Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis acts as cheerleader between outs yelling over to first baseman Carlos Delgado during the seventh inning against the Cubs at Chicago's Wrigley Field Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. Willis beat Greg Maddux to tie for the major league lead with his 18th win, driving in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the Florida Marlins' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
CHARLES REX ARBOGAST
CHICAGO Dontrelle Willis beat Greg Maddux to tie for the major league lead with his 18th win, driving in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the Florida Marlins’ 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Saturday.
Willis (18-8) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out six, walked one and hit one batter. He matched Chris Carpenter of St. Louis for the big league lead in victories and tied the Marlins’ season record, set by Carl Pavano last year. Florida moved within a half-game of Philadelphia, the NL wild-card leader.
Maddux (10-11) pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game of the season. He hit a batter with the bases loaded for just the third time in his career.
Giants 2, Mets 1
SAN FRANCISCO Jason Schmidt (11-6) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to win his third straight decision, outpitching Tom Glavine (10-11) and ending the Mets’ five-game winning streak.
Todd Linden had a run-scoring grounder and Mike Matheny hit an RBI double in a two-run second. Kaz Matsui had an RBI grounder in the fourth for New York, which had four hits and remained 1 1/2 games behind the Phillies.
After Victor Diaz’s two-out double in the ninth, the former Mets closer Armando Benitez walked Jose Offerman and retired pinch-hitter Chris Woodward on a flyout for his 250th save, his sixth this season and second since returning following surgery to reattach two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis.
Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 0
PHOENIX Alex Cintron hit a two-run, pinch homer and Brandon Webb (11-10) allowed three hits in seven innings to help Arizona stop a season-high six-game losing streak.
Jon Lieber (12-12) retired his first 14 batters and blanked the Diamondbacks on three hits through six innings. But in the seventh, Chad Tracy doubled with one out and Cintron lofted a two-out drive barely over the glove of leaping right fielder Bobby Abreu for his third pinch-hit homer of the season.
Cardinals 6, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON Jason Marquis (10-13) pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout, ending a seven-start losing streak. Marquis struck out three and walked none.
St. Louis scored four runs in four innings off Matt White (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first career start in the majors. David Eckstein drove in one of those runs, then added a two-run homer in the seventh off Mike Stanton.
Washington remained 2 1/2 games out in the wild-card race.
Braves 8, Brewers 4
MILWAUKEE John Smoltz allowed three hits in seven strong innings for his first win this month, leading Atlanta over Milwaukee.
Chipper Jones hit a tying two-run single in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on Jeff Francoeur’s single. Jones and Francoeur each had three hits and the Braves tied their season high with 17.
Smoltz (13-6) who leads the NL East-leading Braves in wins, finished August with a 1-1 mark in five starts. He came into the month with an eight-game winning streak, but had not won since beating Pittsburgh on July 31. His last road win had come on July 20 at San Francisco.
Reds 4, Pirates 2, 10 innings
PITTSBURGH Jose Mesa hit Edwin Encarnacion with a pitch to force in the go-ahead run, and Cincinnati rallied to beat Pittsburgh in 10 innings.
Rich Aurilia’s two-out, two-strike double to right-center field off Mesa (2-7) tied the game at 1 in the ninth. Aurilia’s second hit of the game scored pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz, who drew a one-out walk. It was Mesa’s fourth blown save in 31 opportunities this season.
Rockies 4, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO Todd Helton hit his third career grand slam, and Colorado beat San Diego for its fourth consecutive victory.
The Rockies, with the NL’s worst road record at 18-43, have won four straight on the road and six of seven overall. The win also allowed Colorado to set a franchise record by winning its fourth straight road series.
Sun-woo Kim (3-2) held the Padres to one run and four hits in five innings. David Cortes pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances.
Brian Lawrence (7-13) allowed just two singles until the fifth, which Omar Quintanilla and Danny Ardoin opened with back-to-back singles.
Dodgers 8, Astros 3
LOS ANGELES Jeff Kent became the first player to hit 300 home runs as a second baseman, Jose Cruz Jr. had three RBIs, and Los Angeles scored five runs in the first inning against Houston All-Star Roy Oswalt.
Edwin Jackson (1-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits, including a three-run homer by Chris Burke. Jackson, recalled from Double-A Jacksonville on Aug. 22, after Odalis Perez went on the disabled list, stranded four runners in scoring position.
Oswalt (15-11) allowed seven runs and nine hits in four-plus innings, his shortest outing this season and the first time in 21 starts that he failed to go at least six. The right-hander, who last year was the only NL pitcher to win 20 games, is 1-3 with a 2.94 ERA over his last six starts after going 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA in his previous nine outings.
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