Mets conquer Rockies in double dip

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2000

NEW YORK -- Todd Helton went 4-for-8 with three doubles and a homer to inch closer to .400, but Todd Zeile's tiebreaking homer in eighth inning helped the New York Mets sweep a doubleheader from the Colorado Rockies, 7-5 and 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Mets drew eight walks -- including two with the bases loaded in the seventh inning -- and broke a tie on a run-scoring wild pitch to win the opener.

The Mets have won 18 of 22 games to move within two games of Atlanta in the NL East.

Helton is hitting .396 -- the highest anyone has been this late in the season since George Brett was batting over .400 in September 1980 before finishing at .390. Ted Williams, who hit .406 in 1941, is the last major leaguer to hit .400 over a full season.

Zeile, whose error at first base in the seventh helped Colorado tie the game at 3, hit a 3-2 pitch from Bobby Chouinard (1-2) down the left-field line.

Bobby J. Jones (8-5) has won four straight starts and is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA since returning from a demotion to the minors.

Armando Benitez pitched the ninth inning of both games, giving him 31 saves in 35 chances. He did allow an RBI single to Larry Walker in the opener, ending a streak of 21 innings without allowing an earned run.

Dennis Cook (6-2) got one out for a win in the opener. Craig House (1-1) took the loss.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 2

CHICAGO -- Garrett Stephenson served up Sammy Sosa's major league-leading 38th home run, but he became the second St. Louis pitcher to reach 13 wins by beating the Chicago Cubs.

Sosa hit a a solo home run in the first inning, his second in as many games.

Stephenson (13-7) joined teammate Darryl Kile as he became the sixth NL pitcher to win at least 13 games. Stephenson gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out seven, and Dave Veres got the last out for his 20th save.

Jamie Arnold (0-1), in his Cubs' debut, gave up three runs and six hits in three innings.

Giants 9, Expos 7

MONTREAL -- J.T. Snow homered twice, including his seventh career grand slam, and had a career-high six RBIs.

Vladimir Guerrero homered twice for Montreal as the teams combined for eight home runs, tying the record for a game at Olympic Stadium, set by the Expos and Colorado on April 5, 1997.

Snow hit his second grand slam of the season in the first inning off Mike Johnson, a solo homer in the sixth off Felipe Lira (3-2) that put the Giants ahead 8-7 and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Miguel Del Toro (1-0) allowed one hit in two shutout innings of relief for his first major league win. Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

Diamondbacks 11, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Williams homered, doubled and drove in five runs.

Danny Bautista and Greg Colbrunn each had three hits as Arizona won its third straight. Bautista's two-run double off Wayne Gomes (4-5) broke a 6-all tie in the eighth inning.

Williams hit a two-run homer in the fourth and added a three-run double in the ninth. He has eight RBIs in two days against Philadelphia.

Byung-Hyun Kim (3-5) allowed on run in 2 2-3 innings.

Braves 3, Padres 1

ATLANTA -- Andres Galarraga hit a three-run homer deep into the left-field seats against Woody Williams (7-5) with two outs in the seventh.

John Mabry homered in the sixth off John Burkett. Reliever Mike Remlinger (5-2) worked two scoreless innings, helped by two double plays, and John Rocker pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Marlins 7, Dodgers 3

MIAMI -- Ryan Dempster (11-8) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings and struck out eight.

Matt Herges (8-2), making his second major league start, pitched six innings and allowed five runs, four earned.

Luis Castillo was 3-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to .355. Henry Rodriguez and Preston Wilson each had two hits and two RBIs.

Astros 5, Pirates 4

HOUSTON -- Jose Lima (5-14) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the fourth time in five decisions but allowed homers to Adrian Brown and Brian Giles, raising his major league-leading total to 38.

Jeff Bagwell, Daryle Ward and Chris Truby homered for Houston, which won its third straight.

Octavio Dotel pitched 1 2-3 innings for his sixth save.

Kris Benson (8-10) dropped to 0-4 in his last seven starts, giving up four runs, six hits and five walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Brewers 2, Reds 1

MILWAUKEE -- Richie Sexson, who homered earlier, singled home the winning run with two outs in bottom of the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Santiago Perez drew a leadoff walk off Mark Wohlers (1-2) in the 10th, pinch-hitter Luis Lopez sacrificed and Ron Belliard walked.

Larry Luebbers relieve41 e walked Marquis Grissom to load the bases. After Geoff Jenkins struck out, Sexson lined a 2-1 pitch to the gap in right-center field.

Curtis Leskanic (3-3) faced one batter, striking out Chris Sexton with runners on first and second in the 10th.



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