Atlanta takes over first place in NL East

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Chipper Jones drove in three runs, and Odalis Perez allowed two earned runs as the Atlanta Braves moved into first place in the NL East with a 10-4 victory over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

The Braves, who trailed the Phillies by eight games on June 1, have won six straight, sweeping the New York Mets and Philadelphia on the road. The nine-time defending division champs are in first place for the first time since beating Cincinnati on opening day.

Mets 5, Cubs 4

CHICAGO -- Joe McEwing hit a two-run homer, and Todd Zeile and Lenny Harris had RBI singles as New York rallied to beat Chicago and snap a six-game losing streak.

The Cubs lost despite two homers from Sammy Sosa. The victory kept the Mets from being swept by the Cubs for the first time since 1992.

Marlins 9, Expos 1

MIAMI -- Jesus Sanchez allowed two hits in eight innings in his first start of the season, and Charles Johnson and Mike Lowell each drove in three runs as Florida beat Montreal.

The Marlins, who have won 10 of their last 13, trail the Atlanta Braves by two games and the Phillies by 1 1/2 games in the NL East.

Pirates 6, Brewers 2

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Schmidt pitched a four-hitter and hit one of the more unlikely homers in the majors this season, leading Pittsburgh past Milwaukee for the third straight night.

Derek Bell, who came in batting .153, hit his fourth homer of the season -- and his third in seven games -- on an 0-2 pitch from Jimmy Haynes (5-9) leading off the sixth.

Dodgers 7, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Paul Lo Duca drove in two runs, including the go-ahead single in the fifth inning, as Los Angeles beat San Francisco for the second straight game.

Barry Bonds hit a two-run double, but failed to homer for the fourth straight game. He leads the majors with 39 home runs and remains one homer away from matching Jimmie Foxx for 10th on the career list with 534.

Reds 3, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Lance Davis pitched eight impressive innings for his first major league win to lead Cincinnati over St. Louis.

Jason LaRue homered for the Reds, who swept the two-game set for their first series sweep in St. Louis since Aug. 14-15, 1998.

Rockies 10, Padres 9

DENVER -- Jeff Cirillo singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres.

Cirillo, Ben Petrick, Todd Walker and pinch-hitter Terry Shumpert homered for the Rockies. Petrick drove in four runs. After the Padres tied it at 9 in the ninth on Phil Nevin's two-out single off Jose Jimenez (4-1), the Rockies struck back.

Diamondbacks 7, Astros 5

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling, supported by Jay Bell's second-inning grand slam, became baseball's first 12-game winner as the Arizona Diamondbacks ended a three-game skid with a victory over the Houston Astros. Schilling (12-2) survived two solo home runs by Moises Alou and one each by Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell.

He gave up five runs on seven hits in his fifth complete game of the season, which leads the majors. He struck out 10 and walked one.

David Dellucci also homered for the Diamondbacks, who snapped Houston's four-game winning streak.

Berkman and Alou homered in all three games of the series. They hit consecutive homers Wednesday night and Monday night. Alou also homered in the ninth and became the National League's leading hitter at .363.

Scott Elarton (4-8) took the loss.

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