Padres Lose Game, Nevin and Burroughs
Greg Norton hit a grand slam in the first inning Thursday at San Diego that carried the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the Padres, who also lost first baseman Phil Nevin for at least six weeks because of a broken arm.
Denny Neagle won for the first time in five starts and the Rockies, who are 8-2 in a stretch of 16 games against National League West rivals, salvaged a split of the four-game series.
Nevin was hurt Wednesday night diving for a grounder in the Padres’ win over Colorado, and the original diagnosis was a bruised rotator cuff.
Nevin had an MRI on Thursday and doctors thought they saw a fracture, trainer Todd Hutcheson said. They did a CT scan, which confirmed the break.
Nevin had been back just three games from a stint on the disabled list with a strained left elbow when he was hurt again.
“We just got him back,” fellow slugger Ryan Klesko said. “This is a pretty tough blow. It’s going to be a big blow to our offense.”
The Padres also put Sean Burroughs on the disabled list. He has been bothered by a sore right shoulder since mid-April and was hitting .221.
Arizona 1, San Francisco 0--Luis Gonzalez’s home run into McCovey Cove sent Rick Helling and the Diamondbacks to a victory.
Gonzalez homered in the fourth inning, and that was enough to give the Diamondbacks a split of the four-game series between NL West rivals.
Cincinnati 4, Florida 1--Barry Larkin and Adam Dunn homered and the Reds completed a three-game sweep at Miami.
The Marlins have lost 12 of their last 17 games to fall from first to fourth in the East.
Atlanta 5, Montreal 2--Jason Marquis gave up only four hits in seven innings and Chipper Jones had three hits in his return to the Brave lineup at Atlanta. Marquis (4-3) won for the third time in four starts since coming off the disabled list.
Chicago 9, Pittsburgh 8--Mark Bellhorn hit his first grand slam and Alex Gonzalez followed with a solo shot in a five-run Cub third inning at Pittsburgh.