Hideo Nomo's fastball is fine, and so is his swing.
Nomo hit his first major league homer and pitched a three-hitter Tuesday night, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.Nomo (2-3) struck out a season-high 11 in pitching his second straight complete game after the shortest outing of his career. He held the Brewers to just one run until Eric Owens hit a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth.
In his last start against the Brewers, Nomo pitched a three-hitter at Milwaukee, but lost to Jose Mercedes and the Brewers 2-1. He fell behind early on Tuesday as Jeromy Burnitz led off the second with his eighth homer.
However, Nomo then retired 15 straight before Jeff Cirillo singled to start the seventh. Fernando Vina then walked on four pitches before Nomo struck out Burnitz, Marquis Grissom and Geoff Jenkins to end the inning.
"That was the turning point of the game," said Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza. "(Nomo) threw some very impressive pitches in that inning."
He also had a very impressive at-bat in the bottom half.
Nomo was hitless in eight at-bats this year before connecting off Mercedes (2-1) - two batters after rookie Matt Luke hit a three-run homer - to cap a six-run seventh.
"I was very happy about the home run," said Nomo, who smiled from ear-to-ear as he rounded third base. "But my goal is every game to go out and throw nine innings."
Nomo, who has 28 hits in 219 big-league at-bats (.128 average), said he remembered hitting other home runs in Japan before joining the Dodgers in 1995.
PADRES 7, CUBS 3: At San Diego, Tony Gwynn capped his eighth career five-hit game with a home run and scored three times as San Diego ended a season-high two-game losing streak.
ASTROS 4, METS 3, 10 INNINGS: At Houston, New York closer John Franco failed to protect a ninth-inning lead for the second straight day against Houston.
PHILLIES 11, REDS 8, 10 INNINGS: At Cincinnati, Kevin Jordan hit a pinch three-run homer in the 10th as Philadelphia broke its six-game road losing streak.
ROCKIES 8, MARLINS 7: At Denver, Neifi Perez had three hits and three RBIs, and Dante Bichette had four hits for Colorado.
GIANTS 2, PIRATES 1: At San Francisco, Shawn Estes (1-4) outdueled Francisco Cordova (3-2) with 61/3 innings of two-hit pitching.
BRAVES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 2: At Phoenix, Tom Glavine (4-0) scattered three hits over seven innings as the Braves improved to 5-0 against the expansion Diamond-backs.