Cameron's glaring error helps Reds top Mets

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2004

NEW YORK Mike Cameron lost Ken Griffey Jr.'s bases-loaded fly ball to center field in the sun, allowing three runs to score in a five-run seventh inning as the Cincinnati Reds rallied past the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday.

Cameron's error foiled a strong start by Tom Glavine (7-4), who leads the major leagues with a 2.11 ERA. Glavine allowed three runs two earned on nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Cory Lidle (5-5) allowing two runs and nine hits in eight innings, striking out seven and walking none.

Jose Reyes hit his first homer of the season in the fifth.

Expos 3, Phillies 2

MONTREAL Tony Armas Jr. (1-2) pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in 14 months and Tony Batista hit a two-run homer.

Armas had season-ending shoulder surgery in May 2003 and missed the first two months of this season while recovering from a strained right rotator cuff. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven.

Chad Cordero pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Batista homered off Eric Milton (9-2) in the fourth to put Montreal up 2-0. Milton allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Rockies 3, Brewers 0

MILWAUKEE Mark Sweeney hit a two-run homer to help last-place Colorado win its second road series of the season.

Aaron Cook (2-2) won for the first time in four starts, allowing eight hits, all singles, in eight innings. Shawn Chacon finished for his 15th save.

Ben Sheets (6-5) struck out 10, reaching double digits for the fourth time season. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Astros 3, Pirates 2

HOUSTON Roger Clemens became the first 10-game winner in the majors on a big night for the Astros.

During the game, Houston acquired star center fielder Carlos Beltran from Kansas City as part of a three-way trade that also sent reliever Octavio Dotel from the Astros to Oakland.

Clemens (10-2) earned his 320th win, moving within four of Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for 12th place on the career list. The Rocket allowed two runs one earned and four hits in seven innings. He also had four strikeouts, giving him 4,200 for his career second only to Ryan's 5,714.

Morgan Ensberg went 2-for-3 with the go-ahead RBI in the seventh and scored twice.

Pittsburgh starter Sean Burnett (1-1), only 20 months old when Clemens made his major league debut with Boston in 1984, fared well in his third major league start but couldn't get the win.

The 21-year-old right hander went seven innings, allowing only three runs on five hits.

Braves 9, Marlins 4

MIAMI Chipper Jones, J.D. Drew and Nick Green drove in two runs apiece for Atlanta, which avoid being swept in a series for the first time this season.

Drew doubled twice and tripled as Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak. The Braves roughed up Dontrelle Willis and won for just the second time in eight games.

Willis (6-5), last year's NL Rookie of the Year, allowed seven hits and six runs in four innings. He gave up nine hits and seven runs in his last outing against Texas.

Mike Hampton (2-7) settled down after a shaky first inning and won for the first time in five starts. He gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 0

ST. LOUIS Chris Carpenter threw eight sharp innings and had two hits and an RBI for St. Louis.

The NL Central leaders took two of three from their closest competition, and lead the division by three games after a 7-2 homestand. The Cardinals, who scored all their runs in the fourth with the help of an error by shortstop Rey Ordonez, are 29-8 against the Cubs at Busch Stadium since 2000.

Tony Womack had three hits and an RBI, and Hector Luna and Mike Matheny drove in a run apiece. Womack is batting .384 in June with 13 multihit games.

Carpenter (8-2) Carpenter struck out nine, tying his season best, and walked one. He gave up seven hits before giving way to Jason Isringhausen, who worked a one-hit ninth to finish St. Louis' fourth shutout of the season.

Giants 9, Dodgers 3

SAN FRANCISCO A.J. Pierzynski had two run-scoring doubles, Marquis Grissom homered and the Giants won their sixth straight to complete a four-game sweep of Los Angeles.

The game also featured the second bench-clearing scuffle in two days. San Francisco's Michael Tucker and Dodgers closer Eric Gagne were ejected in the eighth inning for nearly starting a brawl after Tucker dived away from a high pitch by the NL Cy Young Award winner.

Gagne was incensed when learning of his ejection, attempting to charge the umpires gathered at the mound. He flipped the ball over his shoulder toward the mound while leaving the field, then doffed his cap to the San Francisco fans jeering him into the dugout.

Brett Tomko (2-4) returned from the disabled list to pitch six innings of three-hit ball for his first victory since April 28. The Giants won for the 15th time in 16 home games, increasing their lead to 2 1/2 games over Los Angeles in the NL West.

Hideo Nomo (3-9) lost his eighth straight decision for the Dodgers, who have dropped five of six.

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