Killer B's propel Astros to win over Brewers

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2003

MILWAUKEE Roy Oswalt returned from the disabled list and Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman each had three RBIs as the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Monday night.

Houston's fourth win in five games put the Astros in a first-place tie with the idle Chicago Cubs.

Oswalt (7-5), sidelined since July 30 with a strained right groin, was activated Monday. The right-hander allowed four runs on five hits in five innings for his first win since July 18.

Marlins 5, Mets 0

NEW YORK Alex Gonzalez homered and four Florida pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as the Marlins beat New York.

Josh Beckett (8-7) allowed just four hits through six innings, striking out six and walking two.

Florida tied with Philadelphia for the wild card after the Braves beat the Phillies later Monday night.

Braves 6, Phillies 4

ATLANTA Russ Ortiz bounced back from another shaky start for his career-high 19th win as Atlanta rallied over Philadelphia.

Ortiz (19-6) gave up four runs in the top of the first, then pitched five scoreless innings while the Braves mounted a comeback against one of their former pitchers, Kevin Millwood (14-10).

Pirates 9, Reds 1

CINCINNATI Josh Fogg threw his first major league complete game, and Craig Wilson homered twice and tied his career high with four RBIs.

Fogg (9-8) gave up 10 hits and no walks while striking out nine to improve to 3-0 in his career against the Reds.

Dodgers 10, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX Cesar Izturis went a career-best 5-for-5 and just missed hitting for the cycle.

The Dodgers, winners of four in a row and nine of 11, moved within two games of wild-card leaders Florida and Philadelphia.

Jeromy Burnitz put Los Angeles ahead 6-3 with a three-run homer off Oscar Villareal (7-7) in the eighth, then Shawn Green sealed it with his sixth career grand slam in the ninth.

Izturis tried to stretch a single into a double to complete the cycle in the seventh, but was barely thrown out by center fielder Steve Finley.

American League

CHICAGO Jose Valentin and Miguel Olivo had two RBIs each in a five-run first inning Monday night as Bartolo Colon and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 in the opener of a key four-game series.

Colon (13-12) allowed 10 hits and made a sparkling play, snaring Denny Hocking's line drive up the middle with runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh.

Yankees 9, Blue Jays 3

NEW YORK Hideki Matsui drove in three runs, and New York's hitters made plenty of noise on a quiet afternoon in the Bronx.

Mike Mussina (16-7) was given a three-run lead in the first and went seven innings for his 198th career victory a day after teammate David Wells also won No. 198.

Orioles 13, Red Sox 10

BALTIMORE Deivi Cruz drove in four runs and Jerry Hairston scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth.

The Orioles trailed 8-5 before scoring four runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth. Boston made four errors.

Boston fell 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and had their wild-card lead over idle Seattle shaved to one game.

Angels 3, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Garret Anderson drove home Adam Kennedy with an eighth-inning single to lead Anaheim over Oakland.

Wilson Delgado later drew a bases-loaded walk from Tim Hudson (14-6), who pitched 7 2-3 innings.

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