Perez, Pirates outduel Pavano, Marlins

Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2004

MIAMI Oliver Perez outpitched All-Star Carl Pavano, and the Pittsburgh Pirates played outstanding defense in a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Florida Marlins.

Perez (5-4) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. Five relievers finished with Jose Mesa getting his 22nd save. He struck out Damion Easley with two on to end the game.

Braves 14, Expos 2

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Jaret Wright pitched six solid innings, Andruw Jones homered twice and drove in five runs.

Both Jones and J.D. Drew went 4-for-4 and homered in the sixth inning as the Braves swept the three-game series and won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Brewers 4, Cubs 0

MILWAUKEE Doug Davis pitched eight innings, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer and Milwaukee completed a rare three-game sweep of Chicago.

Davis (9-6) struck out a career-high nine and allowed just four hits and two walks. All-Star Carlos Zambrano (9-4) allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.

Cardinals 4, Reds 2

ST. LOUIS All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin's second error of the season led to the go-ahead run, and Reggie Sanders' seventh-inning single was decisive for St. Louis.

Jim Edmonds homered to help the Cardinals sweep the three-game series and reach 6-0 on their homestand.

Mets 10, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA Mike Cameron homered twice and Steve Trachsel pitched seven solid innings for New York.

Kaz Matsui had four hits, Cameron had three RBIs and Cliff Floyd and Ty Wigginton also homered among a season-high 18 hits for New York, which has won five of six games at Citizens Bank Park.

Giants 8, Rockies 4

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit his 681st homer and the Giants snapped a four-game losing streak.

Kirk Rueter (5-6) pitched 6 1-3 innings, and Pedro Feliz had three RBIs.

Astros 5, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO Roy Oswalt pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run homer and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Oswalt (8-6) won his fourth straight start and improved to 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA against San Diego. He allowed six hits and one run with six strikeouts and Oswalt did not allow a runner to reach third until the seventh inning.

Dodgers 11, Diamondbacks 0

LOS ANGELES Kazuhisa Ishii pitched his first career one-hitter and Alex Cora capped a six-run first inning with a three-run homer in the Dodgers' fifth straight victory.

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