Braves hang on to beat Astros

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

HOUSTON John Thomson pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, Chipper Jones had a pair of RBI singles for Atlanta, and the Braves beat the Houston Astros 5-4 Wednesday for their 10th victory in 12 games.

Jeff Bagwell hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off closer John Smoltz, who got his 26th save in 28 chances as the NL East-leading Braves won for the eight time in 10 road games. Thomson (9-7) struck out two, walked one and retired 11 of the last 12 hitters that he faced.

Mets 6, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE First baseman Lyle Overbay botched Gerald Williams' bunt for a tiebreaking two-run error in a five-run seventh inning, and New York won consecutively for the first time in nearly a month.

The Mets overcame a 3-1 deficit in the seventh, when Doug Davis walked Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron, and Mike Adam (1-1) relieved and allowed a two-run single to Joe McEwing that tied the score. Williams bunted, and Overbay threw the ball into right field.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 1

LOS ANGELES Jose Lima pitched seven solid innings to win his fourth straight decision and Alex Cora hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh to give the Dodgers the victory.

Cora's two-out homer down the right-field line in the seventh against Josh Fogg (6-8) was his career-high seventh this season. The NL West leaders won for the 23rd time in 29 games.

Cardinals 5, Expos 4

ST. LOUIS Albert Pujols homered leading off the ninth inning, and John Mabry was 4-for-4 and four RBIs to lead the Cardinals.

Pujols' 31st homer of the season, a drive off Chad Cordero (3-2), capped the Cardinals' comeback from a 3-0 deficit.

Julian Tavarez (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the NL Central leader, which has won seven of nine.

Cubs 11, Rockies 8

DENVER Aramis Ramirez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the eighth after Nomar Garciaparra tied it on Shawn Chacon's wild pitch moments earlier.

It was a wild one at Coors Field, where the lead changed three times in the final three innings twice on home runs.

After pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, Ramirez hit a solo homer to make it 7-6. Todd Walker added a two-run homer two batters later for the Cubs, who used 15 hits to win their third straight game and fifth of six.

Diamondbacks 11, Marlins 6

PHOENIX Randy Johnson pitched solid six innings to end his three-game losing skid and Roberto Alomar had four hits and three RBIs to lead Arizona.

Alomar was 4-for-5 with a double and a homer for Arizona, which won consecutive games for the first time since June 30-July 1 against San Diego. The Diamondbacks' 11 runs were their most since an 11-5 win over San Francisco on June 3.

Phillies 7, Padres 5

SAN DIEGO Jimmy Rollins hit an inside-the-park homer and Eric Milton won for the first time in six starts.

David Bell added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who remained 4 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Philadelphia has won two straight, and three of four with four games remaining on its season-long 13-game road trip.

Milton (12-2) won for the first time since July 4 despite allowing two homers and pitching only five-plus innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits. Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Reds 8, Giants 7

SAN FRANCISCO Adam Dunn hit two homers and Felipe Lopez added a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth for the Reds, who blew a big early lead but rallied for just their second victory in 13 games.

Dunn hit his 30th and 31st homers off Brett Tomko to move into second place in the NL behind Philadelphia's Jim Thome.

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