Wes Helms drove in a career-high seven runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 14-2 Saturday. Helms, who snapped a 0-for-18 skid, hit a two-run homer in the third, a bases-loaded triple in the fifth and another two-run homer in the eighth. John Burkett (9-8), scratched Friday because of flulike symptoms, didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning. He pitched six innings, allowing one run and two hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five, leaving him two strikeouts shy of his career-high of 145 set in 1993. Milwaukee starter Ruben Quevedo (0-1) made his season debut after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. In three innings, he allowed seven runs on eight hits — including two home runs.
Phillies 12, Giants 2 In San Francisco, Barry Bonds’ major league-leading 47th homer wasn’t nearly enough to prevent the Phillies from snapping the Giants’ nine game winning streak. Pat Burrell homered, Todd Pratt hit three doubles and Jimmy Rollins reached base five times as Philadelphia got 17 hits and stole five bases while rolling to its first victory in 13 games in San Francisco, dating to Aug. 30, 1998. Bonds’ homer was the only blemish on a stellar performance by Nelson Figueroa (3-2), who struck out six and limited the Giants to five baserunners in six innings of four-hit ball. Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2 In Phoenix, Vance Wilson, getting a rare start in place of All-Star catcher Mike Piazza, drove in two runs and made two big defensive plays as New York defeated Arizona. The game had an odd ending when David Dellucci, who was on second base, was hit by pinch-hitter Mark Grace’s grounder. Grace was credited with a single and Dellucci was ruled out. Mark Johnson had a solo homer and doubled, and Kevin Appier held the Diamondbacks in check with six hits in seven innings. Arizona, fell one-half game behind Los Angeles in the NL West. Dodgers 3, Cubs 1 In Los Angeles, Gary Sheffield went 3-for-3 with an RBI double, and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking two-run single as the Dodgers snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs. James Baldwin (1-0) earned his first NL victory, allowing a run and four hits in eight innings in his second start since joining the Dodgers on July 26. Baldwin, who struck out eight and walked two, won for the sixth time in seven decisions. He retired his last 14 batters. Jeff Shaw pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 37 attempts. The Cubs didn’t have a baserunner after Ron Coomer singled with one out in the fourth. Sosa became the first Cubs player to ever reach 100 RBIs in seven consecutive seasons.
Astros 4, Expos 1 In Houston, Rookie Roy Oswalt took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a three-hitter to lead Houston over Montreal. Oswalt (9-2) gave up an infield single to Mike Mordecai leading off the seventh. Mordecai hit a slow dribbler to third and beat the throw by Vinny Castilla. Brad Wilkerson added an infield single and Mordecai had a run-scoring double in the ninth. Oswalt allowed only one other baserunner, a hit batter in the fourth inning. Pirates 6, Rockies 3 In Denver, Aramis Ramirez homered twice and drove in three runs to back Todd Ritchie as Pittsburgh snapped a four-game losing streak. Ramirez, who was 4-for-5, also singled and doubled after going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs the night before. Jason Kendall added a solo homer for the Pirates, who won for the fifth time in 20 games. After Juan Uribe’s leadoff triple in the third inning, Ritchie (8-10) didn’t allow a runner to reach second until Juan Pierre’s two-out double in the eighth. Ritchie allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk in 8 1-3 innings. He is 8-2 in his last 11 starts. Todd Helton hit his 34th homer in the ninth to bring the Rockies within 6-2. Cardinals 3, Marlins 0 In St. Louis, making his first start since being acquired from San Diego, Woody Williams didn’t allow a run and struck out five as St. Louis beat Florida. Williams (9-8) scattered seven hits in six plus innings of work in his second career appearance at Busch Stadium. The win was the third straight for Williams. Albert Pujols hit his 26th homer to start the second inning for St. Louis, and Eli Marrero later doubled to put the Cardinals up 2-0. Jim Edmonds gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Padres 2, Reds 0 In San Diego, Brian Tollberg, recalled from Triple-A Portland before the game, allowed only four hits in eight innings to lead the Padres over the Reds in one hour, 59 minutes. Tollberg (5-3), who allowed just two runners to reach third base, struck out six and did not walk a batter to snap the Reds’ seven-game winning streak. Phil Nevin drove in both runs, the first on a solo homer in the fifth inning, his 30th of the season. Nevin reached the 30-home run mark for the second straight season.