LOS ANGELES — Japanese hurler Hideo Nomo earned the 100th win of his major league career on Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the San Francisco Giants 16-4.
first Japanese pitcher to win 100 games in the major leagues as the Dodgers crushed
the Giants 16-4.
The Dodgers finally found a way to slow the Giants, as Fred McGriff and Shawn Green combined for eight hits and six RBIs.
Dave Roberts had three hits and Jolbert Cabrera and Alex Cora added two apiece for Los Angeles, which erased a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the fourth inning and four in the fourth. They added eight in the seventh and another in the eighth.
Nomo (2-3) took advantage of the offensive outburst, improving to 100-80 in the big leagues and 12-4 against San Francisco. He gave up four runs and six hits while walking two and striking out seven in seven innings.
“I really haven’t been winning, but after the game, I thought about it and it made me very happy,” Nomo said of the milestone. “I believe in this team’s ability to come back and score runs.”
Nomo did not give up a single and didn’t allow the Giants a hit after the fourth inning.
“He struggled a little bit early,” Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca said. “After about 70 pitches, he gets really, really tough. He could be 5-0 if we’d have swung the bats a little better in his other games.”
The Dodgers totaled just three runs in Nomo’s previous three starts, and it looked bad until the fourth, when Cabrera capped a three-run inning with a two-run homer — his second in as many days after a 19-month drought.
Nomo posted a 78-46 record during his five years in Japan with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Pacific League before starting his career in the majors with the Dodgers in 1995. Nomo has also played for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox.
“The 100th win is just a passing point for me and is not the end because this is not my last season (in the majors),” Nomo said.
“This should not be the target (other Japanese major leaguers) set as I think others can easily eclipse it. It is nothing unusual because there are many pitchers who have notched 100 wins out here. As I always say you should not apply the kind of yardsticks used only in Japan.”
Los Angeles erased a 4-3 deficit in the fifth. Giants starter Kurt Ainsworth (3-1) walked Brian Jordan with the bases loaded to tie it and McGriff greeted Joe Nathan with a bases-clearing double to make it 7-4.
McGriff had two singles, two doubles and a strikeout in five at-bats.
Ainsworth left after 4-1/3 innings, allowing seven runs and six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
In the fifth, Ainsworth’s cause was hurt by an error by shortstop Rich Aurilia, who booted a potential double-play grounder by Lo Duca that would have ended the inning without a run being scored.
The Dodgers poured it on in the seventh. They started the inning with five consecutive hits off Jim Brower, including a two-run single by Ron Coomer and a double by Cabrera that made it 10-4.
After an RBI groundout by Cora and a walk to pinch hitter Cesar Izturis, Chad Zerbe replaced Brower and allowed an RBI infield hit to Roberts. Lo Duca walked, Green doubled home two runs and Jordan followed with a sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles finished the scoring with three straight two-out hits in the eighth, capped by Roberts’ RBI double.
The Giants had won the first five meetings of the season with their arch-rivals. Despite suffering their first road loss of the year (8-1), the Giants remain just the 10th team since 1900 to start a season 15-3.
San Francisco built a 4-0 lead before the Dodgers rallied. Jolbert Cabrera highlighted a two-run fourth inning with a two-run homer and McGriff capped a four-run fifth with a bases-clearing double to make it 7-4.
Diamondbacks 1, Cardinals 0
In St. Louis, Arizona rookie reliever Oscar Villarreal threw 2-2/3 scoreless innings after starter Miguel Batista was ejected and David Dellucci had an RBI double off Brett Tomko (1-2).
Batista and Cardinals first baseman Tino Martinez were ejected after their fight precipitated a bench-clearing brawl in the fifth inning.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and reliever Jeff Fassero were ejected in the ninth after Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez was hit in the ribs. Fassero admitted he hit Gonzalez on purpose after Martinez was hit in the fifth.
“I don’t play this new style of baseball,” Fassero said. “I still believe in the old ways, settling scores for teams and stuff like that. “I think that’s how baseball should be played.”
Reds 7, Expos 5
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, pinch-hitter Adam Dunn and Felipe Lopez hit consecutive home runs off Luis Ayala (1-1) in the ninth inning as Cincinnati stopped a five-game losing streak.
Aaron Boone homered twice, Austin Kearns hit his major league-leading ninth shot and Jose Guillen also connected for the Reds at cozy Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
The Expos finished their first stay at the their part-time home 6-4 and head back to Montreal in first place in the NL East.
Braves 8, Phillies 1
In Atlanta, Shane Reynolds (1-0) gave up two hits in 7 1-3 innings, providing another boost to the Braves beleaguered rotation.
Reynolds, cut by Houston at the end of spring training, didn’t give up a hit until the fifth and came out after giving up an RBI double to Tyler Houston in the eighth.
Atlanta scored seven runs in the first two innings against Brandon Duckworth (0-1).
Pirates 8, Cubs 2
In Pittsburgh, Salomon Torres (2-0) pitched five shutout innings in relief of injured starter Josh Fogg to snap Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
Sammy Sosa hit his 504th career homer to tie Eddie Murray for 17th place, but left after being struck in the batting helmet by Torres’ pitch in the fourth. Sosa appeared fine after the game.
Brewers 5, Astros 4
In Milwaukee, Curtis Leskanic won for the first time in nearly two years and Keith Ginter drove in a career-high three runs for the Brewers.
Leskanic (1-0), coming back from right shoulder surgery in October 2001, pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for his first victory since May 15, 2001, at Philadelphia.
The crowd of 10,125 was the smallest at Miller Park, which opened in 2001.
Rockies 8, Padres 0
In Denver, Shawn Chacon and two relievers combined on the 21st shutout in Coors Field history as Colorado swept San Diego.
Jay Payton homered and drove in three runs for Colorado, which improved to 8-1 at home.
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