Rolen rolls Phillies past Braves, Maddux

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen hit two home runs off Greg Maddux (17-9) and the Philadelphia Phillies came back from baseball's six-day break to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Monday night and tighten the NL East race.

The Phillies won the opener of a four-game series and closed within 2 1/2 games of Atlanta.

The Braves had won six of seven before the terrorist attacks forced the majors to postpone games.

Mets 4, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH -- Rey Ordonez's RBI single off Mike Fetters (3-2) started a three-run ninth inning, and the Mets returned from their trying week off and beat Pittsburgh.

Ordonez's hit and pinch-hitter Mark Johnson's two-run double made a winner of John Franco (6-2), a native New Yorker and the Mets player probably most personally affected by last week's terrorist attacks.

Cardinals 2, Brewers 1

ST. LOUIS -- Coming off his no-hitter, rookie Bud Smith (4-2) allowed only three hits in seven innings as St. Louis beat Milwaukee.

The 21-year-old Smith held San Diego hitless Sept. 3. He skipped a start after throwing 134 pitches in that outing, then waited for baseball to resume play after Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Albert Pujols drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth inning as the Cardinals won for the seventh time in eight games and pulled into a tie with idle San Francisco for the wild card lead.

St. Louis is 4 1/2 games behind NL Central-leading Houston.

Marlins 10, Expos 6

MONTREAL -- Luis Castillo's two-run triple highlighted an eight-run sixth inning as Florida beat Montreal before the smallest Olympic Stadium crowd of the season.

An announced crowd of 3,013 -- in fact, no more than 1,000 fans were actually on hand -- hushed to a silence for pregame ceremonies to honor the victims of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

The crowd was silenced once again in the fifth inning when Expos starter Javier Vazquez was struck flush on the front of his batting helmet by a pitch from Ryan Dempster. Vazquez was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

Padres 6, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES -- His major league debut pushed back by baseball's six-day stoppage, Jason Middlebrook outpitched Kevin Brown as San Diego beat Los Angeles.

The Dodgers dropped four games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West and two behind San Francisco in the wild card race.

The 26-year-old Middlebrook (1-0), called up Sept. 4 from Triple-A Portland, gave up one run and two hits in six innings. He was originally scheduled to start last Tuesday against the Dodgers, but the game was postponed because of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Ray Lankford and D'Angelo Jimenez hit solo homers for the Padres, and Trevor Hoffman worked the ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances.

Chan Ho Park (13-11) pitched in relief for the first time since April 25, 1997, and did not retire any of his five batters. He departed with a left Achilles' strain and was charged with four runs.

Brown gave up one run and five hits in six innings, striking out a season-high 11 while throwing with a torn muscle in his right arm.



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