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Wolf Has Good Arm and Bat

August 12, 2004|From Associated Press

Randy Wolf gave Philadelphia exactly what it needed: a strong effort on the mound and some pop in a listless lineup.

Wolf homered twice, giving him three this season, and threw seven solid innings to lead the Phillies to a 15-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night at Philadelphia.

"It's nice to absorb it and enjoy it, because who knows if it will ever happen again," Wolf said.

Wolf, who has four career homers, was three for three and scored three runs in becoming the first major league pitcher to homer twice in a game since the Phillies' Robert Person did it on June 2, 2002, against Montreal.

Jim Thome also homered twice, Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Jimmy Rollins added a two-run shot for the Phillies, who lost the first two games of the series to Colorado.

Pittsburgh 8, San Francisco 6 -- Craig Wilson hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning at Pittsburgh.

Ray Durham's two-run homer in the ninth tied it for San Francisco. Barry Bonds was given an intentional walk to lead off the 10th, but the Giants could not score after loading the bases.

Chicago 5, San Diego 1 -- Carlos Zambrano pitched eight strong innings in his return from a suspension, and Corey Patterson homered to lead the Cubs at Chicago. Zambrano, suspended five games for hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds with a pitch last month, gave up one run and five hits, walked one and struck out six.

St. Louis 1, Florida 0 -- Jeff Suppan gave up only two hits in eight-plus innings at Miami, Edgar Renteria singled home the only run and the Cardinals extended their winning streak to seven games.

Atlanta 10, Milwaukee 3 -- Adam LaRoche hit two home runs, and J.D. Drew hit a solo shot for the Braves at Atlanta.

Even without Chipper Jones, who sat out nursing a bruised right hand, Atlanta won for the 15th time in 18 games.

Montreal 7, Arizona 3 -- Brian Schneider's grand slam capped the Expos' six-run outburst in the fourth inning at Montreal.

The Diamondbacks fell to a major league-worst 35-80, becoming the first team to reach 80 losses. Arizona has lost 25 of 29 and 43 of 52.

Houston 5, New York 4 -- Brad Ausmus' run-scoring single in the 10th inning sent the Astros to the win at New York.



NL Wild-Card Race

*--* W L GB Chicago 62 51 -- San Diego 60 53 2 San Francisco 60 55 3 Philadelphia 59 55 3 1/2 Houston 56 57 6 Florida 55 57 6 1/2


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