Valentin rallies Mets past Reds

Monday, July 29, 2002

NEW YORK -- John Valentin hit a two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to cap a four-run rally that sent the New York Mets past the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Sunday.

Ken Griffey Jr. homered for the Reds, who are tied with the Mets for third in the NL wild card race.

Expos 4, Marlins 1

MONTREAL -- Bartolo Colon pitched a two-hitter for his seventh complete game of the season, and Jose Vidro and Fernando Tatis homered to lead Montreal over Florida Marlins.

Colon (4-1) held the Marlins to a one-out double by Eric Owens in the first and Andy Fox's two-out triple in the eighth.

Phillies 7, Braves 1

ATLANTA -- Scott Rolen homered, and a strong outing by Vicente Padilla carried Philadelphia to a victory over Atlanta.

The Braves lost two of three games during the weekend at Turner Field.

Brewers 5, Rockies 3

MILWAUKEE -- Ronnie Belliard hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning as Milwaukee completed their first series sweep.

The Brewers, who have the worst record in the National League, swept the three-game series and have won four in a row overall to improve to 38-67 on the season.

Astros 4, Pirates 0

HOUSTON -- Wade Miller and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as Houston shut out Pittsburgh for the third time in four games.

Houston swept the four-game series, outscoring Pittsburgh 19-3. The Pirates hadn't been shut out three times in four games since August 1986.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 4

PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning and also had an inside-the-park homer in the fifth to lead Arizona to its seventh straight win.

Junior Spivey singled and stole second before Gonzalez, who went 4-for-4, singeld to center off San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman (1-2).

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Red Sox 12, Orioles 3

BOSTON -- Derek Lowe pitched six scoreless innings for his 14th win and Brian Daubach drove in three runs as Boston beat Baltimore 12-3 Sunday in a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl.

Baltimore's Gary Matthews Jr. and reliever Willis Roberts, and Boston pitching coach Tony Cloninger were ejected after the brawl in the top of the fourth inning.

Yankees 9, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Robin Ventura hit his 16th career grand slam and Andy Pettitte allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings as New York beat Tampa Bay.

Indians 9, Tigers 6

CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome, in what could be his final at-bat for the Indians at Jacobs Field, hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth innning to give Cleveland a come-from-behind victory over Detroit.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Johan Santana allowed two hits and struck out a career high 13 in eight innings to lead the Twins.

White Sox 4, Royals 2

CHICAGO -- Royce Clayton went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and three Chicago relievers combined to retire the final 15 Kansas City batters as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep.

Angels 1, Mariners 0

SEATTLE -- Kevin Appier allowed four hits in eight innings and Shawn Wooten's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave Anaheim a 1-0 victory over the Seattle.

-- From wire reports

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