Philidelphia hitting leaves Expos bullpen exposed

Posted: Monday, June 03, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Starting pitcher Robert Person drove in seven runs with a grand slam and a three-run homer to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 18-3 rout of the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer and an RBI single in a 10-run first inning for Philadelphia. Burrell finished with three hits and five RBIs, Bobby Abreu had four RBIs, and Marlon Anderson had three hits and three runs scored.

The Phillies, swept in Montreal last weekend, took two of three to win their fifth consecutive series at home. They are a major league-worst 5-22 on the road, but 18-10 at Veterans Stadium.

Britt Reames (0-2) took the loss.

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 3

LOS ANGELES -- Kazuhisa Ishii shrugged off a home run by opposing pitcher Miguel Batista (2-3) and became the first Los Angeles pitcher in 17 years to win nine of his first 10 decisions.

Eric Karros hit a three-run homer, and Dave Hansen added a two-run single for the Dodgers, who took two of three from the Diamondbacks and cut Arizona's lead in the NL West to one game.

Reds 5, Braves 1

CINCINNATI -- Elmer Dessens pitched seven shutout innings and Barry Larkin sparked a late rally with a three-run double off Damian Moss (2-2) to lead Cincinnati.

After getting outscored 14-1 in the first two games of the series, the NL Central leaders relied on Dessens (4-3), a handful of nice defensive plays and a seventh-inning rally to salvage one game in the series.

Center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. nabbed Andruw Jones at home as he tried to score in the fifth inning, keeping Cincinnati ahead 1-0. It was Griffey's first significant contribution since he returned from a torn tendon in his right knee. Griffey went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk Sunday, leaving him 3-for-23 during his comeback.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS -- Abraham Nunez drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning that led Pittsburgh.

With the score tied at 2, Keith Osik led off the seventh with a single against Matt Morris (7-4). After Pokey Reese hit into a fielder's choice and Chad Hermansen walked, the Pirates pulled off a double steal.

Nunez then slapped a single between shortstop and third base, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. Nunez added a two-run single in the eighth.

Cubs 4, Astros 2

CHICAGO -- Matt Clement pitched 7 2-3 strong innings, and Moises Alou hit his first homer in a month to lead Chicago.

Clement (4-3) allowed two runs, five hits and two walks. He struck out six. Antonio Alfonseca gave up an RBI single to Lance Berkman in the eighth, but got four outs for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Marlins 7, Mets 3

MIAMI -- Preston Wilson drove in two runs with a homer and a triple, and Florida sent Al Leiter to an early shower for the second time in a week.

Derrek Lee hit a two-run homer for Florida, and Andy Fox stole home to spark a four-run fifth that knocked out Leiter (5-5).

Brewers 4, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Jeffrey Hammonds hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the eighth inning, and Milwaukee beat San Diego to complete a three-game sweep.

Hammonds sent an 0-1 pitch from reliever Steve Reed (1-2) into the left-field seats for his fifth home run of the season, giving the Brewers their first sweep of San Diego since joining the National League in 1998.

Chad Fox (1-0), making his first appearance of the season since coming off the disabled list, pitched 1 2-3 hitless innings for the victory. Mike DeJean got three straight outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Giants 9, Rockies 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 586th home run to tie Frank Robinson for fourth place on the career list, and San Francisco beat Colorado.

Bonds hit a high-arching solo shot, driving a 3-2 pitch from Brian Fuentes into the right-center bleachers in the seventh inning for his 19th homer of the season, matching Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa for the major league lead.

Benito Santiago added a three-run homer, and Jason Schmidt (1-1) pitched seven strong innings as the Giants snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Rockies, who won the first two games of the weekend series, have never swept the Giants in San Francisco. Colorado lost for just the third time in 13 games.

John Thomson (6-4) allowed a season-high eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1-3 innings.



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