Sunday, September 26, 2004

NL: Feliz backs Bonds with Giant slam

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants showed they can win even the biggest games without Barry Bonds' bat.

Pedro Feliz hit a tiebreaking grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning for his fourth hit of the day, and the Giants helped their playoff chances with a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

The first-place Dodgers had their NL West lead trimmed to 1 1/2 games over the Giants.

Bonds, who hit his 702nd career homer Friday night, matched his career high with five walks, including three intentional.

Bonds was intentionally walked in his first two at-bats, including in the third inning with the bases empty, then walked on five pitches in the fifth. He drew another free pass in the seventh and walked again in the eighth, giving the slugger 221 total walks this year and 116 intentional.

Braves 1, Marlins 0

ATLANTA - Mike Hampton gave the Atlanta Braves another reason to celebrate, pitching seven scoreless innings on an ailing knee.

A home run by light-hitting Dewayne Wise provided the only run for the Braves, who clinched their 13th straight division title on Friday night.

Hampton (12-9) made his first start since Sept. 11, when he tore cartilage in his left knee while pitching against Montreal. The left-hander will need surgery to repair the damage, but he's trying to make it through the season first.

Mets 4, Cubs 3 (11)

NEW YORK - Victor Diaz hit a tying, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and Craig Brazell's first major-league home run in the 11th gave New York a stunning victory.

Brazell, who entered in the 11th as part of a double switch, led off the bottom half and lined a 1-2 pitch from Kent Mercker (3-1) over the right-field wall, ending Chicago's five-game winning streak.

Chicago appeared to be cruising to its 14th victory in 17 games behind 7 2/3 strong innings from Mark Prior and a two-run homer by Todd Walker. But Diaz hit his second career homer off closer LaTroy Hawkins to tie it 3-3.

Brewers 8, Astros 0

MILWAUKEE - Wes Obermueller pitched a six-hitter for his first career shutout and Milwaukee damaged Houston's playoff chances. Houston remained 2 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL wild-card race.

Cardinals 10, Rockies 6

DENVER - John Mabry hit a three-run homer and Roger Cedeno added a disputed two-run shot for St. Louis. With the NL Central already clinched, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa got creative with his lineup. Matt Morris, the scheduled starter, was given the day off to rest.

Phillies 4, Expos 3 (10)

MONTREAL - Mike Lieberthal hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and Ryan Howard added a run-scoring double to lead the Phillies over Montreal.

Scott Downs pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning for Montreal, which allowed sacrifice flies by Jimmy Rollins in the eighth and Jason Michaels in the ninth.

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