Wolf, Dodgers stop Rockies
DENVER — No late-night magic this time for the Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Randy Wolf and the Los Angeles Dodgers' big bats made sure of that.
Andre Ethier hit two of L.A.'s three home runs, powering the descending Dodgers past the Rockies, 6-1, last night to restore their teetering lead in the NL West to three games over Colorado.
The Rockies, who had won eight of 10, were trying to move within a game of the Dodgers, a team they trailed by 15 1/2 games on June 3.
"It gives us a chance going into tomorrow to distance ourselves a game and give us a little bit of room," Ethier said.
Now, the Dodgers will leave Denver with either a two- or four-game lead on the Rockies.
"I'm not really concerned about them," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I have a great deal of respect for them, but it's all about how we play. If we're in the last week of the season, last 10 days of the season, yes, you worry about that team. But right now we've got to get into a mode of playing more consistently and winning more games.
"That's my concern more so than who's running us down."
Colorado had four straight come-from-behind wins, including a 5-4 victory in 10 innings over the Dodgers in the series opener. The Rockies, though, couldn't muster another comeback against Wolf (9-6), who scattered five hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3: Pinch-hitter Bengie Molina hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead San Francisco over Arizona. Juan Uribe also homered for the Giants, who won their second straight.
Cardinals 3, Astros 2: Joel Pineiro (13-9) allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings to win his seventh straight decision and Mark DeRosa's two-run double capped a three-run bottom of the first inning as St. Louis jumped on Roy Oswalt (7-5) early to defeat Houston.
Phillies 4, Pirates 1: Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Pittsburgh after Philadelphia's bullpen blew yet another lead. The Phillies led 1-0 going into the ninth but the Pirates tied it on their first pinch-hit homer of the season, by Brandon Moss against Ryan Madson.
Padres 12, Braves 5: San Diego stunned host Atlanta with a six-run sixth inning, and Kevin Kouzmanoff finished off the Braves with a two-run homer that sent the Padres to a rout. The last-place Padres won their second straight over the Braves, whose playoff hopes have taken a big blow with their second straight loss.
Marlins 5, Mets 3: Josh Johnson (13-3) allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings, Ronny Paulino hit a two-run homer and Cody Ross had a two-run triple to lead host Florida over New York. Johnson trailed early but improved to 7-0 with an ERA of 2.30 in nine career starts against New York.
Reds 4, Brewers 3: Pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald hit a two-out, RBI double to break a 3-all tie in the top of the 10th inning, and Francisco Cordero pitched around a Prince Fielder single with two strikeouts for his 27th save as Cincinnati beat Milwaukee.
Cubs 9, Nationals 4: Milton Bradley hit a two-run homer in the third and had a go-ahead groundout to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh, and host Chicago scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat Washington.