Griffey homer can't save Reds

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2005

MILWAUKEE — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first home run this season, No. 502 of his career, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Saturday on Damian Miller's game-winning single in the ninth inning.

Sean Casey also connected for the Reds, who led 5-1 in the seventh before the Brewers rallied on Junior Spivey's two-run single and Russell Branyan's two-run double.

Astros 7, Cubs 5

HOUSTON — Chicago ace Kerry Wood left early with shoulder pain again, and Jeff Bagwell had three hits to help Houston end its longest losing streak in nearly three years.

Wood departed after only three innings because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, the same problem that cut short his previous start last Sunday. He will be examined by a doctor Monday in Chicago.

Braves 3, Cardinals 2

ATLANTA — Raul Mondesi homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give Atlanta a victory over St. Louis.

Mondesi, batting just .200 in his first season with the Braves, connected on the second pitch from James Journell (0-1). It was the fifth game-winning homer of Mondesi's career, the last coming on Aug. 2, 2003, with Arizona.

Giants 7, Pirates 6

PITTSBURGH — Deivi Cruz hit a two-run homer, and an error by Pittsburgh center fielder Jason Bay helped key a three-run sixth inning that carried San Francisco past the Pirates.

The Giants won their season-high fourth in a row despite a shaky start from Noah Lowry, who left trailing 4-3 in the fifth.

Nationals 5, Mets 3

WASHINGTON — Tomo Ohka pitched six shutout innings as a late replacement for an ailing Zach Day, and Nick Johnson and Ryan Church homered to lead Washington past slumping New York in a game called before the bottom of the eighth because of rain.

Frank Robinson was ejected by plate umpire Tom Hallion in the eighth after a lengthy discussion during which the Nationals' manager repeatedly pointed to the puddles on the infield.

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 0

SAN DIEGO — Sean Burroughs hit a rare home run and Brian Lawrence rebounded nicely from the shortest start of his career to lead the Padres in a game that featured just six hits.

Marlins 2, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA — Dontrelle Willis allowed one unearned run in five innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run single, leading Florida past Philadelphia in a game shortened to 5 1/2 innings because of rain.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 2

LOS ANGELES — Brad Penny pitched six scoreless innings and rookie Jason Repko hit a three-run homer, leading the Dodgers over the Rockies.

It was Penny's first appearance at Dodger Stadium since last Aug. 8, when he strained a nerve in his right biceps on his 14th pitch against Philadelphia and bounced off the mound in severe pain. This was only his third start since then.

Penny (1-0) threw 95 pitches, giving up four singles and a walk. He struck out four and allowed only one runner past first base against a lineup that included four rookies. He is 4-1 with a 1.74 ERA in eight career starts against the Rockies. Yhency Brazoban earned his seventh save in eight tries.

Joe Kennedy (1-3) allowed six runs — five earned — and five hits over 6 1-3 innings in his Dodger Stadium debut, striking out two and walking four while lowering his ERA to 7.94.

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