Braves thump Red Sox

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

BOSTON -- Tom Glavine tossed seven shutout innings and Brian Jordan was 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Sunday.

In winning for the first time since June 3 at Pittsburgh, Glavine (7-5) allowed three hits and two walks. He struck out three in pacing the Braves to their 12th victory in last 16 games.

Glavine was 0-2 with four no-decisions in his previous six starts.

He improved his career record to 215-130, moving him past Rick Reuschel and into 75th place for wins in major league history.

Jordan led off the fifth inning with his 11th homer, off Tomo Ohka (2-4), to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Ohka retired the next two hitters, but allowed back-to-back singles to Mark DeRosa and Quilvio Veras. After a balk moved the runners into scoring position, B.J. Surhoff drove both home with a double. Andruw Jones followed with his 19th homer to make it 5-0.

Chipper Jones hit his 25th homer in the ninth.

Marlins 6, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ryan Dempster tied a Marlins record with his 10th win before the All-Star break, allowing four hits in eight innings to snap Florida's' four-game losing streak.

The Devil Rays (27-61) matched the 1962 Cubs (35-61) for the second-most losses ever before the break. The 1962 Mets (24-66) hold the record.

Dempster (10-8) allowed one hit after the third inning -- Jason Tyner's leadoff triple in the fifth. He struck out six and walked three and retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced, including 11 straight before walking Fred McGriff with two outs in the eighth.

Chris Hammond is the only other Marlins pitcher to win 10 games before the All-Star break, going 10-4 in 1993.

Florida scored four runs in the second off Devil Rays starter Joe Kennedy (3-2), who allowed RBI singles to Ryan Thompson and Mike Redmond before Alex Gonzalez hit a run-scoring double for a 3-1 lead.

Luis Castillo finished the Marlins' four-run second with a sac fly. Mike Lowell hit an RBI single off Jeff Wallace in the eighth and Derrek Lee's RBI double off Jesus Colome made it 6-1.

Twins 7, Reds 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke tossed his fifth complete game of the season, and Matt Lawton tied a career high with four hits as Minnesota completed a three-game sweep.

Radke (10-4) tied Curt Schilling for the major league lead in complete games. He allowed three hits, retired his final 20 batters, and did not walk anyone for the fourth consecutive game.

Lawton went 4-for-5, including a solo homer, for his second four-hit game of the season and 11th of his career. Lawton, who scored three runs, is 17-for-28 over his last seven games, with five doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs.

The Twins combined for 12 hits in five innings against Red right-hander Elmer Dessens (6-6), who allowed six runs in five innings. Torii Hunter hit three opposite-field doubles off Dessens, and A.J. Pierzynski had three singles.

The AL Central-leading Twins (55-32) have won 13 of their last 15 heading into the All-Star break. They were 38-52 at the break last season and did not win their 55th game until Aug. 15.

The Reds have lost seven of their last eight.

Tigers 9, Cubs 6

DETROIT -- Juan Encarnacion drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, as Detroit overcame Sammy Sosa's two two-run homers.

Sosa raised his homer total to 29 with shots in the third and fifth innings, but the Cubs' three-game winning streak still ended.

With the score 6-6, Robert Fick led off the Tigers' seventh by drawing a walk from Felix Heredia. Tony Clark followed with a bloop single, and Shane Halter beat out a bunt single when second baseman Eric Young failed to cover first base.

Former Tigers pitcher Todd Van Poppel came on for Heredia, and Encarnacion greeted him with a single past a drawn-in infield to make it 7-6.

Jeff Fassero relieved, but pinch-hitter Wendell Magee rapped a two-run single up the middle to make it 9-6.

Todd Jones (4-5) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh, while Heredia (2-1) took the loss, allowing three runs without recording an out.

Matt Anderson pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Blue Jays 9, Expos 3

TORONTO -- Carlos Delgado went 2-for-3, including his 24th home run, and Raul Mondesi drove in three runs for Toronto.

Rookie Cesar Izturis singled, doubled, and hit an RBI triple for the Blue Jays, who improved to 16-9 against their Canadian counterparts.

Izturis, making his 10th straight start at second base since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on June 23, went 3-for-4 with a run scored, improving his average to .313.

Delgado had two RBIs and two walks, and improved his average to .253. Delgado hit .363 with 28 homers and 80 RBIs before last year's All-Star break.

Orlando Cabrera homered for the Expos, who fell to 37-51.

Toronto starter Chris Michalak (6-6) won for the first time since May 26 -- a span of eight starts. Michalak allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings.

Montreal starter Tony Armas Jr. (7-8) lost his third straight start. Armas allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings.

White Sox 9, Pirates 2

CHICAGO -- Jose Canseco hit two homers, and Sean Lowe scattered six hits over a career-high eight innings for Chicago.

Carlos Lee added a two-run homer, and Royce Clayton hit a three-run triple for the White Sox, 4-6 on their homestand.

Lowe (4-1) allowed one run and walked none for his first win this season as a starter -- and second of his career. Lowe had a 6.99 ERA in 11 career starts coming in.

Todd Ritchie (5-9) allowed all nine runs -- five earned -- on 12 hits in seven innings.

It was Canseco's 35th multihomer game in the majors.

Cardinals 4, Indians 3

CLEVELAND -- Edgar Renteria did it to Cleveland again, hitting an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning off John Rocker to give St. Louis the victory.

Renteria, who singled home Florida's winning run in the 11th inning of Game 7 in 1997 World Series against the Indians, drove in pinch-runner Eli Marrero from second as the Cardinals salvaged the series finale.

Craig Paquette homered for the Cardinals, who won for the first time in five tries at Jacobs Field.

The Indians finished a season-long, 10-game homestand at 4-6, leaving them 49-36 and in second place behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

Rocker (2-2), who blew a save Thursday night against Boston, started the ninth and quickly got ahead of Mike Matheny 0-2 before walking him and Kerry Robinson sacrificed.

Rocker then went to a 1-2 count to Fernando Vina before walking him, and had two strikes on Renteria before he bounced his single through the left side.

Mike Timlin (3-4) pitched the final 1 2-3 innings for the win.

Mark McGwire, who came into the series in an 0-for-29 slump and then refuted a report he was retiring, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch.

Jim Thome had three more hits for Cleveland and went 7-for-10 with four homers in the series.

Astros 14, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeff Bagwell hit a three-run homer, and Lance Berkman extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a two-run single as Houston beat Kansas City.

The Royals have lost seven straight games, their longest drought since a nine-game slump from April 14-23, 2000.

Bagwell, who drove in seven runs Saturday, hit a full-count pitch from Chad Durbin (6-8) over the right-field fence in the third inning for his 21st home run.

Ron Villone (2-3), worked five relief innings to pick up his first victory for the Astros since being acquired in a June 27 trade with Colorado.

Phillies 5, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE -- Travis Lee hit his second game-winning homer in three games, a three-run shot off Buddy Groom with two outs in the ninth inning that carried Philadelphia past Baltimore.

The victory enabled the Phillies to reach the All-Star break in sole possession of first place in the NL East. Philadelphia is 50-37, its best record at the break since 1993.

Lee's homer was the first allowed by Groom (1-3) since May 19.

Randy Wolf (5-9) pitched two perfect innings for the Phillies, and Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his 24th save.

Angels 11, Rockies 3

DENVER -- Garret Anderson hit his fifth career grand slam, and Darin Erstad and Scott Spiezio each homered twice as Anaheim routed Colorado.

The game's 14 runs came on homers as Todd Walker hit a three-run shot for the Rockies, who have lost 16 of 19 overall heading into the All-Star break.

Walker's homer came minutes after Anderson's grand slam against Shawn Chacon (4-5) in the first inning and briefly gave Colorado hope of avoiding a three-game sweep.

Pat Rapp (3-9) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings to win for just the second time in 12 starts.

Mariners 9, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Sele, left off the All-Star team, scattered five hits over eight innings, and David Bell drove in three runs as Seattle took two of three from Los Angeles.

The Mariners enter the All-Star break with a 63-24 record -- eight games better than anyone in baseball.

The Mariners have a 35-12 road record, and haven't lost any of their 15 road series this year. They were 7-3 on a 10-game road trip to complete play before the break.

The loss was the third in four games for the Dodgers following a nine-game winning streak. They are 48-40.

Sele (10-1), a two-time All-Star, gave up two runs while walking one and striking out three. He also scored a run after getting an infield hit, and squeezed home another.

The Mariners broke open a close game by scoring six runs on eight hits off Jeff Williams (2-1) and Mike Fetters in the seventh for a 9-1 lead.

Athletics 2, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX -- Barry Zito became the third straight Oakland starter to stifle Arizona's hitters as the Athletics beat completed a three-game sweep.

The Athletics, who held Arizona to two runs in three games, won their sixth in seven games to enter the All-Star break one game above .500.

The Diamondbacks have scored three runs in 38 innings, matched their season worst with their fourth straight loss and have dropped five of six games. Still, they lead the NL West by 3 1/2 games.

Arizona manager Bob Brenly, upset by umpire Eric Cooper's liberal strike zone, was thrown out of the game after complaining about a called third strike against Craig Counsell that ended the seventh inning.

Zito (6-6) allowed a run on six hits over six innings and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter and retired the last seven he faced.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 23 opportunities.

Curt Schilling (12-4), headed for the All-Star game, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out 11 and walked one before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh. Despite the strong effort, he has lost two in a row for the first time this season and is 2-3 in his last six starts.

Padres 11, Rangers 2

SAN DIEGO -- Woody Williams won for the first time in nine starts and Phil Nevin had a homer and four RBIs as San Diego beat Texas.

Damian Jackson and Wiki Gonzalez also homered for the Padres, who took two of three games from the Rangers and head into the break having won four of their last five series.

Nevin and Jackson hit two-run shots off starter Darren Oliver (7-4). Nevin added a two-run double in the eighth and also scored three runs.

Williams (6-6) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.

Yankees 4, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Alfonso Soriano tripled home one run and scored another in a three-run seventh inning as the New York Yankees rallied to beat the New York Mets.

For the second straight game, the Yankees were hitless for the first five innings, this time against replacement starter Glendon Rusch.

But Derek Jeter homered in the sixth to tie it, and Scott Brosius, Soriano and Chuck Knoblauch drove in runs in the seventh to break it open.

Ramiro Mendoza (6-2) allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 2-3 relief innings, and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to tie Seattle's Kazuhiro Sasaki for the league lead with his 29th save.

National League

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Sanchez got his first career RBIs with a two-out, two-run double in the 13th inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Francisco Giants 6-4.

The Brewers struck out 19 times and escaped three bases-loaded jams in the first three extra innings before Angel Echevarria singled and Mark Loretta doubled against Brian Boehringer (0-1). Sanchez, who made his major league debut on June 15, then doubled down the left-field line.

Mike DeJean (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings -- despite allowing San Francisco to load the bases with no outs in the 12th. DeJean also got Barry Bonds to ground out in the 13th.

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