Phillies hammer Braves


ATLANTA, Reuters

The Atlanta Braves dropped their first series in nearly three months as they fell 7-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber game of a three-game set in National League action on Sunday.

Philadelphia took the series opener on Friday, winning 3-2.

The Phils got all the runs they needed on solo homers by Scott Rolen and Doug Glanville off loser Tom Glavine (13-6) in the second and third innings.

Jimmy Rollins knocked in three more runs with a bunt single and a double.

Vicente Padilla (11-6) tossed six innings of five-hit ball for the win; he fanned three and walked the same number.

The Braves had won 18 series and tied four before facing the Phillies, who trail them by more than 17 games.

In New York, John Valentin’s two-run double capped a four-run, seventh-inning outburst that sent the Mets on to a 6-5 comeback win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Roger Cedeno’s solo shot in the eighth provided the wining run for the Mets, as the Reds got one more on a ninth-inning homer by Russell Branyan. Colon wins In Montreal, Bartolo Colon is one acquisition who is paying dividends, as he tossed a two-hitter in leading the Expos to a 4-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

Colon (4-1), who came to Montreal from Cleveland back in June, went all the way, fanning nine while walking just one.

Orlando Cabrera drove in two of Montreal’s four runs with ground out and a double, both off loser Julian Tavarez (7-8).

Jose Vidro and Fernando Tatis had solo homers to pad the Expos’ lead.

In Milwaukee, Ronnie Belliard singled in the last of the sixth inning to plate the winning runs in the Brewers’ 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, giving Milwaukee a sweep of the three-game series.

It was the Brewers first sweep in nearly two months and handed the Rockies a season-high sixth consecutive defeat.

Belliard delivered off loser Mike Hampton, now just 5-13 on the season.

Ryan Thompson homered earlier for the winners, while Larry Walker went deep for Colorado to open the scoring. Miller time In Houston, the Astros got masterful performances from starter Wade Miller and a handful of relievers in a 4-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Miller (8-3) worked five innings for the decision, surrendering just four hits in that span; he left early with a trained bicep.

Peter Munro, the first of four Houston relievers, allowed the Pirates only one more hit.

In San Francisco, Jeff Kent’s first-inning home run scored two runs in the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kent connected off hard-luck loser Andy Ashby (7-9), who allowed just five hits on the afternoon.

Jason Schmidt (6-5) was even more impressive on the hill for San Francisco, giving up just four hits in seven innings while fanning 10. Padres heartbreak In Phoenix, the Arizona Diamondbacks squandered a two-run ninth-inning lead but scored once in the 10th to defeat the San Diego Padres 5-4.

A Luis Gonzalez single off loser Trevor Hoffman (1-2) plated Junior Spivey with the decisive run.

Gonzalez had four hits on the afternoon, including a home run, his 21st.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals staged an improbable ninth-inning rally, getting six runs to edge the Chicago Cubs 10-9.

It was quite the day for Cards fans, as legendary St. Louis shortstop Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier in the day.

Appropriately, it was current shortstop Edgar Renteria who had the big blow in the ninth, a three-run, walk-off homer off loser Antonio Alfonseca (1-2).

Renteria singled earlier in the contest to give him four RBI on the night.

Dave Veres (4-6) tossed a couple of innings in relief, fanning four, to claim the win.

Corey Patterson went deep in the third with two men aboard to account for three of Chicago’s nine runs; Moises Alou drove in three more with a double and a single.

The Cards got their runs in bunches, getting four in the sixth frame and the rest in the ninth.