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Gwynn, Walker Back Above .400

Associated Press

Tony Gwynn topped the .400 mark and extended his hitting streak to 17 games Saturday, going 3 for 5 with two RBIs in the San Diego Padres’ 11-7 victory over the slumping Colorado Rockies.

Gwynn singled twice, doubled and walked as San Diego won for the second time in six games. He is hitting .4017, just .0001 behind Colorado’s Larry Walker for the major league lead.

Walker also went 3 for 5, raising his average to .4018. Dante Bichette was 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs for the Rockies, who ended a seven-game losing streak Friday night with a 6-5, 11-inning decision.

Giants 8, Dodgers 5 Los Angeles

Mark Lewis and Rick Wilkins stunned closer Todd Worrell with consecutive one-out, ninth-inning homers, triggering a seven-run inning as San Francisco defeated Los Angeles to end the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak.

Lewis drove Worrell’s 2-2 pitch to left-center for the tying run, and his seventh homer. Two pitches later, Wilkins hit his fifth homer to dead center.

Cards 2, Cubs 1 (12) Chicago

Pinch-hitter Danny Sheaffer singled in the goahead run in the top of the 12th inning and St. Louis defeated Chicago before the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley Field, 39,790.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the 11th but T.J. Mathews (4-3) struck out Kevin Orie on a 3-2 pitch.

Mathews pitched two scoreless innings and Dennis Eckersley pitched the 12th for his 20th save.

Braves 7, Mets 4 Atlanta

Ryan Klesko hit a three-run homer and Greg Maddux survived a shaky start for his 12th win, leading Atlanta to victory over New York.

Maddux (12-3) allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Reds 4, Expos 3 Cincinnati

Eduardo Perez hit a three-run homer and Mike Kelly added a tie-breaking solo shot, powering Cincinnati to its victory over Montreal.

Phillies-Marlins, ppd. Miami

The game between Philadelphia and Florida never started and was postponed following a 1-hour, 55-minute rain delay.

Clearing the bases

The Atlanta Braves shook up their struggling middle relief by demoting right-handers Brad Clontz, Joe Borowski and Paul Byrd to Triple-A Richmond. The Braves recalled right-hander Kevin Millwood and purchased the contracts of Mike Cather and Chad Fox from Richmond.

With Mexican-born left-hander Dennis Reyes tabbed by Los Angeles manager Bill Russell to make his big-league debut today, the major league record of 681 consecutive right-handed starting pitchers for the Dodgers is expected to end.

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