Diamondbacks tackle Padres for sixth straight victory

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2002

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling got his major league-leading 18th victory and Erubiel Durazo homered in his first game this month as the Arizona Diamondbacks won their sixth straight, beating the San Diego Padres 4-3 Saturday.

Luis Gonzalez drove in his 77th run with a groundout before Durazo hit his ninth homer in 94 at-bats this year -- a three-run shot during a four-run fifth off Brian Lawrence (9-6).

Schilling (18-3) allowed one run and eight hits in eight innings to earn his 150th career win.

He fanned seven to finish with 212 strikeouts, best in the majors. He did not walk a batter, leaving him with an incredible 18 wins and 18 walks in 23 starts this season.

Dodgers 5, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Omar Daal combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, and Adrian Beltre had an RBI triple among his three hits as Los Angeles beat San Francisco.

Paul Lo Duca got three hits and scored two runs for the Dodgers, who opened up a two-game wild card lead over the Giants by beating their biggest rivals for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Daal (8-5), winless in his previous three starts, didn't allow a hit through five innings against the Giants' patchwork lineup.

The Giants, who lost for the fifth time in six games, were without their top four outfielders, All-Star catcher Benito Santiago and key reliever Jay Witasick because of injuries.

Braves 5, Phillies 3

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones hit a rare homer, and Greg Maddux bounced back from his first loss in nearly three months as Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

Maddux (10-3) allowed one earned run in 5 2-3 innings to snap Philadelphia's four-game winning streak and hand Joe Roa (0-1) his first defeat of the year at any level. Roa went 14-0 at Triple-A.

It was Maddux's 267th victory, giving him sole possession of 31st place on the career list.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS -- Kerry Wood allowed one unearned run in six innings and Moises Alou had three RBIs as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak.

Wood (9-5) allowed four hits, one walk and struck out three before leaving after 87 pitches in the 95-degree heat. The Cubs won for just the third time in their past 19 games at Busch Stadium and improved to 9-9 under new manager Bruce Kimm.

Reds 2, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Todd Walker hit a one-out RBI single in the 11th inning, lifting Cincinnati past New York.

Walker lined a 2-2 pitch off rookie Jaime Cerda to center to scoring Austin Kearns, who doubled off Mark Corey (0-3) to start the inning.

After Brandon Larson struck out, Corey walked Kelly Stinnett, who struck out in his first four at-bats. Cerda relieved and gave up Walker's hit.

Danny Graves (4-3) pitched the final two innings for the win, getting Mo Vaughn to ground out with a runner on first to end it.

Astros 3, Pirates 0

HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt pitched eight scoreless innings as Houston blanked Pittsburgh for the second time in three days.

Oswalt (11-6) allowed four hits and one walk, striking out nine, to win for the fourth time in five decisions.

Billy Wagner struck out the side in order in the ninth to finish Houston's fourth shutout of the year. Wagner has 20 saves in 25 chances.

Jeff Bagwell homered off Jimmy Anderson (8-11) for the Astros (52-51), who have won eight of 10 games to move over .500 for the first time since April 8 when they were 4-3.

Marlins 7, Expos 2

MONTREAL -- Charles Johnson's three-run homer capped a five-run first inning, and A.J. Burnett struck out a career-high 12 to lead Florida over Montreal.

With 19,373 on hand -- the fourth-largest Olympic Stadium crowd of the season -- for a discount tickets and hot dogs promotion, Johnson hit his fifth homer of the season off Tomo Ohka (8-6) to put the Marlins up 5-0.

Burnett (10-7) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings. Armando Almanza struck out two in the ninth to finish the six-hitter.

Brewers 6, Rockies 5

MILWAUKEE -- Alex Ochoa hit an RBI single in the 10th inning as Milwaukee handed Colorado its fifth straight loss.

Izzy Alcantara hit a one-out single off Jose Jimenez (2-7) in the 10th, and pinch-runner Eric Young moved to third on Jose Hernandez's single to right. Ochoa then blooped a single to right for the victory.

Mike DeJean (1-4) got the win in his first appearance since getting into a screaming match on the mound with manager Jerry Royster on Wednesday in Houston.

Todd Helton hit a three-run homer for Colorado.

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