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Nomo ends jinx against Marlins 6-2

©Associated Press
August 23, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- Chad Kreuter was intent on helping batterymate Hideo Nomo end his jinx against the Florida Marlins.

Kreuter went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as the Dodgers beat the Marlins 6-2 Wednesday to give Nomo his first win in his past 11 decisions against Florida.

"I was told that was the case going into this game, and I'm miffed by that," Kreuter said. "It's probably the lack of run support, because I'm sure he's pitched some real good games against that team. Here we were, losing 2-1 in the seventh, and I'm thinking, "I'm not going to let this happen again.' "

Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh for the Dodgers, who won for the 11th time in 14 games to remain 21/2 games ahead of the Giants in the wild-card race.

Nomo was removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh, when the Dodgers rallied with three runs against reliever Graeme Lloyd.

Right-hander Josh Beckett, who has two stints on the disabled list this season because of blisters on his middle finger, left with another one in the fifth. The team said it will place Beckett on the DL again, but did not officially announce a roster move.

Dodgers outfielder Brian Jordan missed a fifth consecutive game because of stiffness in his back. His status is unknown for a three-game series against the Braves that starts tonight.

GIANTS 3, METS 1: New York manager Bobby Valentine sat with his head buried in his hands after another disheartening loss.

"The last six or seven days I've treated it every way possible. I'll just come up with another way tomorrow," Valentine said. "Just about everyone in the lineup had good at-bats. It's just not enough. Something is just missing."

Ryan Jensen pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in eight starts and host San Francisco extended the Mets' longest losing streak since 1991 to 11.

"You feel like something is going to go wrong all the time," Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn said.

San Francisco won all six meetings with the Mets this season, just the second time in franchise history the Giants have swept a season series. They beat Florida nine times in 1998.

CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 4: Fernando Vina doubled in two runs with one out in the ninth for host St. Louis.

With the Cardinals down 4-2, Tino Martinez led off the ninth with a double off closer Mike Williams, and scored on Edgar Renteria's single. One out later, Renteria advanced to third on pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo's single.

Vina followed with the double to right to end Williams' Pittsburgh-record saves streak at 16.

PADRES 9, BRAVES 2: Left-hander Mike Bynum shut down baseball's best team in his second big-league start and San Diego took two of three from Atlanta.

Bynum, who was promoted from Triple-A Portland on Friday and got a no-decision at Montreal on Saturday, allowed two runs and six hits in 62/3 innings, struck out four and walked two.

"It means a lot. I'm ecstatic," said Bynum, 24, who watched the Braves on television while growing up in Jacksonville. "It couldn't have come against a better team."

Braves starter Jason Marquis left with a bruised left calf after he was hit by Phil Nevin's line drive in the third inning, and centerfielder Andruw Jones strained his left shoulder and right wrist making a diving catch in the sixth.

Marquis was relieved by Kerry Ligtenberg and was on crutches after the game. Jones finished the sixth but was replaced by Darren Bragg, who committed an error in the seventh.

Marquis and Jones are scheduled to be examined today.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, REDS 3: Tony Womack broke a tie with a two-run homer in the fifth and host Arizona swept the six-game season series.

Miguel Batista weathered three bases-loaded situations. The Reds have lost 11 straight to Arizona, but lead the overall series 19-18.

ASTROS 9, CUBS 1: Roy Oswalt pitched eight innings for his sixth straight win and Brad Ausmus homered in host Houston's six-run first. Oswalt is 4-0 in five starts against the Cubs this season.

Chicago starter Steve Smyth retired one batter, giving up six run, four hits and three walks.

ROCKIES 14, EXPOS 6: Jay Payton homered and drove in a career-high five runs and Todd Zeile had a home run and three RBIs for host Colorado.

Payton went 4-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored. He is batting .408 with four homers and 15 RBIs since being acquired from the Mets on July 31.

PHILLIES 7, BREWERS 0: Randy Wolf allowed four hits in eight innings and hit his first career home run for visiting Philadelphia, which is 6-0 in Wolf's past six starts.

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