Chicago Cubs shortstop Neifi Perez, leaps to avoid sliding Philadelphia Phillies' David Bell while turning a double play in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field, Sunday, May 8, 2005 in Chicago. The Cubs won 2-1.
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
ATLANTA Mike Hampton pitched a two-hitter and homered, and rookie Ryan Langerhans had six RBIs as the Atlanta Braves completed a four-game sweep of Houston with a 16-0 win Sunday, the Astros' 11th straight road loss.
Hampton gave up a leadoff single to Mike Lamb in the second inning, but Jose Vizcaino then hit into a double play. Hampton did not allow another baserunner until Adam Everett led off the ninth with a walk.
Hampton (4-1) faced one batter over the minimum and allowed his fewest hits in a complete game. His homer in the eighth inning was the 15th of his career.
Langerhans hit two-run homers in the second and seventh and added a two-run double in the Braves' five-run third. Eddie Perez and Andruw Jones also homered for Atlanta.
Ezequiel Astacio (0-1) allowed eight runs and nine hits in five innings for the Astros, who have lost six straight and 11 of 15.
Rockies 8, Marlins 3
MIAMI Clint Barmes' inside-the-park home run scored three runs, and Aaron Miles hit a grand slam to help Colorado snap a 10-game losing streak.
Jeff Francis (2-1) pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Rockies, who improved to 2-15 on the road. Their first win since April 23 came at the end of a three-city swing, allowing them to finish the trip 1-8.
Colorado had lost seven games in a row against Florida.
All eight runs came off Al Leiter (1-3), who needed 97 pitches to make it through four innings. The Marlins gave up more than four runs for only the third time.
Cubs 2, Phillies 1
CHICAGO Neifi Perez and Aramis Ramirez homered to back Carlos Zambrano's five-hitter, and Chicago snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Zambrano (3-1) put men on in every inning but the seventh and eighth, but struck out five and was helped by double plays in the third and fourth to win for the first time since April 20 at St. Louis.
Zambrano struck out pinch-hitter Jose Offerman with a man on third with his 136th pitch to finish his fifth career complete game and first since May 7, 2004.
Brett Myers (2-2) struck out 10 and also gave up just five hits but two of them were homers in the fourth.
Bobby Abreu homered for Philadelphia.
Cardinals 15, Padres 5
ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen had four RBIs, and David Eckstein had two hits and an RBI in an 11-run first inning as St. Louis avoided a four-game sweep.
The Padres, who had won six straight, have never swept a four-game series in St. Louis. Any thoughts they had of that Sunday were quickly dashed when the Cardinals had their fifth 11-run inning in 10 seasons. The team record is 12.
Larry Walker homered, doubled, singled and had two RBIs for St. Louis, which lost the previous two games by one run and is 9-8 at home contrasted with a 10-3 road record.
Jason Marquis (5-1) worked six solid innings and helped the Cardinals end their first three-game losing streak of the season. Brad Thompson earned a save by working three innings in his major league debut.
Padres starter Tim Redding (0-5) allowed eight of the runs. He gave up five hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning before leaving with a sore shoulder.
Brewers 5, Mets 4
MILWAUKEE Rookie J.J. Hardy singled in Junior Spivey with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as Milwaukee ended New York's four-game winning streak.
Hardy hit a 1-0 pitch off Mike DeJean (0-1) past the dive of third baseman David Wright and into left field. Spivey scored, easily beating the off-line throw by Cliff Floyd.
Jeff Cirillo and Geoff Jenkins also had three hits for Milwaukee, which outhit New York 17-5.
Milwaukee scored its first four runs in the opening two innings against struggling Mets pitcher Tom Glavine. The left-hander made it through six innings but gave up 11 hits and two walks. In his last three starts, Glavine has allowed 18 earned runs. But his effort Sunday actually lowered his ERA to 6.87.
Derrick Turnbow (4-1) pitched the ninth to earn the win.
Pirates 16, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX Matt Lawton hit his first grand slam in six years, helping Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in six games.
Lawton went 3-for-5 and had five RBIs for the Pirates, who scored 12 runs in the final two innings. He doubled in a run during Pittsburgh's seven-run ninth against Kerry Ligtenberg. The Pirates set season highs for runs and hits (17).
Kip Wells (3-3) worked seven solid innings for his third straight win.
Brad Halsey (2-1) lost for the first time in seven starts.
Giants 4, Nationals 3, 13 innings
SAN FRANCISCO Omar Vizquel doubled home the winning run in the 13th inning for his third RBI of the game and San Francisco ended its season-worst, four-game losing streak.
Vizquel lined a double to right-center off Jon Rauch (1-2) that got past Jose Guillen and scored Jason Ellison, who singled to start the inning and went to second on a wild pitch.
The Giants earned their third extra-inning victory in as many tries and played their longest game of the year at exactly four hours.
The Nationals missed a chance for their first road sweep of the year and saw their winning streak snapped at three. They had been 2-0 in extra innings.
Jason Christiansen (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win.
Dodgers 9, Reds 3
CINCINNATI Jason Phillips' first career grand slam topped a stellar performance by Ken Griffey Jr. and rallied the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-3 victory Sunday night over the struggling Cincinnati Reds.
The NL West leaders overcame a pair of contrasting solo homers Eric Milton's first, Griffey's 504th and sent the Reds to their ninth loss in 10 games. Phillips had four hits and drove in five for the first time in his career.
As it often happens, this one got away from Milton (2-3) because he got a pitch up at the wrong time.
Trailing 2-1, the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the sixth on three consecutive singles. After Olmedo Seanz flied out to Griffey in center much too shallow to get in a run Phillips hit a belt-high, first-pitch fastball into the seats in left field for his first homer of the season.
Last year, Milton gave up 43 homers, most in the NL. Milton Bradley also homered Sunday off Milton, who has given up 13 so far, the most in the majors.
Jeff Weaver (4-2) doubled home a run and pitched out of a bases-loaded threat during his 6 2-3 innings. He gave up six hits, including the two solo homers, and had a season-high eight strikeouts.
Weaver also drew a warning after he hit Griffey on his surgically repaired right hamstring the next time he faced him after the homer. Griffey smiled at Weaver as he walked to first base, and plate umpire Terry Craft pointed to both benches.
There were no more problems.
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