Braves lose Maddux, slip past Mets

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002

NEW YORK -- Rafael Furcal drove in two runs with a triple and single Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves lost starter Greg Maddux early but ended a four-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Kevin Millwood (2-1), making his second relief appearance since 1998, threw four innings of two-hit ball after Maddux was forced out after just one inning because of a recurrence of back pain.

Pirates 3, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE -- David Williams allowed two hits in five innings and drove in two runs, and Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep of Milwaukee with a brawl-marred victory.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 3

DENVER -- Chad Kreuter's sacrifice fly snapped a tie, and pinch-hitter Dave Hansen's two-run double in the seventh inning gave Los Angeles the lead against Colorado.

Phillies 7, Marlins 5

MIAMI -- Scott Rolen, Pat Burrell and Mike Lieberthal each homered as Philadelphia overcame a four-run deficit to snap Florida's three-game winning streak.

Astros 7, Reds 2

CINCINNATI -- Lance Berkman's two-run homer, his fourth home run in two days, led Houston over Cincinnati.

Expos 15, Cubs 8

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit a bases-loaded triple and single during an eight-run rally in the fourth inning and Montreal came back from a six-run deficit to beat the Chicago Cubs.

The Expos trailed 6-0 after Tomo Ohka failed to retire any of the six batters he faced to begin the game. Bruce Chen (1-0) allowed Chris Stynes' RBI single after relieving Ohka as the Cubs took a 6-0 lead with nobody out.

Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 4

PHOENIX -- Jim Edmonds hit a grand slam off Curt Schilling as St. Louis rallied from three runs down to snap Arizona's six-game winning streak.

Padres 5, Giants 3

SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Klesko homered and drove in three runs as the San Diego Padres overcame an impressive homer by Barry Bonds to beat the San Francisco Giants.

The Padres were 7-2 on their opening homestand after a 1-5 start on the road, including a sweep at San Francisco April 5-7. The Padres hadn't won a series against the Giants since also taking two of three at home Sept. 17-19, 1999.

Bonds gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his eighth homer, a 442-foot shot that reached the second deck in right field at Qualcomm Stadium. Bonds is tied for the major league lead with Houston's Lance Berkman, who hit his eighth on Wednesday.

After the Giants scored twice to close to 4-3 in the seventh, reliever Jeremy Fikac got Bonds to ground out to end the inning with runners on first and second.

Kevin Jarvis (1-3) left after five innings with soreness in his right elbow. He allowed one run and three hits.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many opportunities. It was the 320th of his career.

Kurt Ainsworth (1-1) took the loss.

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