Trammell homer helps Mets extend streak to six with win over Cardinals

Mets' Trammell in New York state of mind

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2000

NEW YORK -- Bubba Trammell homered in his first at-bat for New York, just like Mike Bordick did a day earlier, and Bobby J. Jones pitched a four-hitter as the New York Mets stretched their winning streak to six by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Sunday.

Benny Agbayani hit a leadoff shot in the first and Trammell had a three-run drive in the second, sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight loss and sixth in eight games.

Jones (5-5) pitched his first complete game since May 28, 1997, at Montreal, just his 10th in 179 major league starts. Ray Lankford hit a long two-out homer in the ninth for the Cardinals.

Braves 6, Astros 3

ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine became the third active pitcher to win 200 games, pitching into the ninth inning for Atlanta.

Glavine (13-5), who won his sixth straight game, allowed three runs and seven hits in eight-plus innings to join teammate Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens with 200 wins. He is the 96th pitcher overall to reach 200.

The Braves put the game away with three runs in the fifth off Chris Holt (4-12).

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Burrell's bases-loaded walk broke a tie and Randy Wolf (9-5) allowed four hits over seven innings as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles.

During the game, the Phillies traded outfielder Ron Gant and cash to Anaheim for pitcher Kent Bottenfield. The move came four days after Philadelphia sent ace Curt Schilling to Arizona, and amid rumors that another deal may soon follow.

The Phillies scored the go-ahead run off Chan Ho Park (11-8) in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Kevin Sefcik led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice and walks to Bobby Abreu and Travis Lee loaded the bases.

Burrell's walk forced home the go-ahead run. He now is 5-for-6 with 13 RBIs with the bases full.

Reds 7, Expos 4

MONTREAL -- Eddie Taubensee went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles, and Dmitri Young homered as Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep.

Taubensee, who had his ninth career four-hit game Friday and three more hits on Saturday, hit a run-scoring double off Dustin Hermanson (8-9) in the second and another in the fourth.

The Reds, who trailed St. Louis by 10 games in the NL Central on July 5, moved within four.

Rookie Rob Bell (5-6), recalled from Triple-A Louisville Wednesday, allowed four runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings in his first start since June 23.

Padres 9, Pirates 8

PITTSBURGH -- Phil Nevin hit the first pitch from Marc Wilkins (2-1) into the center-field seats in the ninth inning and San Diego rallied from five runs down to beat Pittsburgh.

The Padres trailed 8-3 and had been outscored 34-10 in the series until Ruben Rivera's second career grand slam highlighted a five-run seventh inning against Pittsburgh's bullpen.

Nevin went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs with the solo homer, a two-run single in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh ahead of Rivera's homer. Rivera also had four RBIs.

John Vander Wal homered and went 4-for-5 to complete a big weekend against his former club, going 7-for-13 with two homers and scoring nine runs, three in each game.

Brewers 3, Rockies 2

MILWAUKEE -- Jeff D'Amico closed a magnificent month by hitting his first major league home run and allowing seven hits over eight innings as Milwaukee beat Colorado.

D'Amico (7-4) went 5-0 in July with an 0.76 ERA. Todd Helton's fourth-inning homer was the only run he allowed until the ninth, when Colorado got three straight singles and cut the Brewers' lead to 3-2.

Curtis Leskanic, in his first appearance since becoming the Brewers' closer, got his second save.

Cubs 3, Giants 1

CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit his 32nd homer and Jon Lieber pitched a four-hitter to win his fifth straight decision for Chicago.

Sosa hit a solo homer with two outs in the seventh off Felix Rodriguez to lift the Cubs to their 15th win in the last 19 games. Sosa raised his NL-leading RBI total to 93.

Lieber (10-5) matched his win total of last year and is one shy of his career high set in 1997. The right-hander walked one in his fifth complete game, striking out eight.

Marlins 4, Diamondbacks 3

MIAMI -- Kevin Millar's RBI double -- his fourth hit -- capped a two-run rally in the eighth inning after Randy Johnson left the game, and Florida beat Arizona.

Johnson departed with a 3-2 lead after seven innings and throwing 145 pitches, but did not get his 16th victory. He struck out 11.

Luis Gonzalez homered twice, giving him 22 this year, to drive in all of Arizona's runs.

Florida's Mark Smith singled to start the eighth against Mike Morgan (4-3). Preston Wilson lined out to shortstop Tony Womack, who threw wildly to first trying to double up Smith, allowing the runner to reach second.

Derrek Lee's two-out single on a 3-2 pitch tied the game, and Millar followed with a run-scoring double.

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