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Braves survive in Big Apple

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2001

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Braves survived shaky relief pitching from John Rocker's temporary fill-in before scoring six runs in the 11th inning to beat the New York Mets 9-3 Saturday.

Chipper Jones homered in the fifth and hit a two-run double in the 11th off Rick White (1-1). Rafael Furcal had a tiebreaking, RBI infield single in the 11th.

With new closer Steve Karsay not yet activated, manager Bobby Cox used Mike Remlinger to protect a 3-2 lead in the ninth and Desi Relaford hit a tying homer.

Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 5

DENVER -- Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking single off Gabe White (1-4) in the ninth inning and Reggie Sanders followed with a three-run homer off Juan Acevedo.

Luis Gonzalez hit his 32nd homer and went 3-for-4 for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and eight of nine.

Brewers 4, Cubs 0

CHICAGO -- Jamey Wright (7-4) allowed five hits in eight-plus innings to win his career-best fourth straight decision and Curt Leskanic finished without allowing a hit.

Richie Sexson hit a three-run homer off Kevin Tapani (8-4), who lost his third straight start.

Marlins 12, Phillies 1

MIAMI -- Kevin Millar hit a grand slam as Florida routed Philadelphia for the second straight night and pulled within 2 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Phillies.

Cliff Floyd extended his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games with two doubles, a single and three RBIs. Mike Lowell homered for Florida, which won for the eighth time in nine games.

Matt Clement (4-5) worked six innings to earn the victory. Amaury Telemaco (5-4) allowed eight runs and six hits in three innings.

Pirates 7, Expos 4

PITTSBURGH -- Todd Ritchie (3-8), the first pitcher in the Pirates' 115-year history to start a season with eight consecutive losses, allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings to win his third consecutive start.

He also hit an RBI double to spark a six-run fourth inning for the Pirates, who stopped a three-game losing streak. Mike Williams pitched the ninth for his 14th save in as many chances.

Masato Yoshii (2-5) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings.

Astros 9, Reds 3

HOUSTON -- Shane Reynolds surpassed his win total from an injury-interrupted 2000 season and Jeff Bagwell hit a three-run homer to lead Houston over Cincinnati.

Reynolds (8-5) won for the fourth time in his last five starts. He gave up seven hits and struck out eight in his second complete game of the season.

Brian Reith (0-5), who was called up from Triple-A Louisville on May 16, allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks in six innings.

Cardinals 6, Giants 5

ST. LOUIS -- Barry Bonds became the fastest player to 39 home runs, but San Francisco lost to St. Louis on Mike Matheny's RBI single in the ninth inning.

Bonds hit a two-run shot off Darryl Kile in the first inning, getting to 39 homers in 74 games and putting him on a pace to hit 85 homers. Babe Ruth was the previous fastest, doing it in 89 games in 1928.

Padres 6, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES -- Brian Lawrence earned his first major league victory and hit an RBI double as San Diego beat Los Angeles.

Ryan Klesko homered and hit an RBI double to help the Padres end a streak of eight consecutive losing series. They won 9-6 Friday night in the opener of the three-game set.

Lawrence (1-0) threw 96 pitches over 7 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in his first start.



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