boston.com Sports Sportsin partnership with NESN your connection to The Boston Globe
NL ROUNDUP

Marlins roll over Braves

Jeff Conine hit a two-run homer and Luis Castillo matched a career high with four hits, helping the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves, 7-4, last night in Miami.

Brad Penny (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings and tied Ryan Dempster's franchise record of 42 victories.

Conine's first homer of the year came off Mike Hampton (0-2), who found himself behind, 4-0, after facing six batters.

Mike Lowell singled home Florida's first run, and a hustling Castillo tagged up and scored from third on a foul pop to second baseman Marcus Giles down the right-field line before Conine homered.

Cubs 3, Mets 0 -- Kerry Wood struck out nine and allowed only four singles over seven innings, and Sammy Sosa backed him with a home run, sparking host Chicago. It was the Cubs' fifth straight win, their longest streak of the year. They've outscored opponents, 35-4, during that stretch. Wood (3-1) walked two and hit one in his first scoreless outing of the season.

Astros 8, Rockies 5 -- Roger Clemens tied Gaylord Perry for 15th place with his 314th win, leading Houston past Colorado at Denver. Clemens improved to 4-0 for the second straight season, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings to raise his career total to 4,125, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136). The six-time Cy Young Award winner allowed five runs and nine hits.

Giants 5, Dodgers 3 -- Jerome Williams pitched 8 2/3 innings and Ray Durham hit his 27th career leadoff homer, helping visiting San Francisco beat Los Angeles for its second victory in the last 10 games. Barry Bonds went hitless in one at-bat with three walks in the Giants' first victory over the Dodgers this season following four losses -- all by one run.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 2 -- Ryan Klesko hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth as San Diego rallied to beat host Arizona. Luis Gonzalez had a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, preventing David Wells from getting his first National League win in nine years.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 1 -- Chris Saenz allowed two hits over six innings to win his major league debut, leading host Milwaukee past St. Louis.

Phillies 7, Expos 0 -- Randy Wolf homered, hit an RBI double, and pitched a four-hitter for his seventh career shutout, leading Philadelphia at Montreal.

Reds 9, Pirates 7 -- D'Angelo Jimenez, mired in a 1-for-29 slump, homered and drove in three runs as visiting Cincinnati rallied from a four-run deficit after one inning.. . .
In late Friday action, Milton Bradley's RBI single in the 12th inning gave the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Giants in Los Angeles. Barry Bonds was intentionally walked four times, one short of a major league record. The Giants' slugger singled twice.

SEARCH THE ARCHIVES