Johnson raises Arizona

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2002

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson threw a three-hitter to earn his 20th victory and stem Arizona's slide in the NL West on Wednesday as the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1.

Johnson struck out eight to pass Bert Blyleven and move into fourth place on the career strikeout list with 3,705.

Cardinals 10, Reds 5

ST. LOUIS -- Edgar Renteria had a grand slam and Scott Rolen hit the first pinch-hit homer of his career as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds.

Renteria set a career high with five RBIs, Albert Pujols got a career-best four hits and Tino Martinez homered for the NL Central leaders.

Braves 6, Pirates 0

ATLANTA -- Damian Moss pitched seven scoreless innings and Marcus Giles homered twice for the Atlanta Braves, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Moss (10-5) won his third straight start and became the fourth Braves starter to reach double-figure wins, joining Tom Glavine, Kevin Millwood and Greg Maddux.

Mets 11, Marlins 3

NEW YORK -- Rey Ordonez slapped an intended pitchout for a go-ahead single and Mike Piazza homered as the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins.

The Mets won consecutive games at Shea Stadium for the first time since July 22-23. New York broke its NL-record 15-game home losing streak Tuesday night in the second game of a doubleheader.

Expos 8, Phillies 5

MONTREAL -- Andres Galarraga doubled twice and had four RBIs as the Montreal Expos overcame Philadelphia starter Vicente Padilla's three-run double to beat the Phillies.

Montreal has won the first three games of the four-game series. The Expos had lost four straight coming into the series, while Philadelphia had won 10 of 11.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0

CHICAGO -- Carlos Zambrano pitched eight shutout innings to snap his five-game losing streak, and Moises Alou went 4-for-4 as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rockies 2, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Denny Neagle combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and Todd Helton singled twice and scored as struggling Colorado defeated San Francisco.

The Giants, who had won eight of nine, remained 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL wild-card race after Los Angeles lost 7-1 to NL West-leading Arizona.

Padres 5, Astros 1

SAN DIEGO -- Brett Tomko came within two outs of his first shutout in 120 career starts, allowing just six hits as San Diego beat Houston.

Tomko (9-8) matched a Padres' season-high with 16 straight scoreless innings before Jeff Bagwell homered with one out in the ninth. In his previous start, Tomko combined with closer Trevor Hoffman for a 2-0 win over Colorado, allowing four hits in eight innings.

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