Rocker wins, for first time since Aug. 22
Atlanta John Rocker didn't have much to say after his first win since last Aug. 22.
"Like I told you in the clubhouse, 'No.' No means no," Rocker told reporters after signing autographs and posing for pictures. "This is family time. I pitched OK and happy I contributed to a Braves victory. What more is there to say?"
Rocker and the Atlanta Braves beat Milwaukee 5-4 Sunday when Brewers reliever Curtis Leskanic walked four in the ninth inning.
Rocker (1-0), who has struggled with his control all season, relieved with two outs in the eighth and pitched 11/3 innings, walking two and striking out two. He threw just 11 of 21 pitches for strikes.
Sent to the minor leagues from June 5-14 because of his lack of control, Rocker has 33 walks in 221/3 innings this season, including eight in four innings since his recall from Triple-A Richmond.
"It's been a tough road for everybody," Jake Rocker, the pitcher's father, said while waiting for his son to emerge from the clubhouse. "But John's a fighter. He's staying with it. He'll never give up."
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1
St. Louis Larry Sutton, recalled from the minor leagues earlier in the day, singled home the winning run in the ninth inning off Antonio Osuna (0-4) as the St. Louis completed a three-game sweep of Los Angeles.
Giants 4, Astros 2
Houston Russ Ortiz (4-7) struck out a career-high 12 and won for the first time since May 21, leading San Francisco to the three-game sweep. Marvin Benard went 4-for-5 and Felipe Crespo had three hits, including a two-run single in a four-run third inning. The Giants had 14 hits, one day after getting 22 in a 13-4 rout.
Mets 9, Pirates 0
New York Mike Hampton scattered five hits for his first shutout with New York, winning for the first time in a month. Melvin Mora had a career-high four hits in five at-bats with a homer, double and two singles.
Marlins 8, Cubs 7, 10 innings
Miami Cliff Floyd homered with one out in the 10th as Florida completed a three-game sweep. Floyd hit the first pitch from Felix Heredia (3-3) deep to right field for his 14th homer of the year.
Padres 5, Reds 4
Cincinnati Brian Tollberg held Cincinnati scoreless into the eighth and San Diego survived another Cincinnati rally against closer Trevor Hoffman. Cincinnati lost for the 14th time in 18 games.
Expos 3, Phillies 1
Montreal Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Vidro homered to back Mike Johnson's seven scoreless innings as Montreal avoided a three-game sweep.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 3
Phoenix Arizona scored six runs in the first inning to beat Colorado and remain in first place despite losing starter Todd Stottlemyre to an injury. Erubiel Durazo hit his seventh homer in the first off Pedro Astacio (6-5).