Gagne start new streak in 4-1 win

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2004

LOS ANGELES One night later, Eric Gagne started a new streak, pitching a scoreless ninth to save the Dodgers' 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Gagne, whose major league-record streak of 84 consecutive saves ended when he blew a 5-3 lead in the Dodgers' 10-inning, 6-5 victory Monday night, retired Quinton McCracken and Robby Hammock before Roberto Alomar singled. But Gagne struck out pinch-hitter Tim Olson to end it, earning his 22nd save in 23 chances.

Jose Lima (7-3) allowed a run and seven hits and struck out five as Los Angeles won for the fourth straight time.

Beltre triggered a three-run sixth with his 22nd home run, homering off Casey Fossum (2-7) for a 2-1 lead.

Braves 1, Expos 0

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Russ Ortiz pitched seven scoreless innings to put the Atlanta Braves over .500 for the first time in nearly a month.

Atlanta (42-41) has won nine of 12 since June 24, when the Braves were 32-38. They last had a winning record at 29-28 on June 9.

After allowing back-to-back singles to Brad Wilkerson and Endy Chavez to start the game, Ortiz (9-6) retired 14 of the next 16 batters.

He pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Marlins 6, Pirates 3

MIAMI The Pittsburgh Pirates' 10-game winning streak ended, with Alex Gonzalez hitting a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning.

Pittsburgh's winning streak was its longest since an 11-game streak from Sept. 12-22, 1996.

NL Rookie of the Year Dontrelle Willis remained winless in four starts since June 13 despite allowing just one run and five hits in six innings.

Trailing 3-2, Florida rallied in the seventh against Mark Corey (0-2), who walked Hee Seop Choi leading off and allowed Miguel Cabrera's tying double to right-center.

Corey walked two before Salomon Torres relieved. One out later. Gonzalez homered on an 0-2 pitch.

Mets 4, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA Al Leiter pitched seven solid innings and Kaz Matsui went 3-for-5, leading New York past Philadelphia.

Leiter (5-2) won for the fourth time in six starts and helped the Mets pull within two games of the NL East-leading Phillies. New York has won five of its last six.

After allowing two singles in the ninth, Braden Looper struck out Placido Polanco to get his 17th save in 19 chances.

Richard Hidalgo went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs for the Mets, though his team-record streak of homers in consecutive games ended at five.

Cardinals 5, Reds 3

ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds homered and saved one with his glove, and Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning for St. Louis.

Matt Morris (9-6) overcame a shaky second to work seven solid innings for St. Louis (51-32), which won its fifth straight to improve the NL's best record.

The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 30-8 in the first five games of a nine-game homestand. They have won 12 of their last 14 at home, including seven straight.

Reggie Sanders, 5-for-8 as a pinch-hitter, doubled off Gabe White (0-1) to start the seventh and scored on Renteria's fifth homer.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2

MILWAUKEE Keith Ginter hit a two-run homer off Mark Prior (2-2) and Victor Santos (8-3) won for the sixth time in seven starts, allowing two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Milwaukee is 43-38, its first winning record at the halfway point since 1998. Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

After Ginter's homer, Prior struck out eight of the next 13 batters before being lifted for a pinch-hitter leading off the fifth.

Padres 5, Astros 3

SAN DIEGO Brian Giles and Mark Loretta hit solo home runs to lead San Diego to its eighth straight home win.

Terrence Long hit a two-run double in the first inning to spark the NL West leaders, who have won five in a row overall and 12 of their last 15.

Houston has lost three straight, dropping nine games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

Ismael Valdez (7-5) combined with four relievers on a five-hitter, winning for the second time in six starts. Valdez allowed three runs two earned and four hits in five innings.

Blaine Neal, Scott Linebrink, Akinori Otsuka pitched one inning each before Trevor Hoffman threw a hitless ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Rockies 8, Giants 6

SAN FRANCISCO Jeromy Burnitz homered and drove in three runs, including a go-ahead single in the ninth.

Burnitz singled off Jason Christiansen (1-2) with two outs. Christiansen hit Larry Walker with a pitch and walked Matt Holliday ahead of Burnitz. Charles Johnson added an RBI single.

Tim Harikkala (2-1) pitched the eighth. Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 25 chances, walking Barry Bonds and Dustan Mohr with one out before A.J. Pierzynski popped up and Marquis Grissom hit a grounder to second to end it.

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