Mets smack around Phillies

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2005

PHILADELPHIA — David Wright hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz each homered twice and the New York Mets hit a team-record seven home runs in a 16-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Mike Piazza and Doug Mientkiewicz also homered, and Wright and Diaz each went 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Mets, who stopped a two-game skid. The seven homers were only five shy of New York's season total coming in.

Victor Zambrano (1-1) was the beneficiary. He went six innings, allowed four runs and hit a stand-up triple.

Vicente Padilla (0-1) gave up five homers and eight runs in three innings.

Dodgers 8, Brewers 6, 10 innings

MILWAUKEE — Milton Bradley hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and Los Angeles rallied from a six-run deficit to extend its winning streak to seven games.

Milwaukee, which has lost five straight, scored six runs in the fourth inning after Dodgers starter Elmer Dessens left because of muscle spasms.

Cesar Izturis hit a two-run double in the seventh to pull the Dodgers within 6-5, then tied it on an RBI single in the ninth. Bradley completed the comeback off Tommy Phelps (0-1) with his fifth home run.

Giovanni Carrara (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, and Yhency Brazoban finished for his third save.

Marlins 6, Nationals 3

WASHINGTON — Brian Moehler earned his first major league win in 2 1/2 years, and Carlos Delgado hit Florida's first homer in six games.

In sweeping a two-game set at RFK Stadium, the Marlins joined the Nationals atop the NL East at 8-6.

Moehler (1-0), who spent last season in Double-A ball, allowed one run on six hits in five innings.

Livan Hernandez (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings, including Delgado's homer in the fifth.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH — Matt Morris breezed in his first start since offseason shoulder surgery, limiting the Pirates to one run and four hits in six innings.

Jim Edmonds homered for the second consecutive night and Larry Walker and Albert Pujols each drove in two runs as the Cardinals outscored the Pirates 18-2 in the two-game series.

Cubs 7, Reds 1

CINCINNATI — Corey Patterson, Michael Barrett and Derrek Lee hit solo homers to help Chicago secure a split of the two-game series.

Mark Prior (2-0) has won both of his starts since recovering from a sore elbow. The right-hander gave up four hits and an unearned run in seven innings, striking out six.

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 1

DENVER — Jeff Francis pitched into the eighth and Matt Holliday went 4-for-4 with three RBIs for Colorado.

Francis (1-0) didn't allow a runner past second after the first inning. He allowed one run on four hits, while striking out four.

Holliday hit a three-run triple during a five-run eighth inning for the Rockies. Rookie Clint Barmes had three hits to raise his average to .429.

Astros 5, Braves 3

HOUSTON — Willy Taveras hit his first major league home run, and Brandon Backe got his first win of the season for the Astros.

Adam Everett and Jeff Bagwell had RBI doubles during a three-run fifth to back Backe (1-0). He allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings while striking out eight.

Chipper Jones' two-run homer cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth before Taveras went deep in the seventh.

Padres 5, Giants 2

SAN DIEGO — Brian Lawrence threw eight strong innings, and Geoff Blum and Ramon Hernandez each drove in two runs for San Diego.

Lawrence (1-2) retired his last nine batters and held the Giants to two runs and six hits. He struck out two and walked none.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his second save in three chances.

American League

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Richie Sexson hit a three-run homer and Raul Ibanez added a solo shot in a four-run first inning Tuesday, lifting the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Jamie Moyer (3-0) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, moving within two games of passing Randy Johnson (130) for the most wins in Mariners' history.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Rangers 3, Athletics 0

ARLINGTON, Texas — Pedro Astacio pitched eight shutout innings for his first win in nearly two years, and Oakland rookie Joe Blanton's outing was ruined by a couple of grounders.

Texas broke the scoreless tie in the seventh inning when third baseman Eric Chavez misplayed Sandy Alomar's grounder for an error. Gary Matthews Jr. followed with an RBI groundout.

Royals 6, Indians 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alberto Castillo hit a game-winning homer off Arthur Rhodes with two outs in the ninth inning.

Castillo, a 10-year major league veteran with only 10 previous homers in 904 at-bats, also had two singles and scored three times as the Royals won for just the second time in eight home games.

Mike MacDougal (1-0) pitched one inning for Kansas City, which outhit Cleveland 15-14. Rhodes (1-1) took the loss.

Orioles 8, Tigers 4

BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts kept up his surprising power surge with a three-run homer, and Miguel Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro added solo shots for Baltimore.

Roberts hit his sixth home run of the season, surpassing his previous career high of five in 2003.

Javy Lopez had three hits, and Sidney Ponson (2-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for the Orioles, who have won seven of nine.

Devil Rays 6, Yankees 2

NEW YORK — Eduardo Perez hit two home runs off Randy Johnson, and Tampa Bay ended an 11-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.

Hideo Nomo and three relievers limited the Yankees to nine hits one night after they battered Tampa Bay for 20 hits and 19 runs, its most runs in nearly three years.

Nomo (2-1) pitched on three days' rest and allowed six hits over 5 2-3 innings.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3

BOSTON — Corey Koskie singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth with his fourth hit, and Roy Halladay pitched eight strong innings.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz homered for Boston, while Koskie and Vernon Wells went deep for Toronto.

Keith Foulke (1-2) allowed four baserunners in the ninth. Boston put two men on in the home half before Ramon Vazquez flied out to center.

White Sox 3, Twins 1

CHICAGO — Paul Konerko hit his major league-leading seventh home run for the White Sox and Orlando Hernandez pitched six shutout innings.

Hernandez (2-1) scattered 10 hits and escaped several jams, including two with the bases loaded and one out. Damaso Marte got two outs for his first save.

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