Sheffield lifts LA past Braves

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally Los Angeles to a 4-2 victory over Atlanta on Monday.

Mike Remlinger (3-3) allowed a one-out single to Adrian Beltre and walked Jeff Reboulet, then retired Shawn Green on a flyout. Jose Cabrera relieved and Sheffield hit his 31st homer.

Greg Maddux allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked none. Maddux, who left with a 2-1 lead, was attempting to become the major league's second 18-game winner, following Arizona's Curt Schilling.

Giants 6, Mets 5

NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds hit his major league-leading 56th home run and San Francisco beat New York.

J.T. Snow broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Rick White (3-5) as the Giants averted a four-game sweep at Shea Stadium.

Bonds also doubled, singled and walked.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a leadoff homer against Giants' reliever Felix Rodriguez (8-1) in the eighth, tying it at 4.

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Person allowed one run in eight innings, and Marlon Anderson's RBI single drove in the go-ahead run for Philadelphia.

Person (12-6) gave up five hits, tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and won for the eighth time in nine decisions as the Phillies closed within one game of first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

Reggie Sanders hit his 29th homer and fourth in four games for Arizona, whose lead over San Francisco in the West was cut to 2 1/2 games.

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth, finishing the six-hitter for his 34th save in 36 chances.

Padres 8, Marlins 3

MIAMI -- Damian Jackson hit a three-run homer, and Phil Nevin added a solo shot as San Diego routed Florida.

The Padres roughed up Marlins starter A.J. Burnett, who pitched a no-hitter against them May 12 in San Diego.

Burnett (9-10) allowed seven runs on eight hits and five walks in five innings. He struck out eight and hit a batter, losing for the fifth time in six decisions.

Nevin connected off Burnett for his career-high 32nd homer in the fifth inning, and Ray Lankford went 2-for-2 with a double for San Diego.

Brewers 12, Pirates 5

MILWAUKEE -- Richie Sexson homered twice and drove in five runs to help Rocky Coppinger win for the first time in nearly two years as Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.

Coppinger (1-0), who missed all of last season recovering from elbow surgery, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings for his first victory since Oct. 1, 1999, against Cincinnati.

Coppinger made his first start of the year after two relief appearances. Mike Buddie allowed two runs in four innings for his second save.

Pittsburgh starter Joe Beimel (5-11) gave up six runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings as the Pirates (48-82) fell 34 games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 1986 season.

Sexson set a career high with his 32nd home run, and Jose Hernandez homered in the seventh for Milwaukee.

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