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Braves, Lopez ride Phillies into ground

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2000

ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez homered and equaled his career high with four RBIs to back seven strong innings by Tom Glavine, leading Atlanta to a 10-1 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Andres Galarraga also drove in two runs for the Braves, who didn't need to use John Rocker. The controversial reliever began warming up in the top of the eighth with Atlanta ahead 4-1, but sat down when the Braves scored six runs in the bottom half.

Galarraga erased the save possibility with his second RBI single of the game, then Lopez sent his third homer of the season deep into the left-field stands against Steve Schrenk

Andruw Jones gave the Braves a 4-1 lead in the seventh with a solo homer against Randy Wolf (1-1).

Reds 5, Giants 4

CINCINNATI -- Benito Santiago returned from a dislocated knuckle and hit a two-run homer, leading Cincinnati past slumping San Francisco.

Santiago's second-inning homer off Shawn Estes (0-1) put the Reds ahead to stay and helped Rob Bell (1-1) earn his first major league win. Santiago was out for 10 days after dislocating the middle knuckle on his left ring finger.

Danny Graves pitched the last two innings for his third save.

Mets 3, Brewers 1

NEW YORK -- Rick Reed turned in another sharp start and New York beat Milwaukee for the seventh straight time.

The Mets ended Jason Bere's nine-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 19, 1998, when he pitched Cincinnati over Arizona.

Reed (2-0), who had no-decisions in two of his first three starts, has given up just three earned runs in 29 2-3 innings this season. Reed allowed seven hits and struck out six.

Cardinals 4, Padres 3

ST. LOUIS -- Darryl Kile followed a horrid outing with his strongest of the season, working eight innings in St. Louis' victory over San Diego.

Kile (3-1), who lasted 1 2-3 innings in his last start at Colorado, faced the minimum on only 69 pitches through six innings before allowing three runs the last two innings.

Dave Veres worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Fernando Tatis and Shawon Dunston hit consecutive home runs in a three-pitch span in the sixth. Mark McGwire missed his seventh straight game with a lower back injury.

Tony Gwynn returned to the Padres' lineup after missing seven games with a knee injury, going 0-for-4 with a run-scoring groundout. Sterling Hitchcock (0-4) took the loss.

Expos 7, Cubs 3

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero drove in four runs and hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning as Montreal beat Chicago.

Guerrero went 3-for-5, falling a home run short of the cycle. He also struck out for the first time since Sept. 25.

It was 3-all in the seventh when Guerrero hit a two-out, two-run double off Ruben Quevedo (0-2). Carl Pavano (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Henry Rodriguez and Jeff Reed homered for the Cubs.

Pirates 5, Marlins 1

MIAMI -- Todd Ritchie pitched seven strong innings and Kevin Young hit a two-run double to help Pittsburgh snap Florida's three-game winning streak.

Ritchie (1-0), who had no-decisions in his first two starts despite allowing just three runs in 13 innings, gave up one run on eight hits. Alex Fernandez (2-2) was the loser.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7

PHOENIX -- Tony Womack hit his first home run of the season and drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single as Arizona rallied from four runs down to beat Colorado.

Steve Finley tied it at 7 with his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot off Gabe White with two outs in the seventh.

Mike Morgan (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Byung-Hyun Kim got the final two out for his first save of the season. Julian Tavarez (1-1) was the loser.

Terry Shumpert tripled twice, once with the bases loaded, for four RBIs to help Colorado take a 6-2 lead. Larry Walker was 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Rockies.

Astros 10, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles' Orel Hershiser tied a modern-day major league record by hitting four Houston batters.

It took Hershiser, pitching despite a slight groin muscle pull, just 1 1-3 innings to equal the mark shared by 19 others and last matched by Omar Olivares of Anaheim on June 13, 1999.

Richard Hidalgo was hit twice by Hershiser and a third time by Matt Herges, also tying a major league record.

Hershiser hit Hidalgo and Shane Reynolds in the first inning, then hit Jeff Bagwell and Hidalgo again in the second. Hershiser (1-1) gave up seven runs on four hits and two walks.

Mitch Meluskey had a two-run double and RBI single for Houston in the first two innings.

Reynolds (3-0) held Los Angeles to four hits in six innings.

Gary Sheffield and Chad Kreuter homered for Los Angeles.



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