July 7, 2005

edge Nationals

TORONTO (Reuters) - Mike Piazza drove in the winning run
with a single in the top of the 11th inning, lifting the New
York Mets to a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals in the
National League on Thursday at RFK Stadium.

Piazza had three hits and two RBIs as the Mets took three
games in the four-game series over the NL East leading
Nationals, handing Washington its first series loss at home
since April.

Carlos Beltran had two hits, scored twice and drove in the
Mets' other run in the game with a run-scoring groundout in the
first inning.

New York starter Kris Benson pitched seven strong innings,
allowing two runs on seven hits, but it was reliever Heath Bell
who picked up the win. Bell (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings
and Braden Lopper worked the 11th for his 20th save.

Luis Ayala (7-5) allowed one run on two hits over two
innings and took the loss, giving up Piazza's game-winning hit.

Joe Vidro's two-run double in the third accounted for both
Washington runs.

In other NL games played on Thursday, Carlos Delgado hit a
grand slam as the Florida Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers
11-3 in Miami.

Bian Moehler (4-6) pitched five innings, allowing three
runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two for the
win. Juan Pierre also homered for the Marlins.

Victor Santos (2-9) pitched 4-1/3 innings, allowing eight
runs -- four earned -- on eight hits, walking three and
striking out three to take the loss. Russell Branyan and Rickie
Weeks homered for the Brewers.

In Atlanta, Horacio Ramirez pitched a three-hitter as the
Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in the first game of a

Ramirez (8-5) walked one and struck out four. Julio Franko
homered for the Braves.

Mark Prior (5-3) pitched 4-2/3 innings, allowing six runs
on seven hits, walking four and striking out five to take the

In Denver, Todd Helton hit two homers and drove in four
runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5.

Mike DeJean (4-1) pitched one inning for the win. Brian
Fuentes pitched one inning for his 11th save and Brad Hawpe
homered for the Rockies.

Giovanni Carrara (6-3) got one out, allowing two runs on
one hit. Jason Repko had four hits for the Dodgers.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Jeff Francoeur
homered and drove in four runs as the Braves beat the Cubs 9-4.

John Foster (2-1) pitched one inning for the win. Rafael
Furcal and Andruw Jones homered for the Braves.

Roberto Novoa (2-2) allowed three runs on three hits to
take the loss. Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in three runs
for the Cubs.

In Pittsburgh, Humberto Cota homered as the Pittsburgh
Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

Zach Duke (1-0) pitched seven innings, allowing six hits,
walking one and striking out eight for the win. Jose Mesa
pitched one inning for his 21st save.

Brett Myers (6-5) pitched five innings, allowing two runs
on three hits, walking five and striking out three to take the
loss. Jason Michaels had two hits for the Phillies.