Giants score late to defeat D-Backs

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO Dustan Mohr doubled in the tying run in the eighth and Deivi Cruz followed with a go-ahead two-run single, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Marquis Grissom hit a grand slam and also started the eighth-inning rally with a single.

San Francisco came back from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Diamondbacks for the seventh straight time. They pulled within a half-game of the idle Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race. The Cubs had their weekend series at Florida postponed because of Hurricane Frances.

Cardinals 5, Dodgers 1

ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds hit his 300th career home run, Jason Marquis won his 11th straight decision and the St. Louis Cardinals won their eighth in a row.

The NL Central leaders needed only two hits tying their season low to beat the NL West-leading Dodgers for the second straight night. Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 45,692, they tied their longest winning streak of the season and won for the 13th time in 15 games.

Adrian Beltre had three hits and drove in his 100th run with an eighth-inning double for the Dodgers to cut the gap to 5-1. He's only the third third baseman in franchise history to reach the milestone, joining Ron Cey and Pedro Guerrero.

Astros 6, Pirates 5

HOUSTON Mike Lamb hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, and the Astros extended their season-high winning streak to eight games.

Houston has won 10 of its last 12 games, and 16 of its last 19 to move two games behind idle Chicago in the NL wild-card race.

Chad Qualls (3-0) threw one inning of relief for the win. Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

Jason Bay and Jack Wilson each homered for Pittsburgh, which has lost 13 of its last 18 and were mathematically eliminated from the NL Central Division race.

Nelson Figueroa (0-2) didn't retire the only batter he faced and took the loss.

Braves 9, Expos 0

MONTREAL Russ Ortiz pitched a three-hit shutout and Andruw Jones hit a grand slam to help the Braves win their fifth straight game.

Ortiz (14-7) retired the first 15 batters before Einar Diaz lined a clean single to right-center to lead off the sixth.

The Braves have won 11 of 12, and are 35-12 since the All-Star break.

Phillies 7, Mets 0

PHILADELPHIA Cory Lidle threw a three-hitter for his second straight shutout and extended the Mets' losing streak to eight games.

Lidle is the first Philadelphia pitcher to toss consecutive shutouts since Curt Schilling in 1992.

Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer and Jason Michaels scored twice for the Phillies, who are 8-13 since Aug. 12 with all of their wins against last-place Milwaukee and the Mets.

Brewers 7, Reds 3

MILWAUKEE Russell Branyan and Keith Ginter each hit three-run homers and rookie Ben Hendrickson earned his first major league victory.

Hendrickson (1-6) pitched six solid innings to avoid being the first pitcher in 25 years to lose in each of his first seven major league games.

Rockies 8, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO Shawn Estes pitched seven solid innings and had two hits, and J.D. Closser hit his first major league homer.

Estes (14-6) allowed two runs and four hits, matching the single-season team record for wins by a left-hander, first set by Mike Hampton in 2001. He also singled in the fifth, tripled in the sixth and scored two runs.

Todd Helton also homered for the Rockies, who won for the third time in four games following an eight-game losing streak.

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