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Braves edge Marlins to take NL East lead

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves escaped jams in the ninth and 10th innings Tuesday night, then scored three times in the 11th to beat Florida 5-2 and take a one-game lead in the NL East.

The Braves moved ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost 8-1 to Cincinnati. The New York Mets beat Montreal 2-0 and remained four games back.

Chipper Jones singled with one out in the 11th against Vic Darensbourg (1-2). Brian Jordan singled off Ricky Bones, and B.J. Surhoff singled home the tiebreaking run. Andruw Jones followed with a two-run triple, giving him four RBIs.

Atlanta's Steve Karsay and Steve Reed pitched out of a ninth-inning jam. Dave Berg led off with a triple, but Karsay got Derrek Lee to ground out, and after a pair of intentional walks, Reed retired Mike Lowell on a popup and Kevin Millar on a flyout.

Mets 2, Expos 0

MONTREAL -- Kevin Appier pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game of the season and Mike Piazza hit his 35th homer to lead New York over Montreal.

Appier (9-10) last went the distance in a 6-0 win for Oakland at Los Angeles on June 11, 2000. He held Montreal to singles by Brian Schneider, Geoff Blum, Brad Wilkerson and a ground-rule double by Orlando Cabrera.

Reds 8, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 21st homer and had three hits and two RBIs, and Joey Hamilton pitched five shutout innings, leading Cincinnati past Philadelphia.

Hamilton (1-1) allowed two hits and won for the first time since beating the Phillies 4-2 on July 14 with Toronto. David Coggin (5-6) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings.

Pirates 13, Cubs 1

PITTSBURGH -- Aramis Ramirez hit his 33rd homer and Craig Wilson drove in three runs as Pittsburgh opened a 12-run lead in the third inning.

The Cubs followed up consecutive 7-6 losses to the Astros and Pirates with their fourth straight loss, one that further damaged their fast-fading playoff hopes.

Cardinals 3, Astros 2

HOUSTON -- Woody Williams pitched a three-hitter for his fourth straight victory and Craig Paquette hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, leading St. Louis past Houston.,

The Cardinals closed within 4 1/2 games of first-place Houston in the NL Central. The loss kept the Astros' magic number at seven for clinching their fourth division title in five seasons.

Padres 8, Rockies 7

DENVER -- Rickey Henderson scored twice and moved within one run of tying Ty Cobb's record, leading San Diego over Colorado.

Henderson boosted his runs total to 2,244. He also had two hits, pulling him within five of No. 3,000.

Henderson drove in three runs, D'Angelo Jimenez had two RBIs and Damian Jackson had two hits and scored twice for the Padres.

Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 4

PHOENIX -- Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson each hit three home runs, powering Milwaukee past Arizona. It was not immediately known whether teammates had ever accomplished the feat.

Arizona stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West.

Burnitz, who had gone 69 at-bats without a homer since Aug. 27, hit solo shots in the second, fourth and sixth innings. It was his second three-homer game of the season.

With a chance to tie the major league record for home runs in a game, Burnitz struck out looking in the seventh and drew a walk in the ninth after Sexson connected for a two-run homer. Sexson had his first career three-homer game and drove in five runs.

Dodgers 9, Giants 5

LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Green hit his 48th homer in a seven-run sixth inning and Los Angeles held Barry Bonds in check.

Bonds, who had seven homers in his previous eight games, went 0-for-3 with two walks to remain stuck at 67 homers -- three shy of Mark McGwire's record -- with 10 games remaining.

Chan Ho Park (14-11) was the winner, and Kirk Rueter (13-12) took the loss.

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