Phillies regain winning edge

Posted: Sunday, July 03, 2005

PHILADELPHIA — Brett Myers took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the slumping Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Saturday.

Pat Burrell and David Bell homered for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in 13 games.

Myers (6-4) allowed three runs and four hits in 8 1-3 innings. He struck out nine, including seven looking, in his first win since June 4. In his previous two starts, Myers was roughed up for 13 runs and 18 hits in just 7 1-3 innings.

Billy Wagner got the final two outs for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Marlins 7, Mets 3

NEW YORK — Juan Encarnacion had four hits and three RBIs, finally providing some run support for Brian Moehler (3-6).

Pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca added an RBI single in the sixth inning, when Florida took advantage of a key error by fill-in first baseman Jose Offerman and scored four times.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double, but he had an up-and-down performance — appropriately — on his own bobblehead day. The Mets fell back to .500 and last place in the NL East.

Encarnacion has reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances, tying the club record set by Derrek Lee in September 2002.

Nationals 4, Cubs 2

CHICAGO — Jose Guillen homered and Tony Armas won a road start for the first time in more than two years, leading Washington to its fifth straight victory.

Armas (4-4) hadn't won a road start since April 10, 2003 — at Wrigley Field — and had been 0-6 in 10 starts since. He went five-plus innings Saturday, allowing seven hits and two runs.

Chad Cordero pitched a perfect for his major league-leading 29th save. He's converted 26 straight save opportunities.

Batting .381 entering the game, Chicago's Derrek Lee continued his remarkable first half with three more hits, including his 25th homer, a triple and a single. Needing a double to hit for the cycle, Lee flied to center in the eighth inning.

Astros 4, Reds 3, 1st game

Reds 11, Astros 6, 2nd game

CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer, and Felipe Lopez fell a double short of the cycle Cincinnati earned a doubleheader split and snapped a six-game losing streak.

A throwing error by Houston starter Ezequiel Astacio led to four unearned runs and helped the Reds rebound from a 4-3 loss in the opener of the doubleheader, forced by a rainout Thursday night.

Adam Everett homered for the second time in two games and the Astros rallied three times for the Game 1 victory.

Houston rookie starter Wandy Rodriguez (4-3) recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in his career and Reds starter Aaron Harang (4-7) fell to 0-5 in his last six starts.

In the nightcap, Ramon Ortiz (4-6) allowed six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Astacio (0-4) gave up seven runs, three earned, and 11 hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 5

LOS ANGELES — Jose Cruz Jr. hit one of four solo homers off Derek Lowe, and added an RBI double as Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak.

Arizona left fielder Luis Gonzalez preserved the victory by diving into the stands to catch Jason Phillips' bid for a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth.

The win was just the fifth in 16 games for the Diamondbacks, while the Dodgers lost for the 13th time in 18 games.

The four homers were the most Lowe (5-9) has given up in 414 major league appearances — 138 starts.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

MILWAUKEE — Rickie Weeks homered late to snap a tie for the second straight game, hitting a two-run shot in the eighth to give Milwaukee a victory.

Weeks, the Brewers' top draft pick in 2003, hit a three-run home run in the seventh on Friday night with the score tied at 4 and Milwaukee went on to beat Pittsburgh 8-4.

On Saturday, Weeks ruined a sparkling major-league debut for Pittsburgh left-hander Zach Duke, who gave up three runs on five hits while striking out nine in seven innings.

Salomon Torres (2-4) relieved Duke in the eighth and gave up Weeks' 419-foot drive into the left-field bleachers.

Rockies 3, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS — Jamey Wright pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Brad Hawpe's two-run single in the sixth broke up a scoreless game, leading Colorado over St. Louis.

The Rockies have taken two of the first three games in the four-game series against the team with the NL's best record, moving into position for their first road series win of the year.

Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 14 games for the Cardinals, who are 5-4 on this homestand with one game to go.

Wright (5-8) allowed an unearned run in 6 1-3 innings, ending a three-game losing streak. Brian Fuentes worked the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Jason Marquis (8-6) held the Rockies to two hits through five innings before Colorado broke through with a two-out, two-run rally in the sixth.

Padres 5, Giants 3

SAN DIEGO — Eric Young had three hits, an RBI and a run in his first game in nearly three months, and Ben Johnson had a two-run double for his first big league hit to lead the San Diego Padres.

The Giants had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Young was activated from the 60-day disabled list earlier Saturday. He dislocated his right shoulder in the home opener on April 7 when he crashed into the center field fence while making a catch.

Batting leadoff and playing second base, Young singled and scored in the four-run third, then hit an RBI single in the fourth. He doubled to left in the seventh, missing a homer by just inches.

With Brian Giles starting in center field in place of injured Dave Roberts, Johnson made his first big league start in right. With runners on first and second and none out in the second, Johnson grounded into a double play. With the bases loaded and two outs in the third, he doubled to left to give the Padres a 4-1 lead.

Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Portland last Sunday when first baseman Phil Nevin was put on the disabled list. He made his major league debut that day as a defensive replacement in left field.

Woody Williams (4-5) held the Giants to four hits and two runs in six innings. He struck out three and walked two. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances, and the 415th of his career.

The Padres had five hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt off Jeff Fassero (1-6) in the third. Fassero lasted only four innings, allowing five runs and nine hits, striking out two and walking one.

Damian Jackson singled to right to open the third and was sacrificed by Williams. Young hit a single that kicked off third baseman Pedro Feliz's glove and bounced over the head of shortstop Omar Vizquel into left field. Khalil Greene hit an RBI single that fell in just in front of center fielder Alex Sanchez, and Giles followed with a single to center to load the bases. Robert Fick walked with one out to force in the go-ahead run, and Johnson followed with his double.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first on Ray Durham's bloop single to left that scored J.T. Snow. They closed the gap on Moises Alou's sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI double in the eighth by Snow, who had three hits.

Notes: Reliever Paul Quantrill is due to join the Padres on Sunday. Designated for assignment Thursday by the New York Yankees, Quantrill was acquired for struggling pitchers Darrell May and Tim Redding, plus cash. Activating Young filled one roster spot, and the Padres filled the other by recalling reliever Brian Falkenborg from Triple-A Portland. To make room for Quantrill, the Padres likely will put Roberts on the DL due to a sore knee.

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