Braves demolish Brewers behind seven RBIs from Helms

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2001

MILWAUKEE -- Wes Helms drove in a career-high seven runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 14-2 Saturday.

Helms, who snapped an 0-for-18 skid, hit a two-run homer in the third, a bases-loaded triple in the fifth and another two-run homer in the eighth.

John Burkett (9-8), scratched Friday because of flulike symptoms, didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. He pitched six innings, allowing one run and two hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five, leaving him two strikeouts shy of his career-high of 145 set in 1993.

Milwaukee starter Ruben Quevedo (0-1) made his season debut after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. In three innings, he allowed seven runs on eight hits -- including two home runs.

Phillies 12, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' major league-leading 47th homer wasn't nearly enough to prevent Philadelphia from snapping San Francisco's nine-game winning streak.

Pat Burrell homered, Todd Pratt hit three doubles and Jimmy Rollins reached base five times as Philadelphia got 17 hits and stole five bases while rolling to its first victory in 13 games in San Francisco, dating to Aug. 30, 1998.

Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX -- Vance Wilson, getting a rare start in place of All-Star catcher Mike Piazza, drove in two runs and made two big defensive plays as New York defeated Arizona.

The game had an odd ending when David Dellucci, who was on second base, was hit by pinch-hitter Mark Grace's grounder. Grace was credited with a single and Dellucci was ruled out.

Dodgers 3, Cubs 1

LOS ANGELES -- Gary Sheffield went 3-for-3 with an RBI double, and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking two-run single as Los Angeles snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak by beating Chicago.

James Baldwin (1-0) earned his first NL victory, allowing a run and four hits in eight innings in his second start since joining the Dodgers on July 26.

Astros 4, Expos 1

HOUSTON -- Rookie Roy Oswalt took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a three-hitter to lead Houston over Montreal.

Oswalt (9-2) gave up an infield single to Mike Mordecai leading off the seventh. Mordecai hit a slow dribbler to third and beat the throw by Vinny Castilla.

Pirates 6, Rockies 3

DENVER -- Aramis Ramirez homered twice and drove in three runs to back Todd Ritchie as Pittsburgh snapped a four-game losing streak.

Ramirez, who was 4-for-5, also singled and doubled after going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs the night before. Jason Kendall added a solo homer for the Pirates, who won for the fifth time in 20 games.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 0

ST. LOUIS -- Making his first start since being acquired from San Diego, Woody Williams didn't allow a run and struck out five as St. Louis beat Florida.

Padres 2, Reds 0

SAN DIEGO -- Brian Tollberg, recalled from Triple-A Portland before the game, allowed only four hits in eight innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Tollberg (5-3), who allowed just two runners to reach third base, struck out out six and did not walk a batter to snap the Reds' seven-game winning streak.

Phil Nevin drove in both runs, the first on a solo homer in the fifth inning, his 30th of the season. Nevin reached the 30-home run mark for the second straight season.

Nevin added a run-scoring single in the sixth when he nearly hit another homer off Chris Reitsma (5-11). Nevin lined a ball off the left-field wall that scored Damian Jackson, who singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a groundout.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances. The game lasted just one hour and 59 minutes.

Tollberg suffered a fractured right middle finger on a comebacker from Cincinnati's Sean Casey on May 6. The injury put Tollberg on the disabled list and he missed 62 games.

In two starts last month, Tollberg allowed eight runs on 17 hits in 10 innings before the Padres sent him to Portland on July 23.

Reitsma allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. The rookie, who struck out four and and walked one, was making his first start since July 22.

Notes: The Reds were held without a home run after hitting 10 in the last two games. ... Nevin joined Fred McGriff (1991-92) as the only players in team history with back-to-back 30 home run seasons. ... To make room for Tollberg, the Padres optioned RHP Wascar Serrano to Portland. The team also designated OF Emil Brown for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP David Lundquist from Portland.



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