Dodgers put end to slide

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2004

ATLANTA Jeff Weaver took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers ended an eight-game losing streak Saturday with a 7-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Jason Grabowski hit a two-run homer in the Dodgers' four-run third inning. Alex Cora added an RBI triple, then a solo shot in the seventh.

Weaver (3-5) shut out the Braves for seven innings before giving up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Dewayne Wise in the eighth. The right-hander set a season high with nine strikeouts and walked only one.

Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for the Dodgers, allowing a solo home run to Andruw Jones.

Jaret Wright (2-5) gave up eight hits and five runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 1

CHICAGO Glendon Rusch filled in just fine as a spot starter for the Chicago Cubs, who scored four times in the first inning of an easy victory over St. Louis.

In his second start for injured ace Kerry Wood, Rusch (2-0) allowed six hits and struck out nine in 7 2-3 strong innings.

He got a big boost from the Cubs' early offense, including a two-run double by Derrek Lee. Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run homer off Woody Williams (1-5) in the third to put Chicago ahead 6-1.

Pirates 3, Brewers 1

PITTSBURGH Josh Fogg (2-4) allowed one run into the seventh inning, and the Pirates broke a tie by scoring two runs without a hit in the sixth to beat Milwaukee.

Ben Sheets (4-3), who struck out 18 last Sunday against Atlanta, allowed eight hits and struck out three in seven innings. He gave up seven hits over the first five innings before Pittsburgh manufactured two runs in the sixth.

In the sixth, Rob Mackowiak reached on a fielder's choice and stole second and then third as Jason Bay was walked. Bay took second on a wild pitch, and Abraham Nunez's groundball to second scored Mackowiak.

Sheets then fielded a grounder by Tike Redman and threw the ball over first baseman Lyle Overbay's head and into the stands for an error, scoring Bay.

Giants 7, Expos 2, 11 innings

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Barry Bonds drove in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the 11th inning off Jeremy Fikac (0-1) and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a grand slam to help San Francisco to a victory over Montreal.

Pierzynski, who has struggled most of the season, also had a two-run double in the fourth.

Tyler Walker (3-0) pitched the 10th and 11th for the win.

Padres 9, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA Brian Giles homered for the third straight game and his aggressive slide in the sixth inning forced a two-run error, leading San Diego over the Phillies.

Justin Germano went five innings for the win in his first major league appearance. Germano allowed four runs, five hits and four walks, but struck out five.

Chase Utley also homered for the third time in as many nights for the Phillies, who had won four straight.

Reds 8, Astros 7

CINCINNATI Roger Clemens lasted only five innings in his worst NL outing, but avoided the loss because of Houston's comeback. Cincinnati then topped it with one of their own for a victory.

Sean Casey and Ken Griffey Jr. had run-scoring doubles in the eighth off Brad Lidge (0-1) for Cincinnati's seventh victory in eight games, pushing the Reds a season-high six games over .500.

Clemens has won his last 11 decisions in the regular season, a streak that started Sept. 11.

Marlins 11, Diamondbacks 2

MIAMI Luis Castillo's first career grand slam capped an eight-run third inning, leading Brad Penny and Florida past Arizona.

Alex Gonzalez had two hits and two RBIs, and Miguel Cabrera and Hee Seop Choi each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who won their third straight.

Arizona's Luis Gonzalez singled in the first for his 2,000th career hit, but All-Star slugger Richie Sexson aggravated his shoulder injury.

Penny (5-2) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.10.

Knuckleballer Steve Sparks (2-4) was roughed up for 10 runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings as the Diamondbacks lost their third straight.

Mets 5, Rockies 4

NEW YORK Ty Wigginton hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the New York Mets past the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Saturday night.

The Mets scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Kaz Matsui's fourth leadoff homer of the season, but fell behind 4-3 before coming back against Vladimir Nunez (3-2) in the eighth.



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