Braves stay hot in showdown with Cardinals

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, Jason Marquis pitched six strong innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

The Cardinals lost their fourth in a row in the matchup of NL division leaders.

Jones has been on a tear on the homestand, going 13-of-23 with five homers and 13 RBIs during the eight games at Turner Field. He hit a three-run homer in the opening game of the series, helping the Braves to an 11-5 victory, and followed with his 14th and 15th of the season against Matt Morris (12-7).

Dodgers 8, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Shawn Green hit his second homer of the day to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning, then doubled in the 12th before Eric Karros' decisive hit.

The Phillies were one strike away from their fourth straight victory when Green hit his 30th homer, hit a two-run shot into the upper deck in right field off Dan Plesac.

Diamondbacks 8, Mets 5

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 2

NEW YORK -- Jay Bell hit his first homer in more than a year and matched his career high with five RBIs to spoil John Thomson's debut New York and give Arizona Diamondbacks completed a doubleheader sweep.

Erubiel Durazo hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second home run of the opener, giving Byung-Hyun Kim the victory.

The Diamondbacks swept a doubleheader for the first time in four tries in franchise history.

Tony Tarasco hit a solo homer and Thomson had an RBI single in the fourth to cut Arizona's lead to 4-2. Those were the only runs Miguel Batista (6-7) allowed in five innings.

With two outs in the fifth, Bell hit a three-run homer for his first home run since July 21, 2001, against San Francisco. Bell added an RBI single in the seventh.

Thomson (7-9), acquired from Colorado at the trade deadline Wednesday, allowed seven runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in six innings.

In the opener, Erubiel Durazo hit a three-run homer -- his second of the game -- in the 10th inning.

Rockies 2, Cubs 1

CHICAGO -- Denny Neagle returned to the Colorado rotation and pitched two-hit ball for six innings, and Jay Payton doubled home two runs for the Rockies.

Neagle (5-7) ended his career-high five-game losing streak and beat Matt Clement (8-8).

Giants 11, Pirates 6

PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds hit his 597th career homer and just missed another while driving in four runs, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bonds moved within three homers of becoming the fourth major leaguer with 600 homers, connecting off Kip Wells (10-9) to put the Giants up 5-0 in the second.

Marlins 11, Brewers 7

MIAMI -- Kevin Millar homered, doubled, singled and had four RBIs as the Florida Marlins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Andy Fox had three hits and drove in two runs in support of Brad Penny (5-4). Penny allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Astros 5, Expos 3

MONTREAL -- Wade Miller won his sixth straight start as Craig Biggio hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning to lead the Houston Astros over the Montreal Expos.

Miller (9-3), who went 5-0 with a 2.55 ERA in six July starts, allowed three hits and three runs in seven innings.

Reds 4, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Russell Branyan hit a two-run homer, and Cincinnati took advantage of Brett Tomko's wildness for a victory over San Diego.

Jimmy Haynes won his career-best fifth straight decision as the Reds moved within three games of first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

Tomko (5-7) allowed only four hits in seven innings but walked four in the first inning -- one with the bases loaded to force in a run.

Haynes (12-6) allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings. He matched a career high for wins.

Gabe White and John Riedling combined to pitch three scoreless innings, and Danny Graves got three outs for his 29th save in 35 chances.

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