Macias homers to lift Expos past Astros

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

MONTREAL Jose Macias hit his first homer of the season with one out in the 10th inning as the Montreal Expos extended their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Macias hit Montreal's fourth game-winning homer of the season. He connected off Billy Wagner (1-1), who was working his third inning of relief.

Rocky Biddle (2-1) pitched the 10th for the win as the NL East-leading Expos improved to 15-9, including a 4-1 mark at Olympic Stadium.

Jeff Bagwell went 2-for-5 to reach 2,000 career hits. Bagwell hit his ninth homer in the third off rookie Claudio Vargas and beat out an infield hit in the 10th to join Craig Biggio as the only Astros players to reach the milestone.

The Astros, who are 3-9 on a 13-game road trip, lost their fourth straight. Houston has lost 11 of 14 to fall three games under .500 after getting off to a 7-2 start.

Reds 7, Padres 6, 10 innings

CINCINNATI Pinch-hitter Ruben Mateo drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the San Diego Padres.

Adam Dunn homered and later scored the winning run. The Reds moved out of a tie with idle Arizona for the worst record in the NL.

Dunn drew a four-pitch walk from Jaret Wright (1-3) with one out and Austin Kearns doubled. After Felipe Lopez was intentionally walked, Luther Hackman relieved.

Rockies 8, Cubs 5

DENVER Shawn Chacon threw seven crisp innings, and Chris Stynes and Jay Payton drove in two runs each as the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs to end a four-game losing streak.

Every Colorado starter had a hit by the fourth inning and the Rockies had 17 overall to win for the ninth time in 11 home games.

Chicago lost for the third time in four games after winning eight of its previous 10.

Chacon (4-0) had his fifth solid outing to start the season, allowing two runs one earned and three hits. He has won three straight starts for the first time in his career.

Chacon also struck out eight and had two singles. He has allowed four earned runs in 27 2-3 innings at Coors Field.

Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Phillies 10, Giants 2

PHILADELPHIA Bobby Abreu homered, scored four runs and knocked in three as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Francisco Giants.

Jim Thome also homered and drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have won four of five. Abreu is 9-for-19 with nine RBIs and seven runs scored in his last five games.

The loss snapped the Giants' three-game winning streak, but their 18-5 start still matches their best since moving to San Francisco in 1958 tying the 1962 and 1971 teams.

Brandon Duckworth (1-1) labored through five innings, giving up a run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches, including 34 in the first inning when the Giants loaded the bases but did not score.

Braves 3, Brewers 2

ATLANTA Marcus Giles hit a solo home run in the seventh and the Atlanta Braves rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers.

With one out, Giles lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Valerio De Los Santos (0-2) into the seats in right-center, a 410-foot shot that gave the Braves their 10th victory in 12 games.

A night after the Brewers hit five homers in a 12-5 victory, they managed only five hits.

Richie Sexson, who hit three home runs in that game, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Dodgers 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Dodgers, down 3-0 after four innings, sent the Pirates to their season-high fourth straight loss.

With two outs and the bases empty, Green lifted a 2-1 pitch from Scott Sauerbeck (0-2) into the right-field seats for his third home run.

Hideo Nomo (3-3) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Marlins 5, Cardinals 3

MIAMI Mike Lowell's homer sparked a five-run seventh inning that helped the Florida Marlins beat St. Louis, the Cardinals' sixth loss in seven games.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa served his one-game suspension for a fight between the Cardinals and Arizona last weekend. La Russa watched the game from a suite while third base coach Jose Oquendo took over.

Josh Beckett (2-2) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings, winning for the first time in four starts.

The Cardinals scored an unearned run in the eighth off reliever Armando Almanza, but Braden Looper recorded four outs for his fourth save.

Steve Kline (0-3) allowed a hit and a run and got his second loss in as many outings. He also picked up the loss Thursday night at Atlanta.

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