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Phillies pull out extra-inning triumph over Red Sox

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2003

PHILADELPHIA Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt connected for a two-run homer in the 13th inning Saturday, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Nomar Garciaparra tied a club record with six hits for the Red Sox, who blew three late leads.

Jim Thome hit game-tying homers in the eighth and 12th, and Bobby Abreu also went deep for the Phillies.

An RBI double by Todd Walker who also homered twice and Garciaparra's sixth single of the day gave Boston a 5-3 lead in the 13th.

But Bobby Abreu drew a leadoff walk from Jason Shiell in the bottom half and scored on David Bell's one-out double.

Rudy Seanez (0-1) relieved, and Pratt sent a 1-0 pitch over the center-field wall for his first home run since Sept. 1 last season.

Jose Mesa (3-4) got the win despite allowing three runs and five hits in two innings.

Pedro Martinez pitched seven sharp innings and left with a 2-1 lead, but the Boston bullpen had another major meltdown.

Garciaparra finished 6-for-6 with a walk.

White Sox 7, Cubs 6

CHICAGO Mark Buehrle won his second consecutive start following a nine-game losing streak, and his hitting was an unexpected plus for the Chicago White Sox as they beat the crosstown Cubs for a second straight day.

Buehrle (4-10) pitched into the seventh inning and got his first major league RBI as the White Sox jumped to a 7-0 lead and held on.

Billy Koch worked the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances. He allowed an RBI single to Sammy Sosa, but pinch-runner Tom Goodwin was thrown out trying to steal second and Eric Karros flied out to end it.

Joe Crede had two doubles and a single in his first three at-bats as the White Sox chased Cubs starter Matt Clement (5-7) after 3 1-3 innings, ending his three-game winning streak.

Dodgers 4, Angels 2

LOS ANGELES Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer to back a solid outing by Andy Ashby as Los Angeles beat Anaheim for its 10th victory in 11 games.

The pitching-rich Dodgers have won the first two games of the Freeway Series.

Eric Gagne worked the ninth for his major league-leading 29th save and 37th in a row dating to last year. He allowed an RBI single to pinch-hitter Bengie Molina before retiring David Eckstein with two on to end it.

Beltre's first homer since April 30 highlighted a four-run first inning against John Lackey (4-7). The Angels have lost seven of nine.

Braves 10, Orioles 2

ATLANTA Javy Lopez hit a pair of three-run homers, Horacio Ramirez won his fifth straight decision and Atlanta routed Baltimore.

Lopez's first homer capped a five-run sixth inning, which wiped out Baltimore's 1-0 lead. The Atlanta catcher hit another in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Lopez had his fifth two-homer game of the season and matched his career high with six RBIs.

Ramirez (6-2) pitched six-hit ball for seven innings, allowing just one run. The rookie left-hander hasn't lost since April 11, going 5-0 with a 3.46 ERA in his last nine starts.

Marlins 2, Devil Rays 0

MIAMI Rookie left-hander Dontrelle Willis won his sixth straight start, allowing only two hits as Florida beat Tampa Bay in a rain-shortened game.

The teams finished only five innings. Tampa Bay sent pinch-hitter Jason Tyner to the plate to open the sixth inning as the rain intensified, but the delay was called after Willis' third pitch of the inning sailed to the backstop screen. The game was called 1 hour, 52 minutes later.

Willis (7-1) struck out four, walked only one and lowered his ERA for the season to 2.38.

In his last six starts, he's allowed four runs in 42 2-3 innings during his winning streak, and three of those four runs came June 11 at Milwaukee.

Brewers 8, Twins 1

MILWAUKEE Wes Helms hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and John Vander Wal homered and had two RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 Saturday night.

The Twins have lost five of six on their seven-game road trip.

Helms, who now has 13 home runs, followed Vander Wal's leadoff homer in the fourth with his first home run. He added a three-run shot in the sixth for his first multihomer game this season and third of his career.

Wayne Franklin (3-5) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks. He struck out two. He worked out of jams in the third and seventh when the Twins had two runners on with one out.

Expos 8, Blue Jays 5

MONTREAL Orlando Cabrera's three-run homer capped a seven-run eighth inning and Montreal overcame a five-run deficit for a win over Toronto.

Trailing 5-1 in the eighth, Montreal tied it on Jose Macias' RBI grounder off Aquilino Lopez, Endy Chavez's two-run double and pinch hitter Brian Schneider's RBI grounder off Cliff Politte (1-5).

With two outs and runners at second and third, Cabrera connected off Politte for his 11th homer of the season to give Montreal its first lead of the game, setting off the loudest of several prolonged cheers in the inning from the Olympic Stadium crowd of 11,483.

Rockies 9, Tigers 6

DENVER Preston Wilson hit a three-run homer off Steve Sparks (0-4) in the fifth inning and added a solo shot in the seventh, helping Colorado beat Detroit.

Todd Helton and Juan Uribe also had solo homers for Colorado, which turned four double plays.

Jason Jennings (7-5) won his fourth straight start, going seven innings and allowing 10 hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out seven.

Cardinals 8, Royals 1

ST. LOUIS Woody Williams bounced back from two subpar starts with eight strong innings, and went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in St. Louis Cardinals' victory over Kansas City.

Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs and rookie Bo Hart had three hits, making him 7-for-12 in three games since he was brought up from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.

The Cardinals have won four of five and took a 12-11 lead in the interleague series against their cross-state rivals, who beat them in the 1985 World Series. Joe Randa homered for the Royals.

Williams (9-2) allowed five hits and had eight strikeouts, six on called third strikes, with one walk.

Astros 9, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas Craig Biggio homered on the first pitch of the game, and Richard Hidalgo and Jeff Bagwell each homered and had three hits as Houston beat Texas.

The Astros scored in each of the first six innings to make a winner of Rodrigo Rosario (1-0) in his major league debut. He allowed just four hits and two runs one earned in six-plus innings.

Houston regained first place in the NL Central by a half-game over the Chicago Cubs.

Rafael Palmeiro hit his 505th career homer and Hank Blalock also connected in the eighth for Texas, which lost its sixth straight game. The Rangers have dropped 18 of 20, matching their worst 20-game stretch set in September 1972.

Pirates 7, Indians 6

PITTSBURGH Abraham Nunez tripled and scored on Dan Miceli's wild pitch and Pittsburgh rallied three times to beat Cleveland in their second 15-inning game in as many nights.

The last time two teams played consecutive 15-inning games was June 18-19, 1996, when the Marlins and Giants did it.

Nunez, batting just .210, tripled down the right field line to start the 15th against Miceli (1-1), the Indians' sixth pitcher, and Kenny Lofton was intentionally walked.

Miceli's 1-2 pitch to Jason Kendall then bounced over catcher Josh Bard, who had no play as Nunez scored easily.

Scott Sauerbeck (2-4) pitched a scoreless 15th to win it after Julian Tavarez pitched five hitless relief innings, giving him 6 1-3 hitless innings over two nights.

Mariners 4, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO Joel Pineiro held San Diego to five hits in seven innings and retired his last 12 batters for Seattle.

Catcher Ben Davis tied the Seattle club record with three doubles and Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff double to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

It was the second straight start in which Pineiro (7-5) allowed first-inning runs, then settled down. He allowed two runs on three hits to let the Padres tie the game, then allowed just two more hits.

Padres right-hander Adam Eaton walked in two runs in the second inning to give the Mariners a 4-2 lead. Eaton (2-6) threw 54 pitches through two innings and was gone after five.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa got two outs for his first save since April 15, 2002.

Giants 6, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. Pedro Feliz had his first career two-homer game and rookie Jerome Williams earned his first major league victory as San Francisco snapped Oakland's season-best seven-game winning streak.

Williams (1-1) allowed only one hit through the first five innings and four total to win in his fifth big league start, outpitching Tim Hudson before a sellout crowd of 52,888.

Feliz went 3-for-5 and got a rare start in left field as Barry Bonds played designated hitter. Feliz hit the first pitch he saw in the first for a two-run homer to center against Hudson (5-3) as the Giants took a 2-0 lead. Feliz connected for his sixth homer of the year in the seventh.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 3

PHOENIX Chad Moeller hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks climbed above .500 for the first time all season with a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

John Patterson worked a career-high 7 2-3 innings for the Diamondbacks, whose four-game winning streak is their longest since ending last season with a four-game sweep against Colorado. Arizona (37-36) has won six of its last seven.

Steve Finley had a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, who beat the Reds for the 13th consecutive time.

Patterson (1-3) gave up three runs on seven hits, one walk and two wild pitches, striking out seven. He finished with a flourish, striking out Jose Guillen before yielding to Eddie Oropesa, who got Ken Griffey Jr., on a called third strike.

Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Reds starter Jimmy Anderson (1-4) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning when he loaded the bases by walking Robby Hammock his second free pass and Finley followed with a two-run bloop double into the gap.

Hammock scored an unearned run on a passed ball by Jason LaRue.

But after that the Reds left-hander retired 15 batters in a row before Lyle Overbay doubled with one out in the seventh. Moeller, the next batter, pulled the first pitch 393 feet into the left field seats.

Anderson allowed five runs and five hits in seven innings.

Cincinnati got within 3-2 in the third when LaRue doubled and scored on Juan Castro's single.

After two outs, Guillen hit an RBI single to center, but the threat ended when first baseman Lyle Overbay cut off Finley's throw from the outfield and tagged Guillen between first and second.

The Reds tied it when Griffey walked, stole second and scored on a double-error catcher Moeller's throw and Finley's miscue in center when he slipped and fell trying to field the ball.

Notes: The Diamondbacks placed OF Danny Bautista (left hamstring) on the 15-day DL and bought the contract of RHP Brady Raggio from Triple-A Tucson. Bautista's disablement is retroactive to Thursday. ... Reds batters lead the majors with 622 strikeouts, on pace to set a franchise record for futility for a third straight year. The team's hitters fanned 1,172 times in 2001 and topped that with 1,188 last year. ... Griffey started for the first time in five games because of a sore hip. ... Patterson's previous high was 7 1-3 innings vs. San Diego last July 25.



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