Reds continue to surge, rally past Braves

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

CINCINNATI Austin Kearns' bases-loaded double completed a six-run fourth inning Wednesday night as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 and slow their remarkable surge.

Adam Dunn later added a pinch three-run homer, his major league-leading 17th, as the Reds won for the 11th time in 15 games, a resurgence that is starting to win over fans. The crowd of 33,355 was the largest since opening day.

Pirates 5, Cubs 2

PITTSBURGH Kenny Lofton's aggressive baserunning led to Pittsburgh's first two runs and Jeff D'Amico made another strong start.

Jack Wilson and Brian Giles homered in a span of five pitches in the sixth as Kerry Wood (4-2) failed for the fourth straight start to win his 50th career game. Wood allowed a season-high five runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Mets 5, Phillies 4

NEW YORK Tony Clark singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the New York Mets ended the Phillies' three-game winning streak.

Marco Scutaro opened the ninth with a single off Terry Adams (0-2) and moved to second on Roberto Alomar's groundout.

Expos 7, Marlins 2

MONTREAL Ron Calloway drove in two runs with one of Montreal's six doubles, rookie Claudio Vargas won his second straight decision and the Expos sent the Florida Marlins to their fifth loss in a row.

The Expos have won seven of nine overall.

Brewers 10, Padres 0

MILWAUKEE Geoff Jenkins homered in his first three at-bats off Jake Peavy (4-4) as Milwaukee extended a winning streak to three for the first time this season.

Wayne Franklin (3-4) pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game. Rondell White beat on an infield hit leading off the second, and pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez singled to center leading off the ninth.

Cardinals 7, Astros 4

HOUSTON Woody Williams won his ninth straight decision and St. Louis' Cal Eldred got Houston slugger Jeff Bagwell to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs for the Cardinals.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX Jason Schmidt threw a four-hitter in his second shutout of the season and Marquis Grissom homered twice as the San Francisco Giants beat the sputtering Arizona Diamondbacks.

Barry Bonds doubled in three runs in the fifth inning, but left in the bottom of the seventh with a mild sprain of his right ankle.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2

LOS ANGELES Kazuhisa Ishii allowed two runs in six-plus innings and struck out a season-high eight as the Los Angeles Dodgers got another excellent pitching performance in beating the Colorado Rockies.

Eric Gagne closed out the Dodgers' season-high sixth win in a row. Alex Cora had two hits, including an RBI single, and scored a run for Los Angeles.

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