Astros steal win

Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett stole two bases, then scored the decisive run on Jason Lane's single in the ninth inning to give the NL wild-card leading Houston Astros a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Astros moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia in the wild-card race with their 11th consecutive win over the Phillies.

Bruntlett's daring dashes made a winner of Roy Oswalt (17-11), who struck out eight, allowed six hits and one earned run in eight innings. Brad Lidge worked the ninth for his 34th save.

Braves 3, Mets 1

ATLANTA — John Smoltz outpitched Pedro Martinez, and Andruw Jones drove in two runs for the Braves.

Facing Martinez for the third time this season, Smoltz (14-6) won his second straight in the matchup of former Cy Young Award winners. Smoltz allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings, walking one and striking out two while leading Atlanta to its fifth win in six games.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON — Florida's Luis Castillo went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Ismael Valdez won for the first time in more than a month.

In a game between teams fighting for the NL wild card, the Marlins scored three runs in the third inning against Darrell Rasner, making his major league debut.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS — Chicago's Glendon Rusch was perfect for six innings and pitched into the eighth.

Derrek Lee hit his 40th homer on his 30th birthday and drove in two runs for the Cubs, who knocked out Matt Morris in the fifth and won for the fourth time in five games.

Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH — Rookie catcher Ryan Doumit's errant throw on a rundown play in the 12th inning got Pete Mackanin's managerial run in Pittsburgh off to a losing start.

Reds 2, Brewers 1, 10 innings

CINCINNATI — Javier Valentin's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Reds the victory.

Adam Dunn singled with one out off Jorge De La Rosa (2-2) and moved to third on Sean Casey's single. Valentin followed with a line-drive over drawn-in center fielder Brady Clark.

Rockies 6, Padres 5

SAN DIEGO — Colorado's Todd Helton reached base five times and scored twice, and San Diego catcher Miguel Olivo committed two errors in the Rockies' two-run seventh.

Dodgers 4, Giants 2, 10 innings

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer with two out in the 10th inning, and the Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak while ending the Giants' six-game surge.

American League

NEW YORK — Second baseman Robinson Cano's error in the ninth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score, and the Tampa Bay Devils Rays won the season series against the Yankees for the first time, beating New York 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Devil Rays are 10-4 against the Yankees in 2005 after beginning the season 31-80 against New York since entering the majors in 1998.

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 0

BALTIMORE — Daniel Cabrera came off the disabled list to throw seven innings of four-hit ball, and Javy Lopez drove in three runs to lead the Orioles.

Red Sox 3, Angels 2

BOSTON — David Ortiz hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Tim Wakefield pitched his second complete game for the Red Sox.

Wakefield (15-10) allowed two runs and eight hits and walked three, two intentionally. He struck out seven for Boston's fourth complete game of the season and second in three games.

Indians 6, Tigers 1

DETROIT — Cliff Lee allowed four hits over eight shutout innings, and Grady Sizemore, Coco Crisp and Aaron Boone homered for Cleveland.

White Sox 6, Royals 5

CHICAGO — Paul Konerko homered for the third straight game, and Juan Uribe hit one for the second night in a row to lead the White Sox to their sixth consecutive victory.

Orlando Hernandez (9-7) won for the first time since July 29. Dustin Hermanson pitched the ninth for his 33rd save. Hernandez struck out six, tying a season-high, and allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Rangers 10, Twins 7

MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Teixiera's three-run homer in the ninth inning made him just the fifth player in major league history to hit 100 in his first three seasons.

John Wasdin (2-1) pitched 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Francisco Cordero got his 31st save, dealing the Twins a heartbreaking loss after they rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

Mariners 3, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Morse hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh and Seattle's Joel Pineiro pitched eight innings.

The Mariners tied the game at 2 on Jose Lopez's RBI single to center in the seventh, then Morse followed with a sharp single down the left-field line for the go-ahead run.



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