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Wood holds up, but Rocker falls apart

Cubs hurler yields four hits in seven innings, Braves pitcher has ERA jump to 5.85

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2000

ATLANTA -- Kerry Wood had one of his best outings and John Rocker had one of his worst.

Wood (3-4) beat Tom Glavine by allowing just four hits in seven innings, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-1 Wednesday night.

Rocker sprinted in from the bullpen to the cheers of the crowd of 44,698 in the ninth but left to jeers after throwing 20 balls and just 10 strikes. He allowed five runs, four walks and a hit batter, his ERA swelling to 5.85.

Wood didn't allow a runner past first in the first six innings. He struck out six and took a shutout into the seventh before Andres Galarraga reached on Wood's only walk and scored on Brian Jordan's double to the fence in left-center field.

Rockies 6, Reds 4

CINCINNATI -- Neifi Perez and Darren Bragg hit RBI singles and Ken Griffey Jr.'s throwing error let in another run as Colorado rallied in the eighth inning against Cincinnati.

Colorado got its eighth victory in 11 games by taking advantage of another wild performance by reliever Scott Williamson (2-4). The Reds have lost 12 of 14.

Julian Tavarez (5-2) pitched one perfect inning of relief for the win. Gabe White pitched a scoreless inning to stretch his streak to 20 2-3 innings, one shy of the franchise record.

Marlins 5, Brewers 4

MIAMI -- Mark Kotsay hit a grand slam in the seventh inning off Jimmy Haynes (7-6) to help Florida rally past Milwaukee.

Kotsay was 4-for-4 with three singles and his second career grand slam for the Marlins, who have won five of their last six.

Braden Looper (2-1) got two outs in the seventh for the win, and Antonio Alfonseca pitched out of a jam in the ninth for his 21st save in 24 opportunities.

Pirates 8, Expos 3

MONTREAL -- John Vander Wal homered twice, including a grand slam in Pittsburgh's season-high seven-run third inning, against Montreal.

Francisco Cordova (5-5) allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings as the Pirates won their second straight following a four-game losing streak.

Montreal's Lee Stevens hit two home runs for his eighth career multihomer game. Expos starter Tony Armas Jr. (2-5) took the loss.

Phillies 10, Mets 5

NEW YORK -- Pat Burrell hit his first career grand slam, his second key ninth-inning homer off Armando Benitez in as many nights, to lead Philadelphia over New York.

Burrell, who hit a game-tying homer off Benitez on Tuesday when Philadelphia won 3-2 in 10 innings, also homered in the sixth inning for the rookie's first career multihomer game.

The last-place Phillies have won seven of eight against the Mets, dating to last season. They have also won five of six during the past week against New York and Atlanta, the top two teams in the NL East.

Giants 4, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS -- Kirk Rueter outdueled Garrett Stephenson, and Doug Mirabelli's home run snapped an eighth-inning tie as San Francisco beat St. Louis.

Rueter (5-4) raised his record at Busch Stadium to 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA in seven career starts. He worked seven innings, allowing a run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

It was another quiet night for Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, the 1-2 home run hitters in the majors with 26 and 25. Bonds was 1-for-3 and hit by a pitch, and McGwire singled in the first, walked twice and popped out.

Dodgers 7, Astros 6

HOUSTON -- Gary Sheffield hit two homers, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning, to lead Los Angeles over Houston.

Sheffield, who went 4-for-5, had his third multihomer game of the season and 18th of his career. He has 23 homers, third in the NL behind Barry Bonds (26) and Mark McGwire (25).

Jose Cabrera (0-2) gave up Sheffield's game-winner just hours after arriving from Triple-A New Orleans. Matt Herges (5-0) pitched three hitless inning to win for the second straight night.

Diamondbacks 11, Padres 8

PHOENIX -- Travis Lee was 3-for-4 with three RBIs as Arizona's slumbering offense awoke with 14 hits off five San Diego pitchers.

The Padres also walked nine, including leadoff batters in five consecutive innings. The 11 runs were the most for Arizona since May 9. San Diego also committed four errors.

Tony Womack tripled in his first two times up for the Diamondbacks to tie his own club record. Womack was 3-for-6 with an RBI. Damian Miller hit his sixth homer and an RBI single.



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