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Archive for Tuesday, May 22, 2001

National League Roundup: Klesko powers Padres

San Diego overcomes Bagwell’s grand slam

May 22, 2001

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— Ryan Klesko tries not to think about his recent success at the plate.

"In this game, when you go to the plate you just think about that at-bat, not what you've done before," Klesko said after hitting two three-run home runs and a triple and driving in six runs Monday night. He powered the San Diego Padres to a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros.

Klesko has an eight-game hitting streak during which he has gone 15-for-33 (.454). In his last 18 games he has driven in 28 runs.

"I'm not doing anything differently," Klesko said. "In this game you're going to have some streaks during the season, so I don't think about it, I just accept it."

Klesko impressed Houston's Jeff Bagwell.

"Ryan seems like he's getting better and better every year. Now that he's with San Diego he's playing the same position every day and becoming a complete player," Bagwell said.

Adam Eaton (6-2) got his fourth straight victory, going 6 2-3 innings and giving up six runs on eight hits. Eaton struck out a season-high 10 to equal his career best, while walking one.

Shane Reynolds (4-3) was the loser, going 6 2-3 innings and giving up six runs on nine hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Klesko's second home run of the game gave San Diego a 7-5 lead in the seventh. After Reynolds walked Rickey Henderson and Mark Kotsay singled, Reynolds was replaced by Jay Powell. Klesko hit Powell's first pitch into the upper deck in right field for his 10th homer of the season.

"It was a good move to bring in Jay, it just didn't work out," Reynolds said. "He's hit me pretty well and Jay has been throwing the ball well. It was a good idea to get a fresh arm in there, but Klesko's hot and he was a tough out tonight."

Klesko hit a split-finger fastball from Powell.

"I knew he was going to be aggressive. I wanted to keep it down and away, but I left it up," Powell said.

Houston cut the San Diego lead to 7-6 in its half of the seventh on an RBI triple by Lance Berkman.

In the sixth inning, Klesko led off with a walk, moved to second on a single by Phil Nevin and scored on a single by Bubba Trammell, bringing the Padres within 5-4.

San Diego took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Klesko's first three-run homer. Henderson started the game with a single and moved to third on a single by Kotsay before Klesko's shot.

Klesko's six RBIs equaled his career high.

Bagwell's fifth career grand slam, his second of the season, highlighted Houston's five-run third. Singles by Vinny Castilla and Tony Eusebio and a walk to Craig Biggio loaded the bases with two outs. Bagwell then hit a 1-2 pitch deep into the left-field stands for his 12th homer of the season.

Berkman followed with a double and scored on a single by Moises Alou.

"Eaton's pretty good and he has a lot of good pitches. I was fortunate to get a hanging curveball. You have to take advantage of mistakes like that," Bagwell said.

Trevor Hoffman got his eighth save in nine opportunities, pitching the ninth. But Houston got two runners on base before Berkman hit into a double play, ending the game.

Rockies 6, Dodgers 3

Denver Todd Walker hit a pair of two-run doubles and Shawn Chacon had his third straight solid outing.Walker's first double highlighted a three-run first inning off Darren Dreifort (3-3). He doubled off Dreifort again in the eighth after Larry Walker doubled and Todd Helton reached on catcher Paul Lo Duca's interference. Chacon (2-1), making his fifth major league start, allowed three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts through six-plus innings. Jose Jimenez got the last four outs for his eighth save in 11 opportunities.

Braves 5, Marlins 3

Miami Andruw Jones had two home runs and four RBIs and Tom Glavine scattered five hits over seven innings as Atlanta beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 Monday night. Jones hit his 11th and 12th home runs, the 11th multi-homer game of his career, and helped the Braves win for the fifth time in seven games. He hit a solo shot in the first inning off Matt Clement (2-4), then added a two-run shot in the sixth. He also had an RBI single in the third.

Mets 6, Expos 3

Montreal Tsuyoshi Shinjo played the hero for a second straight game, hitting a tie-breaking three-run double. After a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday, Shinjo cleared the bases with a two-out double off Britt Reames (2-6) in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Reames, who hit his first career homer to tie the game in the fifth, lost his sixth straight start. Making his third start against the Expos this season, Glendon Rusch (3-3) pitched six effective innings.

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2

Phoenix Once again, Barry Bonds was magnificent in his pursuit of baseball's home run record. And once again, San Francisco's pitching couldn't get the Giants a win. Bonds tied a major league record with his eighth homer in five games and became the quickest player in history to 23 homers in a season. But the Arizona Diamondbacks got homers from Greg Colbrunn and Reggie Sanders and Curt Schilling pitched a six-hitter to beat the Giants.

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