Obermueller snaps Brewers losing streak

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

WASHINGTON — Wes Obermueller took a perfect game into the seventh and limited Washington to two hits in eight innings, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night.

Obermueller (1-0) retired his first 19 batters before Jamey Carroll's one-out single in the seventh. Obermueller struck out four and walked none in his first victory since Sept. 25.

Brady Clark homered on the first pitch of the game and went 4-for-5 to help the Brewers end a three-game losing streak. Carlos Lee added a three-run shot in the second, chasing Claudio Vargas (0-1).

Mets 2, Reds 1

NEW YORK — Kaz Matsui turned New York fans' boos to cheers with a two-run homer in the seventh off Ramon Ortiz (1-2). Matsui was hitting .234 with two homers coming in.

Mike DeJean (3-1) got two outs in the seventh, and Braden Looper got two outs for his 10th save, retiring Joe Randa on a flyout and striking out Austin Kearns.

Cubs 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Derrek Lee homered twice, included a go-ahead two-run shot in the ninth off Jose Mesa (0-2), who had converted his 13 previous save chances this season.

Pittsburgh led 3-1 on solo homers by Jason Bay and Rob Mackowiak in the sixth before Lee chased Pittsburgh starter Josh Fogg with a solo drive in the seventh. Lee went 4-for-4 and drove in all four runs with his 11th multihomer game.

Will Ohman (2-0) got Daryle Ward, the only batter he faced, to ground into a double play in the eighth. Ryan Dempster pitched the ninth for his first save as the Cubs won for just for fifth time in 15 games and dealt Pittsburgh only its fourth loss in 13 games.

Phillies 7, Cardinals 5

PHILADELPHIA — Bobby Abreu hit his eighth homer in nine games, his 10th in May, as last-place Philadelphia overcame its first five-error game since July 15, 2002.

Cory Lidle (3-3) allowed one earned run and struck out four in six innings, and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 10th save

Third baseman David Bell made three errors, shortstop Jimmy Rollins had two and the Phillies allowed three unearned runs. Philadelphia had committed the fewest errors in the National League (15) coming in, though Bell had five.

Astros 3, Diamondbacks 0

HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt pitched eight strong innings to stay unbeaten against Arizona, and pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino had a two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Oswalt (5-4) allowed only five hits — all singles — struck out eight and walked one to improve to 4-0 in four career starts against Arizona.

Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances, sending Houston to its season high-tying third consecutive win.

The Astros resumed their struggles at the plate against Arizona right-hander Javier Vazquez (4-3), who allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings.

Rockies 9, Giants 4

DENVER — Dustan Mohr tripled and homered and newly acquired Blaine Neal anchored a strong outing by the Colorado bullpen.

Mohr homered immediately after Matt Holliday's solo shot off Noah Lowry (1-5) in the second for Colorado's first back-to-back home runs of the season.

An inning later, Todd Greene put the Rockies ahead 5-0 with a two-run shot that was part of an nine-hit, six-RBI night for the Nos. 5-9 hitters in Colorado's lineup.

Dodgers 14, Marlins 5

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Kent and Olmedo Saenz each drove in two runs in a four-run first inning, and Los Angeles beat previously unbeaten Dontrelle Willis.

Willis (7-1) allowed a season-high seven hits and the four runs — three earned — while walking one and striking out six in six innings.

Saenz also hit a three-run homer off Jim Crowell in the eighth to give him a career-high five RBIs, and Kent drove in four runs. Cesar Izturis tied a career high with five of the Dodgers' 19 hits.

Derek Lowe (3-4) was the winner. Pitching in a non-save situation, Eric Gagne worked the ninth in just his second appearance of the season. Gagne was sidelined until Saturday with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow.

Padres 3, Braves 2

SAN DIEGO — Khalil Greene singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and San Diego rallied for the third straight game, beating Atlanta for its sixth straight victory.

The Padres won for the 15th time in 18 games and took sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Padres' comeback spoiled a strong effort by John Smoltz, who allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings for Atlanta.

Dan Kolb (1-4) blew a save for the third time in 13 chances by allowing three hits and two walks in the ninth.

Dennys Reyes (2-0) was the winner.

Andruw Jones hit his 10th homer for the Braves.

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