Righty stops Padres for 23rd victory of year

Schilling keeps on winning

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling has won more games than any pitcher in consecutive seasons since 1976, and he's not finished.

Schilling allowed three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings for his major league-best 23rd victory Tuesday night in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

His 45 victories the past two years are the most in consecutive seasons since Jim Palmer won 45 in 1975-76 and the most in the NL since Steve Carlton won 47 in 1971-72.

Luis Gonzalez and Matt Williams hit two-run homers and Steve Finley had a solo shot as the defending World Series champions stayed 5 1/2 games ahead of second-place San Francisco in the NL West with 17 to play.

Schilling's victory total is the most in the NL since John Smoltz won 24 games in 1996. The last pitcher to win 23 was Pedro Martinez for Boston in 1999.

Braves 12, Mets 6

ATLANTA -- A day after wrapping up their 11th straight division title, the Atlanta Braves overcame a five-run deficit for a 12-6 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night behind two homers from Andruw Jones.

Jones homered in four straight at-bats, going back to Saturday's game against Montreal. He became only the 11th player in NL history to accomplish the feat.

Marlins 6, Phillies 4

Marlins 2, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Wayne, backed by home runs from Andy Fox and Derrek Lee, got his first major league win as Florida completed a doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, Mike Redmond hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh and had three RBIs in a 6-4 win.

Florida, which swept a road doubleheader for the first time since joining the NL in 1993, moved into second place in the East. The Phillies, who have lost nine of 10, dropped into fourth.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE -- Matt Morris, activated from the disabled list before the game, allowed one run in five innings for St. Louis.

Astros 11, Rockies 4

HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman hit his career-high 40th home run and had five RBIs as Houston got its fourth straight victory.

Berkman had a two-run double off Denny Neagle (8-10) in the sixth and a three-run homer off Mark Corey in the eighth. Berkman's 118 RBIs lead the National League.

Expos 6, Cubs 2

CHICAGO -- Montreal's Javier Vazquez matched a season high with 10 strikeouts and helped himself with an RBI single, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Reds 3, Pirates 0

CINCINNATI -- Russell Branyan hit a solo homer to back Danny Graves and four Reds relievers, who combined on six-hitter. Cincinnati, which gave Graves his first career start, got its sixth shutout of the season and sent Pittsburgh to its 14th shutout loss.

The Pirates (63-82) are ensured of a 10th straight losing season, a franchise record that broke the mark set from 1949 through 1957.

Branyan's sixth-inning homer off Kip Wells (12-14) was his 11th since the Reds acquired him from Cleveland on June 7.

Jose Guillen and Aaron Boone added run-scoring hits in the eighth.

Chris Reitsma (6-10) pitched 3 1-3 innings in relief of Graves, who pitched three innings. Scott Sullivan got a popup and strikeout to strand the bases loaded in the seventh.

After not earning a save since May 3, 2000, Scott Williamson got his second in two nights.

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