Pedro just misses no-hitter, victory

Posted: Monday, August 15, 2005

LOS ANGELES — Pedro Martinez took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Antonio Perez's triple and Jayson Werth's two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 victory Sunday over the New York Mets.

Brad Penny (6-7) scattered 10 hits in his first complete game with the Dodgers and third in 155 career starts. He struck out nine and walked none.

Marlins 4, Giants 1

MIAMI — A.J. Burnett won his sixth consecutive start, pitching into the eighth inning in 92-degree sunshine.

Juan Pierre had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for Florida. He also made a diving catch of pinch-hitter Randy Winn's short fly ball to center field with two men on to end the game.

Braves 13, Diamondbacks 8

ATLANTA — Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and threw out two runners at the plate, and Atlanta scored seven runs in the third inning.

Francoeur drove in a fourth run with a bases-loaded walk, and Chipper Jones also had four RBIs with a homer and two doubles. Rookies Ryan Langerhans and Kelly Johnson added homers for the Braves.

Pirates 8, Astros 0

HOUSTON — Dave Williams (10-8) pitched his first complete game and Jack Wilson hit a grand slam for one of Pittsburgh's four homers, leading the Pirates to their second consecutive shutout of Houston.

Jason Bay, Jose Castillo and Ryan Doumit also connected for the Pirates, who have blanked Houston four times this season. The Astros, who hold a slim lead in the NL wild-card race, have been shut out 14 times overall — most in the major leagues.

Phillies 8, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Robinson Tejeda (3-2) pitched seven strong innings and Philadelphia beat San Diego, dropping the NL West leaders below .500.

Chase Utley and Pat Burrell had two-run singles in a seven-run fifth inning for the Phillies, who moved within a half-game of Houston in the NL wild-card race with their first road sweep of a three-game series this season.

Nationals 9, Rockies 2

DENVER — John Patterson (7-3) won his third straight start with eight innings of one-run ball and Washington completed its seventh series sweep of the season.

Nick Johnson hit a three-run home run and Jose Guillen added a solo shot for the Nationals. Former Colorado outfielder Preston Wilson, acquired by Washington in July, had two hits and two RBIs.

Brewers 8, Reds 3

MILWAUKEE — Rookie Corey Hart hit his first career homer, a three-run shot that capped a five-run eighth inning, and Milwaukee snapped Cincinnati's 10-game road winning streak.

Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead single in the eighth for Milwaukee, which had lost its last five games. The Brewers also halted Cincinnati's season-high five-game winning streak.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 4

CHICAGO — Mark Prior won for the first time in almost a month, getting help from Kerry Wood out of the bullpen to lead Chicago over St. Louis.

Pinch-hitter Jose Macias hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth inning off Matt Morris (12-5), shortly after he'd been hit by a line drive.

Following an eight-game losing streak, the Cubs won three of four games from the NL Central-leading Cardinals in the spirited series at Wrigley Field.

Prior (8-4) pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and three runs in his first win since July 19. Wood struck out four in two shutout innings, the first time Chicago's hard-throwing aces pitched in the same game.

Ryan Dempster allowed an unearned run in the ninth before getting Albert Pujols on a grounder with the tying run on second base for his 16th save in 18 chances. Dempster pitched to Pujols with first base open and Jim Edmonds on deck.

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