Cubbies finally get taste of defeat
By: By The Associated Press
Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth and Greg Maddux and two relievers combined on a four-hitter as San Diego snapped the Cubs’ nine-game winning streak. Brian Giles led off the eighth with a double off Ted Lilly (5-5). After he moved to third on a flyout, Kouzmanoff hit his sacrifice fly to center off Carlos Marmol to make it 2-1. Chicago’s winning streak was its longest since 2001. The Cubs (38-22) still have the best record in the majors. Maddux, ninth on the all-time wins list with 350, allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. Maddux has not won in five starts since getting his 350th victory on May 10 against Colorado. He has one loss and four straight no-decisions since. Heath Bell (3-3) pitched a perfect eighth and Trevor Hoffman faced four batters for his 12th save. In other NL games on Wednesday, it was: Pittsburgh 5, Houston 2; Milwaukee 10, Arizona 1; Florida 6, Atlanta 4; Colorado 2, Los Angeles 1; and New York 5, San Francisco 3. St. Louis at Washington was postponed by rain. Marlins 6, Braves 4 Hanley Ramirez hit two homers, including a two-run shot in a four-run ninth inning, to lead Florida’s rally. Mike Rabelo hit a tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth as Manny Acosta blew a 4-2 lead. Acosta (3-3) recorded only one out while giving up four hits, three for extra bases, and four runs for his second blown save in five opportunities. Justin Miller (2-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Reds 2, Phillies 0 Joey Votto had the hit that gave Edinson Volquez the little room he needed. Votto’s two-out RBI double in the seventh inning broke up Brett Myers’ no-hit bid, and Volquez allowed two hits over seven innings as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Wednesday night. Brewers 10, Diamondbacks 1 Corey Hart hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer and Russell Branyan followed with a conventional shot for Milwaukee in its sixth straight win. Brewers starter Manny Parra (4-2) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in seven innings, retiring his final 14 batters as Milwaukee finished its homestand 8-1 and swept Arizona for the first time since Aug. 21-23, 2000. After Gabe Kapler singled with two outs, Ryan Braun hit an RBI triple and Prince Fielder walked to bring up Hart, who flared a pitch from reliever Edgar Gonzalez down the right-field line. Rockies 2, Dodgers 1 Aaron Cook pitched eight sharp innings and Jeff Baker drove in both Colorado runs with his first home run of the season in the top of the second. Cook (8-3) allowed a run and six hits, struck out six and walked one. Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. Clayton Kershaw (0-1) threw 104 pitches in five innings, allowing two runs and five hits with five strikeouts and four walks. The Dodgers have lost 10 of 13 and are averaging 2.46 runs during that stretch. Mets 5, Giants 3 Jose Reyes had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Carlos Beltran added a two-run double as visiting New York won for the seventh time in nine games. John Maine (6-4) got a 3-0 lead in the first inning and made it hold up. He pitched six innings for the third straight start, allowing one earned run and seven hits. Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his 13th save. Reyes, who had his 18-game hitting streak stopped Tuesday night, connected off Matt Cain (2-4) in the fourth for his eighth home run of the season.