Phillies pitcher Wolf tops the Rockies

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2004

PHILADELPHIA Pitcher Randy Wolf homered twice, giving him three this season, and threw seven solid innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 15-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Wolf, who has four career homers, went 3-for-3 and scored three runs in becoming the first major league pitcher to homer twice in a game since the Phillies' Robert Person on June 2, 2002, against Montreal.

Wolf (5-7) also won for only the third time since June 1, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking none in seven innings.

Dodgers 11, Reds 1

CINCINNATI After finding out that Ken Griffey Jr. would miss the rest of the season, the Reds were shut down by Jeff Weaver.

The NL West-leading Dodgers won for the seventh time in nine games. Jose Hernandez had a bases-loaded triple and a two-run homer, and Shawn Green added a three-run shot as Los Angeles built an 11-0 lead after the top of the fourth.

Cardinals 1, Marlins 0

MIAMI Jeff Suppan allowed just two hits in eight-plus innings, Edgar Renteria singled home the only run and the Cardinals extended their winning streak to seven games.

The Cardinals won for the 20th time in 25 games since the All-Star break. They've won the first two games in their series at Miami by a combined score of 3-1.

Braves 10, Brewers 3

ATLANTA Adam LaRoche had his first career two-homer game and J.D. Drew added a solo shot for the Braves.

Even without Chipper Jones, who sat out nursing a bruised right hand, Atlanta bounced back from a 3-2 loss in 10 innings a night earlier to win for the 15th time in 18 games.

Charles Thomas had two hits for the Braves, including a two-run single after a brief power outage in the fifth inning. With Marcus Giles batting, about half the lights at Turner Field suddenly went dark, leaving left field in shadows. All the scoreboards including the large one in center field quit working, and the press box also had no power.

Pirates 8, Giants 6

PITTSBURGH Craig Wilson hit a two-run homer in the 11th and the Pirates won their fourth straight.

Ray Durham's two-run homer in the ninth tied it for San Francisco. Barry Bonds was intentionally walked to lead off the 10th, but the Giants couldn't score after loading the bases.

Expos 7, Diamondbacks 3

MONTREAL Brian Schneider's grand slam capped Montreal's six-run outburst in the fourth inning, and the Expos extended the Arizona Diamondbacks' losing streak.

John Patterson (2-2), acquired from Arizona in March, took a shutout into the seventh and won for the first time in more than four months to help Montreal extend its winning streak to four. He allowed six hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Cubs 5, Padres 1

CHICAGO Carlos Zambrano pitched eight strong innings in his return from a suspension and Corey Patterson homered to lead the Cubs over the Padres.

Zambrano, suspended five games for hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds with a pitch last month, allowed one run and five hits and walked one and struck out six. The victory put the Cubs two games ahead of the Padres for the lead in the NL wild-card chase.

Astros 5, Mets 4

NEW YORK Brad Ausmus' RBI single in the 10th sent the Astros past the Mets on a strange and slippery night at Shea Stadium.

Morgan Ensberg had three hits for the Astros, who won for only the second time in seven games.

The teams played through a steady rain until a 55-minute delay in the sixth. Lightning flashes throughout the early innings drew gasps from a sparse crowd.

Playing without starting pitcher Tom Glavine, slugger Mike Piazza (knee) and shortstop Kaz Matsui (back), the injury-depleted Mets lost for the fourth time in five games. Piazza was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 7, because of inflammation in his left knee.

Ensberg led off the 10th with an infield single against Braden Looper (2-3), stole second and went to third on Jose Vizcaino's groundout. Ausmus hit a grounder past diving third baseman David Wright.

Brad Lidge (3-5) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win. Kirk Bullinger got three outs for his first career save.

The Astros played the game under protest after a disputed infield-fly call in the fifth. The game was held up for about 10 minutes while the umpires huddled with each other and both managers.



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