Utley grand slam propels Phillies to victory over Rockies

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2003

PHILADELPHIA Chase Utley hit a grand slam in his first major league game as a starter, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Colorado Rockies 9-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

The 24-year-old infielder, 0-for-1 in his major league debut April 4, played his second big league game, starting at second base because Placido Polanco went on the disabled list.

Utley flied out in the second inning, then gave the Phillies a 6-0 lead in the third when homered off Aaron Cook (1-2) and became the first major leaguer with a grand slam for his first hit since Boston's Creighton Gubanich against Oakland in 1999.

Pat Burrell also homered to back Randy Wolf (3-1), who struck out eight in 7 2-3 innings.

Giants 3, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH Damian Moss (4-0) shut out Pittsburgh on five hits over seven-plus innings.

Barry Bonds singled his first two times up and drove in the first run in a three-run third inning against Kris Benson (2-3) after sitting out two games because of a stiff neck.

Tim Worrell gave up an RBI double to pinch-hitter Matt Stairs with two outs in the ninth, then retired Abraham Nunez on a groundout for his seventh save.

Padres 2, Cubs 1

CHICAGO Oliver Perez (1-2), winless in his first four starts, struck out six in 6 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits.

Chicago lost consecutive games for only the second time this season. The other was on April 10-11 against Montreal.

San Diego got its runs in the third off Matt Clement (2-2) when Ramon Vazquez singled and scored on a double by Keith Lockhart, who came around on a single by Ryan Klesko.

Mets 7, Astros 4

NEW YORK Pedro Astacio (1-0) returned to the Mets' rotation with six neat innings and Roberto Alomar doubled twice to spark New York over Houston.

Alomar drove in two runs and scored twice as the Mets matched their longest winning streak of the season at two and their season high for runs. They did it minus All-Star catcher Mike Piazza, a late scratch because of a sore groin.

Wade Miller (0-2) was wild from the start and the Mets took advantage to drop Houston below .500 for the first time this year.

Astacio, projected to be New York's No. 3 starter, missed most of spring training because of tendinitis in his right shoulder. He was activated from the disabled list to start against his former team.

Lance Berkman and Jeff Kent hit consecutive home runs in the Houston ninth off Jaime Cerda. Armando Benitez got the final out for his seventh save in 11 chances.

Braves 4, Cardinals 3

ATLANTA Andruw Jones hit a two-run single in the ninth inning, rallying Atlanta past St. Louis.

The Braves went to the ninth trailing 3-2, but Rafael Furcal got things started with a leadoff single. Marcus Giles sacrificed him to second before Steve Kline (0-2) walked Gary Sheffield and Chipper Jones to load the bases.

Cal Eldred, seeking the first save of his career, came on to face Andruw Jones, who lined the first pitch to the gap in left-center.

Atlanta won for the ninth time in 10 games to remain tied for first in the NL East with Philadelphia and Montreal.

Ray King (1-0) earned his first win with the Braves.

The Cardinals lost their fifth in a row.

St. Louis starter Woody Williams stretched his scoreless streak to 25 innings before Atlanta scored twice in the sixth to tie it.

Expos 1, Diamondbacks 0

MONTREAL Javier Vazquez and two relievers combined on Montreal's major league-leading fifth shutout and Vladimir Guerrero homered.

Vazquez (3-1) allowed six hits in seven innings to help the Expos blank Arizona for the second time in three days. Vazquez struck out nine to overtake Chicago's Kerry Wood for the NL lead with 46.

Joey Eischen pitched 1 1-3 innings and Rocky Biddle got two outs for his fifth save in six chances. Montreal, which had only three shutouts last year, won despite getting outhit 6-3.

Guerrero led off the seventh with his fifth home run of the season, a drive to left off Byung-Hyun Kim (1-4).

Reds 3, Dodgers 2, 11 innings

CINCINNATI Kevin Brown struck out 11 in seven dominating innings, but Reggie Taylor's RBI single in the 11th gave Cincinnati a victory over Los Angeles.

The Reds have won consecutive games for only the second time this season, taking advantage of a struggling offense that managed only four runs in the three-game series.

Brown, who had back surgery last season, gave his most dominating performance in nearly a year. He gave up four hits and two runs in seven innings.

Felix Heredia (1-0) escaped a threat in the top of the 11th to get the victory.

Guillermo Mota (1-1) took the loss.

Marlins 4, Brewers 2

MIAMI Mark Redman struck out a career-high 11 and pitched a four-hitter as Florida completed a three-game sweep.

Redman (2-2), backed by an early 4-0 lead, walked one and got his first win since striking out 10 in beating Philadelphia 8-3 on April 3. It was his first complete game since last July 17 against the New York Yankees for Detroit.

Alex Gonzalez had two RBIs for the Marlins, who hadn't swept the Brewers at home in four years.

Todd Ritchie (1-2) gave up four runs on nine hits in five innings.

The game drew 9,069, the Marlins' lowest home crowd of the season.

Milwaukee lost for the seventh time in its last 11 games.

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