Orosco Stirs Shea Memories With Save

From Associated Press

Jesse Orosco looked up as the San Diego Padre team bus pulled into the Shea Stadium parking lot Friday and saw the huge picture.

The photograph of Orosco leaping after striking out Boston’s Marty Barrett to win the 1986 World Series is familiar to Met fans.

What’s unfamiliar is what occurred a few hours later. For the first time in his career, Orosco got a save at Shea Stadium against the Mets.

Orosco, 46, struck out Roberto Alomar with runners at the corners and two out in the ninth inning, finishing San Diego’s 5-4 victory.


“In New York, they don’t forget things,” Orosco said. “You do well here, and they acknowledge that. I left New York on good terms.”

Philadelphia 5, Houston 3 -- Jim Thome and Mike Lieberthal homered to support pitcher Brett Myers at Philadelphia, and the Phillies ended the Astros’ seven-game winning streak.

Myers (3-2), a 22-year-old right-hander, retired 14 consecutive batters before walking Lance Berkman to start the seventh. Richard Hidalgo singled to right-center, but Berkman tripped between second and third and was tagged out to end a chance to tie the score.

Arizona 5, Pittsburgh 0 -- Curt Schilling (2-2) limited the slumping Pirates to four singles and retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced in his first shutout in more than a year to lead the Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh. The Pirates lost their seventh in a row -- matching their longest losing streak in two seasons.

St. Louis 6, Chicago 3 -- Fernando Vina hit the third grand slam of his career, and J.D. Drew hit a solo homer at Chicago to help the Cardinals end a four-game losing streak. Vina has three homers in seven games after going 501 at-bats without one.

Cincinnati 7, Milwaukee 6 -- Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to extend the Reds’ winning streak to a season-best five games and give Cincinnati its 10th victory in its final at-bat.

San Francisco 9, Atlanta 2 -- Benito Santiago and Jose Cruz Jr. each hit three-run homers and drove in four runs at Atlanta to lead the Giants to their sixth consecutive victory.

Florida 5, Colorado 4 -- Juan Encarnacion homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning for the Marlins, who ended a six-game losing streak and got their eighth come-from-behind victory this season.