Sosa's home run beats Cincinnati

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning following a rain delay, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a two-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Wednesday and stop a three-game losing streak.

Sosa reached Todd Van Poppel (3-4) for his 18th homer. Todd Wellemeyer (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings, stranding three runners in the seventh when he threw a called third strike past John Vander Wal in the pouring rain just before a 54-minute delay.

Pirates 4, Braves 2

ATLANTA Kris Benson made another enticing start before the trade deadline, allowing five hits in eight innings to lead streaking Pittsburgh over Atlanta. Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his 27th save.

Tike Redman had three RBIs for the Pirates, including a two-run homer.

Phillies 2, Marlins 1

PHILADELPHIA Ricky Ledee hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings to help Philadelphia beat Florida and end the Phillies' nine-game losing streak against the Marlins.

Ledee, starting in left field for struggling Pat Burrell, also made an outstanding leaping catch on a drive by Damion Easley in the fifth that appeared headed over the wall.

Cardinals 1, Brewers 0

ST. LOUIS Woody Williams threw seven innings of five-hit ball in 93-degree heat, singled twice and scored in the Cardinals' 14th victory in their last 16 games.

Edgar Renteria hit a sixth-inning sacrifice fly for the Cardinals (60-34), who have the best record in the major leagues and have won 11 of 12 at home. Williams (7-6) outpitched Victor Santos (9-4).

Mets 5, Expos 4

NEW YORK Montreal's Nick Johnson dropped a routine throw to first base with two outs in the eighth inning, allowing Ty Wigginton to score the go-ahead run for the Mets.

Shifted from third base to first when the Mets called up prized prospect David Wright earlier in the day, Wigginton reached base five times on three walks and two errors. He also made a nice scoop at first to complete a game-ending double play.

Astros 5, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX Andy Pettitte pitched a season-high eight innings, and Houston extended the Diamondbacks' losing streak to 10 games.

Rockies 6, Dodgers 5

LOS ANGELES Shawn Estes won for the fourth time in five decisions, Vinny Castilla homered and Colorado snapped the Dodgers' eight-game winning streak.

Estes (10-4) allowed four runs on five hits and struck out five in 6 1-3 innings. It was his third victory of the season over the NL West-leading Dodgers, who lost for only the second time in 16 games.

The Dodgers' Adrian Beltre hit a sacrifice fly which would have been a two-run homer if not for a leaping grab at the fence by left fielder Jeromy Burnitz in the sixth. Kazuhisa Ishii (11-5) allowed six runs in 3 1-3 innings.

Padres 7, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO Jake Peavy won for the fifth time in six starts, and Rich Aurilia had three hits in his first game for San Diego since his trade from Seattle.

Phil Nevin had two of San Diego's 16 hits and drove in a run in his first game off the disabled list. Peavy (7-3) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two over eight innings as the Padres won for the sixth time in seven games.

San Diego scored three runs in the first against Kirk Rueter (5-8) on RBI singles from Nevin, Ryan Klesko and Jay Payton. J.T. Snow homered for the Giants, who lost for just the third time in 10 games.

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