Prior back on right track for Cubs

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2004

DENVER Mark Prior pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight by completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 5-1 victory Thursday.

Derrek Lee and Corey Patterson each hit a solo home run off Jason Jennings (10-9) for the Cubs, who moved a season-high 12 games over .500 (60-48) and swept Colorado at Coors Field for the first time.

Dodgers 8, Pirates 3

LOS ANGELES Milton Bradley hit two home runs, including one of three straight by Los Angeles in the first inning, and the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh to finish their first season sweep of any NL team since moving to the West Coast in 1958.

Jayson Werth, Adrian Beltre and Jose Hernandez also homered for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who outscored the Pirates 30-16 in their six meetings.

Reds 12, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO Aaron Harang pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and Sean Casey went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in Cincinnati's victory over slumping San Francisco.

Adam Dunn's three-run homer capped the Reds' 10-run rally in the eighth inning against San Francisco's miserable bullpen. Dunn hit his third homer in two days, and Casey had a two-run single for his 1,000th career hit as Cincinnati padded its second straight victory after losing 11 of 12.

Mets 11, Brewers 6

MILWAUKEE David Wright homered and drove in six runs, helping Victor Zambrano win his New York debut in a victory over Milwaukee.

Wright, who entered with only four career RBIs, hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a three-run double in the fourth as the Mets completed a three-game sweep. The highly touted third baseman finished one short of the team record for RBIs by a rookie, set by Jeromy Burnitz on Aug. 5, 1993, against Montreal.

Marlins 11, Diamondbacks 5

PHOENIX Carl Pavano pitched into the eighth inning on three days' rest and hit an RBI single, leading Florida past Arizona.

Paul Lo Duca and Miguel Cabrera homered for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Cardinals 2, Expos 1

ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Chris Carpenter (12-4) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings.

Jim Edmonds also connected for the Cardinals, who have won 13 of 17 to move a season-high 31 games over .500. Jose Vidro had an RBI double for Montreal.

Braves 6, Astros 5

HOUSTON Pinch-hitter Marcus Giles' sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth for Atlanta.

With the game tied at 5, J.D. Drew hit a leadoff single and Chipper Jones doubled off reliever Dan Miceli (4-6). After an intentional walk to Andruw Jones loaded the bases, Giles hit a lazy fly to right that scored Drew.

Phillies 5, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO David Bell hit a two-run single off Trevor Hoffman in the 10th to give the Phillies their third straight win.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Bell singled to right field in front of a diving Brian Giles to score Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco. The win kept the Phillies 4 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

Felix Rodriguez (4-5) pitched a hitless inning for the win, and Tim Worrell got three outs for his 13th save.

In the 10th, Rollins hit a one-out infield single off Hoffman (2-2) and Polanco followed with a ground-rule double. Hoffman intentionally walked Bobby Abreu to load the bases and then struck out Jim Thome, bringing up Bell.

San Diego dropped to a season-high 6 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West.

Phillies starter Kevin Millwood left after two innings with inflammation in his right elbow.

The Padres received a solid start from Sterling Hitchcock, who made his first appearance in more than 10 months. He allowed three runs on four hits in six innings.

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