Fri, Jul 06, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Braves top Dodgers to snap losing skid


Atlanta's Andruw Jones homered and Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added RBI singles as the Braves snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles.

Braves starter Chuck James (8-7) allowed one run in five innings. Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances. The Dodgers did get the tying run to the plate in the final inning, but pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz struck out to end the game.

Dodger Mark Hendrickson (2-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings and lost his fourth consecutive start.

Nationals 6, Cubs 0

At Washington, Dmitri Young hit a grand slam and Matt Chico pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, leading the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Phillies 8, Astros 3

In Houston, Ryan Howard had a two-run homer and an RBI single to help Cole Hamels earn his elusive 10th win for Philadelphia.

Giants 9, Reds 5

In Cincinnati, Fred Lewis hit another grand slam and slumping starter Matt Cain turned it into a long-awaited win, while Barry Bonds watched from the dugout with a day off.

Pirates 5, Brewers 3

In Pittsburgh, Adam LaRoche hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning, leading the Pirates past the team with the worst record in MLB.

Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 4

At St Louis, Juan Encarnacion and Scott Rolen hit consecutive RBI doubles in the eighth inning to help St. Louis overcome an early three-run deficit and beat Arizona.

For Arizona, starting pitcher Livan Hernandez and Miguel Montero both hit two-run homers off Brad Thompson.

Rockies 17, Mets 7

At Denver, Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins both drove in a season-high five runs as Colorado became the first team in more than half a century to sweep two New York clubs in the same year.

Colorado's three-game home sweeps of the Yankees and Mets were sandwiched around a 1-9 road trip which was the worst three-city swing in franchise history.

Padres 1, Marlins 0

At San Diego, Chris Young allowed five hits and struck out nine in seven innings as San Diego downed Florida.

Johan Santana pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start and Jason Kubel hit a tiebreaking homer that helped the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Wednesday.

Santana (10-6) gave up two runs and four hits, struck out five and walked two. The Major League Baseball All-Star left-hander hasn't lost since June 9 against Washington.

Hideki Matsui hit his ninth homer for the Yankees, who dropped to 3-3 on a 10-game homestand that takes them up to the MLB All-Star break.

Red Sox 7, Devil Rays 5

In Boston, MLB All-Star Mike Lowell homered to help carry a lineup of Red Sox reserves, and Tim Wakefield cruised through six innings to send Tampa Bay to its 10th consecutive loss.

Blue Jays 10, Athletics 3

In Oakland, California, Matt Stairs homered and drove in four runs, Dustin McGowan pitched seven scoreless innings and the Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up a 10-game road trip with a win.

Tigers 6, Indians 4

At Detroit, Brandon Inge drove in two runs and Kenny Rogers made another strong start as Detroit snapped Cleveland's six-game winning streak.

Orioles 9, White Sox 6

At Chicago, Jay Gibbons homered and Kevin Millar hit two doubles in Baltimore's win over Chicago.

Mariners 4, Royals 0

At Kansas City, Jarrod Washburn scattered just five hits over eight-plus innings and John McLaren got his first win in his third game as Seattle manager as the Mariners downed Kansas City.

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