Plunk!: Biggio sets record for Astros

Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2005

DENVER — Craig Biggio homered and set the modern record for being hit by pitches, and Roy Oswalt pitched seven scoreless innings for his fourth straight win to lift the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies 7-1 Wednesday.

Biggio was hit on the left elbow in the fourth inning by Byung-Hyun Kim (2-7), breaking Don Baylor's post-1900 record of 267.

Oswalt (10-7) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one. Morgan Ensberg hit his 20th homer, Jason Lane added his 13th and the Astros stole six bases as they won for the seventh time in nine games.

Kim (2-7) gave up three runs — two earned — six hits and three walks in five innings.

Cubs 3, Brewers 2

CHICAGO — The Cubs extended their winning streak to four in Kerry Wood's return, getting an RBI single in the ninth from Todd Hollandsworth against Julio Santana (1-2).

Wood, throwing at up to 97 mph, had not pitched since April 30 because of a strained right shoulder. He allowed one run and two hits in six innings, struck out nine and walked two. Wood left with a 2-1 lead but Lyle Overbay homered off Glendon Rusch in the seventh.

Roberto Novoa (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the five-hitter. Ben Sheets gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

Dodgers 4, Padres 2

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Weaver (7-7) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, and Antonio Perez broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a three-run homer off Darrell May (1-3). Los Angeles won for just the fourth time in 16 games.

Yhency Brazoban worked the ninth for his 15th save, allowing an RBI double to pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney.

Phillies 6, Mets 3

NEW YORK — Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped its five-game losing streak by capitalizing on Kazuhisa Ishii's wildness to beat New York.

Cory Lidle (7-6) tossed seven solid innings in a steady rain, and David Bell drove in two runs to spark the Phillies to only their second win in 10 games.

Ugueth Urbina worked a perfect eighth with two strikeouts, and Billy Wagner got three outs for his 19th save in 21 tries.

Ishii (2-7) set down nine of his first 10 batters, then walked three straight starting the fourth. After Jim Thome struck out, Bell delivered a two-run single for the first hit of the game. Utley was next, and he drove a 2-2 pitch off the lower portion of the right-center scoreboard for his 11th home.

Cardinals 11, Reds 3

ST. LOUIS — Fortified by a cortisone shot to his ailing neck, Larry Walker returned to the St. Louis lineup and hit two-run homers his first two times up in a victory over Cincinnati.

Matt Morris (9-1) worked seven sharp innings, rebounding from his only loss of the year after an 8-0 start, to help the Cardinals win for the fourth time in five games.

Walker, a former NL MVP and three-time batting champion, had the 30th multihomer game of his career and second this season, with both homers coming off Ramon Ortiz (3-6).

Marlins 6, Braves 5, 13 innings

MIAMI — Juan Encarnacion's single to right field with two outs in the 13th inning drove home Miguel Cabrera with the winning run, capping Florida's second comeback of the night against Atlanta.

The Marlins were down to their final strike one batter earlier, before Paul Lo Duca singled to center off Adam Bernero (4-3), the ninth Atlanta pitcher. That brought Luis Castillo home with the tying run, and Encarnacion ended the 4-hour, 43-minute game soon after.

Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 25th home run to lead off the 13th inning against John Riedling (4-1).

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX — Moises Alou and Omar Vizquel each had three hits and combined for three RBIs, helping San Francisco win two in a row for the first time in 11 games.

Vizquel drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh and scored a run, and Alou singled in two runs off Arizona starter Brandon Webb (8-4), who allowed three runs on nine hits in seven innings.

Giants reliever Jason Christiansen (4-1) came on with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth, and got out of the jam by giving up only a sacrifice fly that tied it 2-all. He got the victory after the Giants scored the go-ahead run in the seventh.

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