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Guerrero hits game-winning homer

Shelling Schilling

Posted: Friday, August 02, 2002

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his second game-ending homer against Arizona this series, connecting with one out in the ninth inning off Curt Schilling to give Montreal the 2-1 victory.

Tied at 1-1, Guerrero hit Schilling's first pitch over the left-field wall for his 28th homer of the season. Guerrero hit a game-winning homer in the 10th inning off reliever Byung-Hyun Kim to win the series opener Tuesday.

Schilling (18-4) had his six-game winning streak snapped as he lost to an NL opponent for just the second time this season.

Reds 6, Dodgers 4

CINCINNATI -- Eric Gagne was ejected after hitting a batter in the ninth, opening the way for Cincinnati's four-run comeback, and Ken Griffey Jr. homered in the 13th inning to lead the Reds over the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Thursday.

Los Angeles fell to 6-14 since the All-Star break because it couldn't close out a four-run lead against a team that had managed only two hits in the first eight innings.

Odalis Perez allowed only two hits through seven inning, and Gagne was three outs from finishing a 4-0 win. He gave up the shutout, then got ejected in a wild half-inning that lasted 33 minutes.

Cubs 8, Padres 7

CHICAGO -- Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run, two-out double off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning, rallying Chicago over San Diego.

Hoffman (1-3) was one out from tying Rollie Fingers for sixth on the career saves list at 341, but instead blew a save for only the second time in 27 chances this season. Chicago, which had trailed 7-3, had been just 1-53 when behind after eight innings.

Braves 4, Brewers 0

ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched six innings for his 268th career win, tying Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 30th most ever, as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep.

Maddux (11-3) allowed five hits and lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.45. He walked one and struck out five as the Braves, who have the best record in the majors at 70-38, won for the 12th time in 15 games.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, and Gary Sheffield, with a pair of singles, each had RBIs against Glendon Rusch (5-11) in a three-run fourth inning.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 0

MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett pitched a four-hitter for his major league-leading fourth shutout as Florida beat St. Louis.

Burnett (11-7) struck out seven, walked three and tied his career high for wins in a season, set last year.

The Cardinals' lone highlight was a triple play in the sixth inning. It was their first triple play in more than nine years.

Astros 3, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Roy Oswalt kept his cool on a steamy evening, and Houston won for the sixth time in seven games.

After the teams swapped lopsided victories the previous two days, Oswalt (12-6) and Pedro Astacio (10-4) put the emphasis back on pitching.

Brad Ausmus drove in two runs and Craig Biggio homered as the Astros won a matchup of wild card contenders and improved to 55-52, the same record as New York. The Mets lost a series for the first time the All-Star break, having won four and split two.

Phillies 2, Giants 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Randy Wolf (7-7) pitched seven strong innings and Philadelphia scored two runs on a pair of fielder's choices in the seventh inning to beat San Francisco.

Barry Bonds was out of the Giants' lineup, but pinch-hit in the ninth inning. After missing 10 starts with a strained right hamstring, Bonds went 3-for-4 with a homer Wednesday night, but appeared to aggravate the injury making a shoestring catch.

Bonds grounded out after Reggie Sanders led off the ninth with a single as Jose Mesa got his 30th save in 37 opportunities.

Russ Ortiz (7-8) pitched a six-hitter in the loss.

Rockies 3, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Jennings held Pittsburgh hitless for 6 2-3 innings, the longest such stretch in team history, and Colorado salvaged the final game of the three-game series.

Jennings' best effort of his so-far excellent rookie season -- he is 11-5 -- ended the Rockies' season-long eight-game losing streak. The Pirates won the first two games after losing six straight. Jennings allowed one hit in seven innings.

The Pirates, outhit 13-2, were shut out for the fourth time in seven games and the 11th time this season.



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