Brewers are all wet against Phillies

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- With rain pouring through Miller Park's leaky roof again, Bobby Abreu homered and drove in four runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 13-3 Wednesday night.

Jimmy Rollins had three RBIs for the Phillies, who tied a season high with 17 hits and snapped a three-game losing streak. Joe Roa (2-1) pitched seven strong innings.

A severe thunderstorm hit the area in the fifth inning. The fan-shaped roof at Miller Park has five retractible panels, which have had problems handling a driving rain. Water poured through during the Home Run Derby at last month's All-Star game.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1

ST. LOUIS -- Chuck Finley struck out 10 in eight innings and Scott Rolen hit a two-run triple as the St. Louis beat Pittsburgh for its 10th win in 12 games.

The Cardinals scored all their runs off Josh Fogg (11-9) with two outs. Jim Edmonds walked on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded for the game's first run in the third and Albert Pujols hit an RBI single before Rolen's fourth triple in 20 games gave the Cardinals in a three-run fifth.

Astros 4, Cubs 0

HOUSTON -- Carlos Hernandez scattered four hits over six innings, pitching Houston over Chicago.

Hernandez (6-4), starting for the second time since returning from the disabled list on Sunday, beat Chicago's Mark Prior in a matchup of rookie starters.

Hernandez tied a career high with eight strikeouts and walked three. It was his first win since beating the Cubs on May 31. He had been on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder.

Giants 3, Mets 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kirk Rueter pitched five-hit ball for eight shutout innings in San Francisco's victory over New York, which lost its 10th straight.

On the heels of consecutive shutouts by teammates Livan Hernandez and Jason Schmidt, Rueter (11-7) faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings, retiring 11 straight at one point. He also was helped by four double plays while winning for the fourth time in six starts.

Braves 6, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Gary Sheffield drove in five runs on two homers and a double against his former team as Atlanta beat San Diego.

Sheffield, who was with San Diego from 1992 until being traded to Florida on June 24, 1993, went 3-for-3 and walked twice to reach base in all five plate appearances. He has 24 homers, second on the team behind Andruw Jones' 26.

Diamondbacks 11, Reds 3

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling won his major league-best 21st game, striking out nine in seven innings as Arizona kept up its mastery of Cincinnati.

The Diamondbacks have won 10 of 11, five against the Reds. They can complete a sweep of their six-game season series against the Reds with a victory Thursday night.

Steve Finley doubled, tripled and singled in his first three at-bats and drove in three runs. He had two chances to complete the cycle with a home run but struck out in the sixth and flied out to right in the eighth.

Expos 13, Rockies 5

DENVER -- Brad Wilkerson hit two of Montreal's season-high six home runs as the Expos beat Colorado.

Vladimir Guerrero, Jose Vidro, Wil Cordero and pinch-hitter Matt Cepicky also homered for the Expos, who climbed back to .500.

Dodgers 4, Marlins 3

LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Green hit a game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning after Eric Karros tied it in the ninth as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 Wednesday night.

Mike Kinkade homered for the Dodgers, whose lead in the NL wild-card race remained at 2 1/2 games over San Francisco.

Braden Looper (0-5) walked Adrian Beltre with two outs in the 10th and Green drove a 2-2 pitch to the fence in right-center, easily scoring Beltre.

Paul Shuey (2-2) pitched a hitless 10th for the victory.

Marlins rookie Michael Tejera, looking for his ninth victory and first road win in the majors, handed a 3-2 lead to Vladimir Nunez after eight innings and watched as the right-hander blew his eighth save in 28 opportunities.

Green drew a leadoff walk in the ninth, was bunted to second by Paul Lo Duca and advanced to third on a passed ball by four-time Gold Glove winner Charles Johnson. Karros singled sharply with the infield drawn in, tying the game at 3.

Juan Encarnacion had three hits for the Marlins, including a two-out RBI single in the eighth that put them ahead 3-2.

Encarnacion, batting with a wider stance lately after some instruction from hitting coach Bill Robinson, sent a broken-bat flare into center field on a 3-2 pitch from Paul Quantrill. The hit scored Derrek Lee, who walked with two out and stole second.

Encarnacion's three-hit game was his 11th this season and third since joining the Marlins from Cincinnati on July 11 in a trade for Ryan Dempster. He also had three hits in Tuesday night's 6-3 victory, including a two-run homer off Kevin Brown in Brown's second relief appearance since back surgery.

Florida tied the score at 2 in the fifth against Omar Daal with RBI singles by Johnson and Mike Mordecai, who is 11-for-43 with three RBIs since joining the Marlins on July 11 from Montreal in a multiplayer deal that sent Cliff Floyd to the Expos.

Kinkade, who led the Pacific Coast League with a .341 average for Las Vegas when he was recalled on July 21, led off the third with his first homer in a Dodgers uniform. Kinkade started in left field for Brian Jordan, who sat out for the 10th time in 11 games because of back problems.

Cesar Izturis followed Kinkade's homer with a single, beat Tejera's throw to second on Daal's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Mark Grudzielanek's single for a 2-0 lead.

Daal allowed two runs, nine hits and no walks in seven innings before he was removed for a pinch-hitter. The left-hander has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last six outings with a 2.01 ERA, but is only 3-0 during that stretch.

Tejera allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, striking out striking out two and walking none.

Notes: Kinkade's homer was his seventh in the big leagues, including two for the New York Mets in 1999 and four with Baltimore last season. Two years ago, he was the starting 3B for Tommy Lasorda's U.S. Olympic Team in the Olympic gold medal-winning game against Cuba. ... Mike Lowell ignited the fifth-inning rally with a one-out single after going hitless in his first 10 career at-bats against Daal. ... Marlins 2B Luis Castillo, who leads the majors with 39 steals, sat out his second straight game because of a sore right hand that affects his ability to bat against lefties.



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