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Expos blank Braves; ruin Atlanta's division streak

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2002

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves missed a chance to clinch their 11th straight division title, losing to Bartolo Colon and the Montreal Expos 7-0 Sunday.

The Braves are assured of at least a tie for first in the NL East after second-place Philadelphia lost to the New York Mets.

Colon (8-3) pitched four-hit ball for seven innings to beat the Braves for the third time since being acquired by the Expos in a June 27 trade with Cleveland.

Mets 11, Phillies 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Vance Wilson homered and drove in a career-high four runs as New York matched a season high with its sixth straight victory.

Ty Wigginton added a home run and three RBIs for the Mets, who finished with 15 hits -- one shy of a season high.

John Thomson (9-11) allowed three runs on six hits in five innings for the win. The Mets began their streak after setting an NL record with 15 consecutive losses at home and dropping 17 of 20 overall.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 1

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Simontacchi outpitched Kerry Wood and added two hits as St. Louis wrapped up a three-game sweep of Chicago.

The NL Central leaders have won five in a row and 10 of 13 to move a season-best 20 games above .500. They swept the Cubs for the second time this year.

Marlins 11, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH -- Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs as Florida beat Pittsburgh.

Mike Lowell drove in three runs, Carl Pavano (4-10) snapped a personal five-game skid with his first win since May 18 and Florida got 14 hits to end a five-game losing streak.

The Marlins, who had scored just three runs in 37 innings, snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fifth to beat Brian Meadows (1-5).

Reds 5, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Haynes beat his former team for the third time this year as Cincinnati topped Milwaukee.

Jose Guillen and Todd Walker homered for the Reds, who went 8-1 at Miller Park this season.

Haynes (14-9) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. Haynes, who was 8-17 for Milwaukee last year, went 3-0 against the Brewers this season.

Padres 9, Rockies 4

DENVER -- Ryan Klesko hit two home runs and Brian Lawrence (12-10) won for the first time in five starts as San Diego ended a three-game losing streak.

Tom Lampkin added a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Padres. Klesko's second homer, a two-run shot off Jason Jennings (16-7), broke a 2-2 tie in the six-run sixth inning.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 42nd homer, a 418-foot shot into McCovey Cove, to lead San Francisco to a 3-1 win over slumping Arizona.

The Giants, trying to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL wild card, won the last three games of their four-game series with the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

Astros 6, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES -- Roy Oswalt (19-6) took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning to win his ninth straight decision and Lance Berkman hit one of Houston's three homers.

Dodgers starter Kazuhisa Ishii left the game in an ambulance with a small fracture in his skull and a concussion after getting struck flush on the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Houston's Brian Hunter.

Houston remained 5 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and moved within 6 1/2 of the Dodgers in the wild-card standings.

Los Angeles leads San Francisco by one game for the wild-card berth and still trails Arizona by 4 1/2 in the West. The Dodgers and Giants begin a three-game series Monday night at San Francisco.



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