Monday, July 19, 2004

NL: Bullpen falters; Cubs suffer loss

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Chris Capuano pitched six strong innings, Scott Podsednik had three hits and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen in a 4-2 victory Sunday.

Kerry Wood allowed one run and four hits in six innings, but Milwaukee went ahead with two runs in the seventh off Francis Beltran (2-2) and Kent Mercker.

With the game tied at 1, Keith Ginter walked, Bill Hall singled and Chad Moeller sacrificed. With the infield in, pinch-hitter Chris Magruder hit a slow roller up the first-base line, and Ginter raced home on the groundout. Podsednik greeted Mercker with an RBI double.

Jeff Bennett entered in the bottom half in relief of Capuano (4-5), who allowed one run and four hits. Derrek Lee's 14th homer pulled the Cubs to 3-2, but Milwaukee added a run in the eighth.

Braves 16, Expos 5

ATLANTA - Eli Marrero hit a grand slam in the first inning, Chipper Jones finished a double short of the cycle, and Atlanta routed Montreal. The Braves won their sixth consecutive series by taking three of four from Montreal. Jones drove in four runs, and J.D. Drew extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with two singles.

Pirates 4, Marlins 2

PITTSBURGH - Pinch-hitter Bobby Hill came through with a go-ahead homer leading off the eighth inning off Billy Koch, and Pittsburgh won its 10th in a row at home, finishing a three-game sweep of Florida. The home winning streak is Pittsburgh's longest since a 24-game run in 1978.

Dodgers 10, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX - Cesar Izturis drove in a career-best four runs, Adrian Beltre hit his 23rd homer and Los Angeles beat Arizona to sweep a four-game series. Jayson Werth had a career-high four hits to back Jose Lima.

Mets 6, Phillies 1

NEW YORK - Al Leiter pitched six shutout innings, and Mike Cameron and Vance Wilson hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to lead New York. Leiter (6-3) allowed four hits and struck out a season-high seven.

Astros 5, Padres 3

HOUSTON - Roger Clemens won his first game in three weeks to stop the Astros' four-game losing streak and give Phil Garner his first win as Houston's manager.

Clemens (11-3), rocked for six runs in the first inning during the All-Star Game in Houston, had been 0-1 in three starts since beating Pittsburgh on June 24. He retired 16 consecutive batters starting with the final out of the first and got his 321st win, moving three behind Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, who share 12th place on the career list. Clemens allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Rockies 10, Giants 9

DENVER - Jeromy Burnitz and Preston Wilson each homered off Matt Herges, and Aaron Miles capped Colorado's four-run ninth inning with an RBI single, helping the Rockies rally over San Francisco. San Francisco led 9-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth after Deivi Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the eighth and Michael Tucker and Barry Bonds hit solo shots in the top half.

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