Jones goes yard for 47th time as Braves shut out Nationals

Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2005

WASHINGTON — Andruw Jones tied a franchise record with his 47th homer, Brian McCann added a three-run shot and Jorge Sosa won his eighth straight road start to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-0 Saturday.

Sosa (11-3) allowed six hits in eight innings, improving to 8-0 with a 1.71 ERA in road starts this season. He got help from Jeff Francoeur, who reached over the right-field wall in the fifth to rob Cristian Guzman of a two-run homer.

Livan Hernandez (15-7) lost his 11th straight regular-season decision against Atlanta, giving up four runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Dodgers 3, Padres 1

LOS ANGELES — Derek Lowe (10-13) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings in just his second win since Aug. 5, and Willy Aybar had two hits in his first major league start as Los Angeles moved within seven games of the NL West-leading Padres with 21 remaining.

Duaner Sanchez retired Joe Randa on a bases-loaded flyout that ended the eighth, then worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Clay Hensley (0-1), a 26-year-old right-hander making his first big league start after 16 relief appearances, fell behind 3-0 in the first on an RBI double by Oscar Robles, an error by second baseman Mark Loretta and a passed ball by Miguel Olivo.

Cubs 5, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO — Henry Blanco hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth off Brad Hennessey (4-7), Jeromy Burnitz had a two-run single and Derrek Lee hit a pair of doubles and drove in a run.

Mark Prior (11-5) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out seven. Ryan Dempster worked the ninth to convert his 12th straight save and 26th in 28 chances overall.

Cardinals 4, Mets 2

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Suppan (14-10) hit his first career home run in the Cardinals' win over the fading Mets, who lost Mike Piazza to another injury.

Piazza returned to the lineup for the first time since he broke a bone in his left hand on Aug. 16. He homered in his first at-bat, putting New York ahead 1-0 in the second inning.

But in the eighth inning, the 12-time All-Star was beaned by reliever Julian Tavarez. Piazza fell to the ground, was laid out flat for several seconds, then sat up before walking off the field. Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Piazza sustained a slight concussion.

New York went on to extend its longest losing streak of the season to six games. The Mets have lost 10 of 11, fading from contention in the wild-card race.

Steve Trachsel (1-2) made his third start since returning from back surgery in March and allowed four runs and four hits in five innings.

Astros 7, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE — Andy Pettitte won his fifth straight start and became a 15-game winner for the seventh time, helping Houston remain on top in the NL wild-card race.

Pettitte (15-9) also helped himself at the plate, scoring a run in the second and driving in a run with a suicide squeeze in the third. He improved to 4-0 against the Brewers this season and is 9-2 in 12 starts since the All-Star break.

The left-hander was limited to a career-low six wins — his only year in single digits — in an injury-shortened 2004 season. Brad Lidge got two outs for his 20th straight save and 36th in 39 chances.

Tomo Ohka (10-8) gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in three innings for the Brewers (70-72), who were trying to get back to .500 for the first time since Aug. 7.

Marlins 7, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca had a two-run single in the seventh inning as Philadelphia's bullpen failed to hold a lead for the second time in three games.

Carlos Delgado, Jeff Conine and Damion Easley each had three hits for Florida, which remained a half-game behind Houston in the NL wild-card race.

The Marlins rallied against Ryan Madson (6-5) in the seventh. The Phillies fell 2 1/2 games behind the Astros.

Chris Resop (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for his first win in the majors. He was recalled from Double-A Carolina earlier in the day. Todd Jones got the final four outs for his 36th save in 38 chances, and 26th in a row.

Reds 6, Pirates 2

CINCINNATI — Rich Aurilia's bases-loaded double in the fourth inning sparked a five-run rally, and Cincinnati's Ramon Ortiz pitched his first complete game since 2003.

Ortiz (9-10) threw his ninth career complete game, helping the Reds to only their third win in the last 11 games. Ortiz became the first Reds starter to get a victory since Aug. 28.

Last-place Pittsburgh lost for the 12th time in 15 games, unable to do anything right for very long. The Pirates were coming off their first back-to-back wins in three weeks, looking for their first three-game winning streak since July 23-26.

A poor performance by Kip Wells (7-16) halted the modest streak. Wells walked a season-high six in 3 2-3 innings and threw two wild pitches, one of them letting in a run.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 5

DENVER — Troy Glaus hit his 32nd homer and drove in two runs, Shawn Green had three hits and a home run, and Arizona handed Colorado its fourth straight loss.

Kelly Stinnett and Chad Tracy also connected for the Diamondbacks. Conor Jackson added a two-run single.

Claudio Vargas (9-8) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings to win for the fifth time in seven decisions. Vargas was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals on June 3 and is 9-5 since coming to the Diamondbacks.

Jose Valverde got the final four outs for his seventh save in nine chances.

Zach Day (1-3) worked the first five innings, allowing six runs and nine hits. Cory Sullivan hit his third home run of the year for the Rockies.

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