Dodgers stop Expos Puerto Rico party

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2003

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico With the Montreal Expos on the verge of winning their fifth straight game at their new home, Gary Sheffield homered leading off the ninth inning and Marcus Giles hit another starting the 10th to give the Atlanta Braves a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Both drives came off Dan Smith (1-1), trying to close it out because Rocky Biddle was unavailable after pitching three days in a row against the Mets.

Cubs 11, Reds 1

CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit his 501st home run and Shawn Estes pitched no-hit ball through five innings as Chicago defeated Cincinnati.

Mark Bellhorn and Hee Seop Choi also homered for the Cubs, who took advantage of a 24-mph wind to hit three home runs.

Estes (1-1) retired the first nine batters before walking Felipe Lopez to open the fourth. He also hit Sean Casey in that inning, but escaped by getting Austin Kearns to hit into a double play. Estes worked eight innings, allowing one run and five hits.

Mets 3, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH Tom Glavine's third consecutive strong start and Jeromy Burnitz's two-run homer led New York past Pittsburgh, ending their six-game losing streak.

Struggling closer Armando Benitez, who blew three leads in the last nine days, worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

Phillies 4, Marlins 3

PHILADELPHIA Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading Philadelphia over Florida.

David Bell and Jim Thome preserved the victory with a stellar defensive play. With two outs and runners on second and third in the ninth, Alex Gonzalez hit a smash to third that Bell backhanded. He one-hopped his throw to first, but Thome made a sensational pickup to end it.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 1

MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Brewers won their first home game under manager Ned Yost, defeating St. Louis behind eight sharp innings from ace Ben Sheets.

Sheets (1-2) allowed one run on six hits, walked three and struck out six. He held the Cardinals' top four batters hitless in 14 at-bats with two walks.

Giants 8, Astros 4

SAN FRANCISCO Marquis Grissom doubled twice and scored two runs San Francisco Giants won for the 13th time in 14 games.

The Giants capitalized on Orlando Merced's error in right field during a five-run second inning. San Francisco won its sixth straight and improved to 7-1 on a nine-game homestand.

Rockies 12, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX Shawn Chacon allowed four hits over seven-plus innings and hit his first major league home run as Colorado improved to 5-0 against the reeling Diamondbacks this season.

Chacon (2-0) beat Arizona for the second time this season. He allowed one unearned run, struck out two, walked two and hit two batters one of them leading to the ejection of the Diamondbacks' Danny Bautista in the third inning.

Padres 3, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES Jake Peavy pitched shutout ball over the first six innings, and Rondell White homered for the fourth time in six games for San Diego.

Peavy (3-0) was charged with a run and five hits over six-plus innings, striking out three and walking one. The right-hander fanned a career-high 11 Dodgers in his season debut April 3.

Hideo Nomo (1-3) allowed three runs, nine hits and six walks in 5 2-3 innings. The 34-year-old right-hander, bidding for his 100th major league victory, has lost three straight after going 15-1 over his previous 27 starts including an 8-0 complete-game victory at Arizona on opening day.

White, who went hitless in his first 14 at-bats this season, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with one out in the fourth when he drove a 1-2 pitch into the left field pavilion to open the scoring. The Padres made it 2-0 in the fifth on one-out singles by Mark Loretta, Mark Kotsay and Ryan Klesko.

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