Padres keep Braves feeling unsafe at home

Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2005

ATLANTA — Xavier Nady hit a grand slam off rookie Joey Devine in the 13th inning to lead the San Diego Padres past Atlanta 7-2 on Saturday, handing the Braves their third straight loss at Turner Field.

Devine (0-1), the Braves’ first-round pick in the June draft, was called up from Double-A Mississippi before the game, took an early morning flight to Atlanta and made his major league debut on 45 minutes sleep.

The right-hander pitched a scoreless 12th and was one pitch from finishing the 13th when Nady connected with a 1-2 fastball, sending a 415-foot drive into the center-field seats.

The Padres loaded the bases on Eric Young’s single and two walks, one of them intentional. After Nady’s 13th homer, the Padres added another run on Miguel Olivo’s run-scoring single off John Foster.

First-place Atlanta has its first three-game home losing streak. Overall, it’s only the third time the Braves have lost three in a row.

Rudy Seanez (4-1) pitched a scoreless 12th.

Cardinals 4, Giants 2

ST. LOUIS — Matt Morris (13-5) earned his 100th win and Jim Edmonds scored twice, leading St. Louis over San Francisco.

Mark Grudzielanek’s single snapped a 2-all tie in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals added one more run with another successful suicide squeeze. Albert Pujols and John Mabry each had an RBI for St. Louis, which activated right fielder Larry Walker from the disabled list before the game.

Jason Isringhausen got four outs for his 32nd save in 35 opportunities. He retired pinch-hitter Moises Alou on a routine fly with the bases loaded to end it.

Morris (100-57) is the first Cardinals hurler to reach the 100-win mark since Bob Forsch in 1982. The right-hander is 7-2 in 12 starts at home this season and has won four of his last five at Busch Stadium.

Kevin Correia (2-4) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings.

Dodgers 11, Marlins 6

MIAMI — Helped by Hee-Seop Choi’s three hits, Los Angeles ended Florida’s shutout streak and came from behind twice.

Choi went 3-for-3 with two RBIs against his former team, scored three times and started a decisive rally in the seventh inning. Dioner Navarro drove in two runs with his first career double in the second to end the Marlins’ streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

Brian Moehler, bidding for Florida’s fourth shutout in a row, lasted only two-plus innings and gave up four runs.

Choi had a single, double and triple, and was hit by a pitch from Ron Villone (0-2) to start a comeback in the seventh.

Elmer Dessens (1-1), the second of six Los Angeles pitchers, worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings. With the bases loaded, Duaner Sanchez got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a game-ending double play for his third save.

Brewers 3, Astros 2

HOUSTON — Ben Sheets scattered eight hits in his fourth complete game of the season, and Geoff Jenkins hit a tiebreaking home run as Milwaukee beat Houston.

The Astros, who have lost six of eight, slipped one-half game behind Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.

Jenkins snapped a 2-all tie in the seventh with his 17th home run off Chad Harville (0-2).

Sheets (9-9) struck out eight and walked none in his 11th career complete game. He has allowed only eight walks in his last 11 games.

Phillies 6, Pirates 1

PHILADELPHIA — Brett Myers pitched his second complete game this season and Chase Utley and David Bell drove in two runs apiece, leading Philadelphia over Pittsburgh.

The Phillies snapped a two-game skid and regained the lead in the NL wild-card race. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of NL East-leading Atlanta.

Myers (11-6) allowed six hits, including three infield singles, in his best outing since beating Colorado 5-3 on July 29.

Dave Williams (10-9) allowed five runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Mets 9, Nationals 8

NEW YORK — Chris Woodward’s pinch-hit single in the 10th inning drove in the winning run, and New York beat Washington despite blowing an eight-run lead after Pedro Martinez left.

Gerald Williams walked with one out in the 10th against reliever Gary Majewski (2-3). After Kaz Matsui flied out, Jose Reyes walked. Woodward hit for winning pitcher Roberto Hernandez (6-5) and singled up the middle, scoring Williams from second.

Brian Schneider drove in four runs as the Nationals rallied against the New York bullpen. His two-run, two-out double in the ninth against Mets closer Braden Looper capped Washington’s comeback and cost Martinez his first win in almost a month.

Rockies 4, Cubs 2

DENVER — Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and Dustan Mohr homered off Kerry Wood and drove in two runs, leading Colorado over Chicago.

The last-place Rockies won for the third time in nine games, snapping Chicago’s three-game winning streak.

Cook (2-1) allowed one run and seven hits for his second consecutive win. He has yielded seven earned runs in 31 1-3 innings over his last four starts.

Mike DeJean gave up a run in the eighth before Brian Fuentes worked the ninth for his 21st save in 24 opportunities. He retired Derrek Lee on a grounder with a runner on to end it.

Glendon Rusch (5-6) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He is 0-3 in his last six starts and hasn’t won since June 2.

Diamondbacks 6, Reds 2

CINCINNATI — Javier Vazquez (10-12) allowed one run in eight innings and Tony Clark hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth to send Arizona over Cincinnati.

After wasting opportunities in the first seven innings against Reds starter Aaron Harang, the Diamondbacks broke through in the eighth against Jason Standridge (2-2).

With the score tied at 1, Royce Clayton led off with a walk and moved to second on Luis Gonzalez’s single. Clark, whose sixth-inning double snapped a 2-for-15 slump, followed with his 22nd homer, a 416-foot shot into the right-field bleachers.

Arizona improved to 4-7 on its season-high 12-game road trip, which ends Sunday. Cincinnati has lost five of seven.

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