Mets up wild-card lead over Arizona

New York's Hampton stymies Diamondbacks in return from rib injury

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2000

NEW YORK -- Mike Hampton (13-7) showed no ill effects from the cracked rib that sidelined him, pitching eight sharp innings as the New York Mets, despite being robbed by Steve Finley's spectacular catch, beat Arizona 2-1 Sunday.

New York increased its wild card lead over the Diamondbacks to 5 1/2 games, scoring the tiebreaking run in the seventh on Todd Zeile's RBI grounder.

Cardinals 7, Braves 2

ATLANTA -- Darryl Kile (15-9) pitched an eight-hitter and St. Louis scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings for their first series victory at Turner Field since it opened in 1997.

St. Louis took three of four games from the Braves, also winning their first season series (4-3) since 1994. Atlanta's lead over the Mets in the NL East fell to one game, the smallest margin since July 1.

Phillies 2, Giants 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Bobby Abreu homered twice, including a game-winning, inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the 10th inning, to lead Philadelphia.

Abreu hit the second pitch from Aaron Fultz (3-2) to deep center field. Calvin Murray made a leaping attempt but couldn't make the catch. The ball caromed away from Murray and Abreu circled the bases.

Rockies 9, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH -- Todd Helton homered and doubled to up his average to .394, and Brian Bohanon backed his own effective pitching with a two-run double as Colorado finished a three-game sweep.

Bohanon (8-9) allowed four singles in his first complete game since Sept. 3 against the New York Mets, and had two hits as the Rockies outscored the Pirates 26-9 in the series.

Astros 7, Expos 3

MONTREAL -- Tony Eusebio homered and doubled twice to extend his career-best hitting streak to 23 games and Scott Elarton pitched his second career complete game for Houston.

Elarton (15-4), who also pitched a complete game against Montreal on Aug. 6, allowed six hits, including Brian Schneider's two-run double in the sixth, and seven walks. He struck out six.

Dodgers 7, Cubs 6

CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood struck out 11 for his first double-digit strikeout game in almost two years, but his bullpen failed him as Los Angeles rallied for the win.

With the game tied at 6, pinch-hitter Jeff Branson walked to lead off the 10th against Todd Van Poppel (2-4) and advanced on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice and Bruce Aven's groundout. Branson then scored on a 2-0 wild pitch to Alex Cora.

Padres 2, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Klesko's run-scoring single in the eighth inning lifted San Diego past Milwaukee.

After starter John Snyder held San Diego to just three hits in seven scoreless innings, the Padres rallied against reliever David Weathers (3-5) in the eighth.

Marlins 7, Reds 6

MIAMI -- Mike Lowell homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as Florida overcame five RBIs by Dante Bichette to beat Cincinnati.

The Reds, who had won three straight, blew a 6-3 lead in the eighth inning a stranded a season-high 14 runners.

Lowell hit his 18th homer on a 3-1 pitch from Danny Graves (10-5) as Florida snapped a three-game losing streak.

Dan Miceli (6-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.



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