Originally created 06/20/06

Myers, Phillies hand Yanks loss

PHILADELPHIA - Pat Burrell hit a two-run double and Brett Myers outdueled Randy Johnson to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Yankees, 4-2 on Monday night.

Myers (5-3) allowed two runs in 6w innings and Aaron Rowand had an RBI double, helping the Phillies even their record at 35-35 with their second consecutive win after a six-game losing streak.

Johnson (8-6) had his second encouraging outing in a row and Jason Giambi homered for the struggling Yankees, who have lost three in a row and eight of 11.

Myers gave up six hits and had season highs with 11 strikeouts and six walks. Arthur Rhodes tossed a perfect eighth, and Tom Gordon finished against his former team for his 20th save in 21 chances.

Johnson allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings.


In New York, Ken Griffey Jr. tied Mike Schmidt on the career home run chart and Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete game to lead Cincinnati past New York for its eighth consecutive victory on the road.

Griffey's 548th homer put him in 11th place along with the Hall of Fame third baseman and ruined a strong start by New York's Orlando Hernandez.

Next up for Griffey is Reggie Jackson with 563.

Brandon Phillips added a two-run double and Arroyo threw a seven-hitter for the Reds, thrilled to be on the road again. They lost eight of nine to end their worst 10-game homestand (2-8) since 1950.

The NL East-leading Mets also have looked more comfortable on the road recently. They've dropped three of four at Shea Stadium since winning eight in a row to close a 9-1 road trip.

Arroyo (9-3) gave up a run in the first and Carlos Beltran's 19th homer leading off the ninth. He struck out five and walked one in his third career complete game, second this season.


In Pittsburgh, Johnny Estrada's pinch-hit single drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th as Arizona halted a five-game losing streak, squandering a four-run lead before rallying to beat Pittsburgh for the Pirates' fifth loss in a row.

The Pirates, losing their sixth in a seven-game homestand, loaded the bases with none out in the 10th, then had the potential winning run on third with one out in the 10th and couldn't score against reliever Greg Aquino (2-0).

The Diamondbacks, scoreless since a four-run fourth, took the lead on consecutive one-out singles in the 11th by Orlando Hudson, Chris Snyder and Estrada off Salomon Torres (2-3). Jorge Julio pitched the 11th for his fifth save in as many opportunities.

By winning, the Diamondbacks avoided falling to .500 for the first time since early May.

They were 34-22 and had won 10 of 13 before former pitcher Jason Grimsley's house was searched by federal agents investigating steroid use by athletes, but had won only once in 13 games since.


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