Phillies rally past Braves

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen singled home the winning run off John Smoltz in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Atlanta Braves 4-3 Tuesday night, further tightening the NL East race.

Rolen, who homered twice off Greg Maddux in the Phillies' 5-2 win Monday night, helped the Phillies pull within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Braves.

The Phillies have won the first two games of a four-game series. The Braves had won six of seven before terrorist attacks forced postponement of last week's games.

Smoltz (2-3) had been 7-for-7 in save chances until the Phillies scored twice in the ninth. Doug Glanville hit a sacrifice fly and Rolen singled with one out.

Ricky Bottalico (3-4) pitched a scoreless ninth.

After an emotional night Monday, it was mostly back to baseball at Veterans Stadium. Fans waved white rally towels, but many still carried American flags. The crowd twice chanted ''USA, USA,'' saw another video presentation and again sang ''God Bless America'' during the seventh-inning stretch.

Mets 7, Pirates 5

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Mets, wearing caps in tribute to New York's firefighters, police and emergency rescue workers, beat Pittsburgh.

The Mets came back for their 10th victory in 11 road games. At 73-73, the defending NL champions reached the .500 mark for the first time since the opening week of the season.

The Mets wore the special hats Monday night for pregame ceremonies, then got permission from major league baseball to wear them for a game.

Cardinals 9, Brewers 4

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered, doubled and drove in five runs, setting two team rookie records in the process, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Dustin Hermanson (13-12) allowed two runs in five innings as the Cardinals won for the eighth time in nine games. They entered the game tied for the NL wild card lead with San Francisco, which played NL Central-leading Houston.

The second game after baseball's resumption was a sellout of 41,653 -- more than 10,000 higher than Monday -- but had little of the patriotic flavor. The only reason Busch Stadium was packed was because of the first of two Mark McGwire bobblehead doll giveaways.

Reds 6, Cubs 5

CINCINNATI -- Brady Clark's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth rallied the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs.

While manager Don Baylor held a pregame meeting asking the Cubs to focus on a run at the playoffs, Reds players admitted they weren't enthused about baseball so soon after the terrorist attacks.

The Reds pulled off a rare home-field rally -- they're only 25-48 at Cinergy Field -- off Kyle Farnsworth (4-5), who gave up Dmitri Young's RBI single and Clark's pinch-hit single with two outs.

Marlins 3, Expos 1

MONTREAL -- In front of the smallest Olympic Stadium crowd in 17 years, Preston Wilson homered twice as the Florida Marlins beat the Montreal Expos 3-1.

The announced crowd of 2,917 was Montreal's smallest since drawing 2,803 for a weekday afternoon game against St. Louis on Sept. 27, 1984.

Only 3,013 fans turned out Monday night, when baseball resumed after a six-day stoppage.

Rockies 10, Diamondbacks 9

DENVER -- Todd Helton and Jeff Cirillo opened the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back homers, giving Colorado an unlikely victory over Arizona.

The Rockies committed four errors and erased deficits of 6-0 and 9-6 against the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, who started 20-game winner Curt Schilling.

Helton greeted Byung-Hyun Kim (5-6) with his second homer of the game and career-high 43rd this season. Cirillo, who had three hits and three RBIs, then hit a 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence as Kim blew his fourth save in 20 chances.

Padres 3, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Jarvis (12-10) gave up one run and four hits in eight innings, and Bubba Trammell hit a two-run homer for San Diego.

The Dodgers remained four games behind Arizona in the NL West but dropped three back of St. Louis in the wild card race.

Terry Adams (12-7), in pursuit of his fourth consecutive victory, was the hard-luck loser. He allowed just two runs and two hits in eight innings.

Astros 3, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Bagwell tripled home the tying run and scored on Moises Alou's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning as Houston rallied to beat San Francisco.

The Giants led 2-1 going into the ninth, but Orlando Merced singled off Robb Nen (4-4) and scored on Bagwell's triple that caromed off the right-field wall.

One out later, Alou hit a routine fly to center that scored Bagwell. It was Nen's seventh blown save in 46 chances.

Mike Williams (5-4) pitched the eighth for the victory, and Billy Wagner got three outs for his 35th save. The Astros maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.

Barry Bonds did not homer for the Giants, but Andres Galarraga's shot estimated at 485 feet off Astros rookie Roy Oswalt in the second inning brought the sellout crowd of 40,901 to its feet.

Galarraga's homer surpassed Bonds' 451-footer against San Diego on June 7 as the longest in the two-year history of Pacific Bell Park.



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