Thome tears it up for Phillies

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2004

MONTREAL Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 24th home run and Kevin Millwood won for the first time in eight starts, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Thome homered off Sun-woo Kim (3-3) to lead off the second. Mike Lieberthal and David Bell also had solo shots for Philadelphia.

Millwood (5-5) pitched 6 1-3 effective innings for his first win since May 11. He allowed two runs and five hits, including Orlando Cabrera's RBI single in the first and Jose Vidro's solo homer in the sixth.

Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Marlins 6, Braves 0

MIAMI Brad Penny pitched six innings, Jeff Conine homered for the first time in more than a month and Florida beat slumping Atlanta.

The Braves have lost six of their last seven games to fall six games under .500 for the first time since 1990.

Penny (7-5) allowed four hits and struck out seven to win for the first time in five starts, and Conine had a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Juan Pierre and Hee Seop Choi also had homers against John Thomson (5-6).

Cardinals 10, Cubs 9

ST. LOUIS So Taguchi scored the go-ahead run on Paul Bako's passed ball in the eighth inning.

The Cardinals improved to 28-8 at home against the Cubs since the start of the 2000 season. Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals, his 20th.

Todd Walker homered and had four hits for Chicago.

Steve Kline (2-1) retired the last five batters to beat Mike Remlinger (0-1).

Reds 6, Mets 4

NEW YORK Cincinnati's Sean Casey hit his second two-run homer, in the 12th inning, and finished with five hits.

Wily Mo Pena and D'Angelo Jimenez also connected for the Reds, who snapped New York's season-high five-game winning streak. Mike Matthews (2-1) pitched a hitless 11th, and Danny Graves got three outs for his 28th save.

With two outs in the 12th, Juan Castro doubled off John Franco (1-4) before Casey hit his 100th career homer.

Pirates 7, Astros 2

HOUSTON Ryan Vogelsong allowed two hits in six innings to win for the first time in 12 starts, and Jason Kendall hit his first career grand slam to lead Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 17 games at Houston.

Vogelsong (2-7) walked three and struck out three. Loser Munro (1-1) gave up four runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Rockies 3, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE Starter Shawn Estes had a run-scoring double, and reliever Shawn Chacon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning for his 14th save to help Colorado end an eight-game road losing streak.

Estes (8-3) allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings and Aaron Miles had a two-run single in the three-run third for the Rockies. Chacon relieved to start the ninth and loaded the bases with one out before retiring Lyle Overbay and Brady Clark.

The Rockies did all their scoring in the third, when Estes doubled off Chris Capuano (2-3).

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3

SAN DIEGO David Wells outpitched Randy Johnson in a matchup of perfect-game lefties but got a no-decision when the Padres blew a one-run lead.

Terrence Long then homered in the ninth to hand Arizona its season-high sixth straight loss. Long beat Elmer Dessens (1-5) with a homer his first off the right-field foul pole.

Johnson failed to become the majors' first 10-game winner, leaving after seven innings. Wells allowed two runs in seven innings.

Winner Akinori Otsuka (5-2) blew a save chance, allowing a run on three hits in the ninth.

Giants 3, Dodgers 2

SAN FRANCISCO Ray Durham hit a bases-loaded triple and Jerome Williams pitched six strong innings in the Giants' fifth straight victory. The Giants increased their NL West lead to 1 1/2 games with their third straight win over their fiercest rivals.

Durham has missed half the season with several injuries, but the Giants' leadoff hitter cleared the bases in the second inning with a triple to the gap in right-center field.

Durham then stood on the base and applauded his sixth hit in 11 at-bats against the Dodgers during the series.

Both benches cleared in the fifth inning when Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver collided with Michael Tucker while applying a tag in front of first base. Weaver charged toward Tucker, who poked his finger in Weaver's face but no punches were thrown, and there were no ejections.

Adrian Beltre had four hits for the Dodgers, who took their fourth loss in five games.



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