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Wagner blows another Mets' lead; Cubs win in extras

Thursday, June 12, 2008

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Billy Wagner blew another one for the struggling New York Mets.

The All-Star closer coughed up his third consecutive save chance, this time wasting a splendid pitching performance by Johan Santana and allowing the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally past New York 5-4 in 10 innings Thursday.

Justin Upton doubled leading off the 10th against Aaron Heilman (0-3) and scored on Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly to help the Diamondbacks take two of three in the series.

After Santana struck out 10 in seven shutout innings, Wagner squandered a two-run lead in the ninth and screamed at himself several times while walking back to the dugout.

Brandon Lyon (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win and the NL West leaders won for only the sixth time in 20 road games.

Padres 9, Dodgers 0

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jake Peavy made a triumphant return with six strong innings and San Diego scored five first-inning runs in a win over Los Angeles.

Peavy (5-3) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter in his first start in nearly a month since being sidelined by a strained right elbow.

The Padres gave Peavy plenty of support, hitting consecutive home runs in the first -- a three-run shot by Brian Giles and a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez -- off Hiroki Kuroda (3-6).

Rookie Edgar Gonzalez had his first three-hit game and scored two runs. His younger brother, Adrian, also drive in two runs to take over the NL lead with 60.

San Diego won for the sixth time in seven games. Los Angeles has lost eight of 12.

Brewers 9, Astros 6

HOUSTON (AP) -- Ben Sheets struck out a season-high nine, Mike Cameron and Corey Hart homered for the second straight game and Milwaukee beat Houston to take two of three in the series.

Prince Fielder and Gabe Kapler also homered for the Brewers, who've won five of their last seven series.

Darin Erstad, Miguel Tejada and Mark Loretta homered for the Astros, who've lost 11 of their last 14 games and five consecutive series.

Sheets (7-1) beat Houston for the second time in three starts this season, allowing seven hits and two walks.

The Brewers responded with five runs in the second off Brian Moehler (3-3), on home runs by Fielder, Cameron and Hart.

Cubs 3, Braves 2, 11 innings.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jeff Ridgway hit pinch-hitter Reed Johnson with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and Chicago beat reeling Atlanta.

The Braves have lost six straight and fell to 7-24 on the road this season. They have lost their last 21 one-run games on the road since August, matching the longest such streak in major league history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kansas City lost 21 straight one-run games on the road from 2000-01.

Chicago's Jim Edmonds tied it at 2 with a one-out solo homer in the ninth, setting the stage for the comeback victory.

Manny Acosta (3-5) loaded the bases on two walks -- one intentional -- and a hit before Ridgway replaced him.

Kerry Wood (3-1) struck out four in two scoreless innings to get the win.

Pirates 7, Nationals 5

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ryan Doumit finished an outstanding series against Washington, hitting another home run in Pittsburgh's win over Washington.

In the three-game series, the Pirates catcher went 9-for-11 with four home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs to help the Pirates win two of three.

Nate McLouth, Doug Mientkiewicz and Chris Gomez also each had two hits, and Tom Gorzelanny (5-5) won for the first time in four starts for the Pirates (33-34), who moved within a game of .500 for the first time since May 17.

Christian Guzman went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Elijah Dukes 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Washington, which has lost 10 of 12.

Jason Bergmann (1-4) was charged with six runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Giants 10, Rockies 7

DENVER (AP) -- Fred Lewis hit a three-run homer, Ray Durham picked up his 2,000th career hit and San Francisco avoided being swept.

Jonathan Sanchez (6-3) pitched five shaky innings for his fourth straight win. The left hander gave up seven runs and a season-high nine hits. He finished with five strikeouts, none bigger than fanning pinch hitter Ian Stewart in the fifth with two on, two out and the score 8-7.

John Bowker had three hits as part of a 14-hit attack and Rich Aurilia drove in three runs to help the Giants salvage the final contest of the three-game series.

Rockies starter Greg Reynolds (1-4) had his shortest outing since being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 11, lasting just 3 1-3 innings. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs.


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