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Kim strikeout of Sosa gives D'backs win

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published August 24, 2002

PHOENIX -- Byung-Hyun Kim struck out Sammy Sosa with runners on second and third to end the game, and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 3-2 Friday night.

Arizona pitched to him because of Kim's success against him. Sosa swung and missed at a 1-2 pitch. He is 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts lifetime against Kim.

Kim got his 32nd save.

Tony Womack delivered his second tiebreaking hit in as many nights, and Rick Helling outdueled Kerry Wood.

Luis Gonzalez had a two-run homer for West-leading Arizona, which has won 12 of 13.

ASTROS 6, REDS 4: Brad Ausmus and Adam Everett hit consecutive run-scoring doubles in the fifth and host Houston sent Cincinnati to a fifth straight loss.

Brian Hunter added two RBIs as the Astros won their third straight and moved a season-high eight games above .500.

Pete Munro allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 35 opportunities.

Ken Griffey hit his seventh home run of the year in the first inning for the Reds.

Reliever Tom Gordon, obtained in a trade with the Cubs, made his first appearance with the Astros and pitched 11/3 perfect innings.

ROCKIES 10, METS 4: Jay Payton tormented his former team, homering and driving in four runs for host Colorado, which handed New York its 12th straight loss.

It is the Mets' sixth-longest losing streak in franchise history and the longest in 22 years, since they dropped 13 in a row from Aug. 31-Sept. 12, 1980.

"I knew who the opposition was, but I don't hold any bad feelings toward the Mets organization," Payton said.

PADRES 18, MARLINS 2: Former Rays outfielder Bubba Trammell hit his second homer of the game in host San Diego's nine-run fifth inning.

Trammell went 4-for-5 with four runs and four RBIs. He hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Carl Pavano and a homer to start the scoring in the fifth against Vic Darensbourg.

Trammell added a run-scoring single in the inning and Ramon Vazquez also drove in two runs. Seven players drove in runs in the inning, including two that came on bases-loaded walks, and everyone but Ryan Klesko scored.

San Diego, which had 18 hits, set season highs for runs and hits. The Padres had their highest-scoring game since May 19, 2001, when they beat Montreal 20-7. The Marlins allowed their most runs since losing 20-3 to Atlanta on Oct. 5, 2001.

PIRATES 6, BREWERS 3: Adam Hyzdu hit a grand slam and visiting Pittsburgh continued to dominate Milwaukee. The Pirates are 13-4 against the Brewers, and 7-1 at Miller Park. "If I had that fastball, I'd throw it a lot, too," Hyzdu said of Jayson Durocher, who gave up his slam. "The good news is you know what's coming. The bad news is that it's hard to hit. But it worked out well this time."

PHILS 5, CARDS 4 (14): Bobby Abreu homered to lead off the 14th for visiting Philadelphia, which won its third straight.

Matt Morris strained his left hamstring running the bases and was removed from the game after six innings.

There was no immediate word how long the pitcher would be sidelined.

DODGERS 4, BRAVES 3: Paul Lo Duca was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth for host Los Angeles.

Dave Roberts drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Darren Holmes (2-2) and stole second. Shawn Green was walked intentionally with one out, and both runners advanced when Holmes made a wild pickoff throw to second. After Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked, Kevin Gryboski relieved and grazed Lo Duca on the left arm as he twisted away from the ball.

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