Giants take seventh straight

Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2002

PHOENIX -- Kirk Rueter and three relievers combined on a five-hitter Saturday as the San Francisco Giants won their seventh in a row, 5-0 over Curt Schilling and the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks.

Schilling and teammate Randy Johnson lost consecutive starts for the first time this season. The last time the two did it was Aug. 23-25 2000, when Schilling lost to Milwaukee and, after a day off, Johnson lost to the New York Mets.

Schilling (21-5), who lost to an NL West team for the first time this season, allowed three runs on four hits and struck out nine in seven innings. His four walks, one intentional, were his most in 88 starts.

Phillies 1, Mets 0

NEW YORK -- New York completed the worst home month in NL history, losing its 13th straight game at Shea Stadium to Randy Wolf and Philadelphia.

Wolf pitched a four-hitter and Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single in the eighth inning as the Mets tied a team record for consecutive home losses set in 1979.

At 0-13, the Mets became the first NL team ever to go winless at home in a month while playing at least 10 games.

The 1996 Detroit Tigers (0-16 in September) and the 1969 expansion Seattle Pilots (0-13 in August) had been the only clubs to do it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Philadelphia won for the ninth time in 10 games and moved a season-high two games over .500. The Phillies did it behind Wolf (10-7), who extended his scoreless streak to 27 innings and retired 19 straight batters at one stretch.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 1, 1st game

Cardinals 10, Cubs 4, 2nd game

CHICAGO -- Eli Marrero's grand slam capped a six-run third inning Saturday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 10-4 to complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.

Marrero also homered in the opener, as did Albert Pujols and Eduardo Perez, leading the Cardinals to an 8-1 win. Marrero hadn't homered in six weeks before hitting two in the doubleheader.

Andy Benes (4-4) won for the fourth time in his last seven starts, allowing three hits and six walks in five innings of the nightcap. He also homered in the fourth off Jason Bere (1-10).

Braves 5, Expos 3

MONTREAL -- Andruw Jones and Mark DeRosa homered and Chris Hammond pitched two scoreless innings for his seventh relief win as Atlanta beat Montreal.

Jones led off the seventh with his 27th homer -- his first since Aug. 17 -- on an 0-2 pitch from Javier Vazquez (8-12) to break a 3-3 tie.

DeRosa, who hit an RBI single in the second, hit his second homer of the season in the fourth to put Atlanta up 3-2, but Andres Galarraga hit his eighth homer on Jason Marquis' first pitch of the sixth to tie it.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2

MIAMI -- Kevin Millar hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Florida beat Pittsburgh.

Scott Sauerbeck (3-2) began the eighth by walking Luis Castillo, who took second on Jason Kendall's passed ball with none out. Castillo advanced to third when Andy Fox flied out to right.

Brian Boehringer replaced Sauerbeck and promptly allowed Millar's sacrifice fly to right.

Brewers 11, Reds 2

CINCINNATI -- Jorge Fabregas hit two of Milwaukee's five home runs off Chris Reitsma as the Brewers beat Cincinnati.

Alex Sanchez, Ryan Thompson and Matt Stairs also homered off Reitsma (5-10). The last Cincinnati pitcher to allow five home runs in a game was Bret Tomko on June 15, 1999, against the New York Mets.

Reitsma allowed six runs and 10 hits, walked two and struck out two in 4 1-3 innings.

Dodgers 4, Astros 0

HOUSTON -- Omar Daal allowed two hits over 6 2-3 innings to beat Houston for the first time in seven decisions as Los Angeles beat the Astros.

Daal entered the game 0-6 in 22 appearances against the Astros, but he retired 18 of the first 19 batters.

Daal (11-6) finished with three strikeouts and two walks. Shuey, Paul Quantrill and Jesse Orosco finished the three-hitter.

Kirk Saarloos (6-4) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.

Padres 3, Rockies 0

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Clay Condrey (1-0) pitched 7 1-3 shutout innings in his first major league start as San Diego handed Colorado its eighth straight loss.

The Padres shut out the Rockies for the second straight game, the first time they have thrown back-to-back shutouts since Aug. 14-16, 1998, against Milwaukee.

The Rockies were blanked in consecutive games for the first time since May 5-6, 2000, at San Francisco.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 34th save, moving him into fifth place all-time with 348 career saves. Hoffman also combined with Brett Tomko on a 2-0 victory in Friday's series opener.

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