Brewers snap Cubs' winning streak at 12

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

MILWAUKEE -- Rookie Ben Sheets (6-4) allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped the Chicago Cubs' 12-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Sunday.

The streak had been the longest for the Cubs since a 15-gamer in June 1936.

Jeromy Burnitz went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles for Milwaukee.

Julian Tavarez (3-4) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 4

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson struck out 14 in six innings and Reggie Sanders was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs as Arizona tied a franchise record with nine straight wins.

Johnson (6-4) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits as Arizona completed a three-game sweep of the Padres, who have lost eight of nine. He left the game for a pinch hitter after throwing 106 pitches.

Sanders drove in three with his 16th homer with two outs in Arizona's four-run first inning against Kevin Jarvis (3-5).

Rockies 11, Giants 2

DENVER -- Pedro Astacio didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, and Todd Helton went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to lead Colorado.

Astacio (5-5) pitched a three-hitter for his 100th career victory. Jeff Kent's lead off single in the seventh inning broke up the no-hit bid and Armando Rios added a two-run double in the inning.

Larry Walker also homered off Mark Gardner (1-4) and drove in three runs for Colorado.

Barry Bonds, who leads the majors with 29 homers, went 0-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the seventh.

Marlins 1, Mets 0

MIAMI -- Preston Wilson's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Luis Castillo and gave Florida a 1-0 win over New York.

Wilson's groundball up the middle tipped off John Franco's glove, but shortstop Joe McEwing had no play on the redirected hit.

With one out in the ninth, Castillo's grounder tipped off first baseman Todd Zeile's glove and skipped by second baseman Desi Relaford into right field for a double.

Turk Wendell (1-2) walked Eric Owens, then gave way to Franco.

Antonio Alfonseca (3-2) got one out for the win.

Dodgers 9, Astros 8

HOUSTON -- Pinch-hitter Tim Bogar's homer in the 10th inning -- his first hit of the year -- completed Los Angeles' rally from five runs down.

Bogar, batting for pitcher Mike Fetters (2-1), connected with two outs off Octavio Dotel (2-4). Bogar was on the disabled list from April 5 to May 28 with a strained right hamstring.

Vinny Castilla hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and tied a career high with six RBIs as Houston -- which had won four straight games -- built an 8-3 lead.

Los Angeles' Tom Goodwin was 5-for-5 with a double and four singles.

Expos 10, Phillies 3

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero and Lee Stevens hit back-to-back homers to cap a four-run sixth-inning as Montreal beat Philadelphia.

Omar Daal (6-1) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in three innings to lose for the first time in 12 starts this season.

Braves 11, Pirates 7, 1st game

Braves 8, Pirates 3, 2nd game

PITTSBURGH -- John Smoltz (2-2) gave up two runs in seven innings as Atlanta swept a doubleheader and posted its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Javy Lopez and Quilvio Veras each drove in two runs in a seven-run third inning that carried Atlanta to a win in the opener.

The Braves had been one of three teams -- with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay -- that hadn't won three straight games this season until sweeping the Pirates.

Tom Glavine (6-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings to win the opener.

Pittsburgh has a five-game losing streak and has dropped 10 of 12. Omar Olivares (2-6) and Jimmy Anderson (3-5) got the losses.

Cardinals 4, Reds 3

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny hit his first home run in nearly two months and doubled to start the winning rally for St. Louis.

The Cardinals have won two straight after a four-game losing streak, and 17 of 26 overall. The Reds have won only four of their last 13 road games after a 10-4 start.

Mark McGwire made his fourth start since coming off the disabled list from a knee injury and was 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his average to .114 (4-for-35). He flied out to the warning track in the first.

Mike Timlin (2-2), the fourth of seven St. Louis pitchers, pitched a perfect seventh. Dave Veres worked the ninth for his eighth save.

The game was delayed 44 minutes by rain after Pokey Reese hit a three-run homer, snapping an 0-for-14 slump, with nobody out in the fourth for the game's first runs.

Matheny, who had been in an 8-for-54 slump with two RBIs since May 1, hit his third homer in the fifth and first since April 8 after Edgar Renteria led off with a checked-swing single for the Cardinals' first hit. Renteria tied it with an RBI double in the sixth.

Matheny blooped a double between center fielder Ruben Rivera and left fielder Dmitri Young to start the seventh. Pinch runner Eli Marrero went to third on pinch hitter Kerry Robinson's single and scored on Fernando Vina's groundout to first.

Robinson's hit came after he twice hit the ball on a bunt attempt, a ball that dribbled fair with Robinson easily thrown out at third. Reds manager Bob Boone sprinted out to protest after home plate umpire Ron Kulpa ruled the ball dead.

Cardinals starter Mike Matthews gave up three runs on four hits in three innings. He tried to come back after the rain delay but walked the first hitter, Donnie Sadler, and then was taken out.

In four starts as the replacement for Rick Ankiel, Matthews is 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA.

Bell (0-4) lasted 6 1-3 innings and gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits. He struck out seven and walked three.

Notes: Matheny has only five multihit games all season. ... LF Ray Lankford got his team-high fourth assist of the season, throwing out Ruben Rivera trying for a double in the fifth. ... Left-handed hitters are 4-for-39 against Matthews, including a single by Sean Casey to lead off the fourth. ... Vina is 1-for-14 in the series. ... Bell's last victory was Sept. 13, 2000, against the Cubs. ... Reds pitchers have allowed at least one homer in 22 of the last 23 games. ... Jim Edmonds singled in the eighth, but is in an 8-for-60 slump (.133).

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