Sosa's homer gets Cubs past Astros

Posted: Friday, July 02, 2004

CHICAGO Sammy Sosa homered in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

Houston rallied from a 4-0 deficit, tying it when Carlos Beltran hit his second homer of the game and fourth of the series, a three-run shot in the eighth.

But Sosa's long homer to left on the first pitch from Brad Lidge (2-4) helped the Cubs take two of three from the Astros. It was Sosa's 13th of the season and the 552nd of his career.

Mets 7, Reds 6

CINCINNATI Al Leiter pitched seven shutout innings, Shane Spencer hit a three-run homer and New York held on to beat Cincinnati.

Leiter (4-2) gave up only two hits against a lineup missing Ken Griffey Jr. and Sean Casey, showing he's all the way back from the shoulder tendinitis that sidelined him in May. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.70 ERA since returning from the disabled list.

Brewers 10, Rockies 9

DENVER Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double, Victor Santos earned his fifth win in six starts and Milwaukee held off Colorado for its fifth straight victory.

The Brewers led 10-4 heading into the eighth inning, but the Rockies scored five runs off Brooks Kieschnick and Luis Vizcaino.

Phillies 10, Expos 5

PHILADELPHIA Mike Lieberthal hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs and Pat Burrell had three hits and three RBIs for the Phillies.

Randy Wolf pitched seven innings for his first win since April 30, and the Phillies took three of four from the Expos. Wolf (3-3) allowed four runs and five hits, and struck out five. He retired 13 of the last 15 hitters he faced in his second start since returning from the disabled list.

Braves 9, Marlins 1

ATLANTA Andruw Jones hit a three-run double and Eli Marrero followed with a homer during a six-run first inning, leading Atlanta past Florida.

Marrero added a run-scoring single in the seventh and Russ Ortiz (8-6) pitched into the eighth to help the Braves take three of four from the Marlins, who fell one game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.

Dodgers 5, Giants 4

LOS ANGELES Shawn Green homered and doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Giants.

All three times the Giants took the lead, the Dodgers responded in the bottom of the inning against 10-game winner Jason Schmidt to tie it.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 5

PHOENIX Roberto Alomar hit his first grand slam in four years and the Diamondbacks hung on against the Padres.

The slam Alomar's first home run of the season came off Ismael Valdez (6-5) and erased San Diego's 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.

The Diamondbacks, who snapped a club-record 11-game losing streak Wednesday night, split the four-game series with the Padres and won two in a row for the first time since June 10 18 games ago.

The grand slam was the seventh of Alomar's 17-year major league career but his first since Aug. 27, 2000, when he played for Cleveland against Anaheim.

Casey Fossum (2-6) got the victory, giving up three runs on a season-low four hits in six innings. Mike Koplove gave up an RBI single to Sean Burroughs and threw a wild pitch to allow a run to score before finishing for his second save.



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