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Howard goes deep in extra innings to lead Phillies to thrilling 4-2 win over New York

Howard goes deep in extra innings to lead Phillies to thrilling 4-2 win over New York

Ryan Howard's two-run home run off Guillermo Mota in the 10th inning capped a late rally and led the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Mets 4-2 in the National League on Tuesday.
Shane Victorino, who scored the tying run in the eighth on a pair of bizarre plays, opened the 10th with a bloop single off Mota (1-1). Then Howard hit a 1-2 pitch deep the opposite way into the left-field seats for his 35th homer, giving the Phillies wins in the first two games of this pivotal four-game series.
Brett Myers (3-5) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. The Phillies now trail the NL East-leading Mets by four games.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead into the eighth behind seven shutout innings from Tom Glavine.
But the Phillies rallied for two runs against New York's bullpen, including Jimmy Rollins' solo homer off Pedro Feliciano.
Carlos Delgado gave the Mets a 2-0 lead with his two-run shot off Adam Eaton in the second.
Cubs 5, Brewers 3
At Chicago, Jacque Jones hit a game-tying two-run double in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on an error by reliever Scott Linebrink as Chicago rallied to increase their lead on Milwaukee in the NL Central to 2 1/2 games.
The slumping Brewers lost for the 11th time in 14 games.
The Cubs, down 3-1, scored four in the seventh. After starter Jeff Suppan hit leadoff batter Cliff Floyd, Linebrink (4-6) relieved and promptly gave up an infield single to Mark DeRosa and the double to Jones. After an intentional walk to Daryle Ward and Alfonso Soriano's fly out, Ryan Theriot hit a high bouncer back to the mound. Linebrink jumped for the ball but it went in and out of his glove for an error as Jones raced home with the go-ahead run.
Chicago starter Rich Hill (8-7) allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings, finishing with nine strikeouts.
Cardinals 7, Astros 0
At Houston, Chris Duncan shook off an August slump with a three-run homer and an RBI single to help St. Louis ruin Cecil Cooper's first game as Phil Garner's successor.
Duncan, meanwhile, snapped a 28-game home run drought with a three-run drive into the upper deck in the first inning off Houston starter Woody Williams (8-13). Duncan was hitting just .167 with only three RBIs this month before Tuesday's outburst.
Rick Ankiel and Aaron Miles added RBI doubles for the Cardinals, who've won six of their last eight and evened their record for the first time since mid-April.
St. Louis starter Braden Looper (11-10) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits with four strikeouts.
Marlins 4, Braves 3, 11 innings
At Miami, Alejandro De Aza's 11th-inning sacrifice fly gave Florida a win in a game in which Atlanta struck out 19 times.
Braves starter John Smoltz fell behind early, but the Braves rallied on Chipper Jones' two-run homer in the eighth, tying the game at 3.
In the 11th, Oscar Villarreal (2-2) walked Alfredo Amezaga with one out and Jeremy Hermida moved Amezaga to third with a double off the left-center field scoreboard. Villarreal intentionally walked Matt Treanor, loading the bases for De Aza, who flied to right to score Amezega.
Byung-Hyun Kim (6-3) pitched a one-hit 11th for the win.
Pirates 6, Reds 4
At Pittsburgh, Freddy Sanchez kept his hot August going with a grand slam and five RBIs, and Pittsburgh ended Cincinnati's six-game winning streak in a doubleheader opener.
Tom Gorzelanny (13-6) gave up four runs in six innings but still won his fourth in five starts as Pittsburgh won for the ninth time in 12 games.
Sanchez, last year's NL batting champion at .344, went 3-for-3 to jump his average to a season-high .311.
Jason Bay also hit a solo shot for the Pirates, off Elizardo Ramirez (0-2) in the fifth. The Pirates' 43 homers in August match the club's record for any month, set in August 1947, when Hall of Famers Ralph Kiner and Hank Greenberg were in the middle of their order.


Updated : 2021-06-13 09:57 GMT+08:00