Reds offense rallies, gets Moehler victory

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

CINCINNATI -- Todd Walker hit a grand slam and Brandon Larson had a three-run homer Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds rallied behind their newest pitcher for an 10-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brian Moehler (1-0), who drove down Interstate 75 after the Reds obtained him Tuesday in a five-player trade with Detroit, sent a murmur through the crowd of 24,910 by getting rocked in his first inning. Moehler left with an 8-4 lead after giving up nine hits and four runs in five innings.

Braves 10, Marlins 0

MIAMI -- Damian Moss allowed one hit in seven innings and Wes Helms drove in three runs with a career-high four hits, helping Atlanta beat Florida.

Florida's only hit was by Derrek Lee, who grounded a single past third baseman Vinny Castilla leading off the fifth. Lee was then erased on a double play.

Moss (6-4) struck out four and walked three. The Australian left-hander also drove in a run with a double, the first extra-base hit of his career, hiking his career average to .069.

Albie Lopez pitched two innings to complete the one-hitter, the first thrown against the Marlins in their 10-year history.

Henry Blanco hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and Andruw Jones added a two-run homer.

Phillies 4, Cubs 2

CHICAGO -- Brett Myers was marvelous in his major league debut, allowing two hits in eight innings as Philadelphia beat Chicago.

Myers, who outpitched fellow first-round pick Mark Prior in a meeting of 21-year-old rookies at windy Wrigley Field, left with a 4-1 lead.

Sammy Sosa hit his 31st homer with two outs in the ninth off Jose Mesa, who then gave up singles to Fred McGriff and Moises Alou before striking out Corey Patterson for his 27th save.

Padres 8, Dodgers 0

SAN DIEGO -- Phil Nevin, Ron Gant and Mark Kotsay homered and San Diego beat Los Angeles, handing the Dodgers their fifth straight series defeat since the All-Star break.

Bobby Jones (7-5) pitched eight innings, allowing just five singles in winning for the fourth time in five decisions. He struck out four and walked none. Three of the hits were infield singles.

Expos 2, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Vladimir Guerrero threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh inning, and rookie Brad Wilkerson hit a two-run homer as the Montreal Expos ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over the New York Mets.

Javier Vazquez (8-6) pitched five-hit ball into the seventh to stop the streaking Mets. New York lost for just the third time in 11 games, falling five games behind NL wild card leader San Francisco.

Playing without All-Star second baseman Jose Vidro and slumping slugger Cliff Floyd, the fading Expos avoided dropping three games under .500 for the first time all season.

Giants 6, Cardinals 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rich Aurilia homered and Kirk Rueter carried a shutout into the eighth inning as the San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants moved back into second place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of Los Angeles. The Central-leading Cardinals had their three-game winning streak stopped.

Rueter (8-6) allowed two runs -- neither earned -- on six hits over 7 1-3 innings. He walked none and won for the first time since June 4, nine starts ago. Robb Nen relieved with no outs and two on base in the ninth and got his 27th save. Nen gave up a two-run single to Mike Matheny.

Andy Benes (0-3) went a season-high 4 2-3 innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on four hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Brewers 12, Astros 8

HOUSTON -- Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster and reliever Mike DeJean got into a heated argument on the mound in the ninth inning before the Brewers finished out a win over Houston to stop a nine-game losing streak. After Craig Biggio had an RBI grounder and Lance Berkman singled to load the bases with one out in the Astros ninth, Royster went out to pull DeJean. The manager and pitcher went face-to-face for about 30 seconds before DeJean left. Luis Vizcaino came in and closed for his second save.

Richie Sexson went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs for Milwaukee.

Sexson hit his 22nd homer and tied his career high for hits as the Brewers stopped their longest skid of the season. Alex Sanchez also matched a career best with four hits.

Berkman hit his league-leading 31st home run and tied a career high with four hits.

Ruben Quevedo (6-7) hung on for the victory, pitching five innings. Daryle Ward hit a three-run homer in the fifth to put the Astros ahead 7-5, but the Brewers rallied for three runs in the sixth.

Brandon Puffer (1-2) was the loser, going three innings and giving up three runs on one hit.

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