Hampton looks good for Rockies

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

DENVER -- Mike Hampton pitched eight innings in his second straight strong start at Coors Field and Todd Zeile homered and drove in four runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Florida Marlins 10-3 Thursday.

Bobby Estalella hit his fourth homer in as many games for the Rockies, a three-run shot off Julian Tavarez (1-3)in a six-run first inning. Colorado has won seven of 10 overall and nine of 10 at home.

Hampton (2-5), the highest paid pitcher in baseball, allowed three runs and four hits to win for just the seventh time in his last 23 decisions.

Braves 5, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark DeRosa hit a tiebreaking single and Chipper Jones added a three-run double in the eighth inning as Atlanta beat San Francisco to split the four-game series.

With the score tied at 1, Javy Lopez was walked by Jason Schmidt (0-1) with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Marcus Giles. After Giles stole second, Rafael Furcal walked and DeRosa singled up the middle off Felix Rodriguez.

Gary Sheffield walked to load the bases, Jones his bases-clearing double to the right-field wall.

Reds 2, Brewers 1, 11 innings

MILWAUKEE -- Todd Walker's RBI single off Mike DeJean (0-2) in the 11th inning gave Cincinnati a four-game sweep of Milwaukee.

Gabe White (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the victory and Danny Graves pitched a perfect 11th for his 14th save in 18 chances.

The Reds beat the Brewers for the seventh time in 11 days.

Brewers right-hander Ben Sheets took a two-hitter into the ninth but surrendered a leadoff homer to Sean Casey on an 0-2 pitch that tied the game at 1.

Astros 3, Pirates 1

HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman tied Sammy Sosa for the major league lead with his 15th homer, and Roy Oswalt struck out 11 in eight innings.

Oswalt (5-2) allowed one run on seven hits and no walks. He struck out the last four batters he faced.

With the score tied at 1 in the eighth, Richard Hidalgo led off with a single off reliever Brian Boehringer (0-1). After a sacrifice bunt, Boehringer intentionally walked Orlando Merced, the runners advanced on a groundout and Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run single off Scott Sauerbeck.

Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his sixth save as the Astros won their season-high fifth straight game.

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson gave up a homer to Jimmy Rollins on the game's first pitch, then shut down Philadelphia for the next six innings.

Johnson (7-1) struck out eight, two when he needed them most, in seven innings. He allowed six hits, walked four and was called for a balk.

The Phillies fell to 0-4 on their road trip and 3-16 away from home overall.

Erubiel Durazo, in his first game after being activated from the disabled list, struck out in his first three at-bats, then doubled home a run in Arizona's three-run seventh. Rheal Cormier, who relieved Jose Santiago (1-2) issued a bases-loaded walk to Junior Spivey, and Luis Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly. A catcher's interference call against Mark Lieberthal also hurt the Phillies.

Dodgers 4, Expos 3

LOS ANGELES -- Marquis Grissom atoned for a critical error with a game-tying RBI double in the eighth, and pinch-hitter Chad Kreuter singled home the go-ahead run two batters later.

Tomo Ohka held a 3-2 lead in the eighth when Eric Karros got a bloop single. Then pinch-runner Cesar Izturis came all the way around on a fly ball by Grissom that landed on the left field line.

Ohka (3-3) gave up 11 hits in 7 2-3 innings as the Expos lost their fourth straight. Omar Daal (4-0) won with two perfect innings in relief of Kevin Brown.

Mets 3, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO -- Al Leiter was dominant on the road again, pitching six strong innings and driving in the go-ahead run as New York won its third straight while ending the Padres' four-game winning streak.

Leiter (5-2) allowed just an unearned run on seven hits to lower his ERA in five road starts to 1.41. He struck out six and walked two. Mark Guthrie pitched the ninth for his first save.



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