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Cox matches Anderson with Braves' victory over Pirates

May 12th, 2007 1:36 am by Associated Press



PITTSBURGH - Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves end their longest streak without a homer in 24 years, and manager Bobby Cox tied Sparky Anderson for fourth place in career victories with a 4-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.


The Braves went 72 innings without a homer, until Jones followed Chipper Jones' double off the top of the center-field wall with a two-run shot to nearly the same location - putting the Braves up 2-1. Francoeur followed with a drive into the left-field seats for his sixth homer.


The Braves won their fourth straight despite the homer drought, the team's longest since a 13-game streak in 1983. Kyle Davies (1-1) limited the Pirates to one run and seven hits over seven innings.


Pirates starter Zach Duke (1-4) allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.


Cox matched Anderson's total with 2,194 victories.


NEW YORK - David Wright, Carlos Delgado and Damion Easley homered, helping the Mets snap the Brewers' six-game winning streak.


Jorge Sosa (2-0) won his second straight start since coming back from the minors and beat Jeff Suppan (5-3).


New York took a 4-0 lead in the fourth, won for the seventh time in nine games and cooled off the hottest team in the majors. Milwaukee came to town with a big league-best 24-10 record and had won 10 of 11.



Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy homered for the Brewers, whose seven-game lead in the NL Central was the franchise's largest since divisional play began in 1969.



PHILADELPHIA - Pat Burrell homered twice and drove in five runs and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings for Philadelphia.


The much-maligned Burrell entered with only one homer and 11 RBIs in 97 at-bats, but he connected twice off Rich Hill (4-2).


Hamels (5-1) allowed two runs on solo homers by Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez and seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two.


Leading 2-0 in the fourth, Hill got in trouble by walking Aaron Rowand and hitting Chase Utley. Burrell then lined a 2-2 pitch into the left-center field seats to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. His two-run shot in the sixth made it 5-2 and chased Hill.



WASHINGTON - Shawn Hill threw five no-hit innings before leaving with a sore right elbow, helping Washington end an eight-game losing streak.


Hill (3-3) walked two and retired the other 15 batters he faced. He took the mound to start the sixth but left without throwing a pitch. Hill, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2004 and missed all of 2005, will have an MRI exam on Monday and probably will be shut down for a week to 10 days, team doctor Ben Shaffer said.


Four relievers finished up a four-hitter for the Nationals.


Ryan Church drove in Washington's first two runs off Scott Olsen (3-3). Washington finished with 15 hits, and each of its starting position players wound up with at least one.


DENVER - The Rockies' Josh Fogg took a no-hitter into the sixth inning only to see it evaporate, and the Giants' Tim Lincecum earned his first major league victory.


Ray Durham's sacrifice fly to deep right in the eighth with the bases loaded scored the go-ahead run for the Giants.


San Francisco teed off on the Rockies' bullpen once Fogg had been lifted. The Giants had four hits against Fogg and seven off the Rockies' bullpen.


San Francisco had four runs and six hits in the ninth, when the Giants sent 10 batters to the plate.


The hard-throwing Lincecum (1-0) gave up seven hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one in his second major league start.


Fogg (1-4) lasted 7 1-3 innings and gave up four runs. He left in the eighth with a 3-2 lead, runners on first and second and one out. Rich Aurilia's single off Zach McClellan scored the tying run.



HOUSTON - Brandon Webb pitched his sixth career complete game and Houston native Chris Young homered twice to lead Arizona to the win.


Chad Tracy added an RBI double off Houston starter Chris Sampson (3-3), and the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in five games.


Young, a 23-year-old rookie center fielder, went to high school a short drive from Minute Maid Park and lives in Houston in the offseason.


Webb (3-2) allowed five hits, struck out 10 and walked one.


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