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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

DENVER -- The Arizona Diamondbacks lost Brian Anderson to a broken foot and wasted a chance to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight day, blowing a five-run lead and losing to the Colorado Rockies 15-8 Saturday.

Colorado, which trailed 6-1 and 8-4, tied the score with four runs in the fifth, then went ahead in a seven-run seventh that included Juan Pierre's tiebreaking single, his fifth hit of the game.

Arizona's magic number for clinching a playoff berth remained at one going into the Los Angeles Dodgers' game at San Diego later Saturday. The magic number for the Diamondbacks to clinch the third NL West title in their 5-year history stayed at three.

Giants 3, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Kenny Lofton and Rich Aurilia hit consecutive seventh-inning homers Ben Diggins (0-3).

San Francisco (89-66) began the night with a two-game wild-card lead over Los Angeles (86-68), which played at San Diego. The Giants have won 11 of 16, and 23 of their last 33.

A night after setting a franchise record for losses, the Brewers (54-100) joined Tampa Bay (53-101) and Detroit (54-100) as 100-game loser.

Astros 6, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris (16-9), struggling since he came off the disabled list, allowed all six runs and nine hits as St. Louis lost one day after clinching the NL Central.

Morris is 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA since he was activated on Sept. 10, allowing 10 earned runs in 14 2-3 innings. In his previous start, Houston chased him after 3 2-3 innings last weekend. Morris allowed five runs and nine hits in that one.

Marlins 6, Braves 4

ATLANTA -- Eric Owens hit a tiebreaking triple during Florida's five-run, sixth-inning rally and Brad Penny (8-6) beat Atlanta for the third time this season.

Kevin Millar, whose 25-game hitting streak ended in Friday, went 3-for-5 and drove in Florida's sixth run with an RBI single in the eighth.

Phillies 5, Reds 3

Phillies 5, Reds 4

CINCINNATI -- Barry Larkin's two errors in the 10th helped Philadelphia win the opener of a day-night doubleheader, and Tomas Perez's 11th-inning homer Joey Hamilton (4-10) finished the' sweep.

Only 13,821 fans showed up for the afternoon game, which ended with loud boos for the Reds' shortstop and team captain, who fumbled two grounders that helped load the bases. Jimmy Rollins doubled for a 5-3 win.

A capacity crowd of 40,804 for the second game was booing at the outset.

Mets 6, Expos 3

NEW YORK -- Esix Snead hit a three-run homer off Dan Smith (1-1) in the 11th inning, stopping Montreal's seven-game winning streak.

Mo Vaughn hit his 25th homer for the Mets, who tied it in the ninth on first baseman Andres Galarraga's two-out throwing error.

Cubs 4, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH -- Sammy Sosa barely missed his 499th career homer and 49th this season with a go-ahead, two-run single off the right-field wall as Chicago rallied with three runs in the seventh.

Kyle Farnsworth (4-6) struck out the only two batters he faced, and Juan Cruz pitched the ninth for his first save. Scott Sauerbeck (4-4) was the loser.

Dodgers 5, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Marquis Grissom hit a two-run single off Trevor Hoffman (2-5) with two outs in the ninth inning to back a brilliant performance by Hideo Nomo and Los Angeles beat San Diego.

The Dodgers won for just the sixth time in 16 games.

Nomo (16-6) allowed just four hits and three runs, two earned, in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked none in winning his seventh straight decision. Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 50th save, becoming the eighth player ever to reach that mark.



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