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NL: LA explodes for 10 in first

Associated Press
Published May 7, 2005


CINCINNATI - It didn't take the Los Angeles Dodgers long to get their offense going Friday night.

Jeff Kent had a two-run homer and a three-run double in a 10-run first inning, and the Dodgers snapped out of an offensive funk with a 13-6 victory over the Reds.

"Kent did a week's worth of damage," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said.

Hee-Seop Choi also hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who sent 14 batters to the plate in a half-inning that lasted 27 minutes.

Ricky Ledee hit a two-run double and scored on Jason Phillips' double in the first. The Dodgers had scored a total of 10 while splitting their previous four games.

"We've been creating opportunities to score runs," Tracy said. "Sometimes you don't get them, but our approach never changed."

Former Devil Ray Paul Wilson, the No. 1 starter in a rotation with the league's 15th-worst ERA going in, failed to retire a batter for the second time in three seasons with the Reds. He allowed eight runs, five hits and one walk and hit two batters. His ERA rose from 5.25 to 7.25.

"I've got to go out and stop the bleeding, not make it worse," Wilson said. "It was terrible. Hitting a guy leading off was not good. Even after Kent's home run, I thought I could keep it close, but I just couldn't stop it."

The rotation's ERA rose from 5.36 to 5.87.

"He had a hard time throwing strikes, and he was getting the ball up," Kent said. "This is a good hitters' park, and if you do that, you're in trouble."

Matt Belisle relieved Wilson after eight batters and gave up two walks and Kent's double. The two threw a combined 52 pitches. Los Angeles had six hits in the inning, five for extra bases.

Hoffman gets milestone save

ST. LOUIS - Trevor Hoffman became the third pitcher to reach 400 saves and Mark Sweeney had a two-run home run and three RBIs in the San Diego Padres' 6-5 victory over the Cardinals.

San Diego has won five in a row, including two straight in St. Louis for the first time since July 16-17, 1997. The Padres, who Thursday ended an 11-game losing streak at Busch Stadium, have lost 19 of their past 23 in St. Louis.

Einar Diaz had two run-scoring singles for the Cardinals, 10-3 on the road but 8-7 at home.

Hoffman joined Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424) in the 400-save club. He had to face Larry Walker plus the top of the Cardinals lineup to do it.

MARLINS 7, ROCKIES 0: Dontrelle Willis became the majors' first six-game winner, allowing five hits in seven innings for host Florida.

Colorado has baseball's worst record at 6-20, and its nine-game losing streak matches the third longest in franchise history. The Rockies are 1-14 on the road.

The Marlins' five-run sixth was plenty for Willis, who tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, three against five-time All-Star Todd Helton. The left-hander's 1.07 ERA is the best in the majors.

BRAVES 9, ASTROS 4: Johnny Estrada hit a three-run homer and six other players drove in runs for host Atlanta, which has outscored Houston 18-7 in the first two games of the four-game series.

The Astros misplayed two fly balls in Atlanta's three-run second, and Lance Berkman, playing out of position in his return from the disabled list, made a throwing error at first base that led to two unearned runs in the fifth.

METS 7, BREWERS 4: Mike Piazza homered his first two times up, giving him home runs in three straight plate appearances, and visiting New York stopped Milwaukee's seven-game winning streak.

PHILLIES 3, CUBS 2: LaTroy Hawkins blew his third save of the season, allowing the tying and winning runs to score on his throwing error as Philadelphia handed host Chicago its sixth straight loss.

D'BACKS 8, PIRATES 4: Troy Glaus drove in four, three with a 464-foot homer, for host Arizona.

NATIONALS 9, GIANTS 3: Ryan Church hit a bases-clearing double and Brad Wilkerson had three hits and drew a bases-loaded walk in another strong offensive night for the Washington Nationals.

Starter Tomo Ohka settled down after a shaky second inning, but manager Frank Robinson went to reliever Jon Rauch to start the fifth. The right-hander walked two of his first three batters, but got Pedro Feliz to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Rauch (1-1) walked two more in the seventh but again escaped unscathed, pitching three effective innings for the win.