Boone's boomers secure Reds win

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2003

CINCINNATI Aaron Boone led off the second, sixth and seventh innings with homers, leading the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-6 victory Thursday and four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Boone went 7-for-14 with five homers and seven RBIs as the Reds got their first series sweep at Great American Ball Park.

Scott Sullivan (3-0) got the victory in relief of Paul Wilson, who gave up four runs in five innings, and Scott Williamson pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Braves 12, Rockies 6 Braves 5, Rockies 2

ATLANTA Andruw Jones set a franchise record by driving in a run for the ninth straight game and John Smoltz got his second save of the day, his 15th of the season, as Atlanta completed a doubleheader sweep.

Jones, who had first-inning RBI singles in both games, topped the previous mark of eight games shared by Eddie Mathews (1954), Hank Aaron (1955, 1957), Mike Lum (1978) and Bob Horner (1979-80).

In the opener, Robert Fick homered in the first inning and had five RBIs in a 12-6 win.

Atlanta, which swept the three-game series, has won four in a row and is 19-3 since a 4-8 start.

Astros 6, Pirates 2

HOUSTON Geoff Blum went 3-for-3, doubling in the sixth and giving Houston a 3-2 lead when he advanced to third and scored on wild pitches by Jeff Suppan (4-3).

Houston swept the four-game series, coming from behind in the last three games. The Astros are on their longest winning streak since a seven-game spurt last May 12-18, and Pittsburgh has lost six straight for the first time since a seven-game slide last Aug. 10-16.

Dodgers 6, Mets 1

NEW YORK Kazuhisa Ishii (3-1) allowed one run and six hits in six innings and Cesar Izturis drove in three runs. Los Angeles won two of three against New York and nine of 13 overall.

Tom Glavine (4-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. New York, which has lost eight of 11, scored only five runs in the three games.

All-Star catcher Mike Piazza received seven stitches in his abdomen earlier this week after having a mole removed and had just two pinch-hitting opportunities in the series. Before the game, the Mets talked to Piazza about beginning the process of learning to play first base.

Expos 12, Padres 5

MONTREAL Fernando Tatis hit a two-run double that capped a six-run first inning.

Wil Cordero went 3-for-4 for Montreal, which took a 9-1 lead in the second inning and scored 12 runs for the second straight night. Tomo Ohka (3-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings.

Giants 3, Marlins 2

MIAMI Pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth off Braden Looper (2-1) as San Francisco completed a three-game sweep. The Giants (24-9) have won five straight, and Florida has lost six in a row.

Mike Lowell tied the score 2-all in the eighth with a sacrifice fly off Joe Nathan (4-0), who gave up a run for the first time this season in 23 innings.

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