NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP : Bagwell, Astros Get Satisfaction
It takes a lot to satisfy Jeff Bagwell.
It takes a game like Thursday’s at the Astrodome.
Bagwell, Houston’s first baseman, homered in the 10th inning and then singled and scored the winning run on Orlando Miller’s 12th-inning single to rally the Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
“I’m always pretty hard on myself,” Bagwell said. “If I have a bad day, I can’t wait to get to the park the next day and redeem myself. But I’ll be satisfied today. Any time we win, I’m satisfied.”
The Astros’ Derek Bell sent the game into extra innings with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning that tied the score, 3-3.
After Colorado went ahead in the 10th on an RBI single by Dante Bichette, it was Bagwell’s turn to again catch the Rockies with his 16th home run.
Bagwell then singled against Mike Munoz (2-4) to start the 12th. Derek Bell followed with a single to center field that sent Bagwell to third base.
After Dave Magadan grounded out, Miller hit Munoz’s first pitch into shallow left field and Bagwell trotted home.
“I’m starting to really enjoy this,” Bagwell said. “This team is really coming together. It’s fun to watch a team that never gives up when they get down.”
Todd Jones (6-1) pitched the final three innings for the victory. It was Jones’ second appearance in as many games.
“I was a little tired,” Jones said. “I realized I didn’t have my good fastball, but I knew we had to keep it going.”
Cincinnati 14, San Francisco 6--Barry Larkin had five RBIs and hit two of Cincinnati’s four home runs to lead the Reds over the Giants at San Francisco.
Former Giant Dave Burba (5-2), part of the Deion Sanders trade, pitched three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the victory. The Reds broke a three-game losing streak and sent the Giants to their 13th loss in 18 games.
Luis Aquino (0-3) took the loss.
San Diego 8-5, Florida 2-8--Phil Plantier drove in four runs for San Diego with two doubles at Miami in the first game of a rain-delayed doubleheader.
Russ Morman homered and had two RBIs to lead the Marlins in the poorly played second game in which seven errors were committed. Florida’s Kurt Abbott and Mario Diaz drove in runs after combining for four errors
The first game was held up because of rain twice, the second time for 2 hours 28 minutes.
Willie Blair (3-1) picked up the victory for the Padres in relief. Marlin reliever Dave Weathers (2-4) took the loss, enduring another tough outing since coming off the disabled list. He was knocked out of action because of a lacerated right little finger and lost his spot in the rotation.
Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 4--Darren Daulton’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a tie at Philadelphia as the Phillies rallied for four runs to extend the Pirates’ losing streak to six.
Michael Mimbs (7-5), making his first appearance out of the bullpen after 16 starts, pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings to gain the victory. Heathcliff Slocumb pitched the ninth for his league-leading 24th save.
Losing pitcher John Ericks (2-3) gave up 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Montreal 2, St. Louis 1--David Segui’s eighth-inning single scored Rondell White to break a 1-1 tie at Montreal.
Carlos Perez (9-2) gave up three hits over eight innings to remain undefeated at home at 8-0. Mel Rojas pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Loser Danny Jackson dropped to 2-10.