Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

National league roundup: Atlanta tightens race in NL East

Jones goes 4-for-4 to spark Braves to 14-7 victory over Phillies

July 4, 2001


— Chipper Jones had no trouble putting his performance in perspective.

Jones went 4-for-4, hitting two solo homers and scoring a team record-tying five runs as Atlanta beat Philadelphia, 14-7, Tuesday night to move within one game of the NL East-leading Phillies.

"That's one of the best games I've ever played, offensively and defensively," Jones said. "It's fun to go out there when things fall into place like that. You hope it never ends."

B.J. Surhoff's two-run single keyed an eight-run burst in the seventh inning that put Atlanta ahead 13-5. The Braves stopped Philadelphia's five-game winning streak.

Jones homered in the second and hit his 23rd homer in the eighth. He matched the Atlanta mark, which he already shared, for runs in a game.

Surhoff doubled, singled twice and drove in three runs. Jose Cabrera (5-2) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win.

Reliever Jose Santiago (0-1) was charged with six hits and six earned runs in one-third of an inning. With the score tied at 5, Santiago gave up three straight singles to load the bases before Brian Jordan singled off home plate to score Keith Lockhart for the go-ahead run in the seventh.

"I'll take it," Jordan said. "It wasn't pretty, but it did the job. It got us going. I don't know. We just needed to get something started."

Surhoff's single made it 8-5, and Javy Lopez followed with an RBI single for a 9-5 lead.

Randy Wolf relieved Santiago but immediately gave up a two-run double to pinch-hitter Wes Helms and a two-run single to Rafael Furcal.

"Every pitch they hit found a hole," Santiago said. "There's nothing you can do about it. I'll think about it when I'm in bed tonight. Tomorrow I get another chance."

Cubs 3, Mets 0

New York Kerry Wood pitched 61/3 scoreless innings and Sammy Sosa hit his 27th home run to lead Chicago to its first win in New York in more than three years. Ron Coomer, in a 2-for-27 slump, added a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning. Chicago has scored only 29 runs the past 11 games, but has won five of them. The Mets, the lowest-scoring team in the majors, were shut out for the eighth time this season.

Marlins 7, Expos 0

Montreal Ryan Dempster pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout and Florida beat Montreal. Dempster (9-8) held Montreal to just two hits after allowing first-inning singles to Peter Bergeron and Vladimir Guerrero. Dempster struck out two and walked two in his third career complete game. He retired 11 straight batters at one stretch.

Pirates 3, Reds 2

Cincinnati Todd Ritchie pitched into the seventh inning for his fifth straight win, and John Vander Wal and Brian Giles homered as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati. The NL's worst road team (12-31) has won the first two games of the series only the third time this season the Pirates have won consecutive road games.

Brewers 2, Cardinals 0

Milwaukee Jamey Wright allowed three hits over eight innings and Mark Loretta's RBI double in the eighth broke a scoreless tie as Milwaukee beat St. Louis. Devon White led off the bottom of the eighth with a check-swing single to shallow center field off reliever Steve Kline (1-3) and stole second. Loretta hit a 2-2 pitch off the center-field wall for his second double of the game.

Astros 6, Diamondbacks 5

Houston Julio Lugo hit his first homer since May 3, helping Houston overcome Luis Gonzalez's grand slam and solo shot. The Astros beat Curt Schilling (12-3) to win their fourth in a row. They snapped the Diamondbacks' four-game winning streak.

Padres 6, Rockies 5

San Diego D'Angelo Jimenez hit San Diego's fourth sacrifice fly of the game tying the NL record to lift the Padres over Colorado. Tony Gwynn, activated from the disabled list before the game, struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

Dodgers 4, Giants 3

Los Angeles Jeff Shaw intentionally walked Barry Bonds to load the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, then retired Jeff Kent to give Los Angeles a win over San Francisco and its eighth straight victory. Bonds, leading the majors with 39 home runs, came to the plate with runners on first and second. Dodgers manager Jim Tracy ordered an intentional walk and chose to pitch to Kent, one of the Giants' three All-Star starters. Kent popped out on the first pitch to first baseman Eric Karros.

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