Red-hot Atlanta wins for 11th time in 12 games

Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2002

ATLANTA -- Matt Franco hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, and Atlanta's bullpen pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Braves past the Montreal Expos 7-5 Monday night.

Atlanta won for the 11th time in 12 games to push its lead in the NL East to 9 1/2 games over the Expos, who lost their third straight.

Kerry Ligtenberg (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. He replaced Tom Glavine, who left the game in the third with a blister on his index finger.

Phillies 6, Mets 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Duckworth pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and Travis Lee homered and drove in four runs as Philadelphia defeated New York

Duckworth (5-5) was masterful at the start, retiring the side in order in five of the first six innings. Tony Tarasco and pinch-hitter Jay Payton hit solo homers in the Mets eighth, chasing Duckworth and making it 6-3.

Mesa closed out the game for his 21st save in 25 chances.

Brewers 2, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH -- Alex Sanchez broke up Kip Wells' no-hit bid with one out in the eighth inning, and Jamey Wright pitched a three-hitter as Milwaukee shut out Pittsburgh.

Wright (2-6) held the Pirates to three singles as he won for the first time since beating San Diego on May 24. It was his second shutout and first this season. He struck out four and walked four.

Wells (9-5) struck out Wright for the first out of the eighth before Sanchez lined an 0-1 pitch over third baseman Aramis Ramirez for a single. He allowed the two hits, three walks and hit a batter, He struck out five.

Cardinals 7, Padres 3

ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams hit his second career home run and won for the fourth time in five starts as St. Louis beat San Diego.

Jim Edmonds, Miguel Cairo and Albert Pujols also homered off rookie Oliver Perez, 20, the youngest player in the major leagues. Williams and Cairo hit consecutive homers in the third.

Williams (6-3) gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings in 96-degree weather with seven strikeouts and two walks. He homered to right off Perez's first pitch of the third, his first homer since connecting off Kirk Rueter July 20, 2000, at San Francisco.

Reds 7, Astros 5

CINCINNATI -- Jimmy Haynes went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and pitched six strong innings to help Cincinnati defeat Houston.

The Reds won for the fifth time in six games, taking advantage of Astros starter Carlos Hernandez (5-4), who struggled with his control and failed to make it out of the second inning.

Haynes, a career .131 hitter, drove in a run with squeeze bunt that third baseman Jose Vizcaino couldn't field cleanly, a run-scoring double and a single.

Marlins 11, Cubs 1

MIAMI -- Michael Tejera allowed one run over seven innings and drove in two runs to help his cause as Florida routed Chicago.

Tejera (4-1) won his third straight start, striking out a career-high nine.

After homering in his last start against Philadelphia, Tejera went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles as the Mrlins won for only the third time in their last nine games.

Giants 8, Rockies 6

DENVER -- Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning as San Francisco rallied for a victory over Colorado.

Colorado led 6-5 after eight innings, but closer Jose Jimenez (2-5) hit leadoff hitter David Bell and Ramon Martinez followed with a single.

Kent then hit Jimenez's first pitch to left field for his 14th of the season.

Kent had three hits and is 13-for-24 with 15 RBIs since moving from cleanup to the third spot in the lineup five days ago.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX -- Hideo Nomo outpitched Randy Johnson and also hit a go-ahead double as Los Angeles beat Arizona to extend their NL West lead to 2 1/2 games.

Paul Lo Duca, left off the NL All-Star roster by Arizona manager Bob Brenly, had a double and RBI single. All four Dodgers runs came with two outs.

Eric Gagne recorded his 30th save, reaching the mark in record time. Gagne's 30th save came in the Dodgers' 82nd game. The previous mark was 83 games by Bobby Thigpen with the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and Lee Smith with St. Louis in 1993.

Nomo (9-5) gave up five hits in eight innings to improve to 7-0 in nine starts since May 12.

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