Padres work overtime to top Cubs

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

CHICAGO -- Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin hit 11th-inning home runs off Kyle Farnsworth (3-3) -- Nevin's second of the game -- to lead the San Diego Padres over the Chicago Cubs 8-6 Wednesday.

Ron Gant and Ryan Klesko also homered for the Padres.

Brandon Villafuerte (1-0) escaped a first-and-second, one-outs jam in the 10th, getting pinch-hitter Todd Hundley to strike out and Mark Bellhorn to ground out. Trevor Hoffman pitched a hitless 11th for 26th save in 27 chances.

Chicago struck out 20 times in all and lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Mets 10, Astros 0

NEW YORK -- Slumping Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run homer in New York's seven-run first inning, helping Shawn Estes (4-8) snap a seven-start winless streak.

Hours after bolstering their pitching staff with a pair of deals at the trade deadline, the Mets broke through for their biggest first inning since also scoring seven on June 8, 1995, against San Francisco.

Mo Vaughn and Rey Ordonez had RBI doubles, Edgardo Alfonzo hit a run-scoring single and Roberto Alomar's RBI triple with two outs capped the outburst against Dave Mlicki (3-7). Every Mets position player either scored or drove in a run in the inning, which came one night after a 16-3 loss to Houston.

Braves 9, Brewers 1

ATLANTA -- Matt Franco hit three doubles and drove in three runs and Chipper Jones homered as Kevin Millwood pitched another strong game.

Millwood (10-6) allowed one run and five hits and struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 8-1 in his last 14 starts.

Franco doubled home Rafael Furcal in the third to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Franco doubled in the fifth and hit a two-run double in the sixth for an 8-0 lead against Ben Sheets (5-13). Jones hit a two-run homer, his 12th, in the fifth as the Braves won their 11th in 14 games.

Diamondbacks 5, Expos 1

MONTREAL -- Randy Johnson struck out 15 batters in he pitched his third complete game of the season for Arizona.

Johnson (15-4) raised his season total to 215, moving ahead of teammate Curt Schilling for the major league lead. It was Johnson's first complete game since April 21.

Pirates 7, Rockies 6

PITTSBURGH -- Brian Giles put Pittsburgh ahead with a two-run double off Kent Mercker in the reliever's first appearance in nearly two months, and the Pirates ran Colorado's losing streak to eight games.

Rob Mackowiak added a two-run homer for the Pirates, and he and Giles drove in three runs apiece. Brian Boehringer (3-3) beat Rick White (2-6).

Phillies 8, Giants 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Barry Bonds returned to San Francisco's lineup and hit his 596th career homer and two doubles but the Philadelphia won. Bonds had missed 10 straight starts because of a strained right hamstring. He doubled in his first at-bat and later hit his 29th home run. He finished 3-for-4 with a strikeout and intentional walk.

Marlins 8, Cardinals 5

MIAMI -- Mike Redmond doubled home three runs in the first inning and Josh Beckett struggled through six innings to help Florida beat St. Louis.

The Marlins, who had been outscored 95-52 in the first inning this season, bucked the trend by taking a 4-0 lead in the first against Travis Smith (4-2).

Dodgers 11, Reds 5

CINCINNATI -- Adrian Beltre homered twice, and Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green hit solo shots Wednesday night for Los Angeles.

Lo Duca and Green opened the fourth inning with consecutive homers off Brian Moehler (1-1), making his second start for Cincinnati. Beltre's solo homer off Scott Sullivan touched off a five-run eighth inning that made it 9-3, and he added a two-run shot in the ninth off Jose Rijo.

The four-homer outburst in support of Hideo Nomo (11-6) was out of character for the Dodgers, who hadn't hit one since July 23.



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