Saturday, August 16, 2003

NL: Prior, Sosa too much for Dodgers

Cubs' win moves them into first place in NL Central

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Mark Prior scattered seven hits in his third complete game of the season - and second in a week against Los Angeles.

Sammy Sosa had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cubs won for the fifth time in six games, and moved into first place in the NL Central after Houston and St. Louis lost later in the night.

Prior (11-5) retired 18 of the first 21 he faced, including nine in a row between the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out five and walked none.

Maso Kida (0-1), making his first career major league start and first appearance with the Dodgers, pitched five innings and allowed two runs and five hits.

Mets 5, Rockies 0

NEW YORK - With the lights back on at Shea Stadium, Tom Glavine tossed six effective innings and New York got homers from rookies Jose Reyes and Jason Phillips.

After a blackout that affected much of the Northeast forced the postponement of New York's game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night, the last-place Mets rewarded 28,081 fans who made it to the ballpark by winning for the seventh time in 10 games.

Cliff Floyd hustled on his sore Achilles' tendon and scored twice. Ty Wigginton hit a pair of RBI doubles. Glavine (8-11) allowed only three hits but walked four and pitched out of trouble all night.

Darren Oliver (10-8) took the loss.

Braves 10, Diamondbacks 4

ATLANTA - Vinny Castilla, Andruw Jones and Marcus Giles homered against Randy Johnson, and Atlanta extended the Big Unit's misery with a victory over Arizona.

The Braves have 21 homers in their last nine games, pushing their NL-leading total to 185 for the season. Arizona dropped three games behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

Castilla hit a three-run homer in the second to put the Braves ahead, and he drove in his fourth run of the night with an eighth-inning single.

The Braves pounded Johnson (3-5) for nine hits and seven runs in five innings.

Shane Reynolds (10-6) went 5 2-3 innings, giving up seven hits, four walks and three runs.

Expos 4, Giants 1

MONTREAL - Livan Hernandez pitched his NL-leading sixth complete game as Jose Vidro and Brian Schneider homered to lead Montreal over San Francisco.

Hernandez (13-7), traded by San Francisco at the end of spring training, retired the last 19 batters he faced in throwing his fifth complete game in eight starts. It was his 29th career complete game.

The NL pitcher of the month while going 4-1 in July, Hernandez won his third straight start in August. He allowed five hits, including Pedro Feliz's RBI single in the second.

Vidro hit his 12th homer - his first since July 12 - off Jesse Foppert (8-9) in the first and Schneider homered for the second straight game in the seventh.

Phillies 7, Cardinals 4

PHILADELPHIA - Jim Thome and Ricky Ledee homered, leading Philadelphia over St. Louis.

Albert Pujols singled, doubled and tripled, extending his hitting streak to 29 games and Jim Edmonds hit his 30th homer for the Cardinals, who had won five of six.

Vicente Padilla (11-8) allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings to win his fourth straight decision for the NL wild card-leading Phillies. Dan Plesac pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

Woody Williams (14-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings to lose his third straight decision.

Pirates 6, Brewers 3

PITTSBURGH - Milwaukee catcher Eddie Perez's two-base throwing error set up Pittsburgh's three-run sixth inning and Matt Stairs hit a three-run homer, leading the Pirates past the Brewers.

The Pirates' racing pierogies also easily beat the Brewers' famed racing sausages during an in-game match race - and with no involvement from Randall Simon.

The first baseman, fined by major league baseball and local police for rapping one of the sausages with his bat last month, was warming up on the field and didn't watch the race.

Nelson Figueroa gave up Richie Sexson's 33rd homer, but went five innings for the victory. Matt Kinney (7-9) took the loss.

Marlins 10, Padres 0

MIAMI - Brad Penny pitched seven shutout innings, and Mike Lowell and rookie Miguel Cabrera homered for Florida.

Penny (11-9) allowed five hits and struck out seven, and Lowell drove in three runs to help Florida remain a half game behind Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.

Ugueth Urbina pitched the eighth and Braden Looper allowed a hit in the ninth to finish the six-hitter.

Ivan Rodriguez's sharp grounder in the fifth bounced off Padres starter Oliver Perez's left forearm into right field, scoring Juan Pierre, who led off with a single and advanced on a balk. Perez (4-6) was immediately removed and later diagnosed with a left wrist contusion. He is day to day.

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