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Giants' Pierzynski torments Florida

Posted: Sunday, May 02, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO A.J. Pierzynski hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and also had a triple among his three hits in the San Francisco Giants' 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Barry Bonds went 0-for-1 with a flyout and four intentional walks, the most in a nine-inning game since the stat became official in 1955.

Jason Schmidt (2-2) struck out nine in seven innings and earned his second win this week. Matt Herges got four outs for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Carl Pavano (2-1) pitched 7 2-3 innings and hit his first career home run, a solo shot into the left-field seats off Schmidt in the fifth to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.

Rockies 3, Braves 2

Braves 11, Rockies 7

DENVER Johnny Estrada and Jesse Garcia each hit two-run singles in Atlanta's six-run eighth inning, and the Braves won the second game of doubleheader with Colorado.

Trailing 7-5, the Braves loaded the bases and Estrada hit a two-run single with two outs off Vladimir Nunez. Adam LaRoche followed with a walk to load the bases again, and Garcia hit a two-run single to give Atlanta a 9-7 lead.

C.J. Nitkowski (1-0) retired the only batter he faced in the seventh to earn the win.

Nunez (3-1) won the first game when Colorado's Mark Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, but took the loss in the nightcap.

In the opener, Castilla drew a bases-loaded walk from Mike Hampton in the fifth to tie it in the Rockies' first win over Atlanta since Aug. 18, 2002.

With the score tied, Charles Johnson reached on an infield hit to lead off the eighth and Kit Pellow sent him to third with a one-out single to right against Chris Reitsma (1-1). Sweeney followed with a fly to center that scored Johnson and gave Colorado the lead.

Astros 10, Reds 4

HOUSTON Jeff Kent drove in four runs and the Houston Astros had 16 hits to rout Cincinnati.

Richard Hidalgo went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Wade Miller allowed three runs on two hits over six innings in the Astros' third straight win.

Miller (3-2) struck out seven and walked six in improving to 7-1 against the Reds, who have lost four in a row.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS Matt Clement worked eight strong innings and Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run home run for Chicago.

The Cubs won for only the sixth time in their last 32 games at Busch Stadium.

Clement (4-1) allowed five hits and one run with five strikeouts and one walk, winning his fourth straight start since losing his first outing of the season. During his winning streak Clement has allowed only three earned runs in 27 1-3 innings with 31 strikeouts.

Diamondbacks 6, Phillies 4

PHILADELPHIA Pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning to make Randy Johnson a winner.

Johnson (3-2) allowed three runs one earned and four hits in five innings to win his second straight start.

Danny Bautista went 0-for-3 with two sacrifice flies, ending his 21-game hitting streak for the Diamondbacks.

Struggling closer Matt Mantei put runners on first and third with two outs, but hung on for his fourth save in six chances.

Pirates 8, Brewers 7

MILWAUKEE Craig Wilson hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to lead Pittsburgh over the Brewers.

Jason Kendall led off the inning with a single off Luis Vizcaino (0-1) and stole second and third to get into scoring position. With two outs, Wilson lined a double to center field to score Kendall for his third RBI of the game.

Dodgers 5, Expos 4

LOS ANGELES Adrian Beltre hit a pair of solo homers off Livan Hernandez and singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth for Los Angeles.

Rookie Jason Grabowski led off the eighth with a pinch-hit double against reliever Luis Ayala (0-5). Dave Roberts bunted him to third and Beltre drove him in one out later with a single to right.

Reliever Guillermo Mota (1-0) pitched the eighth.

NL Cy Young winner Eric Gagne struck out the side in the ninth to extend his major league record for consecutive saves to 70. It was his seventh this season.

Montreal has lost six straight games.

Hernandez was charged with four runs, nine hits and seven walks in seven innings and struck out five.

Padres 3, Mets 1

SAN DIEGO Brian Giles hit a two-run homer to lead surging San Diego, which has won six straight and 10 of 12.

The Padres have four consecutive come-from-behind wins.

New York played the game under protest after Padres reliever Akinori Otsuka threw one pitch in the eighth inning. The Mets contended that Otsuka, who has an unusual delivery, balks with each pitch.

Giles hit a 2-1 pitch from John Franco (0-2) out to right-center with one out in the sixth.



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