Sunday, May 23, 2004

Dodgers put end to 8-game skid

National League

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Ten days is a long time between wins.

"It's never fun going through what we've been through," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said after the Dodgers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Tracy also says the 10-day wait for a win will help his team later in the season.

"But I have to tell you," he said, "the way this team has handled themselves and the way they've stuck together and the pride they've shown in the face of adversity, in the long run, we will gain from it."

Jeff Weaver took a shutout into the eighth inning and Jason Grabowski hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who won for the first time since beating the Chicago Cubs on May 12.

Despite the losing streak, the Dodgers are still in first place in the NL West.

Giants 7, Expos 2, 11 innings

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Barry Bonds drove in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a grand slam for San Francisco.

Pierzynski, who has struggled most of the season, finished with six RBI. It was his third career grand slam.

Mets 5, Rockies 4

NEW YORK - Ty Wigginton hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to rally New York.

The Mets scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Kaz Matsui's fourth leadoff homer of the season. But they fell behind 4-3 on Jeromy Burnitz's two-run triple in the fifth inning before coming back against Vladimir Nunez (3-2) in the eighth.

Padres 9, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA - San Diego's Brian Giles homered for the third straight game, and his aggressive slide in the sixth inning forced a two-run error.

Justin Germano went five innings for the win in his first major-league appearance.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 1

CHICAGO - In his second start for injured ace Kerry Wood, Glendon Rusch (2-0) allowed six hits and struck out nine in 7 2/3 strong innings for Chicago.

Marlins 11, Diamondbacks 2

MIAMI - Luis Castillo's first career grand slam capped an eight-run third inning in support of starter Brad Penny. Alex Gonzalez had two hits and two RBI, and Miguel Cabrera and Hee Seop Choi each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who won their third straight game. Arizona's Luis Gonzalez singled in the first for his 2,000th career hit, but All-Star slugger Richie Sexson aggravated his shoulder injury.

Pirates 3, Brewers 1

PITTSBURGH - Josh Fogg allowed one run into the seventh inning, and Pittsburgh broke a tie by scoring two runs without a hit in the sixth.

Fogg (2-4) retired 13 of 14 batters before being lifted after allowing consecutive singles to start the seventh inning. He struck out two and walked two while winning his second consecutive start.

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