Unit earns 19th win; strikes out 16 Cubs

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson struck out 16 to earn his 19th victory as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 7-0 Sunday.

Johnson's win total is second in the majors to teammate Curt Schilling's 21. He scattered six hits and walked two to improve to 11-0 in 12 starts against the Cubs, who were missing Sammy Sosa because of a sore neck.

Johnson (19-4) reached double-digit strikeouts for the sixth start in a row, 14th time this season and 185th in his career, second only to Nolan Ryan's 213.

The shutout was the Big Unit's third this year -- second in five starts -- and 33rd of his career. The 16 strikeouts were one short of Johnson's season high.

Erubiel Durazo hit an RBI triple and Matt Williams drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, who have won 26 of 32 games. Johnson added a two-run single in a five-run eighth.

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS -- Placido Polanco beat his former team with a go-ahead single in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia earned its first sweep at Busch Stadium since 1990.

Marlon Anderson and Pat Burrell homered as Philadelphia won its fifth in a row. At 64-65, the Phillies are within one game of .500 for the first time since the first week of the season.

The Cardinals, who lead Houston by three games in the NL Central, lost their third straight.

Astros 1, Reds 0

HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman hit his 35th homer, a career high, and rookie Kirk Saarloos allowed four hits in seven innings to lead Houston over Cincinnati.

Saarloos (6-3) struck out five and walked two, winning for the first time in three decisions since Aug. 10. He had won five starts in a row before that.

Pedro Borbon struck out three in the ninth for his first save since Aug. 20, 2000, with Toronto.

Giants 8, Expos 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds doubled twice and scored two runs, and Jason Schmidt pitched San Francisco past Montreal for his second victory on the homestand.

Benito Santiago drove in three runs and J.T. Snow knocked in two as the Giants avoided a series sweep by scoring more than three runs for the first time since Aug. 13.

Schmidt (9-6) followed up his 13-strikeout performance Tuesday night by allowing six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven to win for the fourth time in five decisions.

Mets 7, Rockies 4

DENVER -- Raul Gonzalez hit his first two major league homers and drove in four runs to lead Al Leiter and New York past Colorado.

Edgardo Alfonzo also homered and had three RBIs for the Mets, who handed Denny Neagle (7-8) his first loss in six starts.

New York has won two in a row following a 12-game losing skid.

The teams traded beanballs in the ninth inning, leading to the ejection of Rockies reliever Kent Mercker, Mets pitcher David Weathers and both managers.

Pirates 3, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE -- Kris Benson (6-6) pitched eight solid innings and Rob Mackowiak homered as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee for the 15th time this year.

Mackowiak had three hits, and Amaris Ramirez's sacrifice fly snapped a seventh-inning tie as the Pirates sent Milwaukee to its fifth consecutive loss overall.

Pittsburgh won the season series 15-4. The 15 losses to one team tied a Brewers record -- they also dropped 15 games to Baltimore and Oakland in 1973.

Marlins 7, Padres 6

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Castillo singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Florida beat San Diego to win its first road series in more than two months.

Padres pinch-runner Trenidad Hubbard was thrown out at the plate trying to score the potential tying run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.

Kevin Millar homered and drove in three runs for the Marlins. Juan Encarnacion hit a solo shot, his 20th, to set a career high.

Braves 7, Dodgers 5

LOS ANGELES -- Chipper Jones and Javy Lopez homered in a five-run first inning and Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple as Atlanta beat Los Angeles to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Dodgers lost for just the fourth time in 17 games. Their lead in the wild-card race fell to 3 1/2 game over San Francisco, who beat Montreal 8-4.

Damian Moss (7-5) got the win despite allowing five runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Dodger Kazuhisa Ishii (13-9) had his shortest outing in 26 starts, throwing 38 pitches and getting only three outs while surrendering Jones' three-run homer and a two-run shot by Lopez.

Kevin Brown, in his third relief appearance since undergoing back surgery on June 11, struck out five of his first six batters and nine in his four innings.

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