Santos pitches Brewers to 3-1 victory over Cubs

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

MILWAUKEE Victor Santos pitched well into the seventh inning and won for the first time in a month, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Tuesday night.

Santos improved to 3-1 against the Cubs this season. He had lost five straight decisions since beating Chicago on July 16.

Bill Hall hit a two-run triple for last-place Milwaukee, which was helped by Nomar Garciaparra's error.

Astros 5, Phillies 0

PHILADELPHIA Roy Oswalt and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Raul Chavez hit a three-run double in the Houston Astros' victory over free-falling Philadelphia.

Oswalt (13-8) allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked two in 7 2-3 innings to win his fifth straight decision. Mike Gallo got one out in the eighth, and Dan Miceli pitched a perfect ninth for the Astros' third win in nine games.

Cardinals 7, Reds 2

ST. LOUIS Tony Womack scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk from Danny Graves in the eighth inning and Larry Walker hit the next pitch for a grand slam to lead the Cardinals over the Reds.

The NL Central leaders are 13-2 against the Reds this season and will try to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday. St. Louis opened a 15-game lead over second-place Chicago the Cardinals' largest advantage since winning the 1968 pennant.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX Craig Wilson and Ty Wigginton each hit home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fourth straight win.

Ryan Vogelsong (4-9) scattered six hits over seven innings for the Pirates, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. He allowed one run and struck out four in his longest outing since May 8 against Los Angeles, a span of 11 starts and 16 appearances.

Rockies 6, Mets 4

DENVER Jason Jennings overcame a slow start to pitch seven solid innings and Matt Holliday drove in the go-ahead run with a solo homer off Dan Wheeler (3-1) in the sixth for the Rockies.

Jennings added two hits and drove in a run, Aaron Miles had three hits and two RBIs, and Vinny Castilla eclipsed the 100-RBI mark to help the Rockies end a seven-game losing streak to the Mets.

Dodgers 6, Marlins 1

LOS ANGELES Wilson Alvarez won his fourth straight decision, and Steve Finley and Adrian Beltre each homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Dodgers.

Alvarez (7-3) allowed an unearned run and six hits in seven innings while striking out six and walking one.

Giants 5, Expos 4

SAN FRANCISCO J.T. Snow singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth to lead the Giants to their sixth straight victory.

Barry Bonds homered twice and Jason Schmidt pitched eight strong innings, but his bullpen blew his chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner.

Padres 11, Braves 6

SAN DIEGO Jake Peavy struck out nine in seven innings and Freddy Guzman got a hit, scored a run and had an RBI in his major league debut for the Padres.

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