Cubbies wake up in time for sweep
By: By The Associated Press
For eight innings, the Chicago Cubs’ bats were near silent during their 10-inning 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Geovany Soto tied the game at 1-all with a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Theriot. In the bottom of the 10th, Alfonso Soriano singled in the winning run to help the Cubs complete the three-game sweep. To set up the heroic hit, pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot doubled with one out off Chan Ho Park (1-1) and he later scored on Soriano’s single to left. Bob Howry (1-2) picked up the mound victory in relief of Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano tossed the first eight innings with just one run allowed on six hits. Dodger starter Derek Lowe went seven innings with four hits and no runs allowed. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce was bound to make an out sooner or later. And the Reds will lose again at home, too. Eventually. The Reds sure didn’t show any signs of slowing Wednesday night, when they knocked around the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 9-1 win that was their ninth in a row at home. The last time a Cincinnati team went on this kind of a roll by the banks of the Ohio River was in 1980. The Reds haven’t been doing much winning on the road lately. They’re 9-19 in away games after finishing a 2-5 West Coast trip with an 18-inning loss in San Diego on Sunday. But at Great American Ball Park, they’ve scored nine runs each of the past two nights against woeful Pittsburgh. The Reds’ streak goes back to a 9-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in a series finale May 7, and includes sweeps of the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins. In other NL games Wednesday night, it was, Milwaukee 1, Atlanta 0; San Francisco 11, Arizona 3; St. Louis 6, Houston 1; New York 7, Florida 6 in 12 innings; and Nationals 6, Padres 4. Cardinals 6, Astros 1 In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright shackled the Houston Astros for eight innings and Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBI to help spoil Wandy Rodriguez’s first start in more than a month. Wainwright (5-2) matched his career high with eight strikeouts, allowed three hits and issued his only walk to Michael Bourn with two outs in the eighth. Ty Wigginton homered into the third deck in left in the third for the Astros. Rodriguez (1-1) made his first start since going on the 15-day disabled list on April 20 with a strained left groin. Brewers 1, Braves 0 In Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks delivered a run-scoring triple in the eighth inning to make a winner of Jeff Suppan (3-4), who baffled the Atlanta Braves over eight innings. Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (2-3) had given up just two hits and retired 14 batters in a row before walking J.J. Hardy on four pitches leading off the eighth. Blaine Boyer replaced Reyes, and Jason Kendall’s sacrifice gave the Brewers their first runner in scoring position. After pinch-hitter Joe Dillon struck out, Weeks hit his second triple of the season down the left-field line. Salomon Torres pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in six opportunities. Giants 11, Diamondbacks 3 In Phoenix, Ray Durham drove in four runs with a homer and a three-run single, and the Giants spoiled Doug Davis’ homecoming. Davis (2-2) was making his second start, first at home, since returning from surgery to remove his cancerous thyroid gland. He allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three, one intentionally. Jonathan Sanchez (3-3) blanked Arizona for five innings before giving up two in the sixth as the Diamondbacks lost a series to an NL West opponent for the first time this season. Mets 7, Marlins 6 In New York, Fernando Tatis delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the 12th. The Mets made it 5-all in the ninth when Endy Chavez connected for the first pinch-hit home run of his career. After Alfredo Amezaga homered with two outs in the 12th off reliever Duaner Sanchez (1-0), the Mets rallied. Tatis’ one-out hit came against Justin Miller (1-2). The NL East-leading Marlins lost despite four home runs, including two by Cody Ross. Nationals 6, Padres 4 In San Diego, Jesus Flores hit a grand slam off Shawn Estes (1-1) and Washington kept the Padres from assembling their first three-game winning streak this season.