CHICAGO -- Rookie Mark Prior struck out 12 in six innings -- including seven in a row -- and Sammy Sosa hit his 41st homer as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 6-4 Thursday and avoided a four-game sweep.
Prior, whose season high of 13 strikeouts was set Aug. 4 against Colorado, got his first six strikeouts during the streak on missed swings. The seven in a row tied the Cubs record shared by Jamie Moyer and Kerry Wood..
Padres 5, Mets 3
NEW YORK -- Tom Lampkin had three hits and two RBIs as San Diego capitalized on three New York errors to extend the Mets' longest home losing streak in 22 years.
Diamondbacks 7, Reds 2
CINCINNATI -- Randy Johnson recovered from a one-day illness and gave up only two hits in eight innings, striking out 11, as Arizona finished off a sweep of Cincinnati.
Johnson (18-4) allowed Brandon Larson's solo homer in the second but extended his winning streak to five games.
Dodgers 1, Expos 0
MONTREAL -- Right fielder Shawn Green threw out the potential tying run at home plate to end the game as Los Angeles beat Montreal.
Omar Daal (10-6) and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter for the Dodgers, who got good news earlier in the day when they activated Kevin Brown from the 15-day disabled list.
Cardinals 11, Pirates 5
PITTSBURGH -- Pinch-hitter Eli Marrero hit a tiebreaking single, and Tino Martinez added a three-run double in a six-run ninth inning as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh for its season-high sixth straight win.
Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones hits a two-run single off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Robb Nen to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning as catcher Benito Sanitago looks on in Atlanta Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002.
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The Cardinals extended their lead in the NL Central to four games over Houston.
Phillies 5, Brewers 0
PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Roa scattered four singles over a career-high seven innings for his first win in more than five years as Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of Milwaukee.
Bobby Abreu and Jeremy Giambi each hit a two-run homer off Ruben Quevedo (6-11) in the first inning for the Phillies, who have won four straight.
Braves 3, Giants 3, 10 inn.
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning off Robb Nen, then rain halted the game in the top of the 10th with Atlanta and San Francisco tied.
The tie left the Giants one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL wild-card race. After a delay of 2 hours, 33 minutes, umpires finally gave up on trying to resume the game.
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