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Abreu dinger gives Phillies win

Posted: Friday, July 09, 2004

PHILADELPHIA Bobby Abreu led off the ninth inning with a home run off John Franco to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory Thursday night over the New York Mets.

Abreu hit the second pitch from Franco (2-5) the opposite way to left field. Abreu, an All-Star for the first time, lost his helmet as he hit the plate and was mobbed by his teammates.

Abreu was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a single and two runs.

Expos 2, Pirates 1

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Brian Schneider hit a decisive homer, and Tony Armas Jr. pitched seven strong innings for Montreal.

Schneider homered off John Grabow (0-3) in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie. Luis Ayala (1-6) pitched a perfect eighth and Chad Cordero got his sixth save.

Armas allowed one unearned on four hits, walked two and struck out three. The only run he gave up was when shortstop Orlando Cabrera dropped a fly ball in the seventh.

Rockies 5, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO Jason Jennings into the eighth inning, and Preston Wilson drove in two runs for Colorado.

Wilson's two-run double was the key hit as the Rockies took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Adam Eaton (4-8). Larry Walker added a sacrifice fly.

Reds 9, Brewers 3

MILWUAKEE Ken Griffey Jr. homered, doubled and drove in four runs to break out of a slump, and Paul Wilson earned his career-best ninth win for Cincinnati.

Adam Dunn added his 25th homer for the Reds.

Wilson, who helped blow a nine-run lead in the Reds' last trip to Miller Park, made an eight-run lead stand up this time.

Dodgers 7, Astros 2

LOS ANGELES Paul Lo Duca marked his late addition to the NL All-Star team with a home run, and Los Angeles won its sixth game in a row.

Edwin Jackson (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings. Jackson also drove in the go-ahead run with a fourth-inning single his first major league hit and RBI.

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO Alex Cintron homered from both sides of the plate, and Arizona snapped a nine-game road losing streak by beating the slumping Giants.

Chad Tracy also homered for the Diamondbacks, who got just their second win in seven games under interim manager Al Pedrique.



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