Rookie Produces for Arizona

From Associated Press

The Arizona Diamondbacks have several key players on the disabled list, which has created a problem for Manager Bob Brenly.

He has no idea how he’s going to get their replacements out of the lineup.

Rookie Robby Hammock had a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning that lifted the Diamondbacks over the Detroit Tigers, 5-3, Sunday and extended a franchise-record winning streak to 11 games.

Hammock also had a run-scoring single and Steve Finley homered. Hammock’s fellow rookies, Lyle Overbay and Matt Kata, also played well in Arizona’s three-game sweep of Detroit.


“We act like rookies off the field,” said Hammock, hitting .321 in 24 games. “But on the field, you are taught to play baseball as soon as you sign. Once you get up here, you are supposed to act like you have been here before. We just try to follow the lead of the older guys.”

Detroit lost its ninth in a row and 21st of 23. The Tigers (18-61) are the first team in history to lose 60 games before July 1, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

San Diego 8, Seattle 6 -- Rondell White tied the score with a one-out grand slam and pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.

Mark Loretta had four singles for the Padres, who won two of three against the Mariners for the second time in two weeks. White hit a game-winning grand slam against Seattle’s Jeff Nelson on June 20.


Arthur Rhodes (1-1), who hadn’t given up a run in 16 innings, failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the ninth.

Chicago Cubs 5, Chicago White Sox 2 -- Kerry Wood quieted the White Sox and their rowdy fans at U.S. Cellular Field, helping the Cubs end a losing streak at four.

Moises Alou and Jose Hernandez homered against Esteban Loaiza (11-3) and the Cubs averted a three-game sweep in the crosstown series.

Wood (8-5) won for the fourth time in five starts. He gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings for his first victory in six starts against the White Sox.

Montreal 10, Toronto 2 -- Tomo Ohka pitched a two-hitter and Ron Calloway drove in four runs at Toronto.

Ohka (7-7) didn’t give up a hit until Carlos Delgado’s run-scoring double with two out in the seventh inning. He struck out four and walked none in his first complete game this season.

Kelvim Escobar (5-5) loaded the bases in the second inning before Calloway hit a two-run single. Jose Vidro homered for Montreal.

Cleveland 3, Cincinnati 1 -- Rookie right-hander Jason Davis (7-6) allowed five hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings at Cleveland and the Indians won two of three in the series.


Adam Dunn hit his 23rd homer for the Reds, who have lost seven of nine.

The Indians took advantage of five walks by Jimmy Haynes (1-7) and two errors in the first four innings.

Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 0 -- Russ Ortiz pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning at St. Petersburg, Fla., and Andruw Jones ended a scoreless tie with a single in the sixth.

Ortiz (10-4) struck out four and walked two in 7 2/3 innings. John Smoltz pitched 1 1/3 innings to finish the three-hitter and earn his 29th save in 31 opportunities.

The Devil Rays finished 5-21 in June, the most losses in a month for Lou Piniella in his 17-year managerial career. The 21 losses also set a team record for a month.

Philadelphia 4, Baltimore 3 -- Jose Mesa became the Phillies’ career saves leader, cementing a victory over the host Orioles to cap a three-game sweep.

Mesa earned his 17th save this season and 104th with Philadelphia since joining the team in November 2000. Steve Bedrosian had 103 saves for the Phillies from 1986 to 1989.

Jim Thome hit his second homer in two games to help the Phillies to their season-high fifth consecutive victory.


St. Louis 13, Kansas City 6 -- Albert Pujols hit two solo homers and drove in three runs to lift the Cardinals at Kansas City, Mo.

Pujols was four for six, raising his major league-leading average to .391. His home runs came against Chris George (9-5), who gave up 10 runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jim Edmonds drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who wore vintage uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars on Negro Leagues Day at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals wore uniforms of the 1924 Kansas City Monarchs.

Texas 8, Houston 5 -- Rafael Palmeiro connected for his 509th career home run and Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple at Houston.

Palmeiro’s leadoff homer in the seventh tied the score, 3-3, tying him with Sammy Sosa for 17th on the career list. In the eighth, Rodriguez tripled against Octavio Dotel (6-3) over center fielder Craig Biggio’s head.

Rosman Garcia (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league victory. Ugueth Urbina earned his 21st save in 25 chances.

Minnesota 5, Milwaukee 4 -- Luis Rivas scored from second base on Cristian Guzman’s infield hit with two out in the bottom of the 10th.

Rivas singled with one out against closer Mike DeJean (2-5) and stole second. Guzman hit a chopper to Richie Sexson and beat the first baseman’s flip to DeJean covering. Rivas slid home safely.

The Twins moved into a first-place tie with Kansas City in the American League Central.

Boston 11, Florida 7 -- Gabe Kapler had two home runs and four runs batted in, and Todd Walker also hit two homers for the Red Sox at Boston.

Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek hit solo homers for the Red Sox, who finished their homestand 6-1. Derek Lowe (9-3) matched a career high by winning his sixth decision in a row.


Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 0 -- Matt Stairs homered and drove in four runs at Pittsburgh, and Jeff Suppan (6-7) gave up four hits and got the Pirates’ first complete game since June 16, 2000.

Kenny Lofton and Jason Kendall sparked Pittsburgh’s scoring against starter Shawn Chacon (11-4) by reaching base in three of the first four innings.

Chacon was trying to become the major leagues’ first 12-game winner, but left trailing 6-0 after four innings.