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National League Roundup: Rijo perfect in return to majors

August 18, 2001

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— Jose Rijo made an inspiring return to the major leagues after a six-year absence.

Rijo pitched two scoreless innings Friday night, overshadowing Milwaukee's 5-1 win over Cincinnati.

Rijo, 36, hadn't pitched in the majors since July 18, 1995 when he left a Reds game against San Diego with a throbbing right elbow. During the time away, he had five operations on his elbow.

"We just saw a miracle, no question about it," Reds manager Bob Boone said.

The 1990 World Series MVP allowed two hits and two walks, and pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth, striking out Richie Sexson and Jose Hernandez.

"It's great knowing I can pitch well," Rijo said. "But I'm not here to just retire. I'm here to help the team."

Rijo received a standing ovation when he walked to the mound to pitch the eighth, and continued applause that elicited a curtain call following his ninth-inning effort.

Milwaukee starter Mac Suzuki (2-3) allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out four in 613 innings for his second consecutive win.

Jeromy Burnitz homered and tripled for the Brewers

Rockies 12, Marlins 5

Denver Jose Ortiz hit three home runs and Juan Uribe added a three-run triple as Colorado erased a five-run deficit to hand Florida its fifth straight defeat. Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the fifth and solo homers in the sixth and the eight for the first multihomer game of his career. Ortiz became the ninth player in Rockies' history to hit three home runs in a game.

Todd Helton added a two-run home run for Colorado.

Astros 6, Pirates 5

Houston Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo homered, and Dave Mlicki (4-0) scattered five hits in six innings to lead Houston over Pittsburgh. The Pirates lost for the fifth straight game, and for the ninth time in 11 contests.

Cardinals 4, Phillies 3

St. Louis Placido Polanco's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning stretched St. Louis' winning streak to nine games. A two-run homer by Pat Burrell in the eighth off Luther Hackman tied it 3-3. That ruined a fine effort by starter Darryl Kile, who allowed the Phillies just one run on six hits in seven innings.

Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 2

Phoenix Reggie Sanders hit two home runs as Arizona won its seventh straight game. Sanders' two-run blast that broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh sailed 460 feet

Expos 4, Padres 0

San Diego Javier Vazquez extended his scoreless innings streak to 20, allowing four hits over eight innings as Montreal beat San Diego. Vazquez (12-11) retired 15 of his final 17 batters.

Dodgers 8, Mets 3

Los Angeles Gary Sheffield, cleared by doctors to play after fainting at home this week, hit a three-run homer his first time up and an RBI single his second as Los Angeles dealt New York its season-high seventh consecutive loss. Dodgers physician Dr. Michael Mellman said he could not find what caused Sheffield to faint at home after Wednesday's game.

Braves 2, Giants 1

San Francisco Greg Maddux allowed one run on six hits in 623 innings for his 16th win as Atlanta snaped the Giants' five-game winning streak. The Braves won their third straight to tie Philadelphia for first place in the NL East.

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