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Braves' Ortiz wins eighth straight game

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2003

ATLANTA Russ Ortiz stretched his winning streak to a career-high eight games and hit a homer, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros in a matchup of division leaders Tuesday night.

Marcus Giles had a career-high five hits and set an Atlanta record with nine consecutive hits over two games. Gary Sheffield hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that put the Braves ahead for good.

Ortiz (15-4) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings to join Toronto's Roy Halladay as the only 15-game winners in the majors. John Smoltz worked the ninth for his 39th save in 42 chances.

Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 1

MIAMI Brad Penny allowed one run and four hits in seven-plus innings to lead surging Florida over Arizona, which lost a team-record eighth straight road game.

The Diamondbacks have been outscored 10-8 while playing six consecutive one-run games, another club record. They've lost four of the six.

The Marlins, who began the night one game behind NL wild-card leader Philadelphia, extended their winning streak to five.

Cardinals 2, Expos 1

MONTREAL Scott Rolen's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning led St. Louis past Montreal.

Garrett Stephenson scattered four hits for his first complete game since Aug. 5, 2000, and outdueled Livan Hernandez in a game that took just 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Phillies 2, Dodgers 0

PHILADELPHIA Vicente Padilla pitched eight shutout innings and Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer as Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak.

Padilla (10-8) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked one. Dan Plesac retired one batter in the ninth, and Jose Mesa got the final two outs for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

Rockies 5, Reds 3

CINCINNATI Jay Payton matched his career high with four hits, leading Colorado to a victory over Cincinnati in the Reds' first game under interim manager Dave Miley.

Darren Oliver (9-6) gave up four hits and three runs in six-plus innings, improving to 6-1 in his last eight starts. He also had a pair of hits, including an RBI single.

Brewers 6, Mets 3

NEW YORK Royce Clayton hit a three-run homer, and Keith Osik added a solo shot as Milwaukee beat New York.

Clayton and Osik did their damage in the second and fourth innings against Dan Wheeler (0-1), who replaced injured starter Tom Glavine in the second inning.

Glavine had his second one-inning stint of the season against the Brewers, leaving this time because of a right ribcage strain. He is day to day. It was the second straight win for the Brewers following a three-game losing streak. New York has dropped four in a row.

Padres 8, Pirates 7

PITTSBURGH Mark Loretta's go-ahead, two-run single followed Rondell White's tying homer in San Diego's four-run ninth inning.

The Padres squandered a four-run lead before rallying to beat Pittsburgh. The Pirates led 6-4 going into the ninth, but White's two-run homer his 17th off Mike Lincoln (1-2) tied it. White was 0-for-11 until he singled in the sixth.

Cubs 3, Giants 0

CHICAGO Matt Clement pitched a two-hitter and Moises Alou hit a three-run homer in the first inning to lead Chicago over San Francisco.

Clement (8-9) struck out eight and walked two in his third career shutout, his first since a three-hitter against Arizona last Aug. 24. He had been 2-4 with a 6.98 ERA against the Giants.

San Francisco had won 10 of its previous 11 games. The only hits for the Giants were a fourth-inning infield single by Marquis Grissom and a seventh-inning single to right by Andres Galarraga.

Damian Moss (9-7) allowed just five hits in seven innings.



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