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Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

National League Roundup: Dodgers get boost from Reboulet

Sosa, McGwire both homer; Castilla hits three out in Houston loss

July 29, 2001

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— Shawn Green has been making a huge contribution to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is expected of him. Jeff Reboulet has been making the most of his infrequent opportunities to play.

Reboulet and Green each homered and had three hits Saturday as the high-flying Dodgers sent Mike Hampton to his earliest exit of the season, beating the Colorado Rockies, 10-6.

"It's a group effort, and it's going to continue to be that way," Reboulet said after diving in a season-high four runs and making two sparking plays at shortstop.

"Everybody has come up with big hits, or big pitching performances, or big defensive plays throughout the year. That's the sign of a good team, when you have a lot of guys who contribute, not just nine or 10. Everybody knows what the goal is here, and everybody's playing hard and doing their part."

The Dodgers staked Chan Ho Park to a 6-0 lead after two innings. They increased the margin to 10-4 with a four-run third inning matching Colorado's four in the top half.

Green had three RBIs and Marquis Grissom also homered for the NL West leaders, who have won 13 of 15 games.

"When you get on a roll, like we've been on lately, everybody starts to pick it up to another level," Jeff Shaw said after earning his league-leading 32nd save in 36 chances. "We haven't been in first place this late in the season since I've been here. It's a good feeling, but you can't get too high too soon. There's still a lot of work to be done."

Park (11-6) won his third straight start, allowing five runs one earned and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out six, walked none and scored two of the Dodgers' runs.

Hampton (10-8) allowed nine runs, nine hits and two homers in 213 innings. The two-time All-Star is 1-5 with an 8.58 ERA in nine starts since June 10.

Reds 5, Marlins 0

Cincinnati Ken Griffey Jr. homered, and Dmitri Young hit a grand slam for Cincinnati. Elmer Dessens (7-8) pitched a six-hitter for his first career shutout as the Reds got a breakthrough win at Cinergy Field, where they've won only 15 of 52 this season. The Marlins have dropped 11 of 15 road games.

Padres 6, Brewers 2

Milwaukee Phil Nevin homered twice, including a grand slam, to back Woody Williams as San Diego snapped a three-game losing streak. Bubba Trammell also homered for the Padres. Trevor Hoffman got four outs for his 24th save in 26 opportunities.

Pirates 9-3, Astros 8-12

Pittsburgh Brian Giles' grand slam capped a seven-run ninth inning that gave Pittsburgh a win in the opener, but Houston rebounded to win the nightcap 12-3 behind Jeff Bagwell's three RBIs. Vinny Castilla homered three times for Houston in the first game, and the Pirates trailed 8-2 with two outs and nobody on in the ninth before rallying for a stunning victory. Castilla nearly tied a major league record with four homers, but Giles robbed him with a leaping catch at the left-field wall in the fourth inning. Bagwell went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored three runs in the second game.

Cardinals 7, Cubs 4

Chicago In shades of the 1998 home run race, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both homered. It was McGwire's 571st homer, leaving him two behind Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the career list. He's homered in six of his last 10 games to give him 17 this season. Each of his last seven hits have been homers. Sosa's homer off Dave Veres (1-1) was his 35th of the season and 392nd as a Cub, tying him for second place on the team's career list with Billy Williams.

Mets 4, Phillies 3

New York Turk Wendell, pitching for Philadelphia one day after being traded by the Mets, gave a game-winning homer to Robin Ventura in the ninth inning. Tomas Perez homered for Philadelphia, and Benny Agbayani went deep for New York. Armando Benitez (4-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Braves 10, Expos 5

Montreal Ken Caminiti homered twice and had four RBIs, and Tom Glavine won his fourth straight decision. Chipper Jones had four RBIs and three of Atlanta's 13 hits. He hit RBI singles in the third and seventh inning, and a two-run homer in the ninth. Atlanta increased its lead in the NL East to two games over Philadelphia.

D-backs 11, Giants 4

Phoenix Rich Aurilia homered twice and tied his career-high with five RBIs to spark San Francisco. Barry Bonds went 2-for-3 with two walks after hitting three homers in the first two games of the series. Bonds has matched Mark McGwire's record homer pace from 1998, hitting 45 in his team's first 105 games. Aurilia has four homers in the past three games giving him 20 homers for the third straight season a franchise record for a shortstop.

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