Zane Smith made quick work of the Cincinnati Reds to help the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplish something they haven't done in four years - a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.
Jay Bell, Lloyd McClendon and Jose Lind blasted home runs and Smith fired a four-hitter Wednesday night to power the Pirates to a 7-2 victory.It was the first time the Pirates had swept a series from Cincinnati since 1987.
"We were fortunate to come away with a three-game sweep," said McClendon. "I don't know what to attribute it to. We're playing well, and you just have to tip your hat to Zane."
Smith, 4-1, walked none and struck out seven over eight innings in the game, which lasted just 2:11. In Smith's last start, he shut down Houston on four hits in an hour and 45 minutes.
"I like to work fast," Smith said. "I think it works to my advantage, it doesn't let my fielders sit back on their heels. It just helps the whole team out."
"I've been fortunate getting ahead of hitters," said Smith. "The Reds aren't swinging the bats real good right now and that helped us out."
"We're just a little bit out of sync," Cincinnati's Glenn Braggs said. "We just can't seem to get anything going offensively. Maybe we're trying too hard. We've come up against a team that is hot right now. They are just playing very good ball and we're not. You have to give those guys credit."
Dodgers 3, Mets 1
At New York, Juan Samuel's two-run single broke a tie in the eighth inning to lift Los Angeles. Ramon Martinez, 5-1, scattered four hits over seven innings to become the National League's first five-game winner. Jay Howell pitched the last two innings for his third save.
Expos 5, Giants 4
At Montreal, Ivan Calderon's solo home run, his fourth hit, lifted Montreal. Calderon's blast broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh off Francisco Olivares, 0-1. Barry Jones, 1-0, pitched one inning for the win and Tim Burke went two innings for his third save. Montreal swept the three-game series. San Francisco has lost eight of nine.
Braves 17, Cardinals 1
At Atlanta, Ron Gant and Rapael Belliard had three RBI each and Francisco Cabrera and Otis Nixon each had two-run doubles to highlight an eight-run seventh inning. Tom Glavine, 4-2, went seven innings for the victory. Ken Hill, 2-2, took the loss.
Astros 4, Cubs 2
At Houston, Pete Harnisch won his first game in nearly a month and Luis Gonzalez added a two-run double and an RBI-triple. Harnisch, 2-1, had not won a game since April 11 and he surrendered two runs and six hits in seven innings. Harnisch's ERA is an NL-low 1.33. Curt Schilling, pitched the final two innings for his fifth save.
Phillies 5, Padres 2
At San Diego, Danny Cox earned his first victory in three years and Ricky Jordan supported him with his second career grand slam. Cox, 1-1, rebounding from elbow surgery that sidelined him for the past two seasons, allowed two runs and five hits over six innings for his first victory since beating San Francisco on July 21, 1988. Roger McDowell notched his second save and Andy Benes, 0-4, took the loss.