Ledee, Rolen, Burrell rally Phillies past Montreal

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2002

MONTREAL -- Ricky Ledee, Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen homered in an eight-run ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Montreal Expos 11-8 Monday night.

Trailing 8-3, the Phillies began their big comeback on Ledee's three-run shot off Jim Brower with one out in the ninth.

Reliever Scott Stewart then bobbled Jimmy Rollins' grounder back to the mound before throwing wildly to first for an error and Bobby Abreu walked.

Expos manager Frank Robinson summoned Matt Herges (2-4), who yielded a three-run shot to Burrell that put the Phillies ahead 9-8. It was Herges' sixth blown save of the season.

Mets 8, Marlins 3

NEW YORK -- Mike Bacsik pitched a seven-hitter in his second major league start, and Mo Vaughn and Jeromy Burnitz homered to lead New York over Florida.

Bacsik, who beat the Marlins 5-3 in his first big league start 10 days ago, also drove in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt.

Bacsik (2-0) struck out seven and walked one to send the Marlins to their season-high fifth straight loss.

Florida's Kevin Millar homered twice, and Preston Wilson hit a solo shot.

Reds 2, Brewers 0

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Reitsma pitched a five-hitter to win for the first time since May 21 as Cincinnati kept up their dominance over Milwaukee.

Reitsma (4-7), who had been 0-7 in his previous eight starts, struck out four and drove in a run, throwing 89 pitches in his first complete game in 47 major league starts.

Reitsma ended a streak of 151 starts by Reds pitchers without a complete game, since Elmer Dessens' six-hitter against Florida last July 28.

Pirates 5, Astros 4

HOUSTON -- Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth off Billy Wagner, lifting Pittsburgh to a come-from-behind victory over Houston.

The Pirates trailed 4-0 after four innings before scoring two in the fifth, one in the seventh and two in the ninth.

Sean Lowe (4-2) pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the win and Mike Williams pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 30 opportunities.

Jack Wilson singled with one out in the ninth off Wagner (2-2). After Brian Giles grounded out, Ramirez homered to deep left-center for his seventh homer of the season.

Cubs 3, Braves 2

CHICAGO -- Todd Hundley and Alex Gonzalez hit consecutive home runs, leading Carlos Zambrano and Chicago over the Braves.

Atlanta lost its third straight. The Cubs improved to 5-1 under interim manager Bruce Kimm, including 4-0 at home.

Plate umpire Joe West ruled Sammy Sosa had to change bats after taking one pitch in the first inning. The bat appeared to have a loose chip on the barrel, according to a TV picture from the dugout.

Rockies 5, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Denny Stark allowed one hit over six scoreless innings in his first start since June 3 and Colorado beat San Diego.

Stark (5-1), who replaced the struggling Denny Neagle in the rotation, held the Padres hitless for 5 1-3 innings before allowing Ramon Vazquez's double to left field.

Stark had pitched more than one inning just once in the last 31 days. Justin Speier and Todd Jones finished the combined three-hitter.

The Rockies got back at rookie lefty Oliver Perez (3-2), who struck out a Padres rookie record 13 in his last start, a 7-1 win at Colorado on July 7.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES -- Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer and threw out a runner at home plate as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in a matchup of division leaders.

The Cardinals lead the NL Central by 3 1/2 games over Cincinnati, and are a season-best 11 games over .500 for the second time.

Eduardo Perez also connected for the Cardinals, giving them 24 home runs in their last 13 games.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- David Bell hit a three-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks to further narrow the NL West race.

The Giants moved within 1 1/2 games of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to St. Louis 4-2. The Diamondbacks are a half-game out in second place.

Ryan Jensen (10-6) allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2-3 innings. The rookie right-hander, who leads the Giants in wins, won his fourth straight start.

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