Longmire Plays Longball For Philly
Pinch-hitter Tony Longmire hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying Philadelphia over Houston 4-2 at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium on Thursday.
Longmire’s second pinch-homer of the season stopped Houston’s sixgame road winning streak.
Gary Varsho singled with one out in the Philadelphia ninth off John Hudek and pinchhitter Randy Ready singled with two outs. Longmire, batting for pitcher Ricky Bottalico, then lined a 2-1 pitch over the right-field wall.
Bottalico got two outs in the ninth for the win.
Cubs 3, Giants 1
Frank Castillo lost his bid for a perfect game on Mike Benjamin’s one-out single in the seventh inning as Chicago beat San Francisco.
Castillo retired the first 19 batters. He allowed four hits and one walk in eight innings, and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts.
Mets 5, Marlins 4, (10)
Joe Orsulak grounded an RBI single up the middle in the 10th inning, giving New York the victory in a game the Mets thought they should have won in the ninth.
The Mets scored three runs in the ninth to tie the game, but it went into extra innings after a disputed double-play call.
Braves 2, Expos 0
Greg Maddux scattered seven hits for his first shutout of the season in an Atlanta win against Montreal.
Maddux walked none and struck out three in his third complete game in 10 starts. The three-time Cy Young Award winner lowered his ERA to 1.91 with his 18th career shutout and 63rd complete game.
Pirates 11, Dodgers 7
Carlos Garcia, who had only 11 RBIs all season, drove in six with a threerun homer and a basesloaded double to lead Pittsburgh over Los Angeles.
Mark Johnson added a three-run homer as Pittsburgh won the final game of the three-game series behind Denny Neagle.
Cardinals 2, Padres 1
Mark Petkovsek pitched eight strong innings and Ray Lankford homered for St. Louis as it beat San Diego.
Lankford’s homer off Scott Sanders in the sixth inning ended a 14-inning scoreless drought for the Cardinals, who were limited to five hits by four San Diego pitchers.
Clearing the bases
Chicago shortstop Shawon Dunston was suspended for two games by the National League on Thursday for instigating a bench-clearing brawl against Colorado last weekend… . New York manager Dallas Green on the possible addition of Darryl Strawberry to the New York Yankees: “I don’t know what he’s done to get back into the game. He’s let too many people down to get back into the game.” … Atlanta pitcher Greg Maddux has not walked one batter in four starts this season… . Atlanta expects David Justice (injured shoulder) to come off the disabled list Saturday in Colorado.
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