Braves take seventh straight since trading Rocker

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2001

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves won their seventh in a row since trading John Rocker, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday night when Javy Lopez hit a grand slam in the 10th inning off Armando Benitez.

Lopez homered twice and set a career high with five RBIs.

Phillies 6, Marlins 5, 1st game

Phillies 8, Marlins 7, 2nd game

PHILADELPHIA -- Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a doubleheader sweep of the Florida Marlins.

The Phillies, who had lost five of their previous six games in falling out of first place in the NL East, won the opener behind Doug Glanville's three hits.

The sweep left the Phillies and Atlanta tied for the division lead.

Reds 5, Cubs 2

CINCINNATI -- Alex Ochoa went 5-for-5 and Elmer Dessens and six relievers combined to give the Cincinnati Reds a rain-soaked victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs have lost five of their last seven games because of a dormant offense. The NL Central leaders have scored only 16 runs during the slump.

Pirates 1, Brewers 0

PITTSBURGH -- Todd Ritchie (4-8) pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision following an 0-8 start, and Pittsburgh swept a four-game series for the first time since 1997.

John Vander Wal, hitless in 12 at-bats and in a 1-for-31 slump, doubled off Jamey Wright (7-5) in the second inning to drive in the only run as Ritchie and two relievers combined on the Pirates' fifth shutout.

Dodgers 7, Padres 4

SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn was greeted with a standing ovation hours after announcing he'll retire at season's end, then watched his San Diego Padres lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers on three solo homers in the eighth inning.

The crowd of 21,221 stood and cheered after a video tribute to the 20-year veteran was shown before the Padres batted in the second inning.

Gwynn, who's been sidelined since May 10 with a strained right hamstring, came of the dugout and tipped his cap.

Six innings later, the Dodgers struck on long homers by Gary Sheffield, Shawn Green and Adrian Beltre off reliever Rudy Seanez.

Seanez (0-1) became the sixth Padres pitcher to allow three homers in the same inning.

Giovanni Carrara (1-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and earned his first victory since Aug. 23, 1996. Jeff Shaw pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

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