Colon starts strong

Pitcher wins first start after trade to Expos

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon won in his first start since coming over from Cleveland, and Fernando Tatis hit a go-ahead grand slam as the Montreal Expos beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Tuesday night.

Michael Barrett also homered for second-place Montreal, which pulled within 8 1/2 games of the Braves in the NL East. Atlanta lost for just the second time in 13 games.

The Indians sent Colon, pitcher Tim Drew and cash to the Expos last week for first baseman Lee Stevens and three minor leaguers. In 16 starts with Cleveland, Colon was 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA and won his last three starts.

He didn't miss a beat in his first appearance ever against Atlanta. Colon gave up two runs in the first -- one earned -- and then held the Braves scoreless over his final six innings to pick up his first NL victory. He allowed just five hits and struck out six.

Mets 12, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeromy Burnitz had two hits and three RBIs, and Mo Vaughn added two hits and two RBIs to lead the New York Mets to a victory over Philadelphia.

Pedro Astacio (8-3) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings to win for just the second time since May 14. He is only 2-1 in his last eight starts despite giving up three earned runs or fewer in six of those outings.

Astros 6, Reds 5

CINCINNATI -- Lance Berkman homered on his first two swings, driving in five runs, and Gregg Zaun hit a 10th-inning sacrifice fly that gave Houston a win over Cincinnati.

Berkman's two homers put the Astros up 5-1 in the third, but Austin Kearns had a career-high four hits and Adam Dunn hit a solo homer as the Reds tied it at 5 in the sixth inning.

Brewers 12, Pirates 6

PITTSBURGH -- Ruben Quevedo limited Pittsburgh to three runs over 6 2-3 innings and drove in three runs with a pair of hits as Milwaukee batted around twice to beat Pittsburgh.

Quevedo (4-6) came into the game hitting .038 this season and had only two career RBIs in three seasons before contributing a two-run single to a five-run Brewers first and another RBI single in the fifth.

Marlins 9, Cubs 7

MIAMI -- Cliff Floyd had three hits, including a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, and Florida defeated Chicago.

Sammy Sosa hit his 28th homer of the season for the Cubs, who have lost seven of eight.

Floyd had a pair of singles to go along with his solo shot that broke a 5-all tie. He finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Tom Gordon made his first appearance for the Cubs since Sept. 5., striking out two in a scoreless eighth. His second strikeout was the 1,500th of his career.

Cardinals 11, Padres 5

ST. LOUIS -- Placido Polanco had three hits, including his fourth home run in 10 games, and three RBIs as St. Louis overcame another shaky outing from Bud Smith to beat San Diego

Smith, who no-hit the Padres last September as a rookie, is 0-5 in eight starts this year with an 7.18 ERA and is winless since Sept. 22, 2001. Handed a 6-1 lead after two innings, he failed to get an out in the fifth inning as the Padres closed the gap to one run.

Giants 18, Rockies 5

DENVER -- Damon Minor, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Reggie Sanders each homered twice to tie a major league record as San Francisco routed Colorado.

The Giants became the 16th team to have three players with multiple homers in a game and didn't need any from Barry Bonds to do it.

Minnesota was the last team with three players to have at least two homers in a game, on July 12, 2001, against Milwaukee. The 10 combined home runs between the two teams tied a Coors Field record, which had happened four other times.

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX -- Brian Jordan hit a two-run double and scored on the same play, injuring Arizona starter Rick Helling, as Los Angeles dominated Arizona again.

Paul Lo Duca continued to exact revenge against Arizona manager Bob Brenly for his All-Star snub, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the first inning. Cesar Izturis hit a solo shot in the eighth and Eric Karros homered in the ninth as the Dodgers romped to a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL West.

Omar Daal (7-3) allowed just three hits and only one runner past second base in five innings despite a season-high four walks. Giovanni Carrara worked three innings and Guillermo Mota pitched the ninth to finish the four-hitter.

Helling (7-6) hurt his right ankle covering home plate after Jordan's double in the sixth inning.



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