Padres beat Ortiz and Giants 7-3


Ryan Klesko’s two-run homer capped San Diego’s four-run third inning as the Padres beat Russ Ortiz and the San Francisco Giants 7-3.

On Saturday, a day after stopping the Giants’ nine-game winning streak, San Diego won for the fifth time in six games.

Ortiz (12-11), the NL’s Pitcher of the Month for August, had his career-best seven-game winning streak snapped. His string of 20 straight scoreless innings also ended on a second day of shaky pitching for the NL West leaders, whose bullpen blew a six-run lead Friday.

Astros 14, Cubs 4 In Chicago, Richard Hidalgo, Lance Berkman and Tim Bogar each hit two homers, part of a team-record seven that powered Houston.

Bogar drove in a career-high five runs and Daryle Ward added a solo shot for the Astros, who lead the NL with 220 home runs. Houston had posted four six-homer games this year.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 6 In Denver, Todd Helton, Todd Walker and Todd Hollandsworth hit RBI singles in a six-run first inning and Colorado dealt Los Angeles its fifth consecutive loss. Helton finished 1-for-4, dropping his batting average one point to .385.

Phillies 6, Mets 3 In New York, Turk Wendell (7-5) allowed a pair of seventh inning runs to put Philadelphia ahead to stay, then threw his glove into the stands in disgust as New York lost meekly again.

The Mets, who seemed a lock for the playoffs 10 days ago, are 1-7 in September and saw their wild card lead cut to 3 1/2 games over Arizona. On Friday night, it was Mike Hampton who lost his cool, throwing a dugout temper tantrum when he came out of a 2-0 loss.

Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 1 In Miami, Todd Stottlemyre (9-5) returned to his early-season form, giving up five hits in 7 1-3 innings as Arizona beat Florida.

Reds 6, Pirates 4 In Pittsburgh, Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Cincinnati ended Pittsburgh’s eight-game winning streak.

Expos 7, Braves 5, 12 innings In Atlanta, Brian Schneider drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Tomas De La Rosa added an RBI single in the 12th inning for Montreal. The Braves, despite having their four-game winning streak snapped, remained 3 1/2 games ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 6 In Milwaukee, Ray Lankford homered leading off the ninth, and Mike Matheny homered and singled twice to pace a 15-hit attack, helping St. Louis edge Milwaukee.