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Nationals stay hot at home
Published June 29, 2005
WASHINGTON - Ryan Drese redeemed himself for a poor outing.
Drese pitched eight strong innings and Wil Cordero hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly for his first RBI of the season, leading the Washington Nationals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Tuesday night for their 15th victory in 17 home games.
Drese, who allowed five runs and eight hits over three innings at Pittsburgh on June 21, won a pitchers' duel against Josh Fogg, winless in five starts since defeating Florida on June 1.
"Outstanding," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "That was one of the finer performances we've had this year."
Claimed off waivers from Texas on June 10, Drese gave up one run and five hits in eight innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He recorded 15 outs on grounders.
"We didn't change the game plan that much," Drese said. "I was trying to stay on top of the ball and keep it down."
Washington has the best home record in the major leagues at 27-10 and is 15-6 overall in one-run games since May 8. The Nationals' 19 one-run wins lead the NL.
Chad Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 26th save, his 23rd straight. He tied the franchise record for consecutive saves set by the Montreal Expos' Mel Rojas in 1996.
Fogg allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits in six innings. He was victimized by his own wildness in the fourth, when he hit a batter and committed a costly throwing error on a sacrifice bunt.
"We lost because we hit a guy, walked a guy and couldn't execute a bunt," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Typically, when you pitch like that you should win on the road. (We) got only five hits. You can't win with that."
Jason Bay had three hits for the Pirates, losers of three of four and 11 of 15.
BRAVES 9, MARLINS 1: Marcus Giles homered and visiting Atlanta spoiled Dontrelle Willis' bid to become the major league's first 13-game winner.
Jorge Sosa held Florida to four hits - including Carlos Delgado's 15th homer - in six innings for his second win in four starts since moving into Atlanta's rotation.
Willis beat the Braves 8-0 in Atlanta for his NL-leading 12th win last Thursday, but they jumped on him early this time and finished with three triples in winning their fifth straight.
The left-hander allowed two runs in the first and fell behind 4-0 by the fourth. He gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits in seven innings, raising his ERA from 1.76 to 2.04.
Giles' homer was the first allowed by Willis in 12 starts since April 23. Julio Franco had three RBIs for Atlanta, which has won seven of eight and 10 of 12.
Florida's Alex Gonzalez went 0-for-3, ending his career-high hitting streak at 17 games.
METS 8, PHILLIES 3: Mike Piazza drove in three runs with a single and his ninth home run of the season and Carlos Beltran highlighted rallies with a double and triple for host New York.
The Mets won for fourth time in the last five games and got back to .500 as they started a stretch of 10 straight games against division opponents.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies and 10th in 13 games following a 12-1 homestand.
Piazza hit a fifth-inning single that put the Mets ahead 3-1 and homered in the sixth off Amaury Telemaco. With 387 homers, Piazza moved within two of Johnny Bench for 46th place.
Philadelphia got home runs from David Bell in the eighth and Jason Michaels in the ninth.
CUBS 2, BREWERS 0: Carlos Zambrano allowed just three hits in eight innings, and NL batting leader Derrek Lee hit his 23rd homer to lead host Chicago.
Jerry Hairston also drove in a run with a single as the Cubs won their third straight.
Zambrano was 1-3 in his previous eight starts. Since pitching seven scoreless innings in his last win at San Diego on June 5, he had allowed 18 runs over 13 innings in three starts.
The shutout was the second straight for the Cubs, who have not allowed a run in 25 innings. They blanked the White Sox on one hit Sunday, when Mark Prior returned from the disabled list and pitched six innings.
Zambrano outpitched Davis, who allowed just two runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
CARDINALS 2, REDS 1: Mark Mulder ended a string of poor starts and Reggie Sanders backed him with a two-run homer, helping host St. Louis beat Cincinnati.
The Cardinals have won three of four while sending the Reds to their 15th loss in 17 road games.
Joe Randa had a first-inning run-scoring single for the Reds, who have lost three straight under interim manager Jerry Narron after winning their first three following the firing of Dave Miley.
Jason Isringhausen, the Cardinals' fifth pitcher, worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.