April 19, 1997 in Sports

Lofton, Braves Bury Rockies

Associated Press
 

National League

Tom Glavine pitched his first shutout since June 1995 - when he earned the first one ever pitched at Coors Field - and Kenny Lofton had five hits Friday night, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Colorado Rockies 14-0.

Lofton, who homered, matched a career high with his second five-hit game of the week. Atlanta won its sixth in a row and is 12-1 since losing its first two games of the season.

Glavine (2-1) got the Rockies to ground into a team-record five double plays, four that ended innings.

Reds 6, Pirates 1 Pittsburgh

Deion Sanders hit his third career inside-the-park homer and Dave Burba struck out 11 in six innings as slumping Cincinnati capitalized on sloppy defense to beat Pittsburgh.

Dodgers 5, Astros 3 Los Angeles

Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer and Todd Hollandsworth had three hits as Los Angeles beat Houston.

Ramon Martinez (2-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Phillies 8, Expos 3 Philadelphia

Calvin Maduro got his first major league win, and Rico Brogna drove in three runs as Philadelphia stopped a five-game losing streak.

Montreal made three errors and had three wild pitches, contributing to four unearned runs.

Giants 5, Marlins 4 San Francisco

Jeff Kent singled home the winning run as San Francisco rallied for three runs in the ninth inning, beating Florida for its seventh straight victory.

Cubs-Mets, ppd.

The game at New York was postponed by rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday.

Clearing the bases

Colorado right-hander Bill Swift, slowed by injuries the past three years, will miss at least one start because of a strained right pectoral muscle. Swift (1-1) strained the muscle making a throw to first base Monday and will miss his scheduled start Sunday against Atlanta.

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