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Sosa powers Cubs past Padres

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2002

SAN DIEGO -- Sammy Sosa homered in consecutive at-bats, giving him four in two games, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 Thursday to end their season-high five-game losing streak.

Sosa took over the major league lead with 12 homers, one ahead of Houston's Lance Berkman and Florida's Cliff Floyd. Sosa also moved into a tie with Jose Canseco for 22nd on the career list with 462, one more than Ken Griffey Jr.

Moises Alou and Alex Gonzalez also connected for the Cubs. All four homers came off Brett Tomko (2-2).

Kerry Wood (3-2) allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out three and walked three. Jeff Fassero and Joe Borowski finished the four-hitter.

Rockies 7, Pirates 2

DENVER -- John Thomson (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Armando Rios singled with one out in the seventh, and Colorado improved to 6-0 under new manager Clint Hurdle.

Colorado, on its longest winning streak since May 27 to June 2, 2000, set a team pitching record with 24 consecutive scoreless innings before Jason Kendall's RBI single in the seventh.

Kent Mercker and Dennys Reyes combined for hitless relief, with Reyes striking out the side in the ninth.

Ron Villone (2-4) gave up all seven runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. Pittsburgh has lost a season-high four straight and seven of nine.

Braves 3, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE -- Henry Blanco, acquired from the Brewers on March 20 for Paul Bako and Jose Cabrera, homered off Mike DeJean (0-1) in the 10th inning.

Darren Holmes (2-0) pitched the ninth and allowed one hit, and John Smoltz picked up his ninth save. Smoltz has not allowed a run in eight consecutive games and 10 innings.

Atlanta's Gary Sheffield was 0-for-4 and is hitless in 28 at-bats.

Marlins 9, Cardinals 6

ST. LOUIS -- Cliff Floyd hit his third home run in three days and Ramon Castro hit a two-run homer off Dave Veres (2-3) that capped a comeback from a 6-0 deficit.

Floyd's 11th homer, a two-run drive in the fifth, and Floyd added an RBI single in the eighth. He is 11-for-22 his last five games with four homers and 10 RBIs.

Florida right-hander Brad Penny left after two innings because of elbow soreness. Michael Tejera (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth, and Vladimir Nunez overcame two hits in the ninth to get his fourth save.

Astros 8, Expos 2

HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio hit the 30th leadoff homer of his career and had three hits and three RBIs as Houston prevented Montreal from sweeping a three-game series. Jeff Bagwell added a two-run homer.

Tim Redding (1-1) allowed one run and two hits in six innings, and T.J. Mathews and Ricky Stone completed the four-hitter.

Carl Pavano (2-3) gave up five runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Diamondbacks 7, Mets 3

PHOENIX -- Greg Colbrunn doubled, singled home the go-ahead run and scored twice as the Arizona Diamondbacks ended the New York Mets' six-game winning streak.

Colbrunn, starting in place of Mark Grace at first base, also made a diving stop of Timo Perez's grounder to save at least a run in the seventh inning.

Colbrunn doubled to lead off the Diamondbacks' two-run second inning against Shawn Estes, broke a 3-3 tie with a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Estes (1-3) pitched a one-hitter in his last start, retiring the first 18 batters against Milwaukee. Against the Diamondbacks, he gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings.

Danny Bautista, 7-for-13 lifetime against Estes, homered in the third.

Miguel Batista (2-1) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings as the Diamondbacks salvaged the final game of a three-game series. Byung-Hyun Kim pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for his sixth save.

Dodgers 3, Reds 2, 14 inn.

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Beltre singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning and Los Angeles beat Cincinnati.

Los Angeles relievers retired the last 17 batters before Beltre's hit decided the Dodgers' first extra-inning game of the season.

Shawn Green began the 14th with an infield single off Luis Pineda (0-2). Pineda then left the game complaining of dizziness and weakness, and Scott Sullivan retired Eric Karros on a groundout.

The Reds intentionally walked Marquis Grissom, trying to set up a double play, but Beltre lifted an opposite-field fly to short right that Ruben Mateo missed on a diving attempt as Green scored.

Giovanni Carrara (1-0) earned the victory, retiring the side in order in the 14th. Dodgers left-hander Odalis Perez pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and five hits.

Adam Dunn's leadoff homer in the Reds seventh tied it at 2. It was his fifth homer in five games, and sixth overall.

Coming off a one-hit shutout last Friday at Chicago, the fast-working Perez struck out five and walked none. He has lasted at least eight innings in four straight starts, including two complete games.



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