Monday, April 12, 2004

NL: Wood stymies Braves



By The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Kerry Wood tied a Cubs' record with seven straight strikeouts and finished with 11 to lead Chicago over the Atlanta Braves 10-2 Sunday.

Corey Patterson, Michael Barrett, pinch-hitter Alex Gonzalez and Moises Alou all homered for the Cubs.

Wood (2-0) got all seven batters to go down swinging during his streak, retiring the first six on offspeed pitches. The streak began in the third, after Mark DeRosa walked, and Marcus Giles singled and stole second.

Chipper Jones, J.D. Drew and Andruw Jones fanned, ending the inning. Julio Franco, Johnny Estrada and Jesse Garcia struck out in the fourth, and pitcher Russ Ortiz (0-2) struck out opening the fifth. DeRosa then flied to right.

Wood also struck out seven straight as a rookie against Houston on May 6, 1998, when he struck out 20 to tie the record for a nine-inning game. Mark Prior also struck out seven straight batters against the Astros on Aug. 5, 2002.

Astros 7, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE - Lance Berkman hit a grand slam and drove in five runs for Houston.

Berkman's homer, his first of the season, capped a five-run rally against Doug Davis (1-1) in the third inning. The four RBIs were also his first of the season.

It was Berkman's third career slam and first batting right-handed. His last grand slam was June 20, 2002 and was hit in Milwaukee.

Roy Oswalt (1-0) gave up runs in the first and sixth innings before being replaced by Brad Lidge to start the seventh. Oswalt allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out six.

Junior Spivey went 4-for-4 with three doubles, two RBIs, a run scored and a walk for Milwaukee.

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 5

PHOENIX - Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson hit a tiebreaking homer off Matt Mantei (0-1) in the ninth for a three-game sweep.

Mike Lincoln (2-0) was the winner. Jason Isringhausen loaded the bases in the ninth with three walks, then got Alex Cintron on a grounder for his first save.

Roberto Alomar singled in a run in a four-run seventh that tied it at 5.

Mets 4, Expos 1

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Eric Valent hit his first major league home run, a go-ahead, two-run drive that backed Tom Glavine and New York.

Mike Piazza, making his first start for the Mets at first base, got banged up. The All-Star catcher collided with Peter Bergeron in the third inning after Bergeron bunted to Glavine.

Piazza reached into foul territory in an attempt to grab Glavine's throw, which got away. Piazza appeared to be brushed in the head by Bergeron's knee and stayed on the ground for about 30 seconds, but he remained in the game.

Valent was filling in for Cliff Floyd, who injured his right thigh running out an infield grounder in the first and needed to be helped off the field by manager Art Howe and a trainer. Valent pinch ran and went to right field in the bottom half.

Glavine allowed just an unearned run and five hits in seven innings.

Marlins 3, Phillies 1

MIAMI - Josh Beckett (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out 11 in seven inning as Florida completed a three-game sweep and handed Philadelphia (1-5) its fourth consecutive loss.

Florida has won 10 straight home games against Philadelphia.

Armando Benitez allowed one hit and threw 25 pitches in the ninth for his fifth save and fourth in as many days.

Miguel Cabrera and Damion Easley homered off Kevin Millwood (0-2).

Rockies 4, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES - Shawn Estes (2-0) allowed one run and three its in seven innings, and Vinny Castilla and Jeromy Burnitz homered off Odalis Perez (0-1) as Colorado stopped a four-game losing streak.

Shawn Chacon got his first career save despite allowing a run on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies end a nine-game losing streak to the Dodgers.

Giants 6, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO - Barry Bonds remained on hold with 659 career homers after failing to connect for the fifth straight game. He was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks, remaining one behind his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the career list.

Pedro Feliz hit a two-run double in the eighth off Jay Witasick (0-1), Edgardo Alfonzo had a tying single, and Neifi Perez hit a two-run single off Antonio Osuna.

Jason Christiansen (1-0) pitched the seventh, and Matt Herges got three outs for his third save.




REDS / BASEBALL
Reds say foundation in place
Photos of Sunday's game
Relievers leave club stress-free
Kearns finally gets bat, ball to meet
Reds at Phillies series preview
Ephedra ban begins today
NL: Wood stymies Braves
AL: Ortiz bomb stops Jays in 12th
AAA: Louisville 12, Norfolk 3
Notes from Sunday's games

THE 2004 MASTERS
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Just call him Major Mickelson - finally
Els is masterful, but it isn't enough
Another major comes and goes without Woods

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Kovalev's two goals pace Habs

NBA
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