Cincinnati hangs loss on Pittsburgh

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2004

PITTSBURGH Sean Casey's two-run homer backed Aaron Harang's effective pitching, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Monday night despite losing Austin Kearns indefinitely with a broken forearm.

Harang (2-0) gave up two runs in six innings, including Craig Wilson's solo homer in the sixth, and beat Pittsburgh for the second time in two starts. He gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked one.

Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances, and his third in the four-game series.

Ryan Freel, Kearns' replacement, hit an RBI triple in the third, and Adam Dunn hit a two-run double in the seventh for the Reds.

Jason Kendall followed Jack Wilson's triple with an RBI groundout in the fifth. Ryan Vogelsong (1-3) walked six in four innings and gave up three runs and four hits in his third straight loss.

Marlins 6, Rockies 3

DENVER Carl Pavano pitched eight strong innings and Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez each hit a two-run homer for Florida.

Hee Seop Choi also hit a home run for the Marlins, who scored all of their runs in the first inning off Scott Elarton (0-4).

Pavano (2-0) allowed two runs and scattered five hits as Florida improved to 13-6, the best start in franchise history.

Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 0

PHOENIX Richie Sexson hit the longest home run in Bank One Ballpark history and Randy Johnson struck out 10, helping Arizona snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Sexson's two-run shot off reliever Francis Beltran in the sixth traveled an estimated 503 feet and smacked off his own image halfway up the video screen in center field, smashing several lights.

It was Sexson's 200th career home run and ninth this season.

Johnson (2-2) improved to 12-0 in 13 career starts against the Cubs. He pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and had an RBI single as the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in five games. He walked none.

Padres 3, Expos 2

SAN DIEGO Miguel Ojeda drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth, punching the first pitch he saw from Luis Ayala (0-3) into left-center field to score Jay Payton from second.

Akinori Otsuka (2-1) threw two perfect innings in relief.

Livan Hernandez held the Padres hitless for 3 2-3 innings, but gave up RBI singles to Payton and Ramon Hernandez in the fourth. He allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Giants 3, Braves 2

SAN FRANCISCO Jason Schmidt earned his first win of the season in San Francisco's victory over Atlanta.

Ray Durham hit an RBI triple and Edgardo Alfonzo an RBI double with two outs in the Giants' three-run third.

Barry Bonds went 0-for-1 with three walks, two intentional, leaving the six-time NL MVP with 667 career homers.

Schmidt (1-2) became the first of San Francisco's top three starters to win this year lefty Kirk Rueter is 0-2 and right-hander Brett Tomko is 0-1.

American League

MINNEAPOLIS Ted Lilly tossed a two-hitter, giving Toronto's struggling starters a big boost and leading the Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Lilly struck out eight and walked two. He's the first Blue Jays starter to win this year other than AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay.

Orlando Hudson had three hits and Josh Phelps drove in two runs with a double.

Michael Cuddyer spoiled Lilly's shutout bid on the first pitch of the sixth with his first home run of the season.

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