34 straight for Castillo

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2002

MIAMI -- Luis Castillo needed only one at-bat Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 34 games, tying DiMaggio -- Dom, not Joe -- and three other players.

Castillo's streak is the longest by a second baseman, surpassing Rogers Hornsby's 33-game streak in 1922. The Dominican matched Benito Santiago's record for the longest hitting streak by a Latin player.

The Florida Marlins second baseman slashed a 2-2 pitch from Ryan Drese to left field for a single leading off the first inning. It's the 12th time Castillo has had a hit in the first during the streak.

Four other players had one-season streaks of 34 games -- Dom DiMaggio (1949), Santiago (1987), George McQuinn (1934) and George Sisler (1925).

Only 10 players have had a longer streak, including just two since 1950 -- Pete Rose (44) in 1978 and Paul Molitor (39) in 1987. Joe DiMaggio set the record of 56 games in 1941.

The start of the game was delayed 17 minutes by rain that reduced the crowd to about 5,000. Many of them gave Castillo a standing ovation when he slapped a single to the left of third baseman Travis Fryman.

Angels 3, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS -- Scott Schoeneweis pitched well, and David Eckstein had three hits and scored twice as the Anaheim Angels beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Thursday after broadcaster Jack Buck was memorialized at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals held a 4 1/2-hour viewing for Buck beginning more than seven hours before the game, and an estimated 10,000 mourners filing past his cherrywood casket just behind home plate. The 77-year-old Buck, a Cardinals broadcaster for 48 years, died Tuesday night.

Schoeneweis (6-5) gave up two runs in 5 1-3 innings. Troy Percival worked the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Bud Smith (0-5) fell behind 2-0 in the first on an RBI single by Tim Salmon and a sacrifice fly by Scott Spiezio. Darin Erstad had a run-scoring hit in the seventh.

Eli Marrero drove in both runs for the Cardinals.

Rockies 14, Yankees 11

DENVER -- Todd Zeile hit a three-run homer off Steve Karsay (3-3) in the 10th inning, and Colorado outslugged New York to close the highest-scoring three-game series in Coors Field history.

The two teams combined for 70 runs, 85 hits and 15 home runs in three games. Denny Stark (4-1) allowed one hit in one inning.

Todd Hollandsworth hit a grand slam as the Rockies overcame an 8-2 deficit, rallying after Roger Clemens was hit in the right forearm by a line drive and forced to leave in the fifth. X-rays proved negative.

Rangers 7, Cubs 4

CHICAGO -- Former Cub Rafael Palmeiro hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, and one out later Kevin Mench added his second of the game for Texas.

Playing at Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded him away in 1988, Palmeiro homered in all three games of the series. His decisive homer Thursday came off Juan Cruz (1-9).

Todd Greene and Mench -- with his first homer of the game -- connected back to back off Matt Clement in the seventh.

White Sox 6, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago's Mark Buehrle pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, and Paul Konerko made it easy by hitting a three-run homer in the first.

Buehrle (10-5) blanked Philadelphia on four hits before giving up consecutive doubles to Doug Glanville and Bobby Abreu. Buehrle struck out five and walked two in 8 1-3 innings.

Giants 10, Devil Rays 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Marvin Benard had season-highs of four hits and four runs, and Rich Aurilia had four RBIs for the Giants.

Russ Ortiz (6-4) gave up two unearned runs -- on a first-inning homer by Ben Grieve -- on six hits over eight innings.

Diamondbacks 5, Orioles 1

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson struck out 11 and got an assist from the Arizona offense just in time to record his 11th victory.

The Diamondbacks sent nine men to the plate and scored five runs in the seventh inning. Erubiel Durazo, who pinch hit for Johnson, drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk off Willis Roberts, who relieved Rodrigo Lopez (6-3).

Arizona tied it a 1-1 against Lopez when Alex Cintron walked with bases loaded.

Craig Counsell had sacrifice fly, Quinton McCracken a run-scoring single and Luis Gonzalez a sacrifice in support of Johnson (11-2).

Athletics 5, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH -- Jermaine Dye drove in four runs with a homer and a bases-loaded double to support Tim Hudson's effective pitching, and Oakland completed a three-game sweep.

Hudson (5-6) shook off Jason Kendall's first career leadoff homer to limit the Pirates to two runs and five hits over eight innings.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the ninth off closer Billy Koch and got a run, but Koch struck out Kendall for his 18th save.

Mets 3, Twins 2

NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel retired his first 19 batters and took a shutout into the ninth inning for New York.

Mike Piazza hit a solo homer off Tony Fiore (5-2), which landed in Torii Hunter's glove before going over the fence in the sixth, and Edgardo Alfonzo added a two-run shot in the eighth.

That was all the support Trachsel (5-6) needed as he flirted with ending the Mets' 41-year no-hit jinx until Cristian Guzman singled with one out in the seventh for Minnesota's first baserunner.

Mariners 3, Reds 2

CINCINNATI -- Ruben Sierra hit a two-run homer against his former team, and James Baldwin pitched well for Seattle.

Sierra connected in the sixth off Joey Hamilton (3-5). The Mariners also scored a run on Hamilton's throwing error as they pulled ahead 3-0.

Braves 3, Tigers 2

ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez drove home the winning run with a two-out single as Atlanta rallied for three runs in the ninth inning.

Adam Bernero pitched eight scoreless innings for Detroit. He was lifted after giving up Julio Franco's leadoff double in the ninth. But Juan Acevedo (1-3) couldn't preserve the lead.

Greg Maddux had to leave after the fifth because of lingering pain in his left calf, and Kerry Ligtenberg (1-3) got the victory.

Expos 5, Royals 4

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero scored on a throwing error by pitcher Scott Mullen (0-2) in the 11th inning, and the Expos extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games.

The Expos are on their best roll since winning 10 straight from June 6-16, 1997.

The Royals lost their season-high seventh straight when Joey Eischen (1-1) pitched a perfect 11th. After Kansas City overcame a three-run deficit with four two-out runs in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead, Montreal tied it on Fernando Tatis' homer off Roberto Hernandez in the ninth.

Red Sox 5, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO -- Pedro Martinez struck out 11 and gave up just two hits in eight innings as Boston beat San Diego.

Martinez (8-2) was coming off losses to Atlanta and Arizona, the first time he'd lost consecutive starts since September 1998.

He fanned his first five batters and also struck out the side in the fifth inning. After allowing Mark Kotsay's one-out single in the third, the right-hander retired his last 17 batters.

Martinez also scored on Johnny Damon's two-run triple for the Red Sox, who lead the majors with nine shutouts. Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run triple in the ninth and finished with three RBIs. Rickey Henderson scored three times.

Dodgers 2, Blue Jays 1

LOS ANGELES -- Odalis Perez pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning to win his fourth straight decision as Los Angeles beat Toronto.

Perez (8-3) lowered his ERA to 2.52, third-lowest in the majors behind Atlanta's Tom Glavine (1.71) and Boston's Derek Lowe (1.85).

Toronto lost for the seventh time in eight games.

National League

Astros 9, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE -- Lance Berkman hit a grand slam to highlight a seven-run fourth inning, sending Wade Miller and the Houston Astros over the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 Thursday.

Berkman drove in five runs, giving him a major league-leading 62 RBIs. The Astros avoided being swept in the four-game series.

Miller (3-2) was 7-0 against the Brewers coming into the season, but Milwaukee beat him in the season opener at Houston.

But Miller was back to normal at Miller Park, improving to 4-0 at the stadium.

Jamey Wright (1-5) fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Astros.



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