PHILADELPHIA — Nelson Figueroa earned his first major league win Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies completed the second five-game sweep in club history with an 8-1 win over the Florida Marlins.
After being swept earlier this week by Atlanta to fall out of first place for the first time since April 9, the Phillies responded by taking five straight from Florida to move back on top in the NL East. The Phillies improved to 11-2 against the Marlins.
The only previous five-game sweep for Philadelphia came against the New York Mets on June 25-27, 1982. It was the first five-game sweep in the majors since Pittsburgh won five at San Francisco from Sept. 12-15, 1996.
In just his second start since being recalled from the minors Wednesday, Figueroa (1-0) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.26. He walked one and struck out five in his fifth career start.
Figueroa, who came to the Phillies from Arizona in the trade for Curt Schilling last July, escaped his toughest jam in the seventh inning after he had been struck on the left foot by a Charles Johnson liner.
With runners on first and third and one out, Figueroa struck out Alex Gonzalez and got pinch-hitter Kevin Millar on a groundout.
Jimmy Rollins drove in three runs, Doug Glanville had three hits and Scott Rolen hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning against Brad Penny (7-2).
Glanville led off the sixth with an infield single, stole second and moved to third on Johnson's throwing error.
D-BACKS 5, ROCKIES 4: At Phoenix, Mike Hampton hit his sixth home run, the most by a pitcher in 30 years, but Reggie Sanders homered in the 13th inning off Gabe White (1-6), making a winner of Bret Prinz (3-0).
After Hampton homered in the eighth inning off Miguel Batista, Arizona tied the score in the bottom half on an RBI double by Mark Grace, who also hit a two-run double in the first inning.
CUBS 2, REDS 1: At Cincinnati, Jon Lieber (10-4) beat Cincinnati for the third time this year, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Jeff Fassero, Kyle Farnsworth and Tom Gordon held the Reds without a hit the rest of the way, with Gordon getting his 14th save.
Joe Girardi had an RBI single and scored on Miguel Cairo's double in the fifth against Chris Reitsma (4-7) as Chicago gained a four-game split.
GIANTS 5, CARDINALS 4: At San Francisco, Calvin Murray hit a three-run homer in the second off Andy Benes (6-6) to overcome a 4-2 deficit and send St. Louis to its fifth straight loss. San Francisco has won three in a row.
Chad Zerbe (2-0), called up Friday from Triple-A Fresno, and he replaced Mark Gardner in the second and allowed one hit in 4 1/3 innings. Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 25th save.
EXPOS 9, PIRATES 3: At Montreal, Vladimir Guerrero hit his first career grand slam and had five RBIs to help Montreal complete its second series sweep this season.
Guerrero connected in the third off Jimmy Anderson (4-8) and has 12 RBIs in the three-game series. Guerrero had hit 153 previous homers, the most among active players without a slam.
ASTROS 6, BREWERS 1: At Milwaukee, Wade Miller (10-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings, struck out eight and walked two. The Brewers lost for just the second time in 14 day games at Miller Park and dropped to 2-7 against Houston this season.
Paul Rigdon (3-5) left after 2 2/3 innings when he aggravated his strained right elbow. He allowed four runs, all in the third inning, and six hits, including a three-run double to Moises Alou.
DODGERS 8, PADRES 0: At San Diego, Kevin Brown (7-3), in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed three hits in six innings as Los Angeles completed its first four-game sweep of San Diego since April 25-27, 1977.
Brown combined with Al Reyes on a four-hitter, extend the Dodgers' winning streak to six. Reyes earned his first save of the season.