-5) allowed five runs - two earned - and five hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Pirates 6, Cubs 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tom Gorzelanny allowed one run over seven effective innings and Jack Wilson homered while driving in three runs as Pittsburgh handed Chicago its fourth loss in five games.
Gorzelanny (14-7) limited the Cubs to six hits, striking out three and walking two. The left-hander won for the fifth time in six decisions and has allowed just two earned run in 22 innings over three career starts - a 0.82 ERA - against Chicago.
The Cubs didn't score until they were down 6-0 in the seventh, when Geovany Soto doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno's RBI single.
The Cubs had won the last six starts by Rich Hill (8-8), but the left-hander was lifted after giving up six runs and nine hits over six innings.
Reds 11, Brewers 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati scored six runs in the first inning, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 593rd homer in the second and Cincinnati breezed past Milwaukee.
Bronson Arroyo (8-14) gave up three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out eight.
Dave Bush (11-10) got just three outs in the shortest of his 99 career starts, allowing eight runs and nine hits. Not exactly what was needed by Milwaukee, which remained tied with the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central lead. It was just the third loss in nine games for the Brewers.
Prince Fielder had one of Milwaukee's few highlights, hitting his NL-leading 42nd homer.
Brewers manager Ned Yost didn't stick around until the end - he was ejected in the third inning after a walk to Joey Votto.
Mets 11, Astros 3
NEW YORK (AP) - Lastings Milledge made a diving catch to help thwart a potential rally, then hit a three-run homer that punctuated New York's rout.
Carlos Beltran homered and drove in two runs, David Wright delivered another big hit and the NL East leaders backed Mike Pelfrey with a relentless offensive outburst as they returned home from a 5-5 road trip with a rousing victory. Coupled with the Phillies' loss to Florida, New York's win increased its NL East lead to six games.
Pelfrey (2-7) allowed two runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings for his fourth career victory.
Beltran's long solo homer off Wandy Rodriguez (8-13) in the fifth made it 4-2 Mets. Alou then doubled and scored on a single by Jeff Conine, who filled in at first base for injured slugger Carlos Delgado. The Mets broke it open with a six-run rally in the sixth against reliever Dave Borkowski.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 2
PHOENIX (AP) - Brandon Webb earned his 15th victory and Arizona kept St. Louis from moving into a first-place tie in the NL Central.
Webb (15-10), who had lost his last two after winning six in a row, gave up two runs, including Jim Edmonds' solo homer, on four hits in six innings. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his major-league best 43rd save in 50 chances.
Eric Byrnes was 2-for-4 including a double that drove in the tying run from first in Arizona's two-run sixth. The Diamondbacks went on to score the go-ahead run when second baseman Aaron Miles tripped on what should have been the inning-ending double play.
Jeff Salazar started the inning with a walk from
Adam Wainwright (13-10) lost for the first time in five starts. He (13-10) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Rockies 10, Padres 4
DENVER (AP) - Kaz Matsui hit a two-run homer and the Colorado Rockies used a bevy of relievers after starter Elmer Dessens left with an injury.
Troy Tulowitzki had two doubles, scored once and drove in two runs. He's hitting .364 since Aug. 7, raising his season average to .293.
The Rockies closed within three games of the wild card-leading Padres, and remained five games back of Arizona in the NL West. Colorado hasn't been this close to the division leader at the start of September since 1997.
Dessens left the game with one out in the third inning after straining his left hamstring on a pitch to Brian Giles. The Rockies then used nine relievers - with the 10 total pitchers setting a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Matt Herges (4-0) earned the win after giving up no hits in 2 1-3 scoreless innings.
Justin Germano (7-9) went three innings, giving up five runs and six hits for San Diego.
Giants 5, Dodgers 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Ortmeier hit a game-winning solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, and San Francisco ended an 11-game home losing streak to Los Angeles.
The Dodgers blew a chance to gain a game on the Padres in the NL West and wild-card standings, staying 2 1/2 games back of San Diego in both races after the Padres lost 10-4 at Colorado.
James Loney hit his second solo homer of the game to tie it in the top of the ninth, then Ortmeier answered with his fifth homer of the year, a shot into the seats in right-center off loser Jonathan Broxton (4-3).
Loney had his second career multihomer game and first since doing it Sept. 28 last year at Colorado. He connected off Brad Hennessey (3-4), who picked up the win after blowing his fourth save.
Pinch-hitter Randy Winn lined a go-ahead single to left in the seventh inning, when the Giants scored three unearned runs to get back into the game.