Archive for Monday, July 17, 2006

Cincy rallies, sweeps

July 17, 2006


— Rich Aurilia's pinch-hit, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning rallied the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-4 victory Sunday and a four-game sweep of the fading Colorado Rockies.

Aurilia's two-run single off Jose Mesa (0-3) sparked the Reds' second straight late comeback against Colorado's rickety bullpen, the Rockies' main problem during their recent slide.

The Rockies also matched their season low point at three games under .500 (44-47).

Marlins 9, Astros 3

Miami - Hanley Ramirez and Wes Helms each homered and drove in three runs to help Florida beat Houston.

Jeremy Hermida and Mike Jacobs also homered for the Marlins, who salvaged a split of the four-game series. Scott Olsen (7-4) allowed three runs and six hits in 51â3 innings to get his first win since June 16.

Cardinals 11, Dodgers 3

St. Louis - Albert Pujols was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, and St. Louis beat up on All-Star starter Brad Penny and Los Angeles.

St. Louis has won seven in a row, the team's best streak since a nine-game run in 2004.

Nationals 8, Pirates 4, 11 innings

Pittsburgh - Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning, and Washington avoided a second consecutive series sweep by rallying against Pittsburgh.

Washington ended a five-game losing streak by scoring four runs - one earned - off Roberto Hernandez (0-3) in the 11th.

Braves 10, Padres 5

San Diego - Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer, and the Braves won their season-high fifth straight game, and for the ninth time in 11.

Brian McCann also homered for the Braves, giving them 11 in the series. The teams combined for 16 to set a record for a series at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. The old mark was 14.

Phillies 6, Giants 2

San Francisco - Brett Myers allowed Barry Bonds' 721st homer while pitching seven solid innings in his first start back from a leave of absence, and Philadelphia rallied for four runs in the eighth inning.

Brewers 10, Diamondbacks 5

Phoenix - Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder and Corey Hart homered to power Milwaukee, which snapped its five-game losing skid and Arizona's five-game winning streak.

Fielder hit his 17th home run, leading off Milwaukee's three-run fourth, tying the club record for most homers by a rookie.

Mets 13, Cubs 7

Chicago - Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran hit grand slams, and David Wright added a two-run shot in an 11-run sixth inning as New York beat Chicago.

The Mets sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth and benefited from two errors on second baseman Todd Walker that led to eight of the 11 runs being unearned. The half-inning took 41 minutes to play and saw the Cubs make 70 pitches.


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