Smoltz's hot streak ends against Giants


Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ATLANTA - Matt Morris won on the road for the first time in six tries, ending a six-game home winning streak for John Smoltz and leading San Francisco over Atlanta 8-6.
Mark Sweeney hit a two-run single in a three-run sixth that knocked out Smoltz (12-7), who gave up a season-high seven runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He had been 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his previous six home starts since a June 7 loss to Washington.
Morris (10-11) had been 0-2 in five road starts since a July 2 victory at San Diego. He gave up five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 25 chances, allowing an RBI single to Jeff Francoeur.
San Francisco trails NL West-leading Los Angeles by 5 1/2 games and San Diego, the NL wild-card leader, by 2 1/2 games. Atlanta, which entered with a four-game winning streak, dropped 4 1/2 games back of the Padres.
Barry Bonds, who homered twice in Tuesday's series opener, was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. In the second inning, Bonds hit a deep fly caught by Andruw Jones on the warning track in center. He walked and scored in the sixth inning.
Eliezer Alfonzo's two-run double put the Giants ahead in the second after a pair of walks, but Edgar Renteria tripled in the third and scored on Chipper Jones's grounder. Steve Finley's RBI groundout gave the Giants a 3-1 lead in the fourth.
Ray Durham hit an RBI double in the sixth, Sweeney's single chased Smoltz and Randy Winn's run-scoring single off Ken Ray made it 7-1.
Atlanta closed with a four-run seventh. Marcus Giles hit a sacrifice fly and Edgar Renteria finished Morris with an RBI single. Andruw Jones doubled in a run against Kevin Correia, and Vinnie Chulk hit Jeff Francoeur with a pitch with the bases loaded. Mike Stanton then came in and struck out Adam LaRoche.
Todd Linden homered in the ninth against Wayne Franklin.
  • CARDINALS 5, MARLINS 2: Chris Duncan hit a tying pinch homer and Scott Rolen singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, leading host St. Louis over Florida.
    St. Louis, which reopened a five-game lead over second-place Cincinnati in the NL Central, sent the Marlins to their second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.
  • NATIONALS 6, PHILLIES 5: Two blown late-inning leads culminating in a game-ending wild pitch overshadowed Ryan Howard's franchise record 49th homer and kept visiting Philadelphia from tying San Diego for the NL wild-card lead.
    Marlon Anderson scored from third base on Aaron Fultz's wild pitch in the 10th inning, giving the Washington Nationals a victory.
  • ASTROS 5, BREWERS 3: Craig Biggio homered and Andy Pettitte struck out five in seven solid innings as host Houston completed a three-game sweep of Milwaukee.
    Willy Taveras, Brad Ausmus and Lance Berkman added RBIs for the defending NL champions, who have won six in a row heading into a weekend series with the New York Mets.
    Notes: Hanley Ramirez, who is among the league leaders with 42 steals, was thrown out for the 10th time - on a pitchout in the third by Yadier Molina. He stole successfully in the seventh to beat a one-hop throw. ... Molina missed the previous five starts due to an elbow injury. ... The Marlins were without Miguel Cabrera, among the league leaders with 99 RBIs. Cabrera, who was hit on the left biceps by a pitch Wednesday, is day to day. ... The Cardinals' Jose Vizcaino is 2-for-22 as a pinch hitter after taking a called third strike in the seventh. ... Looper's victory total is two more than his previous career best, in 2003 with Florida. ... The Marlins fell to 12-2 in series finales since the All-Star break.
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