Boston shows Yankees how to win second day straight

Rocker earns save, Braves win

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2001

ATLANTA -- Odalis Perez won his first game in nearly two years, and Brian Jordan and Andruw Jones homered Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0.

Perez, whose previous victory was against Tampa Bay on June 8, 1999, allowed four hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out four.

John Rocker pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances, increasing his career save totals to 25 over the past three seasons.

Robert Person (1-1) gave up all three runs and four hits in 7 2-3 innings and struck out seven.

Reds 3, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Jim Brower (1-0) allowed an unearned run and six hits in 5 2-3 strong innings to earn his first NL victory and Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep and stretched its winning streak to four.

The Mets, 4-2 against Atlanta but 0-6 against Montreal and the Reds, are last in the league with 36 runs and have scored just four times in their last 47 innings.

With the score 1-1 in the fifth, Cincinnati went ahead against Kevin Appier (1-1) on Sean Casey's double, Alex Ochoa's RBI triple to right field just beyond the dive by Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Aaron Boone's sacrifice fly.

Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Cubs 5, Pirates 1

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Chicago won its fifth straight.

Bill Mueller singled and Roosevelt Brown walked in the seventh against Scott Sauerbeck (0-1) and Sosa homered off Marc Wilkins.

Courtney Duncan (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief of Kerry Wood, who struck out 10 in six innings, allowing one run and three hits in six innings.

Brewers 7, Giants 4

MILWAUKEE -- Jeffrey Hammonds hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Russ Ortiz (2-1) to put Milwaukee ahead 4-2, and the Brewers got three runs in the eighth on a three-base error by Barry Bonds.

Bonds hit the 499th home run of his career in the eighth off David Weathers and needs one more to become the 17th player to reach 500.

Paul Rigdon (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and Curtis Leskanic got four outs for his first save.

Marlins 6, Expos 3

MONTREAL -- Jason Grilli (1-1) hit his first major league homer, a third-inning drive off Tony Armas Jr. (0-3) and pitched five shutout innings before tiring.

Making just his third career start and second this season, Grilli (1-1) allowed two hits in the first five innings, striking out the side in order in the fifth. He allowed two runs and three hits in the sixth, when he didn't get a batter out.

Antonio Alfonseca pitched the ninth to convert his first save opportunity of the season.

Cardinals 6, Astros 5

ST. LOUIS -- J.D. Drew hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth off Jay Powell (1-1) as St. Louis stopped a three-game losing streak.

Pitcher Andy Benes had a three-run double and rookie Albert Pujols had three hits.

Mike James (1-0) got one out for the win and Steve Kline got two outs for his first save.

Rockies 10, Diamondbacks 7

DENVER -- Todd Hollandsworth hit three homers in a game for the first time in his career, including a three-run drive in the 10th off Matt Mantei. Hollandsworth had a career-high seven RBIs.

Horacio Estrada (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Troy Brohawn (0-1) was the loser.

Matt Williams and Eurebal Durzazo also homered for Arizona, and Todd Walker and Greg Norton homered for Colorado.

Dodgers 5, Padres 4

SAN DIEGO -- Kevin Brown (1-1) left after being hit by a pitch on the left elbow and Gary Sheffield broke a 4-all tie with a sacrifice fly.

Brown allowed four unearned runs in the second and trailed 4-2 in the sixth when he was hit by a pitch from Rodney Myers (0-1). The Dodgers said Brown had a bruised elbow and was day to day.

Jeff Shaw got his fourth save. After allowing the potential tying run to reach second, Shaw fanned out pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay, Ben Davis and Damian Jackson.

American League

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4

BOSTON -- Carl Everett had three of Boston's 15 hits and the Red Sox rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Sunday.

Andy Pettitte (2-1) allowed a career-high 14 hits, giving up hits to seven of his last eight batters.

With Boston trailing 3-2, Everett began the seventh with a triple and scored on Manny Ramirez's double. Ramirez took third on Dante Bichette's single and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Jason Varitek.

Rich Garces (1-0) got the win in relief of Hideo Nomo and Rolando Arrojo got his second save.

Royals 4, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO -- Mike Sweeney homered in his third straight game as Kansas City ended a five-game losing streak.

Blake Stein (1-2) won despite walking six in six innings, allowing two runs and two hits. Roberto Hernandez, who gave up four runs in the ninth inning of Saturday's 5-4 loss for Kansas City, pitched the ninth for his second save in four chances.

Devil Rays 7, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE -- Greg Vaughn went 4-for-5 with two home runs, and Fred McGriff and John Flaherty also homered. Tampa Bay led 3-0 after eight pitches.

Greg Myers and Jerry Hairston homered for the Orioles, who had only one home run in their first 11 games.

Doug Creek (1-0) pitched two innings and Esteban Yan worked the ninth for the Devil Rays' first save of the year.

Twins 4, White Sox 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eric Milton (2-0) struck out eight of his first 10 batters and allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings as Minnesota won its sixth straight.

Corey Koskie had four hits for the Twins, who at 9-2 are off to their best start. Latroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.

Mariners 7, Angels 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bret Boone's third hit, a two-run single Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-1), highlighted a six-run eighth inning. Edgar Martinez had a homer and two RBIs for the Mariners.

Rangers 10, Athletics 8

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Alex Rodriguez hit two homers and drove in five runs as Texas dealt Oakland its seventh straight loss and swept a three-game series at the Coliseum for the first time since 1994.

Texas was trailing 5-3 in the fifth inning when Rodriguez hit an arching three-run shot off Gil Heredia (0-3).

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