McGwire conks first tater in Cards vicotry

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001

ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire ended an 0-for-12 season-opening slump with an opposite-field home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Wednesday night.

Pedro Astacio (1-1) retired 11 batters in a row before McGwire lined a 1-2 pitch over the right-field wall for his 555th career homer, putting the Cardinals ahead 3-1.

Matt Morris (1-1) won his first game as a starter since September 1998, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings. Dave Veres struck out his two batters for his first save.

Braves 2, Mets 0

NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux (2-0) was nearly perfect for seven innings, combining with a pair of relievers on a one-hitter.

The Mets wound up with only one runner against Maddux, Mike Remlinger and John Rocker. Todd Zeile lined a single barely beyond the reach of second baseman Quilvio Veras with one out in the second.

Rafael Furcal's RBI double in the third gave Maddux and the Braves all the offense they needed. Chipper Jones' 21st career homer against the Mets provided an insurance run in the seventh.

Rick Reed (1-1) lost despite a four-hitter.

Astros 7, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Wade Miller (2-0) pitched a three-hitter and struck out 12, and Houston won its fifth straight over Milwaukee.

Houston got home runs from Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman, who set a career-high with four hits in five at-bats.

Ben Sheets (0-2), the Olympic hero who lost 8-2 to Miller and the Astros in his major league debut last week, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out six.

Cubs 4, Expos 2

MONTREAL -- Julian Tavarez (2-0) allowed six hits in seven innings and Eric Young had two RBIs in the final regular-season meeting between the teams.

Young's sacrifice fly off Mike Thurman (1-1) in the third opened the scoring. Chicago made it 3-0 in the fifth on Tavarez's run-scoring bunt and Young's RBI single. Joe Girardi had a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Jeff Fassero pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Pirates 6, Reds 5

PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Young's RBI double finished off a two-run, seventh-inning rally aided by John Riedling's three wild pitches. The Pirates won for the first time in PNC Park, where they lost the stadium opener to Cincinnati 8-2 Monday.

Cincinnati had four wild pitches -- Mark Wohlers also had one in the eighth -- giving the Reds nine in nine games.

Jose Silva (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory while Riedling (0-1) lost. Mike Williams pitched out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the ninth for his second save.

Dodgers 11, Diamondbacks 5

PHOENIX -- Gary Sheffield homered twice and Eric Karros also homered before a crowd of 25,974, the smallest in Bank One Ballpark history.

Phil Hiatt added his first homer for the Dodgers, who scored two runs in each of the first three innings against Brian Anderson (0-2) before blowing the game open with five in the fourth. Arizona has lost five of six.

Darren Dreifort (1-1) allowed four runs -- two earned -- and three hits in six innings.

Giants 2, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO -- Pinch-runner Calvin Murray scored on Pedro Feliz's ninth-inning sacrifice fly and San Francisco beat San Diego for the seventh straight time.

Eric Davis, back after missing four games with a twisted left knee, drew a leadoff walk off Trevor Hoffman (0-1) in the ninth and was replaced by Murray.

Murray took second on Benito Santiago's sacrifice bunt and took third on a bizarre play, when Hoffman bounced a pitch in the dirt and the ball stuck in catcher Wiki Gonzalez's chest protector.

Aaron Fultz (1-0) allowed one hit in the eighth, and Robb Nen got his second save.

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