Giants hand Mets 11th straight loss

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Jensen pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in eight starts and the San Francisco Giants extended the New York Mets' longest losing streak since 1991 to 11 games with a 3-1 victory Thursday.

San Francisco won all six meetings with the Mets this season, just the second time in franchise history the Giants have swept a season series. They beat Florida nine times in 1998.

The Giants remained 2 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL wild card race.

Dodgers 6, Marlins 2

LOS ANGELES -- Hideo Nomo beat Florida for the first time in 11 decisions and Chad Kreuter went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for Los Angeles.

Shawn Green hit a tie-breaking two run single in the seventh to help the Dodgers win for the 11th time in 14 games.

Nomo (12-6) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh, when the Dodgers scored three runs against Graeme Lloyd (3-4).

Padres 9, Braves 2

SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Mike Bynum shut down baseball's best team in just his second big league start as San Diego beat Atlanta to take two of three from the Braves.

Bynum (1-0), who was promoted from Triple-A Portland on Friday and got a no-decision at Montreal on Saturday, held Atlanta to two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked two.

Braves starter Jason Marquis (8-8) left with a bruised left calf after he was hit by Phil Nevin's line drive in the third inning, and center fielder Andruw Jones strained his left shoulder and right wrist making a diving catch of Bynum's fly ball in the sixth.

Rockies 14, Expos 6

DENVER -- Jay Payton homered and drove in a career-high five runs and Todd Zeile had a home run and three RBIs in Colorado's victory over Montreal.

Payton went 4-for-5 with a triple and three runs. He's batting .408 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 71 at-bats since being acquired from the New York Mets on July 31.

Brent Butler had three RBIs and Todd Helton hit a two-run homer for the Rockies, who took two of three from the Expos.

Phillies 7, Brewers 0

MILWAUKEE -- Randy Wolf allowed four hits in eight innings and hit his first career home run to lead Philadelphia past Milwaukee.

Wolf (9-7) struck out seven and walked four as the Brewers fell to 7-20 against left-handers this season. The Phillies are 6-0 in Wolf's last six starts.

Pat Burrell and Placido Polanco hit solo home runs for the Phillies, who pounded Milwaukee pitchers for 27 hits and 20 runs in winning twice after losing the series opener.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

ST. LOUIS -- Fernando Vina doubled in two runs with one out in the ninth inning to lift St. Louis past Pittsburgh.

With the Cardinals down 4-2, Tino Martinez led off the ninth with a double off closer Mike Williams (1-5), and scored on Edgar Renteria's single. One out later, Renteria advanced to third on pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo's single.

Astros 9, Cubs 1

HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt pitched eight innings for his sixth straight win and Brad Ausmus homered in Houston's six-run first.

Oswalt (16-6) allowed only a solo homer to Fred McGriff in the seventh inning as he improved to 4-0 in five starts against Chicago this season. Oswalt struck out six.

Cubs starter Steve Smyth (1-2) retired only one batter, giving up six run, four hits and three walks.

Diamondbacks 6, Reds 3

PHOENIX -- Tony Womack extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning as Arizona beat Cincinnati to sweep the six-game season series.

Steve Finley added a solo shot, and four relievers combined for four scoreless innings in support of Miguel Batista (7-7) to help the Diamondbacks win for the 11th time in 12 games.

Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his 31st save, breaking the franchise record set by Gregg Olson in 1998. Reds starter Chris Reitsma (4-9) dropped to 1-9 in his last 11 starts.

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