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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brave Pinch-Hit Splatters Rookie's Masterpiece


PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Whiten kept the Vet from being filled with Beech nuts.

Whiten ruined another brilliant outing by rookie pitching sensation Matt Beech with a pinch-hit, three-run homer that propelled Atlanta to a 5-2 win and a sweep of a Tuesday doubleheader with the Phillies.

A vintage Greg Maddux outdueled Rich Hunter as the defending world champions took the opener 2-0.

"Both of our kids pitched extremely well," manager Jim Fregosi said. "Young pitchers will make some mistakes. Both have to take something positive out of this. They both gave us a chance to win."

Beech earned more converts as he dazzled the Braves for the second time in a week. The 24-year-old lefty proved his smashing debut was no fluke as he fired 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

His cloak of invincibility was shattered by the force of Whiten's homer that came after a Javy Lopez walk and Jermaine Dye double. Whiten, signed by Atlanta on June 24 after his release by Philadelphia, admired the blast for some time before taking the scenic route around the bases.

"Oh, I knew it was gone. The only question was how far?" Whiten said.

"I tried to get a fastball in," Beech said. "It wound up over the plate and you saw what happened to it."

Marquis Grissom extended his hitting streak to a 18 games with a solo homer that sealed Beech's fate.

In the opener, the real Greg Maddux (11-10, 2.74 ERA) replaced that imposter who had lost four straight decisions and had been 1-9 on the road this season. Maddux walked one and scattered eight hits to post his first shutout since Sept. 5, 1995.

Maddux needed that masterpiece to outduel the 21-year-old Hunter, making his first major league start since being sent down to the minors May 9. He matched Maddux pitch-for-pitch through five shutout innings and allowed just four hits and one earned run in a career-high seven innings.

Expos 7, Astros 4. In Montreal, Moises Alou, facing a possible suspension for his part in an ugly brawl with the Astros on Monday, hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Expos over Houston. Alou homered off Doug Drabek (6-8) in the first and hit his 16th homer in the second inning.

Reds 10, Padres 4. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Hal Morris capitalized on Joey Hamilton's early wildness by hitting a three-run double in the first inning to lead Cincinnati over San Diego. Cincinnati starter Kevin Jarvis (5-5) allowed seven hits in seven innings for the win that ended the Padres' four-game winning streak.

Mariners 9, Royals 5. In Seattle, Washington, Randy Johnson pitched four scoreless innings of relief, striking out eight, and Seattle rallied from a five-run deficit to break its seven-game losing streak. Jay Buhner ignited the Mariners' comeback with a three-run homer and Johnson closed out the game with a dominant pitching display that gave him his second career save.

Angels 4, Indians 2. In Anaheim, California, Garret Anderson drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and threw out a potential tying run in the seventh. Jim Edmonds and J.T. Snow homered for the Angels, who won for only the third time in their last 15 games.

Twins 6, Athletics 2. In Oakland, California, Matt Lawton's two-run single highlighted a five-run eighth inning that included two Oakland errors as Minnesota overcame Mark McGwire's major league-leading 42nd home run. Rich Becker and Paul Molitor led the Twins' rally with back-to-back singles to chase Don Wengert (5-8). ()

(For other results, see Scorecard.)