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Cubs’ Williams baffles Braves

Chicago hurler’s father in stands for first time since undergoing kidney, liver transplants

August 24, 2005

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— Jerome Williams pitched with emotion.

Williams shut down the Atlanta Braves with his pitching arm, hurt them with his bat and left to a loud ovation - the loudest cheers presumably coming from his father Glenn Sr., who underwent a kidney and liver transplant in February.

With his dad in the stands for the first time this season, Jerome Williams took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning and had the first multihit game of his career to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-1 victory Tuesday night.

"(After) spring training and the trouble my family went through, just seeing my dad out there - just to know that he's here and supporting me - I had to step up," said Williams, who began the season with the San Francisco Giants. "I had to get on board, have a good start."

Williams (4-6) did just that.

He allowed one run and three hits in 72â3 innings, his longest outing this season. After walking Rafael Furcal leading off the game, he retired 11 in a row before Andruw Jones led off the fifth with his 40th homer.

At the plate, Williams was 2-for-4 with a single, a double and a run.

Mets 14, Diamondbacks 1


Chicago pitcher Jerome Williams, right, manages a smile as he is taken out of the game by manager Dusty Baker, center, as catcher Michael Barrett looks on. The Cubs defeated the Braves, 10-1, Tuesday night in Chicago.

Chicago pitcher Jerome Williams, right, manages a smile as he is taken out of the game by manager Dusty Baker, center, as catcher Michael Barrett looks on. The Cubs defeated the Braves, 10-1, Tuesday night in Chicago.

Phoenix - Ramon Castro drove in a career high five runs, and Mike Jacobs homered for the second time in three games since he was brought up from the minor leagues, leading New York.

Padres 2, Astros 0

San Diego - Jake Peavy outdueled boyhood idol Roger Clemens, throwing a four-hitter for his third shutout this season, and San Diego beat Houston. Peavy (11-6) also had a single off Clemens with one out in the eighth, one of five hits allowed by the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. Clemens threw his first complete game since July 30, 2003, at Anaheim, and the 118th of his career.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 3

Los Angeles - Jeff Weaver won his fifth straight decision and went 3-for-4 with a career-high three RBIs to lead Los Angeles. Weaver (12-8) allowed three runs and six hits in eight-plus innings. It was the 17th straight start in which the right-hander has lasted through the sixth.

Phillies 10, Giants 2

San Francisco - Rookie Ryan Howard returned to the starting lineup with a career-high four hits and three RBIs, and Vicente Padilla pitched eight strong innings to lead Philadelphia past San Francisco.

Pirates 10, Cardinals 0

Pittsburgh - Unbeaten rookie Zach Duke pitched two shutout innings before leaving because of a sprained left ankle, and Pittsburgh defeated St. Louis.

Reds 6, Nationals 2

Washington - Luke Hudson allowed four hits over a career-best seven innings, and Cincinnati batted around in a four-run third against Tony Armas Jr. to beat Washington. The Reds improved to 4-0 this season against the Nationals - even though Nos. 3 and 4 hitters Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn were a combined 1-for-10 with five strikeouts.

Brewers 11, Marlins 2

Milwaukee - Chris Capuano pitched eight strong innings, and Carlos Lee homered for the first time in three weeks in Milwaukee's rout.

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