3rd complete game in 4 for Johnson lifts D'backs, 3-0

Rocker gets 1st save

Cards blast Padres, 14-1

National League

April 21, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Off to one of the best starts of his career, Randy Johnson threw his second shutout and third complete game in four starts as the host Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies, 3-0, last night.

Johnson (4-0) allowed four hits, struck out eight, walked three and even drove in a run with a single in the sixth inning. The Diamondbacks' other two runs came on a passed ball by catcher Ben Petrick and a wild pitch by Brian Bohanon.

Johnson is just one out short of having a complete game in all four starts. In 35 2/3 innings this season, he has struck out 42, walked five and allowed three earned runs.

The 36-year-old left-hander pitched to 102 batters without a walk before Larry Walker drew a base on balls with one out in the fourth inning. Johnson had 39 strikeouts during that 29-inning span.

Braves 6, Phillies 4: John Rocker picked up his first save since coming back to baseball, Andres Galarraga homered twice in his remarkable comeback from cancer and host Atlanta completed a sweep of Philadelphia.

Rocker pitched for the second time since serving a two-week suspension for insensitive comments, entering in the ninth inning to another standing ovation and a smattering of boos. He struck out two for his first save since the 1999 National League Championship Series.

Galarraga, who missed all of last season while undergoing treatment for a cancerous tumor in his back, hit a bases-empty shot leading off the second. He added a three-run homer in the seventh, marking his 28th two-homer game of his career.

Cardinals 14, Padres 1: Eli Marrero hit a grand slam and later combined with pitcher Rick Ankiel for back-to-back home runs as host St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.

Ankiel (2-1) worked around seven walks in a five-inning scoreless outing. He also went 3-for-3 -- the rookie pitcher is 5-for-9 with a triple and two RBIs this season.

Marrero capped a six-run first with his first career grand slam. He and Ankiel hit consecutive homers in the fifth.

Mets 5, Brewers 4, 10 innings: Melvin Mora hit his first major league home run, connecting in the 10th inning as New York beat Milwaukee to sweep the three-game sweep.

Mora's drive over the center-field fence against Curtis Leskanic (0-1) came in his 53rd at-bat. The Mets won their fourth in a row, and beat the Brewers for the eighth straight time.

Reds 11, Giants 1: Ken Griffey pulled out of a 2-for-17 slump in a big way, hitting a pair of 400-foot homers into a swirling wind, leading host Cincinnati past San Francisco.

It was Griffey's first multihomer game with the Reds and the 41st of his career.

Barry Larkin also hit a two-run homer and Pokey Reese matched his career high with five hits as the Reds (8-7) moved above .500 for the first time this season.

Cubs 10, Expos 6: Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam and tied his career high with six RBIs as visiting Chicago ended its four-game losing streak.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2, 14 innings: Danny Bautista hustled for a leadoff double in the 14th inning, then made a headfirst slide home on Mike Lowell's shallow sacrifice fly to push host Florida past Pittsburgh.

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