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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dodgers Break Slump, Pound Phillies 8-5

Combined Reports


LOS ANGELES -- Hitting coach Reggie Smith gathered first baseman Eric Karros and several other Los Angeles Dodgers in the video room before Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.


Whatever they saw must have helped shake the Dodgers out of one of their worst slumps of the season.


Karros crushed a two-run first-inning home run and Raul Mondesi had a two-run fifth-inning homer as the Dodgers, who had scored only one run in their previous 20 innings, beat the Phillies, 8-5, before 29,608 at Dodger Stadium.


The Dodgers, who went into the game ranked last in the National League with a .250 batting average, had 11 hits, including a sixth-inning triple by third baseman Tim Wallach and a fourth-inning double by second baseman Delino DeShields, who had only two hits in 15 at-bats in the first five games of the home stand.


Mondesi drove in three runs and shortstop Greg Gagne, who hadn't had a hit all season against the Phillies, drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Dodgers built an 8-0 lead.


The Dodgers ended a three-game losing streak and moved within two games of the idle San Diego Padres in the National League West.


Closer Todd Worrell entered the game with the bases loaded in the ninth and picked up his 32nd save to tie the single-season team record he set last year. Worrell got an assist from center fielder Wayne Kirby, who made a leaping catch at the wall to take a bases-loaded, extra-base hit away from rookie Scott Rolen, who had two home runs Wednesday night.


Rockies 10, Cardinals 5. Andres Galarraga took over the major league RBI lead Thursday, homering in his first two at-bats to propel the Colorado Rockies to a 10-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.


Eric Young had his second straight four-hit game as the Rockies swept the three-game series and improved to 8-1 against St. Louis this year, including 6-0 at Coors Field.


Galarraga, who has 120 RBIs, hit a three-run homer, his 37th, in the first inning and added a two-run shot to give the Rockies an 8-4 lead in the second. Both homers came against Mike Morgan (4-7), who was out of the game when Galarraga struck out in his third at-bat.


Colorado starter Roger Bailey (2-2) walked three of the first five St. Louis hitters he faced, and they all scored as the Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead.


Pirates 8, Astros 6. In Houston, Jeff King hit a grand slam on Xavier Hernandez's first pitch with one out in the ninth inning to give Pittsburgh its third win in 13 games.


With Houston leading 5-4, Billy Wagner (2-1) walked Jason Kendall to open the ninth and John Wehner sacrificed him to second. Pinch-hitter Jermaine Allensworth then walked, and Alvin Morman replaced Wagner, who apparently injured his left leg.


An infield single by Al Martin loaded the bases before King homered over the left-field wall for his fifth career grand slam and second this season. It was his 25th homer.


Marc Wilkins (3-0) pitched one inning. John Ericks allowed Derek Bell's solo homer with two outs in the ninth, but picked up his fourth save.


Houston hit five solo home runs, tying a club record for homers in a game.


Reds 3, Braves 2. In Atlanta, Barry Larkin hit a solo home run in the 13th inning to snap Atlanta's six-game winning streak in a game that ended more than six hours after it was scheduled to begin.


The game was pushed into early Friday morning by a rain delay of 2 hours, 26 minutes at the beginning and four extra innings. It finally ended at 1:47 a.m.


Nineteen-year-old Andruw Jones homered twice for the Braves, but it was Larkin who delivered the deciding blow against Joe Borowski (1-1), the sixth Atlanta pitcher.


Cincinnati snapped a three-game losing streak. Hector Carrasco (4-3) got the win and Jeff Brantley pitched the final inning for his NL-leading 34th save.


Red Sox 2, Athletics 1. For Roger Clemens and the Boston Red Sox, the march took 151 days.


It was April Fools' Day when the Red Sox went to 0-1 with a loss to the Texas Rangers. Clemens was the loser in what would be the first step into a bottomless pit.


But the lost season has come into focus. After 128 games of sometimes sloppy baseball, the Red Sox have climbed to a level of respectability.


To hit .500, the Red Sox needed Clemens at his best Thursday night.


After Clemens failed in his bid for his second consecutive shutout by allowing a run in the ninth, the Red Sox got a dramatic home run off the right-field foul pole by Troy O'Leary to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 2-1.


The victory was the fourth in a row for the Red Sox (64-64), whose improbable resurrection has put them in playoff contention. ()


(For other results, see Scorecard)