Craig Biggio drove in the winning run in the 17th inning of the opener and hit a three-run homer in the second game as the Houston Astros swept a doubleheader from the visiting San Diego Padres on Saturday.
Biggio’s 10th homer of the season led the Astros to a 4-1 win in the nightcap and his single ended the 4-hour, 29-minute opener that Houston won 3-2.
In the opener, Doug Brocail used his arm and legs to get the Astros their third straight win in their final at-bat.
Brocail (2-0) set the Padres down in order in the top of the 17th and then led off the bottom of the inning with a perfect bunt down the third-base line for a single. He was sacrificed to second and scored on Biggio’s single.
Cubs 3, Phillies 1
Jamie Navarro allowed two hits and an unearned run over 8-1/2 innings and Scott Servais homered as Chicago defeated Philadelphia.
It was Chicago’s seventh victory in eight games, while the Phillies dropped their 10th in 12. In those 12 games, Philadelphia has scored 35 runs.
Braves 9, Giants 4
David Justice, Chipper Jones and pitcher Steve Avery each homered to lead a 14-hit attack as Atlanta won its eighth straight game.
Justice, who had three hits and drove in three runs, hit a two-run homer, his 10th, in a three-run third. He also added an RBI double in the first as the Braves extended their longest winning streak since winning nine in a row Aug. 8-18, 1993.
Pirates 3, Mets 2
Don Slaught hit a two-run single and 27-year-old rookie John Ericks won his second consecutive start as Pittsburgh beat New York.
Slaught’s single came in the third inning after Mets rookie starter Bill Pulsipher (1-4) had nearly pitched out of a basesloaded, no-out jam.
Dodgers 12, Reds 2
Carlos Hernandez homered and drove in a career-high five runs as Los Angeles emerged from a deep offensive slump and ended a five-game losing streak.
Hernandez, batting just .085 without a homer or RBI this season, put the Dodgers ahead to stay with a three-run homer in the fourth. He added an RBI single in a four-run fifth and singled home another run in the eighth.
Cardinals 3, Marlins 2
Ray Lankford hit a three-run homer and Allen Watson allowed one run over 6-1/3 innings in his first start in a month in St. Louis’ win.
The victory was the Cardinals’ fourth straight, their longest winning streak of the season.
Rockies 8, Expos 3
Vinny Castilla hit two home runs for the second straight game, driving in four runs in Colorado’s win.
Eric Young added a two-run homer for the Rockies, who won their fourth straight. They have scored 66 runs in winning six of seven.
Clearing the bases
The St. Louis Cardinals traded pitcher John Habyan to the California Angels for minor-league outfielder Mark Sweeney and a player to be named later. Sweeney was assigned to Class AAA Louisville of the American Association… . The Cubs’ record is 36-32 and they will finish the first half of the season with a winning record for the first time since 1989, when they entered the All-Star break 47-39.
The Phillies went over the 1 million attendance mark on their 33rd home date. It is the fifth-quickest route to 1 million in the 25 years of Veterans Stadium… . Mark Parent has a career-best 11 home runs and is a threat to break the Pirates’ record for a catcher. Jim Pagliaroni hit 17 in 1965.
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