Astros hand 1st loss to Cubs' Prior

Sunday, June 2, 2002

CHICAGO -- The Houston Astros handed Mark Prior his first major league loss, roughing up the heralded rookie for three early home runs and beating the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Saturday.

Prior (1-1) found out firsthand how tough it can be to pitch at Wrigley Field when the wind is blowing out. With gusts of 22 mph, he was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in only 3 2-3 innings.

Richard Hidalgo, Lance Berkman and Geoff Blum all homered off Prior in his third big league start.

Prior helped himself with a two-run double, but was chased in the Astros' five-run fourth. He struck out five and walked two.

Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 0

LOS ANGELES -- Andy Ashby pitched eight sharp innings and Brian Jordan hit a two-run homer as Los Angeles defeated Arizona.

The Dodgers won despite getting only two hits, including Jordan's homer in the fourth. The crisply played game took exactly two hours.

Braves 7, Reds 1

CINCINNATI -- Gary Sheffield homered twice and drove in five runs and Tom Glavine maintained his Cincinnati magic as Atlanta routed the Reds for the second straight day.

Glavine (9-2) improved to 16-4 lifetime at Cincinnati -- the most wins by any visiting pitcher at Cinergy Field.

Phillies 8, Expos 4

PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Rolen had two home runs and five RBIs -- matching his total for all of May -- to lead Philadelphia to victory.

Rockies 5, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mike Hampton earned a rare road win, picking on a familiar victim and pitching Colorado past San Francisco.

Todd Helton had four hits and drove in two runs, helping the Rockies win their third straight game. The Giants lost their fourth in a row.

Hampton (3-6) improved to 12-1 in 20 career starts against the Giants.

Marlins 9, Mets 7

MIAMI -- Preston Wilson hit two home runs and Mike Lowell homered to break a seventh-inning tie, helping Florida end a four-game losing streak by beating New York.

A season-high crowd of 33,291 hooted and hollered as Mets catcher Mike Piazza and manager Bobby Valentine were ejected just before Lowell's homer.

-- From wire reports

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