Cubs edge Brewers, keep up torrid pace

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2004

CHICAGO Corey Patterson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Cubs a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago's eighth victory in 11 games.

Mark Grudzielanek led off the inning against Luis Vizcaino (4-4) with a fly ball down the right-field line near the wall and took third when Brady Clark's relay went past second for an error. First base umpire Mark Wegner ruled it a fair ball, and replays were inconclusive. Brewers manager Ned Yost argued vehemently that the ball was foul and was ejected.

Astros 7, Phillies 4

HOUSTON Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Felix Rodriguez (5-7) following Lance Berkman's tying single, and Houston swept the season series 6-0.

Kent also connected in the second inning, and Carlos Beltran and Morgan Ensberg each homered for the Astros, whose only other season sweep was against Montreal in 2001.

Braves 8, Rockies 1

ATLANTA Chipper Jones homered twice and matched his career high with five RBIs, and Atlanta won for the 19th time in 27 games.

Eli Marrero also homered off Jeff Francis (0-1), who gave up six runs, six hits and three homers in his major league debut.

Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1

PITTSBURGH Jack Wilson and Jason Bay hit consecutive homers in the seventh off Randy Johnson (12-12), who pitched a three-hitter for his fourth complete game this season. Johnson struck out 11 and walked none.

Josh Fogg (8-9) allowed one run and six hits in eight innings, giving up an RBI single to Shea Hillenbrand in the first.

Padres 4, Mets 0

NEW YORK Brian Lawrence (13-10) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first and pitched a six-hitter for his second straight complete game, one night after David Wells came within an out of a shutout against the Mets. New York has lost four in a row, the last three to the Padres.

Mark Loretta hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth off Al Leiter (9-5), Phil Nevin homered in the sixth and San Diego added a pair of runs in the seventh on Brian Giles' sacrifice fly and Nevin's RBI single.

Expos 6, Dodgers 3

MONTREAL Brian Schneider broke a 3-all tie with a three-run homer in the sixth, and Montreal connected four times off Jose Lima (11-4), who had been 5-0 in 10 starts since Anaheim beat him 13-0 on June 25. Brad Wilkerson hit a leadoff home run in the first, and Tony Batista and Juan Rivera later homered off Lima.

The NL West-leading Dodgers fell to 1-2 on their season-high 13-game trip. Montreal manager Frank Robinson got his 900th career victory.

Cardinals 6, Reds 5

CINCINNATI Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit two-run homers, and pinch-runner Reggie Sanders scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Joe Valentine (1-2).

St. Louis, which overcame a 5-2 deficit, improved the best road record in the major leagues to 41-20, beating Cincinnati for the 14th time in 18 games this season.

Giants 6, Marlins 5

MIAMI Rudy Seanez (1-1) intentionally walked Barry Bonds to load the bases in the 10th inning, then forced home the go-ahead run by walking pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski on four pitches.

San Francisco's Pedro Feliz hit a two-run homer off Guillermo Mota to tie it at 5 in the eighth.

Jim Brower (7-6) pitched two scoreless innings, and Dustin Hermanson threw a hitless 10th for his sixth save as San Francisco remained one game behind NL wild-card leader Chicago. The Marlins, who had won their last three, fell six back.

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