Braves' Hampton gets back on winning track vs. Seattle

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

SEATTLE Mike Hampton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning for his first victory in more than a month and the Atlanta Braves beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Saturday.

The Braves snapped a seven-game winning streak by Seattle starter Jamie Moyer (10-3), who left with one out in the eighth after allowing an RBI double by Andruw Jones that made it 3-0.

Atlanta evened the series between the top teams in the majors at a game apiece. Greg Maddux pitches for the Braves (45-21) on Sunday, while Gil Meche goes for the Mariners (44-22).

Hampton (3-3) hadn't won since May 11 against San Francisco. John Smoltz, who took over with no outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, earned his major league-leading 26th save in 27 opportunities. It was only the second time this season he pitched two innings.

Yankees 13, Cardinals 4

NEW YORK Jason Giambi hit a pair of two-run homers and Ruben Sierra and Raul Mondesi also connected as New York roughed up St. Louis.

Hideki Matsui drove in four runs, three on a first-inning double that got the rout started before a rain delay of 1 hour, 27 minutes.

A day after Roger Clemens earned his 300th career victory and got his 4,000th strikeout, the Yankees won with hitting. New York built an 11-2 lead after four innings, and that let Andy Pettitte (6-6) coast.

Former Yankees star Tino Martinez did the only damage for the Cardinals, twice hitting two-run homers and drawing a big cheer from the crowd of 55,174 each time.

Matt Morris (7-4) leads the NL with four complete games, but the New York bats and the bad weather combined to chase him after just two outs.

Ruben Sierra and Raul Mondesi also homered for the Yankees off Brett Tomko. Pettitte gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking one.

Dodgers 5, Indians 2

CLEVELAND Andy Ashby got his first win this season as Dave Ross homered and drove in three runs, leading Los Angeles to its fifth straight win.

The game also featured some heated trash talk between Cleveland's Milton Bradley and Los Angeles' Paul Lo Duca, who were wired with microphones for TV.

Ashby (1-4) had dropped his past eight decisions and hadn't won since Aug. 18 last season. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.

Wilson Alvarez pitched four shutout innings for his first save this year.

Lo Duca extended his hitting streak to 22 games the Dodgers' longest hitting streak since 1991 and spent half the game jawing with Bradley, who homered.

Athletics 5, Expos 4

OAKLAND, Calif. Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Eric Byrnes also homered as Oakland rallied to beat Montreal.

With the A's trailing 3-2, Mark Ellis was hit by a pitch leading off the eighth. Chris Singleton sacrificed and Byrnes singled, putting runners at the corners.

Hatteberg hit a 1-1 pitch from Luis Ayala (5-2) over the right-field fence for his first homer since May 4 at Yankee Stadium, a drought of 29 games and 121 at-bats. He has four this season.

Cubs 4, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO Moises Alou hit a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error as Mark Prior and the Chicago Cubs ended Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Sammy Sosa missed his fourth straight game while serving a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat. The Cubs are 2-2 without their cleanup hitter.

Carlos Delgado hit his major league-leading 22nd homer for the Blue Jays.

Alou tripled into the gap in right-center in the first inning and scored when second baseman Orlando Hudson's relay throw hit him on the right arm and rolled into foul territory.

Prior (8-2) allowed two runs none earned and seven hits, striking out eight in 5 2-3 innings. Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Pirates 12, Devil Rays 9

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Aramis Ramirez drove in four runs with a three-run double and a homer, and Pittsburgh held on to snap a six-game losing streak.

Four players were ejected during a bench-clearing brawl that started after Marlon Anderson was hit by a pitch from Josh Fogg in the fourth inning.

Jack Wilson had four hits three doubles for Pittsburgh, which had season highs for runs and hits (17). The Pirates, off to their worst June start in more than a century (2-9), ended a seven-game skid on the road barely.

The Devil Rays scored six runs in the ninth before Mike Williams retired Carl Crawford, who had a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning, with the bases loaded to end it for his 17th save.

Fogg (3-3) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 8 1-3 innings.

Red Sox 8, Astros 4

BOSTON Derek Lowe pitched into the eighth inning and David Ortiz hit a three-run double as Boston beat former manager Jimy Williams and Houston for the second straight night.

Johnny Damon had three hits one day after his tiebreaking homer sent the Red Sox to a 4-3 win. Boston has won seven of 11 after a season-high five-game losing streak.

Geoff Blum and Jeff Bagwell each hit a solo home run for Houston, which has lost four of five after winning seven in a row. Bagwell's homer was his first in 140 at-bats the longest drought of his career since May 5 against Pittsburgh.

Giants 7, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Edgardo Alfonzo, who had only one RBI since May 21, drove in four runs to lead San Francisco over Kansas City.

Rich Aurilia had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants. Damian Moss (7-4) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings for his second win in seven starts.

The left-hander gave up five hits, struck out three and walked three. He gave up a two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch to Mike Sweeney in the sixth and was lifted after Angel Berroa homered with one out in the seventh.

Rookie reliever Les Walrond (0-1) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 9, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs for Arizona in support of Miguel Batista as the banged-up Diamondbacks beat Minnesota.

Alex Cintron went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Rod Barajas had two hits and three RBIs and Carlos Baerga added two hits and drove in two runs for Arizona, which tied a season high with seven doubles.

The Diamondbacks, though, lost a pair of regulars who were injured running down the first-base line. Center fielder Danny Bautista strained a hamstring legging out a grounder in the second, and second baseman Junior Spivey sprained his ankle doing the same in the sixth.

Batista (4-3) gave up four hits and an unearned run in six innings while lowering his ERA to 2.64.

White Sox 6, Padres 5

CHICAGO Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying Chicago past San Diego.

Carlos Lee hit a three-run shot and Magglio Ordonez also homered for Chicago. Billy Koch retired Ryan Klesko on a flyball with the bases loaded to end it.

The Padres, who are 8-25 on the road, have lost 23 of 30 overall.

Tigers 9, Rockies 7

DETROIT Eric Munson hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, helping Detroit snap an eight-game losing streak.

Warren Morris went 4-for-5 for the Tigers, who tied season highs for runs and hits (15).

The teams have split the first two games of the series. The Rockies have not won a road series this year, while the Tigers have not won one at home.

Colorado starter Scott Elarton (3-2) lost for the first time in four starts, allowing six runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.

Brewers 8, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE Richie Sexson hit his 21st homer and nearly started a brawl after being hit by a pitch in Milwaukee's victory over Baltimore.

After connecting off Jason Johnson in the first inning, Sexson was struck by the first pitch from the right-hander in the third. The slugger took a few steps toward the mound and yelled at Johnson while being restrained by Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce.

Both benches and bullpens promptly emptied. Although dozens of players congregated near the mound, no punches were thrown. Both teams were warned and there was no more trouble.

Ruben Quevedo (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to break a six-game losing streak in his first victory since July 24.

Phillies 12, Reds 2

CINCINNATI Bobby Abreu hit a home run, and David Bell homered and had four RBIs during Philadelphia's 10-run eighth inning as the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak with a rout of Cincinnati in the only NL game of the day.

One night after a bench-clearing brawl led to five ejections, Reds starter Danny Graves (3-6) hit Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal with a breaking ball to load the bases with two outs in the first inning.

Lieberthal, who tackled Adam Dunn as he charged the mound to start the melee Friday, trotted to first base with a smile on his face. Despite three more hit batsmen, there was no other trouble Saturday.

Rangers 13, Marlins 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Kevin Mench hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira added a two-run shot as Texas snapped a three-game losing streak.

Juan Gonzalez went 4-for-4 and scored four runs for the Rangers. Gonzalez also drove in two runs, giving him 1,366 career RBIs, the most for a player born in Puerto Rico. He moved past Orlando Cepeda for 57th place on the career list.

Ismael Valdes (6-2) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to provide a lift to a rotation that had a 6.98 ERA in its last 16 starts.

Teixeira and Michael Young had three hits each for the Rangers, who ended a 22-inning scoreless drought in the second.

Angels 13, Mets 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Garret Anderson went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs and Brad Fullmer hit his fifth career grand slam as Anaheim routed the New York Mets.

The victory was one of the easiest of the season for Ramon Ortiz (7-5).

The right-hander won his third straight start, allowing three runs one earned and five hits over seven innings while walking none and striking out two. The Angels have scored at least 10 runs in four of his wins, and eight in two others.

Jason Roach, making his major league debut, gave up seven runs and six hits and two walks over three innings after being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk.

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