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Pirates Rally Off Worrell To Gain Split

By Associated Press

National League

Mark Smith and Joe Randa homered on consecutive pitches off Todd Worrell in the ninth as the Pittsburgh Pirates stunned the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Monday night for a doubleheader split.

Ramon Martinez (7-3) won his first official start in more than two months and the Dodgers roughed up Jason Schmidt (8-7) for eight runs in 4-1/3 innings to win the opener 8-2.

Worrell (2-4) walked Eddie Williams and Randa followed with a shot to straightaway center that Otis Nixon couldn’t catch despite nearly climbing the wall. Smith hit the next pitch for his second dramatic game-winner of the season.

Reds 7-6, Rockies 6-4 Denver

Chris Stynes had four hits and two RBIs and Jon Nunnally had three hits, leading Cincinnati over Colorado for a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.

In the opener, Reggie Sanders and Bret Boone hit two-run homers as the Reds jumped out to a seven-run lead and then hung on to win. Todd Helton and Larry Walker had solo homers to spark Colorado’s comeback.

Walker went 5 for 9 in the doubleheader, raising his average to .376, seven points behind N.L. leader Tony Gwynn.

The Rockies had their 194th and 195th consecutive sellouts and became the first team this season to draw 3 million fans.

Phillies 10-6, Padres 1-4 Philadelphia

Rico Brogna homered and drove in two runs as Philadelphia completed a doubleheader sweep. Midre Cummings went 6 for 9 in the two games, getting his first four-hit game in the opener and driving in two runs.

Ron Blazier (1-1) got the win with two innings of relief in the second game, and Ricky Bottalico worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save as five pitchers combined on a five-hitter, sending San Diego to its sixth loss in eight games. Andy Ashby (6-10), who allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings, is 0-4 since July 20.

Mark Leiter (9-13) won the first game, scattering 10 hits and striking out nine in his second complete game of the season. Will Cunnane (6-3) gave up four runs and six hits in four-plus innings.

Giants 7, Mets 1 New York

Brian Johnson hit a two-run homer and Shawn Estes (17-4) beat New York for the third time this season, allowing the one run and six hits in 6-2/3 innings and sending the Mets to their 11th loss in 16 games.

Johnson, acquired July 16 from Detroit, has hit three of his seven homers this season against New York. The catcher has 21 career homers in four years, seven against the Mets.

Bobby Jones (13-8), 1-5 in his last 11 starts, gave up four runs and eight hits in 6-2/3 innings.

Cubs 3, Marlins 1 Chicago

Doug Glanville broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with a two-run, bases-loaded single as Chicago beat Florida for the first time in eight games this season.

Kevin Tapani (3-3) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, and Terry Adams got three outs for his 13th save.

Alex Fernandez (16-9), who had won six straight decisions, gave up all three runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Expos 2, Cardinals 1 St. Louis

Pedro Martinez (15-6) took a two-hit shutout into the ninth and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.61 as Montreal edged St. Louis. He allowed four hits and struck out 13 in 8-2/3 innings.

Ugueth Urbina got the last out for his 21st save in 25 chances.

Manny Aybar (0-3) allowed five hits in eight innings as the fading Cardinals dropped 10-1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the N.L. Central.

Clearing the bases

Mets pitcher Jason Isringhausen, whose return to the major leagues has been stalled by health problems, will be recalled by New York to start Wednesday, replacing Pete Harnisch in the rotation. … St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Brian Jordan, ailing all season with a bulging disc in his lower back, decided to sit out the rest of the season. … Houston right fielder Derek Bell won the N.L. player of the week honors for Aug. 18-24. Bell batted .560 with eight RBIs and two homers. He had six consecutive multi-hit games.

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