Mets pound Diamondbacks 18-4

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005


  Washington Nationals' Jose Vidro, left, tags out Cincinnati Reds' Felipe Lopez, right, who attempted to steal second base in the first inning, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at RFK Stadium in Washington. Backing up the play is shortstop Jamey Carroll, center. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivai

Washington Nationals' Jose Vidro, left, tags out Cincinnati Reds' Felipe Lopez, right, who attempted to steal second base in the first inning, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at RFK Stadium in Washington. Backing up the play is shortstop Jamey Carroll, center.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivai

PHOENIX — David Wright and Mike Jacobs both hit two homers and Jacobs and Jose Reyes each had four RBIs as New York pounded Arizona for a second straight night with an 18-4 victory on Wednesday.

The Mets, who beat the Diamondbacks 14-1 on Tuesday, set season highs for hits (20) and runs in their third straight win and seventh in nine games. The Mets set a team record with 13 extra base hits.

Jae Seo (6-1) held the Diamondbacks to seven hits and two runs over seven innings to win his fifth straight start. He drove in two runs.

The Diamondbacks trailed 17-0 when Conor Jackson had an RBI single and Kelly Stinnett added a run-scoring double in the seventh.

Braves 3, Cubs 1

CHICAGO — Rafael Furcal hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning for Atlanta to capitalize on pitcher Mark Prior's error.

The Cubs led 1-0 when Braves rookie Jeff Francoeur led off the seventh with a bunt single. When Ryan Langerhans followed with another bunt, Prior (9-5) attempted to get the force at second. Instead, he threw it into center field putting runners at first and third. Langerhans reached second on Prior's wild pitch. After an out, Furcal hit a hard shot that deflected off Chicago first baseman Derrek Lee and scored two runs. Furcal then stole second and scored on Marcus Giles' single, chasing Prior, who gave up four hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Nationals 5, Reds 3

WASHINGTON — John Patterson scattered 10 hits over 8 1-3 innings, working out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh, to lead Washington.

Patterson (8-4) gave up three runs and allowed leadoff singles in every inning from the fourth through the seventh. Chad Cordero got the final two outs for his major league-leading 40th save.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Chris Carpenter became the major leagues' first 18-game winner and Albert Pujols hit his 34th home run for St. Louis.

Carpenter (18-4) is 10-0 in his last 13 starts, all St. Louis victories. He allowed three runs and four hits in eight innings, improving to 10-0 on the road.

Brewers 6, Marlins 4

MILWAUKEE — Rookie Rickie Weeks drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth inning and Milwaukee took advantage of four Florida errors.

Weeks broke a 4-4 tie with a single off Marlins starter A.J. Burnett that scored Damian Miller from second. J.J. Hardy also came around to score when the ball scooted past right fielder Jeff Conine.

Burnett (12-7) was burned by three errors in the first inning, none costlier than his own.

Padres 7, Astros 4

SAN DIEGO — Trevor Hoffman earned his 425th save to take sole possession of second place on the career list and San Diego climbed back to .500.

Hoffman broke a tie with John Franco for second place, pitching the ninth for his 32nd save this year.

Brian Giles had three hits and two RBIs, Joe Randa had three hits and three runs, and Miguel Olivo drove in three runs for San Diego (63-63). Giles was 7-for-12 with five RBIs in the series.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES — Aaron Miles and Matt Holliday hit run-scoring doubles in the eighth inning to snap a scoreless tie and Colorado went on to its 15th road victory of the season.

Pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan hit a one-out double before Miles sliced a pitch from Steve Schmoll (4-3) down the left field line to put the Rockies ahead. Holliday also went the opposite way, hitting a liner down the right field line off Yhency Brazoban with two outs to drive in Miles with what proved to be the deciding run.

Phillies 7, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Bobby Abreu had three hits and drove in two runs, and Philadelphia maintained its lead in the NL wild-card race.

Robinson Tejeda (4-3), moved from the rotation to the bullpen until Philadelphia next needs its fifth starter in early September, pitched two scoreless innings for the victory after starter Cory Lidle left in the fifth with a strained left side muscle.

American League

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chip Ambres' sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Kansas City a 4-3 victory over Boston on Wednesday night.

David DeJesus walked with one out in the 11th and went to second on Terrence Long's third single of the game. After Bronson Arroyo (10-9) walked Mike Sweeney, Ambres lifted a fly ball to medium left. Manny Ramirez's throw was straight to the plate but Ambres slid in safely to give the Royals their third win in four games since losing a franchise-record 19 straight.

Athletics 9, Tigers 2

DETROIT — Kirk Saarloos pitched seven scoreless innings and was backed by four home runs as Oakland snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak.

Eric Chavez, who missed the previous night's game to be with his wife and newborn son, singled in his first two appearances, then hit a solo homer off reliever Roman Colon during Oakland's four-run fourth inning.

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 5

NEW YORK — Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer off Mike Mussina in a nine-run fifth inning and Toronto went on to snap a five-game losing streak.

Russ Adams added a two-run double in the inning, when the Blue Jays scored eight times off Mussina (12-8) in their biggest inning since a nine-run sixth against the Angels on June 15, 1999. They had seven hits off Mussina and Felix Rodriguez, and 10 consecutive batters reached with one out.

Angels 3, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE — Bartolo Colon came within one out of a complete game, earning his American League-leading 17th win for Los Angeles.

Colon (17-6) allowed five hits and walked one in improving to 6-0 in his last seven starts since July 16. The victory put him within three of becoming the Angels' first 20-game winning since Nolan Ryan in 1974.

After Rafael Palmeiro hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, Francisco Rodriguez retired Javy Lopez for his 30th save.

Devil Rays 13, Indians 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Seth McClung won his third straight start and Travis Lee drove in four runs as Tampa Bay stopped Cleveland's six-game winning streak.

Victor Martinez homered and had two RBIs for the Indians, who had won nine straight on the road.

McClung (5-7) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings for Tampa Bay, which has won nine of 12.

Lee, who had 11 RBIs over his previous 50 games, had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the third off Scott Elarton (7-7). Lee's fourth RBI came on a groundout the eighth.

Rangers 8, Mariners 1

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookie Juan Dominguez pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his second career victory, and Kevin Mench homered for Texas.

Dominguez (1-3) gave up one run and five walks while striking out three in his 10th major league start.

Mench, Rod Barajas and Hank Blalock each had two hits for the Rangers. Mench, 9-for-13 in his last four games, hit a two-run homer — his 22nd — in the fifth off Ryan Franklin (6-14) to improve to 11-for-17 with four homers against him.

John Wasdin pitched the final three innings for his second save.

White Sox 6, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS — Carl Everett homered and drove in four runs and Mark Buehrle scattered six hits over eight innings as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak to Minnesota.

Buehrle (14-6), benefiting from four double plays, gave up one run and struck out six without allowing a walk to end a personal five-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Everett and former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski each had three hits for Chicago, which had lost eight of its last nine.

Dustin Hermanson gave up an RBI double to Matthew LeCroy in the ninth but got the last two outs for his 31st save. LeCroy spoiled Buehrle's shutout bid with a two-out homer in the seventh.

Joe Mays (6-9) gave up nine hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings for the Twins.

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