PHILADELPHIA - Many young pitchers with great fastballs
have had trouble staying in major-league baseball, and Philadelphia's
Cliff Brantley is well aware of that fact.
"I threw a lot of breaking balls and changeups," said
Brantley, who recorded his first major-league victory as
the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday
night. The 23-year-old right-hander improved his record
to 1-1 by striking out two and allowing two earned runs in seven innings.
"I was trying to mix my pitches," Brantley said. "That's
a big part of pitching in the big leagues."
Brantley allowed a run in the first inning on Todd Zeile's
run-scoring single, but a big inning was averted when Philadelphia
right fielder Dale Murphy threw out Zeile at the plate for
the final out of the inning.
Geronimo Pena led off the second with a walk, but Phillies
center fielder Braulio Castillo caught Tom Pagnozzi's sinking
liner and doubled Pena off first.
"The guys played great defense behind me," Brantley said.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice
fly by Zeile, but the Phillies scored three in the sixth
off Ken Hill.
Wally Backman led off with a walk, the first issued by Hill,
and one out later, Wes Chamberlain also walked. John Kruk
singled, loading the bases, and Backman scored when Murphy
grounded out. The run was the first in 23 innings for the Phillies.
Hill then threw a wild pitch that allowed Chamberlain to
score, and Charlie Hayes' run-scoring single gave the Phillies
a 3-2 lead.
Dodgers 5, Reds 3
LOS ANGELES - Bob Ojeda won his fourth consecutive decision and Eddie
Murray had three hits, including his 18th homer and a run-scoring double, as
Los Angeles moved back into first-place in the NL West.
Giants 3, Braves 2
SAN FRANCISCO - Atlanta dropped into second place
in the National League West as Willie McGee's run-scoring
grounder in the eighth inning lifted San Francisco.
After the Braves overcame a 2-0 deficit with two unearned
runs in the seventh, the Giants manufactured the winning
run without hitting a ball out of the infield to beat Atlanta
for the second game in a row.
Bud Black improved to 11-15, and Dave Righetti earned his
23rd save. Reliever Mike Stanton (3-3) took the loss.
Pirates 9, Cubs 2
PITTSBURGH - Barry Bonds homered and became the eighth
Pittsburgh player to have consecutive seasons with 100 runs
batted in as the Pirates beat Chicago, reducing their magic
number for clinching the NL East to eight.
Bonds' infield single in the fifth produced his 100th RBI.
Doug Drabek (14-13) ended a personal two-game losing streak
and took a shutout into the eighth inning.
Expos 5-2, Mets 4-3
NEW YORK - A gathering of 4,355 showed up to see
the Expos and the New York Mets split a doubleheader in
a series moved from Montreal because of structural damage
at Olympic Stadium.
Rookie Bret Barberie had a double, two singles and drove
in three runs as Montreal won the opener 5-4. The Mets came
back for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap as Howard Johnson
hit his NL-leading 35th homer.
Astros 3, Padres 0
SAN DIEGO - Pete Harnisch (10-9) gave up four hits
in six innings as Houston beat San Diego. Xavier Hernandez
retired the last four batters for his first major-league save.