Phillies' Burrell buries Giants with two taters

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO Pat Burrell hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the 10th, giving the Philadelphia Phillies an 8-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Burrell and Jimmy Rollins two Bay area natives homered in the 10th off Jim Brower (7-4) as Philadelphia rallied from a late three-run deficit to snap a three-game losing streak. The Phillies handed San Francisco just its third loss in the last 18 games at Pacific Bell Park.

Jim Thome hit an early 441-foot homer for the Phillies, while Tomas Perez, Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu also had run-scoring hits. Turk Wendell (3-2) pitched two scoreless for the victory.

Cody Ransom hit his first major league homer and Neifi Perez had a two-run double for the Giants.

Cardinals 3, Braves 1

ST. LOUIS Garrett Stephenson dominated into the eighth inning and Eduardo Perez had two hits and an RBI as St. Louis beat Atlanta.

The Cardinals ended an eight-game losing streak against the Braves that extended to May 2002. Albert Pujols got an infield hit in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 23 games. He leads the majors with a .370 average and is 35-for-90 (.389) during the streak.

Stephenson (6-11) allowed a run on six hits in 7 1-3 innings with one strikeout and two walks in his 100th career start. His career record in August improved to 10-1. Jason Isringhausen picked up his 10th save in 11 chances.

Shane Reynolds (9-6) took the loss for Atlanta.

Expos 3, Astros 1

HOUSTON Livan Hernandez threw a six-hitter for his fifth complete game of the season as Montreal snapped an eight-game road losing streak.

Hernandez (12-7), who won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions, tied Philadelphia's Kevin Millwood and San Francisco's Jason Schmidt for the most complete games in the NL. He threw 126 pitches, struck out nine and walked two in his second complete game in his last three games, and 28th of his career.

Montreal had last won on the road on July 18, when the Expos beat Philadelphia 3-1. It was just their second win in their last 14 road games.

Jared Hernandez (1-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings in the loss. He struck out four and walked three.

Marlins 7, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE Mark Redman dominated the Brewers for the third time this season as Florida beat Milwaukee.

Redman (10-5) allowed one run on six hits in eight innings, including just two harmless singles after the second inning. He walked one and struck out seven in sending the Brewers to their fourth straight loss.

On April 24 at Miami, Redman allowed two earned runs in nine innings in a 4-2 victory over Milwaukee, and surrendered one unearned run in eight innings of a 12-4 win at Miller Park on June 10.

In his second major league start, David Manning (0-2) surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in 2 2-3 innings. He nearly didn't make it out of the first, when he allowed four earned runs on four hits and needed 36 pitches to retire the side.

Pirates 10, Rockies 4

DENVER Reggie Sanders and Brian Giles each hit two-run home runs to help Jeff D'Amico win for the first time in six starts for Pittsburgh.

Sanders hit his 22nd homer in the fourth inning and went 2-for-5, and Giles hit his 14th during the Pirates' five-run sixth.

D'Amico (7-11), rocked for eight runs in five innings last Sunday in a 16-4 loss to the Rockies, allowed four runs three earned and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

He had lost his last three decisions since winning July 6 against Houston.

Darren Oliver (10-7) lost for the first time this season at Coors Field in nine starts. Oliver allowed nine runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Dodgers 6, Cubs 1

LOS ANGELES Wilson Alvarez scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, and Dave Roberts hit his first inside-the-park home run as Los Angeles won its sixth straight.

Alvarez (2-1), making a spot start, retired 17 of his last 18 batters, struck out six and walked none in his third start this season and first since July 13 delaying Chicago manager Dusty Baker's 900th regular-season victory for at least another day.

Roberts, whose hamstring problems have landed him on the DL twice this season, lined a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line leading off the first inning and circled the bases as the ball struck the front of the box seats and caromed past Moises Alou.

Matt Clement (9-10) allowed five runs, six hits and four walks in five innings, including a two-run homer by Robin Ventura.

Diamondbacks 2, Mets 1

PHOENIX Steve Finley hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Arizona to a victory over New York.

Finley pulled a 2-2 pitch from John Franco an estimated 398 feet into the right-field seats, sending the Diamondbacks to their fifth win in seven games.

Rod Barajas drove in Arizona's first run with a sacrifice fly in the third, and Stephen Randolph (6-0) allowed one hit in two innings for the victory.

Reds 9, Padres 5

SAN DIEGO Reggie Taylor's second career grand slam helped Aaron Harang to his first National League victory for Cincinnati.

Taylor, who entered as a pinch runner in the seventh, hit a curveball from Mike Matthews in the eighth to break open a close game and give Cincinnati a 9-3 lead.

Harang (1-0), 1-3 with a 5.34 ERA with Oakland before he was traded to Cincinnati on July 30, allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Oliver Perez allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings in his first loss since July 17.

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