Dodgers take seventh straight victory

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2003

LOS ANGELES Darren Dreifort struck out a career-high 12, and Brian Jordan went 3-for-3 with a tie-breaking single as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Thursday for their seventh straight win.

The Dodgers are on their longest winning streak since taking nine straight from June 26 to July 4, 2001.

Expos 8, Marlins 2

MONTREAL Livan Hernandez (4-2) scattered seven hits in his first complete game for the Expos, and Endy Chavez hit a three-run double in a four-run second as Montreal completed a three-game sweep.

Hernandez struck out four, walked one and had an RBI single for Montreal, which has swept six series this season.

Mets 6, Phillies 3

NEW YORK Pinch-hitter Timo Perez delivered a two-out, two-run double off Vincente Padilla (3-6) that broke a 3-all tie in the sixth.

Pedro Astacio (3-1) gave up five hits but was in frequent trouble, allowing the leadoff man to reach base in four of six innings.

Cubs 3, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH Tom Goodwin, getting an infrequent start, hit a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth off Scott Sauerbeck (0-4), his 24th career homer in 14 seasons.

Chicago ended a season-high three-game losing streak. The Pirates have lost 12 of 16 overall and have yet to win any of their eight series this season in PNC Park, where they are 7-17.

Braves 9, Reds 4

CINCINNATI Javy Lopez homered twice, tripled and drove in three runs as Atlanta avoided a series.

Lopez tripled and scored in the second, hit a two-run shot off Ryan Dempster (1-4) in the third, then led off the sixth with his 10th homer, the most among NL catchers.

Astros 5, Cardinals 2

HOUSTON Jeriome Robertson won for the first time in more than a month, Jeff Kent had a pair of RBI doubles and Adam Everett hit his first major league home run as the Houston Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Astros have won five of eight games this season against the defending NL Central champion Cardinals.

Robertson (2-3) went 5 2-3 innings and allowed one run on four hits, striking out four and walking none for his first win since beating Cincinnati on April 10. Robertson had four no-decisions and two losses since his previous victory. He went down to the minors May 2, but was recalled 10 days later.

Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. Brett Tomko (2-3) went 4 1-3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits.

Albert Pujols hit his 14th home run, putting the Cardinals ahead 1-0 in the first. He has homered in five of his last six games.

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