Mon, Jul 02, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Beltran leads Mets past Phillies

LONG BALL Philadelphia's slugger hit two home runs and teammates Paul Lo Duca and David Wright also connected as New York swept a doubleheader

AP , PHILADELPHIAAP, NEW YORK

Carlos Beltran homered twice for the second straight game, leading the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory and handing the Philadelphia Phillies their third straight loss.

Paul Lo Duca and David Wright also connected and Jorge Sosa (7-3) pitched five effective innings before he left after straining his left hamstring running to first in the sixth.

Beltran had a pair of solo homers Friday off Cole Hamels, helping New York complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader. Ryan Howard hit his 19th homer for injury-riddled Philadelphia, which fell six games behind the Mets.

Brewers 13, Cubs 4

In Chicago, Milwaukee bounced back from a tough defeat, scoring nine runs in the first three innings to make it easy for Ben Sheets (10-3), who had a season-high 11 strikeouts in his sixth straight win.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Milwaukee, which finished with 15 hits in ending Chicago's seven-game winning streak.

Braves 6, Marlins 5

At Miami, Tim Hudson pitched seven sharp innings and Edgar Renteria hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth as Atlanta beat Florida.

Renteria's double off reliever Armando Benitez (2-4) drove in Willie Harris, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Reds 5, Cardinals 1

At Cincinatti, Kyle Lohse (4-10) rebounded from the worst outing of his career with one of his best, pitching into the eighth inning and hitting a sacrifice fly while leading Cincinnati to victory over St Louis.

The Reds reached the halfway point of their season at 31-50, the worst record in the majors.

Rockies 5, Astros 0

At Houston, Jeff Francis allowed three hits in seven innings and Colorado beat its former ace Jason Jennings (1-3) as the Rockies ended an eight-game losing streak by downing Houston.

Garrett Atkins drove in two runs, Matt Holliday had an RBI double.

Pirates 7, Nationals 2

At Pittsburgh, Tom Gorzelanny (8-4) improved his chances of being Pittsburgh's All-Star representative by limiting Washington to two runs over seven innings and Adam LaRoche drove in three runs in the Pirates victory.

LaRoche had a two-run double and Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez each had two-run singles in a six-run second inning against Jason Bergmann (1-5), giving Pittsburgh a 6-1 lead.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1

At San Francisco, Barry Bonds barely missed his 751st home run and settled for an RBI double to help San Francisco end a three-game skid by beating Arizona.

It was the 376th double for Bonds with the Giants.

Padres 3, Dodgers 1

At Los Angeles, Jake Peavy and Brad Penny pitched to a stalemate, Jose Cruz Jr. and pinch-hitter Geoff Blum hit RBI doubles in the 12th and the Padres won to take a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the West Division.

Chad Gaudin combined with Rich Harden on a one-hitter and the Oakland Athletics connected for three home runs off Kei Igawa in a 7-0 victory over the lethargic New York Yankees on Saturday.

Light-hitting Jason Kendall was 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk to lead an Oakland offense that ranks 13th out of 14 American League teams in runs scored.

Twins 8, Tigers 5

In Detroit, Michael Cuddyer and Lew Ford homered and drove in three runs apiece in Minnesota's victory over Detroit.

Cuddyer hit a three-run homer, went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

Minnesota has won the first two games of the series.

Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

At Boston, Sammy Sosa hit his 602nd career homer to break a fifth-inning tie, leading Texas to victory over Boston and spoiling Josh Beckett's last start before the All-Star rosters are announced.

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