Mets rally for 12-inning comeback vs. Atlanta

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza homered twice and Edgardo Alfonzo hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning as the New York Mets rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Monday night.

Jay Payton, hitless in his first five at-bats, singled with one out in the 12th against Chris Hammond (0-1). After Piazza walked with two outs, Alfonzo hit a soft single to right-center off Kevin Gryboski, scoring Payton.

Scott Strickland (1-1) pitched a perfect 12th inning, and the Mets won for the fifth time in six games.

Chipper Jones and Gary Sheffield each went 0-for-6 for the Braves, who lost their third straight and fifth in seven games. Andruw Jones had three hits, including a home run. Vinny Castilla also homered for Atlanta.

Cubs 6, Expos 4

MONTREAL -- Sammy Sosa and Fred McGriff hit consecutive home runs, and Kerry Wood (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings to lead Chicago over Montreal.

Sosa hit his sixth homer of the season in the fifth inning off Carl Pavano (1-2), a drive that struck a cable 120 feet above the left-field wall, and added an RBI double that chased the starter in the seventh.

Antonio Alfonseca got his second save and hit a two-run single in the ninth, his first hit and RBIs in 10 career at-bats. The Cubs won consecutive games for the first time this season.

On the 25th anniversary of the Expos' first game at Olympic Stadium, Montreal drew 4,917.

Pirates 6, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Adrian Brown drove in three runs, and Brian Giles homered as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee before the smallest crowd ever at Miller Park.

The game drew 14,090 to the retractable-roof stadium, which opened last year. The previous low was 23,311 on April 7 for the Brewers' previous home game, the finale of a three-game series against Arizona.

Milwaukee dropped to 3-10 for the first time since 1972.

Kip Wells (2-1), who lowered his ERA from 11.37 to 6.94, allowed one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Brewers starter Glendon Rusch (1-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 2

DENVER -- Odalis Perez pitched a five-hitter and Eric Karros had a three-run homer as Los Angeles handed Colorado its fifth straight loss.

Perez (1-1) walked one and struck out five for his first complete game in 36 career starts. Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer in the Dodgers' five-run first inning off Shawn Chacon (1-2).

Todd Helton hit his first homer of the season in his 47th at-bat for Colorado. The crowd of 29,763 was just more than the Coors Field record low of 29,522 set April 10.

Diamondbacks 14, Cardinals 5

PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez drove in four runs, and Damian Miller hit a three-run homer as Arizona routed St. Louis for its fifth consecutive win.

Danny Bautista was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Arizona. Quinton McCracken and Mark Grace each drove in two runs.

Rick Helling (1-2) allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in seven innings for his first win with Arizona.

The Diamondbacks scored six runs in the second and fourth to win handily in the first meeting between the teams since Arizona's 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL division series last October.

Andy Benes (0-2) gave up 10 runs -- three earned -- and six hits in three-plus innings. He walked four.

Padres 4, Giants 3

SAN DIEGO -- Phil Nevin homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning for his fourth straight hit, giving San Diego its sixth victory in seven games.

San Francisco's Jeff Kent tied it at 3 with his second homer of the game in the eighth, and Barry Bonds, playing with a sore hamstring, robbed D'Angelo Jimenez of a home run in the eighth.

Nevin drove a 2-2 pitch from Jason Christiansen (0-1) over the fence in left, his third home run of the season. Nevin also hit a two-run single in the sixth and finished 4-for-5.

Alan Embree (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Bonds was 1-for-3 with an intentional walk.

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