Hampton tops Brewers, takes sixth straight

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

MILWAUKEE Mike Hampton won his sixth straight decision and Vinny Castilla drove in three runs with a triple and a homer in the Atlanta Braves' 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Hampton (9-5) allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one in his first complete game since July 23, 2001. He didn't allow a hit until Eddie Perez grounded a ball through the right side of the infield with two outs in the fifth.

Giants 7, Pirates 5

SAN FRANCISCO Jeffrey Hammonds fouled off a bunt try and then hit his first homer for San Francisco, a two-run shot that broke a seventh-inning tie and sent the Giants over Pittsburgh.

It was 5-all when Jose Cruz Jr. drew a leadoff walk in the Giants seventh from Brian Boehringer (5-3). Hammonds tried to sacrifice but fouled it off before homering into the left-field stands on a 3-2 pitch.

Hammonds started the year with Milwaukee and hit .158 with a home run and three RBIs in 10 games. He was released by the Brewers on June 4, signed a minor league deal with San Francisco on July 2 and was promoted to the majors at the end of the month.

Rockies 4, Phillies 3

DENVER Todd Helton and Chris Stynes homered as Colorado came back to beat Kevin Millwood and Philadelphia.

Helton homered for the second straight day. Stynes connected in the seventh inning, breaking a 3-3 tie with his ninth home run of the year.

Bobby Abreu and Placido Polanco homered for the Phillies.

Cubs 9, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and Moises Alou and Eric Karros also connected for Chicago, which completed a three-game sweep.

The Cubs, chasing Houston for the NL Central lead, have won nine of 12. Six Cubs players had two hits apiece and four had two RBIs each.

Chicago led the last-place Padres in every inning of the series and outscored them 15-5.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 0

ST. LOUIS Albert Pujols reached 100 RBIs, scored his 100th run and extended his hitting streak to 21 games as St. Louis beat Florida.

Brett Tomko (8-7) pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning as the Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep. The Marlins have won nine of 12.

Mets 5, Astros 4

HOUSTON Tony Clark hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, helping Steve Trachsel earn his 100th career victory as New York beat Houston.

Clark's homer was his 15th of the season and fifth in five games for the Mets, who won two of three games in the series against the NL Central leaders. Timo Perez and Marco Scutaro also homered for New York.

Jeff Bagwell hit two homers giving him 27 and tied Duke Snider for 34th on the career list with 407. Bagwell went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Astros.

Dodgers 4, Reds 3

LOS ANGELES Eric Gagne tied the major league record for consecutive saves from the start of a season, and Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead two-run double as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati.

Gagne, the fourth Dodgers pitcher, struck out the side in the ninth for his 46th straight regular-season save and 38th this year, matching the record Jose Mesa set in 1995 with Cleveland. Mesa finished that season 46-for-48.

It's the fourth time this season Gagne saved every game of a three-game series.

Hideo Nomo (13-9) pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits including solo homers by Brandon Larson and D'Angelo Jimenez.

Cincinnati's Paul Wilson (6-9) allowed four runs two earned and eight hits in eight innings while walking five.

Diamondbacks 5, Expos 4

PHOENIX Raul Mondesi homered on Eric Knott's first pitch in the 10th inning to give Arizona a three-game sweep of Montreal.

Mondesi, acquired from the New York Yankees on July 29, smashed it 408 feet into the left-field seats for his first home run as a member of the Diamondbacks. It was Arizona's 11th one-run game in its last 13.

Knott (0-2) had pitched a hitless ninth before taking the loss. Jose Valverde (2-0) came on to get Arizona out of a bases-load, one-out jam in the ninth, then pitched a scoreless 10th to get the victory.

Shea Hillenbrand drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and single to help the Diamondbacks pull within three games of Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

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