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NL: Phils ruin Hampton's Braves debut

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 20, 2003

ATLANTA -- Vicente Padilla pitched a four-hitter and Mike Hampton struggled in his Braves debut as the Phillies stopped Atlanta's five-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory Saturday night.

Padilla faced three hitters above the minimum. He allowed four singles, with one of the runners erased on a double play.

Gary Sheffield was the only Atlanta hitter to get past first base -- and he needed help. He dribbled a grounder about 20 feet in front of home plate, but catcher Mike Lieberthal's throw sailed past first.

Sheffield was given credit for a hit and took second on the throwing error. He moved to third on a grounder, but that was as far as he got.

Padilla threw 107 pitches, 82 for strikes. He didn't have more than five balls in any inning.

Hampton of Crystal River pitched for the first time this season, having started on the disabled list after injuring himself on a treadmill three days before the opener.

The left-hander is trying to bounce back from two dismal seasons in Colorado, where he went 21-28 with a 5.75 ERA.

Hampton walked four (one intentional) and two wild pitches led to runs. Of his 85 pitches, 47 were strikes.

"I definitely have some work to do," Hampton said. "I'm not pleased by any means with how I threw. But it's something to work with. I'll be better next time."

EXPOS 8-9, REDS 7-5: Vladimir Guerrero changed his hairstyle and his luck, homering and driving in five runs as Montreal swept a day-night doubleheader in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Brian Schneider homered twice in the opener, including a leadoff shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Expos to an 8-7 win.

Guerrero had been struggling since the Expos came to their part-time home in the Caribbean. Superstitious or otherwise, he came to Hiram Bithorn Stadium with a frizzy Afro and left with shaved sides and a trim on top.

The All-Star rightfielder began in a 4-for-24 slump last week in San Juan. He drove in a run and scored one in the opener, then broke loose in the second game.

Guerrero had a run-scoring double to key a three-run first inning. He walked and stole a base the next time up and in the fifth had a run-scoring single off Jimmy Anderson. He capped his big day with a three-run drive in the sixth.

D'BACKS 4, CARDINALS 3: Converted closer Byung-Hyun Kim won his first career game as a starter and Matt Mantei got six straight outs for his first save in two seasons for visiting Arizona. Luis Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning for Arizona. The Diamondbacks, who were swept by the Cardinals in the playoffs last fall, had lost six straight in St. Louis since winning Game 3 of the playoffs in 2001.

CUBS 6, PIRATES 1 (10): Mark Grudzielanek singled home the go-ahead run in a five-run 10th and visiting Chicago won its fifth straight behind Mark Prior. The Cubs matched their longest winning streak of last season. The Pirates wasted Kip Wells' excellent start -- two hits and a run in seven innings -- and lost their third in a row and sixth in seven games. They are 1-4 against the Cubs, scoring only five runs. Prior was working on a five-hitter until the Pirates tied it in the ninth on Randall Simon's run-scoring grounder with one out.

MARLINS 6, METS 5: Luis Castillo hit a tying single and Ivan Rodriguez beat out a potential double-play grounder to drive in the go-ahead run as visiting Florida rallied. New York closer Armando Benitez blew his fourth save chance. "I don't have to worry about this; I know what I can do," said Benitez, who was booed from the mound to the dugout after the inning. "(Pitchers are) human. We're not machines."

BREWERS 3, ASTROS 2 (14): Pitcher Glendon Rusch blooped a bunt for a winning pinch-hit single in the 14th inning for host Milwaukee. Rusch, who got the loss as a starter Friday, came through in surprising fashion as the Brewers ran out of hitters on the bench. With the bases loaded and one out in the 14th, Rusch pinch hit for reliever John Foster. A career .138 hitter, Rusch bunted on an 0-and-1 pitch from Scott Linebrink and the ball looped over second baseman Jeff Kent. "I came to the park feeling bad because of the loss," Rusch said. "This is a lot better."

ROCKIES 10, PADRES 9: Ronnie Belliard drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt that capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally. Ryan Klesko homered twice and had five RBIs for visiting San Diego, which overcame a 7-0 deficit to take a 9-7 lead only to lose its fourth straight. Trailing by two, the Rockies rallied off Brandon Villafuerte, who relieved Jesse Orosco to start the ninth.

GIANTS 9, DODGERS 3: Rich Aurilia and Andres Galarraga drove in two runs each in the fifth and Ruben Rivera homered for visiting San Francisco (15-2), which is off to its best start in 85 years. The Giants scored five in the fifth, including a run-scoring single by Benito Santiago, to improve to a franchise-best 8-0 start on the road.

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