Reds snap skid against Dodgers

Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2005

CINCINNATI — Austin Kearns capped a six-run sixth inning with a two-run homer, and D'Angelo Jimenez had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

The Reds matched their season high in runs and avoided their longest losing streak since an 11-game drought in June 1998.

Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe (2-3) had a 3-0 lead and had allowed just one hit before the Reds sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth.

Padres 5, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS — Adam Eaton pitched into the seventh inning after a shaky start, and seldom-used Mark Sweeney had the go-ahead hit for the second straight game in San Diego's win against St. Louis.

Trevor Hoffman worked the ninth for the 401st save of his career, one day after becoming the third major league pitcher to reach 400.

The Padres have won six in a row — including the first three games of this four-game series. San Diego has its first series win in St. Louis since 1998. Before the series, the Padres had lost 19 of 21 at Busch Stadium.

Larry Walker and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back homers in the first for the Cardinals, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

Phillies 4, Cubs 1

CHICAGO — Jimmy Rollins snapped a tie in the fifth inning with an RBI single, and Philadelphia sent Chicago to its seventh straight loss, the Cubs' worst losing streak since they dropped nine in a row from May 8-18, 2002.

Jon Lieber (5-1) was sharp against his former team, allowing one run, four hits and two walks in 7 1-3 innings.

Billy Wagner got the final three outs for his seventh save, one day after he blew a chance but got the win.

Glendon Rusch (2-1), making his first start of the season, gave up three hits in the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.

Nationals 11, Giants 8

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Church hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double in the ninth inning — finishing with career highs of four hits and four RBIs — and Washington sent San Francisco to its season-worst fourth straight loss.

The Nationals tied it in the ninth against Jeremy Accardo (0-1), called up from Double-A Norwich on Monday as the Giants try to make do without injured closer Armando Benitez.

Luis Ayala (2-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Chad Cordero worked the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.

Moises Alou hit a grand slam, and Pedro Feliz added three hits and drove in a run, but the Giants' bullpen struggled after another subpar outing by ace Jason Schmidt.

Braves 4, Astros 1

ATLANTA — Julio Franco hit his first home run of the season and Horacio Ramirez pitched seven shutout innings as the Braves sent the Astros to their 10th straight road loss.

Ramirez (2-2) gave up only three hits in his longest outing of the season. Dan Kolb walked two and loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Willy Taveras to earn his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Andy Pettitte (2-3) gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings for his first loss in seven career starts against the Braves.

Mets 7, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE — Pedro Martinez allowed three hits in seven innings and Carlos Beltran hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Mets over the Brewers.

Doug Mientkiewicz also homered, breaking a 5-all tie in the eighth with his shot off reliever Julio Santana (0-1) and helping the Mets to their fourth straight victory.

Martinez (4-1) struck out 11 but allowed a season-high five earned runs in seven innings of his first career start against Milwaukee. Mike DeJean pitched one inning and Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth for his first save since 2002, when he pitched for Kansas City.

Marlins 4, Rockies 1

MIAMI — Josh Beckett pitched seven shutout innings, and Florida extended Colorado's losing streak to 10 games.

Beckett (5-2) allowed five hits and one walk, lowering his ERA to 2.14. Left fielder Miguel Cabrera threw out a runner at the plate, went 3-for-4 with a walk and drove in Florida's first run.

Colorado fell to 6-21, baseball's worst record and the worst start in franchise history. The Rockies are on pace to finish 36-126, and on the road they're 1-15.

Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX — Josh Fogg limited Arizona to two hits in seven-plus innings to help Pittsburgh win for the fourth time in five games.

Matt Lawton went 3-for-4 with a walk, and the Pirates finished with 14 hits against five Arizona pitchers.

Fogg (2-2) walked three and struck out two before leaving after walking pinch-hitter Alex Cintron leading off the eighth.

Mike Gonzalez finished the eighth, and Jose Mesa completed the two-hitter, pitching the ninth for his 11th save of the season and 21st straight overall.

Chad Tracy hit his fourth home run for the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning, and drove in Arizona's second run with a two-out sacrifice fly in the ninth.

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