Sunday, April 25, 2004

NL: Astros, Cubs keep pace



By The Associated Press

DENVER - Roger Clemens tied Gaylord Perry for 15th place with his 314th win, improving to 4-0 for the second straight season.

Clemens struck out seven to raise his career total to 4,125, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136). Clemens also hit a two-run single and is batting .333 (3-for-9) with three RBIs.

Jeff Fassero (0-1) gave up seven runs in three innings.

Octavio Dotel got his second save and Richard Hidalgo drove in three runs.

Cubs 3, Mets 0

CHICAGO - Kerry Wood (3-1) struck out nine and allowed only four singles in seven innings, and Sammy Sosa backed him with a home run for Chicago's season-high fifth straight win.

The Cubs allowed only four runs during the stretch, outscoring opponents 35-4.

The Mets lost for the seventh time in nine games, and have scored only 12 runs in their last eight games.

Tyler Yates (1-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

LaTroy Hawkins got four outs for his first save of the year.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 1

MILWAUKEE - Chris Saenz allowed two hits over six innings to win his major league debut.

Saenz, a 22-year-old right-hander, struck out seven and walked three in the five-hitter.

Dan Kolb, Milwaukee's fifth pitcher, had a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Woody Williams (0-2) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, striking out five.

Phillies 7, Expos 0

MONTREAL - Randy Wolf homered, hit an RBI double and pitched a four-hitter for his seventh career shutout, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Montreal Expos 7-0 Saturday.

Wolf (1-1), who pitched his 11th career complete game, hit his second major league homer in the seventh for a 6-0 lead, and added an RBI double in the ninth.

Tomo Ohka (0-4) allowed five runs - four earned - and 13 hits in six innings.

Montreal, off to a franchise-worst start at 4-14, was shut out for the fifth time and has scored two runs or fewer in 13 games. The Expos have 32 runs, the fourth-lowest total through 18 games in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Marlins 7, Braves 4

MIAMI - Jeff Conine hit a two-run homer and Luis Castillo matched a career high with four hits to help Florida beat Atlanta for the first time in five tries this season.

Brad Penny (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings and tied Ryan Dempster's franchise record of 42 victories. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his ninth save in nine chances this year.

Conine's first homer of the year came off Mike Hampton (0-2), who found himself behind 4-0 after facing six batters. Andruw Jones hit his fourth homer for Atlanta.

Giants 5, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES - Jerome Williams pitched 8 2-3 innings, and Ray Durham hit his 27th career leadoff homer to help San Francisco win for just the second time in its last 10 games.

Barry Bonds went hitless in one at-bat with three walks in the Giants' first victory over the Dodgers this season following four losses - all by one run.

Williams (3-1) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. He came within an out of the third complete game of his career and the first by the Giants this year. Matt Herges got the last out for his sixth save in seven chances.

Juan Encarnacion homered for the Dodgers.

Jeff Weaver (1-2) took the loss.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX - Ryan Klesko hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth inning for San Diego.

With one out, Mark Loretta hit an infield single off Oscar Villarreal (0-1), and Brian Giles followed with a single. Both scored when Klesko lined a sinker into the right-field corner.

Akinori Otsuka (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the Padres, and Trevor Hoffman worked a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Luis Gonzalez had a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, preventing David Wells from getting his first National League win in nine years.




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