Willis tops Johnson in battle of aces

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

MIAMI Rookie sensation Dontrelle Willis gave up four hits in seven innings to lead the Florida Marlins over Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Wednesday night.

Florida won its sixth straight game and remained one game back of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race. Arizona, which has lost a team-record nine straight road games, got its only run on Alex Cinton's first-inning homer off Willis (10-2).

Johnson (1-4), making just his third start after missing 2 1/2 months following arthroscopic knee surgery, allowed four hits in six innings but gave up two runs both unearned after a sixth-inning error by second baseman Junior Spivey.

Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for Florida. Braden Looper completed the five-hitter by pitching the ninth for his 21st save.

Phillies 4, Dodgers 2

PHILADELPHIA Ricky Ledee tripled off Paul Shuey (4-3) in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, and Jim Thome drove two runs.

Los Angeles has just five runs in its last six games, going 3-3.

Astros 7, Braves 3

ATLANTA Adam Everett singled in two runs to cap a four-run first inning.

After going 13-of-15 the previous three games, including nine straight hits coming in, Marcus Giles was hitless in four at-bats and walked.

Giants 6, Cubs 3

CHICAGO Edgardo Alfonzo hit his second career grand slam, and Jason Schmidt (11-4) and five relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Giants won for the 11th time in 13 games.

Kerry Wood (10-8), who allowed a season-high eight runs his previous time out, gave up four runs, three hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out nine.

Cardinals 11, Expos 1

MONTREAL Rookie Dan Haren (2-2) allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and hit an RBI double that capped a seven-run first. Mike Matheny hit a three-run double in the inning.

St. Louis is 5-0 against Montreal this season, outscoring the Expos 30-6.

Reds 3, Rockies 2

CINCINNATI Jason LaRue led off the ninth with a tying homer off Justin Speier, and Adam Dunn singled with the bases loaded in the 10th against Jose Jimenez (0-6)

Two hours before the game, the Reds further dismembered their roster, trading leading hitter Jose Guillen to Oakland for three minor leaguers. They sent closer Scott Williamson to Boston on Tuesday.

Pirates 7, Padres 2

PITTSBURGH Reggie Sanders homered twice and drove in five runs in what might have been his next-to-last game with Pittsburgh.

Sanders, who could be traded Thursday, hit a three-run homer in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth off Brian Lawrence (5-13), who has lost four straight decisions and six of seven. Sanders added a two-run homer in the sixth.

Mets 2, Brewers 0

NEW YORK Al Leiter (10-5) allowed five hits in seven innings as New York stopped a four-game losing streak, and David Weathers got six straight outs for his second save.

Rookie Jose Reyes tripled and scored for the Mets, who won for only the fifth time in 21 games. Cliff Floyd had an RBI groundout, Timo Perez hit a sacrifice fly and Jason Phillips had three hits.

Wes Obermueller (0-2) lost for the fourth time in four big league starts.

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