Dunn polishes off Cardinals for Reds

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005


  Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson leaps over Washington Nationals' Jose Guillen for an eighth-inning double play Wednesday, June 22, 2005, in Pittsburgh. Nationals' Nick Johnson was out at first after grounding to Pirates second baseman Jose Castillo. The Nationals beat the Pirates, 5-4. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson leaps over Washington Nationals' Jose Guillen for an eighth-inning double play Wednesday, June 22, 2005, in Pittsburgh. Nationals' Nick Johnson was out at first after grounding to Pirates second baseman Jose Castillo. The Nationals beat the Pirates, 5-4.

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn led off two straight innings with home runs and the Cincinnati Reds overpowered slumping Mark Mulder before holding on for a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Dunn moved into a tie for the NL lead with his 19th and 20th home runs to help the Reds improve to 2-0 under interim manager Jerry Narron, who was promoted from bench coach on Tuesday to replace the fired Dave Miley.

Astros 6, Rockies 2

HOUSTON — Roger Clemens pitched seven strong innings for his 334th win, Morgan Ensberg hit a three-run homer and Houston completed a three-game sweep of Colorado.

Clemens (6-3) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out four and walked two, lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.51. The Rocket, ninth on the career wins list, has won three straight decisions for the first time this season.

Ensberg hit the go-ahead homer in the third. The Astros scored three more runs in the seventh with the help of some terrible Colorado defense, and John Franco and Russ Springer combined to pitch two scoreless innings for Houston's fifth win in six games.

Nationals 5, Pirates 4

PITTSBURGH — Brian Schneider's softly hit go-ahead single in the eighth inning barely traveled 150 feet in a game featuring mostly long home runs, and Washington came back after squandering an early lead to beat Pittsburgh.

Jose Guillen had his second two-homer game in the three-game series as the teams combined for five homers in the first three innings, helping the Pirates take a 4-2 lead that starter Josh Fogg couldn't hold.

Hector Carrasco (3-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory, the Nationals' second in the series. Mike Gonzalez (0-3) took the loss after walking Ryan Church and Junior Spivey in succession with two outs in the eighth, ahead of Schneider's opposite-field single into short left field.

Braves 8, Marlins 0

ATLANTA — Andruw Jones hit his NL-leading 21st homer, a two-run shot, and Braves starter Horacio Ramirez (6-4) pitched five shutout innings before leaving with a strained groin.

Jones has hit nine homers in the last 11 games, a streak that began with a two-homer game on June 11 against Oakland. He also hit a home run in the Braves' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night.

Adam LaRoche added a homer, his eighth, in the sixth and rookie Kelly Johnson had three hits as Atlanta won for the fifth time in the last six games.

Florida has lost four of its last five games to fall to .500 (34-34) for the first time since they were 6-6.

Brian Moehler (2-5) gave up six hits and four runs while walking four in five innings.

Phillies 8, Mets 4

PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley had a go-ahead RBI single in a six-run seventh inning, Jim Thome homered and Kenny Lofton had a three-run double for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in eight games.

Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza homered for the Mets, who have lost 10 of 13.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 0

SAN FRANCISCO — Jason Schmidt pitched eight dominant innings to win consecutive starts for just the second time all season, and the Giants defeated Arizona.

Ray Durham moved back to the leadoff spot and hit an RBI single and scored a run, and Moises Alou had three hits, an RBI and a run as the Giants won for the second time in their last five games.

Dodgers 6, Padres 4

SAN DIEGO — Jayson Werth had a tying homer among his three hits, and Olmedo Saenz had three hits and scored three runs as Los Angeles snapped its season-high eight-game losing streak.

Yhency Brazoban pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances. It came one day after the Dodgers announced All-Star closer Eric Gagne will have season-ending surgery on Friday to fix a sprained ligament in his right elbow. Gagne pitched in just 14 games this season, going 1-0 with eight saves.

NL West-leading San Diego had its four-game winning streak snapped, and lost for the 13th time in 20 games this month.

Rookie D.J. Houlton (3-1) went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Brewers 9, Cubs 4

MILWAUKEE — Carlos Lee hit two home runs, including a three-run shot during an eight-run second inning.

Lee added a solo shot in the seventh for his 19th homer. The NL leader with 64 RBIs has two multihomer games this season.

Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the second and knocked out Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano (4-4). The right-hander, who has just one victory in his last eight starts, lasted a career-low 1 2-3 innings and gave up a career-high eight earned runs and seven hits.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis (9-6) won for the fifth time in seven starts and matched a career high with nine strikeouts. The left-hander allowed six hits, one walk and three earned runs in 6 2-3 innings as the Brewers won for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Davis also collected the first double, RBI and run of his career in the second.

Lee, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, led off the second with a single and scored the first run of the game on a bloop single to center field by Rickie Weeks.

Davis, batting .069 on the season, hit a two-run double down the right-field line to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead. Brady Clark followed with a two-run single to right, and Lee's three-run homer to left capped the outburst.

Davis allowed just one hit in the first five innings and retired 11 batters in a row before Chicago scored three times in the sixth.

Reliever Richard Hill, who did not allow a hit and struck out six in 4 1-3 innings, singled with one out for his first career hit. He scored on a two-out double by Neifi Perez, and Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez also added run-scoring doubles to cut the deficit to 8-3.

Notes: Lee has 33 RBIs in his last 33 games against Chicago. ... Cubs 2B Jerry Hairston made a diving play on a groundball by Carlos Lee for the first out in the fifth and also made a nice play to end the inning. Geoff Jenkins hit a groundball off Derrek Lee's glove that Hairston caught with his bare hand and then threw to Hill covering first base. ... Jenkins struck out twice in the second inning. ... The Brewers have outscored opponents 42-15 in the second. ... Zambrano allowed a career-high nine hits in his last start against the New York Yankees.

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