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Cubs end nine-game slide

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs snapped a nine-game losing streak Sunday, getting a sacrifice fly from Corey Patterson in the 11th inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4.

Bobby Hill drew a leadoff walk off Valerio De Los Santos (0-1), making his first appearance since April 3, 2001, and took second on a wild pitch. He was sacrificed to third and scored easily on Patterson's fly to left.

Joe Borowski (2-2) pitched two innings for the win.

The Cubs hadn't lost 10 in a row since losing their first 14 to start the 1997 season.

The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth on Bill Mueller's sacrifice fly. But Geoff Jenkins led off the bottom of the inning with a 435-foot shot off Antonio Alfonseca, his first homer since May 8, to tie it.

The Brewers then put runners at second and third but Sammy Sosa ran down pinch-hitter Alex Ochoa's drive in the right-field corner to send the game into extra innings.

Dodgers 10, Expos 1

LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Andy Ashby hit his first major league home run in his 473rd at-bat and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored in each of the first six innings to beat the Montreal Expos.

Eric Karros and Chad Kreuter hit two-run homers and Paul Lo Duca went 4-for-4.

The Dodgers tied a season high for runs and hits (15). The Expos gave up their most runs this year.

Ashby (3-4) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none.

Bruce Chen (2-3) lasted only 33 pitches, surrendering five runs and four hits.

Braves 2, Rockies 1

DENVER -- Julio Franco hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning for his first RBI of the season, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Colorado Rockies.

Franco, who entered the game in a double switch in the seventh inning, started the day with a .183 average and one extra-base hit in 71 at-bats.

Franco led off the eighth by driving a 3-2 pitch from reliever Chris Nichting (0-1) into the Colorado bullpen in right-center to break a 1-all tie.

Mike Remlinger (2-0) got two outs for the win. John Smoltz got four outs for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Cardinals 10, Reds 1

ST. LOUIS -- Garrett Stephenson won his first game since September 2000 and Eli Marrero and Tino Martinez hit three-run homers as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals have won eight of 10 and are 5-1 so far on a 10-game homestand. The Reds have won five of seven.

Stephenson (1-2) overcame a rocky start in his second start since coming off the disabled list from a lower back strain. He gave up a home run to Barry Larkin to lead off the game and walked three the first two innings.

Marrero's second homer capped a four-run fourth against Jose Acevedo (4-2).

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run home run as the Arizona bullpen faltered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Diamondbacks to snap a six-game losing streak.

Rollins homered for the third time in the four-game series.

The Phillies finished their road trip 1-6 and won away from home for just the fourth time in 22 games this season. They had lost seven road games in a row overall.

Randy Wolf (3-2) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Jose Parra (0-1) took the loss.

Padres 4, Mets 3

SAN DIEGO -- Mark Kotsay hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets to avoid a four-game sweep.

Kotsay finished 4-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored for the Padres, who snapped the Mets' five-game winning streak.

Tom Lampkin started the winning rally with a leadoff walk against Scott Strickland (2-2) and took third on D'Angelo Jimenez's one-out, hit-and-run single to left.

After Trenidad Hubbard struck out, Kotsay hit a 1-2 fastball into right to score Lampkin.

Reliever Steve Reed (1-1) struck out the side in the Mets' ninth, including pinch-hitter Mike Piazza.

Marlins 4, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Preston Wilson hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins a rain-delayed victory over the San Francisco Giants.

After rain delayed the start of the game for 1 hour, 36 minutes, Beckett (2-2) did not allow a hit until Tom Goodwin grounded a single with one out in the sixth.

Beckett allowed only that one hit through seven innings. Braden Looper pitched a hitless ninth and Vladimir Nunez worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Reggie Sanders hit his 200th career home run in the ninth for San Francisco, and finished the game with two hits.

With the score 1-all, Luis Castillo and Eric Owens both singled off Ryan Jensen (4-3) to start out the Marlins' eighth. Wilson then homered deep into the left-field bleacher seats off Aaron Fultz.

Pirates 5, Astros 3

HOUSTON -- Kip Wells won for the fifth time in six starts as Pittsburgh snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Houston.

Aramis Ramirez, who missed 21 Pirates games this season because of a suspension and ankle injury, hit his first home run of the season as Pittsburgh stopped Houston's seven-game winning streak.

Wells (6-2) went 6 2-3 innings and allowed one run on five hits.

Astros starter Dave Mlicki (3-5) lasted only 3 2-3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, for his third straight losing decision.

Mike Williams got the final four outs for his 15th save in 15 chances. Williams has earned saves in his last 10 appearances, a club record.



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