Martinez Hit Hard By Fans, Rockies
Right-hander Ramon Martinez seemed likely to make the all-star team for the third time since 1990 after winning six of his first nine starts this season.
But Martinez isn’t playing like an all-star now.
On a day when five of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates were named to the National League allstar team, Martinez was booed off the field after giving up 10 runs, eight earned, on five hits in a 10-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies Sunday before a paid crowd of 37,354 at Dodger Stadium.
Martinez began the day by hitting Rockies leadoff hitter Eric Young, and it went downhill from there as he gave up a thirdinning grand slam to Andres Galarraga.
“Right now (Ramon’s) a little bit down, but he definitely has better days ahead,” catcher Mike Piazza said. “He can rebound from this because he has the talent.”
But Martinez’s talent hasn’t been apparent recently, as he has yielded 40 runs and 35 hits in his last four games. Martinez (7-6) has lost three of his last five starts.
Padres 15, Giants 3
Eddie Williams homered and had four RBIs, and Andy Benes won his third straight decision as San Diego routed San Francisco.
Benes (3-5) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out eight and walking six.
Reds 4, Mets 1
John Smiley allowed six hits in eight innings and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts as Cincinnati beat New York.
The Reds scored three runs in the eighth off Bobby Jones (4-6) to break a 1-1 tie.
Braves 5, Phillies 3
Tom Glavine held Philadelphia to one run in seven innings, and Mike Kelly had two RBIs as Atlanta beat the Phillies.
Glavine (7-4) allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two as the second-place Braves closed to two games of first-place Philadelphia in the N.L. East.
Expos 7, Marlins 6
Montreal second baseman Jeff Treadway took advantage of a rare start with four singles and the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning to give the Expos a victory over Florida.
The Expos, who squandered a 5-0 lead by allowing six straight runs, scored two runs in the eighth off reliever Terry Mathews (2-1).
Astros 5, Pirates 3
Derek Bell had four hits and three RBIs, and Greg Swindell won his third straight decision as Houston beat Pittsburgh.
Swindell (6-3) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one as the Astros won for the sixth time in seven games.
Cubs 7, Cardinals 6
Brian McRae salvaged what had been a horrible series with three singles, two runs and an RBI as the Chicago kept Danny Jackson winless by defeating St. Louis.
Jackson fell to 0-9 in his second start after a threeweek layoff. Jackson suffered a bad reaction to medication for a thyroid condition that required offseason surgery.
Clearing the bases
Atlanta’s Tom Glavine is 13-5 lifetime against the Phillies and 7-2 at Veterans Stadium… . Florida is 0-30 this season when trailing after eight innings… . Houston centerfielder Brian Hunter had a 12-game hitting streak stopped. The Astros are 14-5 in games the rookie has started… . Montreal infielder Tom Foley was activated from the disabled list.