Break out the brooms: Rox sweep Reds
DENVER – Todd Greene homered and had three RBIs, and the Colorado Rockies made two spectacular defensive plays in the eighth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 Sunday for their fourth-straight victory and first sweep this season.Cincinnati pulled to 7-6 in the eighth on Felipe Lopez’s RBI single and had runners at second and third with no outs against Blaine Neal (1-1).But the Rockies wouldn’t let the Reds get anymore.Joe Randa hit a hard liner toward the hole on the right side, but first baseman Todd Helton sprawled out to make the catch. Brian Fuentes relieved and got Sean Casey to hit a hard grounder to third base. Defensive replacement Desi Relaford made a diving stop and wheeled to get pinch-runner Luis Lopez at the plate.Fuentes then struck out Ken Griffey Jr. to end the inning. He pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.Clint Barmes added a solo homer in the eighth for Colorado, on its longest winning streak since taking four straight last July 3-6.Nationals 6, Marlins 3
WASHINGTON – Ryan Church hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 win Sunday that completed a sweep of the Florida Marlins.The win, coupled with Atlanta’s loss to Pittsburgh, put a team called Washington in first place this late in the season for the first time since 1933, when the Washington Senators won the American League pennant.Astros 6, Cardinals 4HOUSTON – Roger Clemens won his 332nd game with some rare run support.Morgan Ensberg and Jason Lane homered during a five-run first inning and Willy Taveras had a career-high four hits to help Clemens (4-3) overcome some early struggles and outlast St. Louis lefty Mark Mulder, who lost his second straight after a seven-game winning streak.Pirates 5, Braves 2
PITTSBURGH – Rob Mackowiak hit a go-ahead two-run homer, Matt Lawton added a solo shot and Oliver Perez pitched seven strong innings.Perez (4-4) allowed just four hits and won his third consecutive decision since missing a start with shoulder soreness. He struck out seven and walked three to help the Pirates win for the fifth time in seven games.Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 6PHILADELPHIA – Mike Lieberthal hit a disputed three-run homer and Randy Wolf pitched seven solid innings to lead the Phillies to their sixth straight win.Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez hit his 300th career home run – a solo shot in the eighth off reliever Rheal Cormier.Twins 9, Yankees 3
MINNEAPOLIS – Carlos Silva pitched seven strong innings, a diluted Minnesota lineup knocked out Kevin Brown during a five-run sixth and the Twins beat the New York Yankees 9-3 on Sunday.Rangers 8, Royals 1KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kenny Rogers won his career-best eighth consecutive start with seven sharp innings.Rogers gave up five hits and a run, lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.62. The left-hander, who last lost April 18 at Tampa Bay, won seven straight starts May 6-June 6, 1995.Red Sox 6, Angels 3BOSTON – Mark Bellhorn’s sacrifice fly broke a seventh-inning tie, David Ortiz doubled in two more runs and the Boston Red Sox bullpen held on to protect a victory over Los Angeles.
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