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Rockies post first back-to-back shutouts at Coors

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2002

DENVER -- In took eight years for consecutive shutouts to be pitched at Coors Field.

Denny Neagle limited Pittsburgh to three hits in eight innings, and the Colorado Rockies extended their winning streak to five by beating the Pirates 6-0 Wednesday night.

It was just the 18th shutout at Coors Field, the hitter haven that opened in 1995. Colorado defeated the Pirates 10-0 Tuesday.

Neagle (3-1) was followed by Jose Jimenez's 1-2-3 ninth, which improved Clint Hurdle's record as the Rockies' new manager to 5-0.

Larry Walker and Todd Hollandsworth homered. Josh Fogg (3-1) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Cardinals 6, Marlins 4

ST. LOUIS -- Tino Martinez hit his first two homers of the season, and Travis Smith (1-0) pitched six impressive innings for his first career victory.

The Cardinals, who won for only the fifth time in 15 games, have five starting pitchers on the disabled list. Smith, making his second career start, allowed only Mike Lowell's second-inning home run.

Smith was a stand-in starter for Garrett Stephenson, who was scratched earlier in the day and remained on the disabled list because the team wasn't confident he's fully healed from a lower back injury.

Jason Isringhausen got his fourth save in a game delayed by rain for 33 minutes after six innings.

Ryan Dempster (0-3) has gone 11 starts without a victory.

Braves 3, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Tom Glavine (5-1) scattered three hits over eight innings, his ERA rising to 0.93 because of Jose Hernandez's solo homer in the eighth.

The Braves, whose 12-15 record in April was their worst since 1990, gave Glavine a three-run cushion with homers by Chipper Jones and Marcus Giles off Ruben Quevedo (1-3).

John Smoltz pitched a hitless ninth for his eighth save.

Expos 5, Astros 4

HOUSTON -- Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in four runs to overcome a three-run homer by Lance Berkman off Tony Armas Jr. (4-2), his major league-leading 11th.

Guerrero, who leads the majors with 32 RBIs, extended his hitting streak to 11 with his third two-homer game this season and the 16th of his career. He has nine home runs this year.

Matt Herges pitched the ninth for his fifth save for Montreal, which overcame a 3-1 deficit. Octavio Dotel (0-1) was the loser.

Giants 2, Phillies 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reggie Sanders hit a tiebreaking home run off Ricky Bottalico (0-2) in the seventh, sending Philadelphia to its seventh loss in eight games.

Barry Bonds, missing from San Francisco's starting lineup because of sore legs, didn't start for the fourth time in 27 games but entered in the eighth as part of a double switch. Bonds, homerless in 31 at-bats since April 17, was on deck when the Giants made the final out of the eighth.

Felix Rodriguez (1-2) won in relief of Russ Ortiz, and Robb Nen got four outs for his eighth save.

Padres 4, Cubs 3

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres overcame two homers by Sammy Sosa and sent Chicago to its season-high fifth consecutive loss.

Bobby Jones (3-1) beat the Cubs for the ninth straight time, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out a season-high seven and walked two in improving to 11-1 in 15 career appearances against Chicago.

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 321st save with the Padres, a major league record for most with one team. Dennis Eckersley set the old record with Oakland from 1987-1995.

Jon Lieber (3-1) lost despite pitching the first complete game of the season for the Cubs.

The Padres won for the sixth time in seven games.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX -- Steve Trachsel (2-3) pitched into the seventh inning, and Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run homer as New York won its sixth in a row.

Joe McEwing was 2-for-3 with an RBI triple for the Mets, who have outscored the Diamondbacks 17-2 and outhit them 28-6 in the first two games of the series.

Because of a lower back strain, Randy Johnson, 6-0 in April, missed a scheduled start for the first time in nearly two years. His replacement, Todd Stottlemyre, allowed six runs on nine hits in just 3 1-3 innings.

Stottlemyre (0-2) still is looking for his first victory after missing all of last season with a dead nerve in his shoulder.

Reds 4, Dodgers 0

LOS ANGELES -- Joey Hamilton pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Cincinnati got home runs from Barry Larkin and Juan Encarnacion off Hideo Nomo.

Hamilton (2-1) led the Reds to their ninth victory in 10 games and seventh straight at Dodger Stadium, while sending Los Angeles to its major league-leading fifth shutout loss.

Nomo (2-4) pitched eight innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and four hits while striking out 10.



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