Sun, Jun 27, 2004 - Page 22 News List

Devil Rays blank Marlins

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning, making it difficult for the World Series champions to round the bases


Wes Obermueller (3-3) gave up nine hits and five runs -- four earned -- in 4 1-3 innings for Milwaukee.

Giants 6, Athletics 4

In Oakland, California, Jason Schmidt pitched into the ninth inning to win his career-best 10th consecutive decision -- tying him for the major league lead in victories -- as San Francisco beat Oakland for its seventh straight victory.

Schmidt (10-2), coming off a one-hit gem against Boston last Sunday, hasn't lost since dropping his first two starts of the season. He allowed four runs and five hits, struck out four and walked three in 8 1-3 innings before a sellout crowd of 48,189.

Matt Herges got two outs for his 20th save for the Giants, who have won 11 of 12 overall to regain the lead in the National League West.

Barry Zito (4-5) allowed one earned run -- on Michael Tucker's sacrifice fly in the fifth. Scott Hatteberg and Bobby Crosby homered for the A's.

Padres 3, Mariners 2

In Seattle, Brian Lawrence (9-5) earned his ninth win, Phil Nevin hit a two-run single and San Diego held off Seattle when pinch-runner Hiram Bocachica made a baserunning mistake for the final out.

Bocachica was running for Dave Hansen, who drew a leadoff walk from Trevor Hoffman in the ninth. With two outs and Bocachica on second, pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez hit a grounder up the middle.

Second baseman Mark Loretta made a tough stop, but Martinez beat the throw to first for an infield single. Bocachica made a wide turn around third, then scampered to try to get back. Nevin threw to the plate, and catcher Humberto Quintero nailed Bocachica attempting to return to third.

Freddy Garcia (4-7) threw a complete game, but gave up three runs shortly after the first pitch.

Angels 13, Dodgers 0

In Los Angeles, Darin Erstad hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs, and Jarrod Washburn and Derrick Turnbow combined on a four-hitter as Anahem routed Los Angeles.

Washburn (8-3) gave up three hits in seven innings to win for the first time since May 15. Vladimir Guerrero hit his 18th homer for the Angels.

Los Angeles lost its fifth in a row overall and fell a season-worst 3 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the NL West.

Jose Lima (6-3) gave up eight runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings. Robin Ventura pitched a scoreless ninth, the first position player to pitch for Los Angeles since Chris Donnels on May 5, 2001.

Pinch-hitter Wily Mo Pena came through with a grand slam in the seventh inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Cincinnati Reds past the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Friday night.

Before the game, the Reds honored Ken Griffey Jr. for hitting his 500th home run last Sunday in St. Louis. Griffey went 0-for-3 with a walk to fall to 1-for-19 since his historic home run. He's hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

Pena gave the Reds their sixth consecutive two-out hit in the seventh as Cincinnati wiped out a 4-0 deficit and sent the Pirates to their 16th loss in 19 games.

Jose Acevedo (4-6) rebounded from a four-run first inning, highlighted by Jason Bay's three-run homer, to earn his first win in five starts. Danny Graves got his major league-leading 29th save in 36 opportunities.

Salomon Torres (4-3) took the loss.

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