'Montreal' completes sweep in Puerto Rico

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Fernando Tatis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning as the Montreal Expos completed a four-game sweep of their first series in their new part-time home, beating the New York Mets 5-3 Monday.

Rey Sanchez, one of the Puerto Rican stars getting to play major league ball in their home country, set up the winning rally when he misplayed Vladimir Guerrero's one-out grounder to shortstop for an error.

The NL East-leading Expos (9-4), who play 22 of their home games in San Juan, extended their winning streak to five. New York's island visit was a wipeout, with Montreal outscoring the last-place Mets 22-8.

New York (4-9) lost its sixth straight and dropped five games back. The Mets hadn't been swept by the Expos in a four-game series since September 1972.

Dan Smith (1-0) got the win and Rocky Biddle earned his fourth save.

Phillies 5, Marlins 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Thome hit a two-run triple and the Philadelphia bullpen made it stand up against Florida.

The Phillies have won three straight and five of seven. Florida lost its second in a row after winning four straight.

Vicente Padilla (2-1) gave up two runs, three hits and struck out seven in 5 1-3 innings. He left with a contusion on his left forearm after getting hit by a pitch from Marlins starter A.J. Burnett (0-1) in the fourth.

Reds 11, Cubs 3

CHICAGO -- Jason LaRue doubled three times and Sean Casey had three hits as Cincinnati beat Mark Prior and Chicago.

Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer, while Casey and Felipe Lopez each drove in two runs. It was an encouraging victory for the Reds, who placed All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf earlier in the day.

Jimmy Anderson (1-1) pitched five-plus innings for the win, and John Riedling went three innings for his first save.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE -- Orlando Palmeiro homered and tied a career high with four RBIs as St. Louis kept Milwaukee winless at home.

Brett Tomko (1-1) survived a shaky start to send the Brewers to an 0-4 mark at Miller Park, and 0-4 against the Cardinals. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols left after being hit on his right thumb by a fastball from Curtis Leskanic in the seventh. X-rays were negative and Pujols is day-to-day.

Giants 4, Astros 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 618th homer and the Giants spoiled Jeff Kent's return to San Francisco.

The Giants improved to 12-1, keeping pace with their best start in 65 years.

Kent, the 2000 NL MVP who played the previous six years in San Francisco and helped lead the Giants to the World Series last season, went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. He signed an $18.2 million, two-year contract in the offseason with the Astros, who have lost three straight after winning four of five.

Damian Moss (2-0) gave up a run on five hits in six innings as the Giants beat Houston for the 17th time in 22 games. Tim Worrell got his sixth save in seven opportunities.

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX -- Larry Walker drove in four runs with his first two homers of the season and Nelson Cruz became the fourth Colorado pitcher to win three games in April.

Cruz (3-0), who was supposed to be Colorado's long reliever but moved into the rotation because of injuries, scattered four hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings. Jose Jimenez got two outs for his fourth save in as many chances.

Byung-Hyun Kim (0-3), Arizona's closer before this season, gave up one run through six innings.

-- Preston Wilson's solo homer -- on five hits through six innings before leaving with a bruised right shin.



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