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Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:06
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 MILWAUKEE (AP) -Prince Fielder became the youngest major leaguer to hit 50 home runs, connecting twice in Milwaukee's 9-1 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday night.
The win pulled the Brewers within two games of the NL Central-leading Chicago, which lost 4-2 at Florida. With five games remaining for each team, the Cubs' magic number remained at four.
The 23-year-old Fielder joined his father Cecil as the only father-son tandem to hit 50 home runs in a season. The elder Fielder hit 51 with Detroit in 1990.
It was the eighth multihomer game of the younger Fielder's career, and the fifth this season.
Rickie Weeks led off the Brewers' half of the first with a homer and Fielder added a two-run shot.
The Brewers broke the game open with a three-run homer by Bill Hall in the fifth that made it 7-1.
Fielder hit his 50th off Kip Wells in the seventh, a two-run homer that put Milwaukee ahead 9-1.
Jeff Suppan (11-12) worked eight innings to beat his former team for the third time this year.
Braden Looper (12-12) gave up three home runs in five innings.
Marlins 4, Cubs 2
MIAMI (AP) - Dontrelle Willis held Chicago to hits over eight innings.
The Cubs saw their lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central cut to two games. Chicago's magic number for clinching the division remained at four.
The Cubs had won 10 of their past 12 games and four in a row.
Consecutive bloopers by the last-place Marlins fell for hits in short right-center during their four-run second inning against Ted Lilly (15-8).
Willis (10-15) struck out seven and won for only the third time in 15 decisions since May 29.
Willis took a one-hit shutout into the eighth, then walked Geovany Soto and gave up Craig Monroe's first homer to make it 4-2.
Lee Gardner gave up a hit but retired two batters in the ninth, and Taylor Tankersley got pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd on a flyout for his first save, completing a three-hitter. It was the Marlins' eighth consecutive win over Chicago over the past two seasons.
Nationals 10, Mets 9
NEW YORK (AP) - New York scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth but came up one short against Washington and lost its fifth straight home game.
The Mets' magic number for clinching its second consecutive NL East title was cut to four when second-place Philadelphia lost to Atlanta.
New York trailed 10-3 in the ninth. Jose Reyes hit a three-run shot off Jesus Colome for his second homer of the game to cut the deficit to four. Moises Alou hit a three-run double off Chad Cordero for his fourth hit to make it 10-9.
Nationals manager Manny Acta made an unorthodox move of pulling his closer for setup man Jon Rauch. The big right-hander struck out Carlos Delgado and got Paul Lo Duca on a pop up to shallow right with the tying run at third.
Tom Glavine (13-7) gave up homers to Austin Kearns, Tony Batista and rookie Justin Maxwell in falling behind 6-2 and losing for the first time since July 2.
Jason Bergmann (6-5) held the Mets in check for 5 2-3 innings, improving to 5-0 since a loss at Pittsburgh on June 30.
Braves 10, Phillies 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Chipper Jones had a two-run shot to help Atlanta keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
The Phillies remained two games behind NL East-leading New York and fell one game behind San Diego in the wild card race.
Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer to become the second Phillie in team history with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in the same season. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley also connected for the Phillies.
Atlanta needs to keep winning and get some help to reach the playoffs after a one-year absence.
Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly off Jeff Bennett (2-0) gave the Phillies their first lead, 5-4 in the fifth. But Atlanta answered in the sixth. Andruw Jones had an RBI single to tie it off Jamie Moyer (13-12). Geoff Geary relieved and Matt Diaz had an RBI single for a a 6-5 lead and Edgar Renteria's two-run single made it 8-5.
Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pinch-hitter Josh Phelps singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth for Pittsburgh, which snapped a nine-game losing streak.
The Pirates blew a four-run lead in the top of the eighth.
Arizona, which lost its second in a row after winning four straight, saw its lead over second-place San Diego cut to two games.
The Diamondbacks trailed 5-1 going into the eighth but scored four runs against three relievers to tie it. Chris Snyder's RBI double off Romulo Sanchez led to pinch-hitter Conor Jackson's two-run single and Stephen Drew's tying single, both against John Grabow.
Adam LaRoche doubled with one out in the bottom half and scored when Phelps, in a 3-for-25 slump, singled against Brandon Lyon (6-4), the Diamondbacks' sixth pitcher.
Grabow (4-1) got the victory despite allowing three inherited runners to score. Matt Capps finished with a perfect ninth for his 18th save.
Padres 6, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brian Giles hit a go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and San Diego ended a four-game losing streak.
The win gave San Diego a one-game lead over Philadelphia in the wild-card standings and the Padres pulled within two games of NL West-leading Arizona.
Giles, who was in a 4-for-52 slump, hit his 12th home run of the season off closer Brian Wilson (1-2), who also allowed Brady Clark's RBI single.
Joe Thatcher (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win in his 18th career appearance. Trevor Hoffman finished for his 41st save.
Randy Winn's 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot, highlighted San Francisco's four-run second against former Giant Brett Tomko. Dave Roberts added an RBI double and Kevin Frandsen singled in a run.
Scott Hairston homered in the sixth for San Diego and Khalil Greene connected for a solo shot the next inning.
Rockies 9, Dodgers 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki homered to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs and Colorado won its ninth straight and eliminated the Dodgers from postseason contention.
Colorado remained one game behind San Diego in the wild-card race, tied with Philadelphia with five games to play. The Rockies tied their franchise record for the longest winning streak, set from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 1997.
Los Angeles lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Ryan Speier (3-1) pitched one inning for the win. Manny Corpas got one out for his 17th save.
Mark Hendrickson (4-8) relieved Brad Penny after five innings, and gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs and a two-out homer by Tulowitzki that put the Rockies back in front 6-5.
Astros 8, Reds 5
CINCINNATI (AP) - Hunter Pence homered and Houston, aided by two Cincinnati errors, rallied from a four-run deficit.
Craig Biggio drove in two runs, including the go-ahead run on an RBI single, as the Reds lost their straight.
The Astros capitalized on third baseman Edwin Encarnacion's two-out error of J.R Towles' routine grounder to score two runs and take a 6-5 lead in the sixth.
Jon Coutlangus (4-2) gave up consecutive singles to Luke Scott and Josh Anderson that tied the game. Biggio followed with an opposite-field single to right off Gary Majewski to drive in Scott and give Felipe Paulino (1-1) his first career win in his second start.
Pence added his 16th homer in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth.
Brad Lidge struck out Joey Votto with the bases loaded in the ninth for his 17th save.
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