Figueroa helps himself in Brewers win over Braves

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- Nelson Figueroa settled down after a rocky first inning and hit a two-run single off Greg Maddux in the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

The Brewers snapped a six-game skid in Jerry Royster's first game as manager after the club removed the ''interim'' tag from his title.

The Brewers erased a 3-0 deficit against Maddux (2-2) in the fourth, when Tyler Houston hit a two-run double and Figueroa (1-1) blooped a two-out, two-run single to left field for a 4-3 lead.

Expos 5, Astros 1

HOUSTON -- Javier Vazquez pitched a five-hitter and Peter Bergeron drove in two runs as Montreal beat Houston.

Vazquez (1-1), who pitched nine innings in a 15-inning 5-4 victory over Milwaukee in his last start, struck out nine and didn't walk a batter in his 11th career complete game.

Roy Oswalt (3-1) hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in five previous starts this season and he surpassed that by the fourth inning when the Expos took a 4-0 lead.

Marlins 7, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS -- A.J. Burnett gave up three hits in eight innings and Cliff Floyd homered twice as Florida beat St. Louis.

Mike Lowell also homered and had two RBIs while matching his career high with four hits for the Marlins.

Burnett (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Jim Edmonds' two-out, two-run homer in the fourth. He retired 10 batters in a row in one stretch and didn't allow an earned run.

Floyd had an RBI single in a three-run first against Darryl Kile (1-1) and two solo homers.

Rockies 10, Pirates 0

DENVER -- Mike Hampton (1-3) won for the first time this season, pitching seven scoreless innings as Colorado stayed unbeaten under new manager Clint Hurdle.

Colorado, 4-0 since Hurdle replaced Buddy Bell on Friday, broke it open with an eight-run fourth, keyed by Todd Helton's two-run single.

Helton added a solo homer, his fourth, in the eighth. Todd Zeile led off the second with a solo homer against Dave Williams (2-3).

Mets 10, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX -- Mike Piazza homered in his first two at-bats and drove in six runs after missing five games with a strained hamstring as New York won its fifth straight.

Piazza's six RBIs were his most with the Mets and one short of his career high.

His three-run drive in the first inning and two-run shot in the second, both off Diamondbacks starter Rick Helling (3-3), gave Al Leiter all the support he needed for his first career victory over Arizona.

Leiter (3-1) was 0-3 against the Diamondbacks coming in with a 5.40 ERA, including 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA at Bank One Ballpark. This time, he allowed only an unearned run on three hits in seven innings.

Padres 2, Cubs 1

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Sean Burroughs hit a bad-hop RBI triple in the eighth inning to lift San Diego over Chicago.

Trevor Hoffman got his eighth save in as many chances this season, giving him 320 with the Padres to tie Dennis Eckersley's record for saves with one team.

Burroughs had been 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position before his hit against Joe Borowski (1-1).

Jeremy Fikac (3-0) retired Moises Alou with runners on first and second to end the eighth.

Phillies 8, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vicente Padilla retired the first 15 batters and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer in a five-run ninth inning for the Phillies, who also ended an eight-game skid on the road.

Padilla (3-2) was perfect through five innings until Tsuyoshi Shinjo singled with a bouncer into shallow left-center.

Livan Hernandez (4-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in eight innings.

Reds 3, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES -- Adam Dunn gave Los Angeles ace Kevin Brown a rude welcome back from the disabled list with a two-run homer in the first, and Chris Reitsma pitched six strong innings for Cincinnati.

Reitsma (1-0) allowed one run and eight hits and struck out three, helping the NL Central-leading Reds win for the eighth time in nine games.

Danny Graves got three outs for his 10th save in 12 chances, tying him with Pittsburgh's Mike Williams and Minnesota's Eddie Guardado for the major league lead.

Brown (1-2) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings in his first start since April 13, when he left in the second inning with torn scar tissue in his surgically repaired right elbow.

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