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Houston beats Cincinnati with long ball

Berkman hits trifecta

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

CINCINNATI -- Lance Berkman became the first major leaguer this season to homer three times in a game, driving in five runs as Houston hit five home runs in beating Cincinnati 8-3 Tuesday.

Richard Hidalgo followed Berkman's three-run homer in the first with a solo shot.

Jeff Bagwell's two-run homer in the second inning, his first of the season, made it 6-0, and Berkman followed with his sixth homer. He also had a solo shot in the fifth off Jose Rijo, breaking a 24-inning scoreless streak by the Reds' bullpen.

Mets 3, Braves 1

NEW YORK -- Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles misplayed Rey Ordonez's sixth-inning grounder, allowing the tiebreaking run to score, and the Braves made three errors in the New York Mets' victory.

Pedro Astacio (3-0) allowed eight hits in his 28th career complete game to stop Tom Glavine (2-1), who had won seven straight decisions.

Vinny Castilla's RBI single put the Braves ahead in the fourth, but Jeromy Burnitz tied it with a run-scoring single in the bottom half.

With the score 1-all and the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth, Ordonez hit a slow roller between first and second. The ball rolled off Giles' glove as Mike Piazza scored.

Expos 8, Cubs 4

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and had four RBIs -- including a run-scoring single to cap Montreal's five-run fourth inning.

Marlins 7, Phillies 6

MIAMI -- Preston Wilson's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Kevin Millar from second base and gave Florida a victory.

Pirates 5, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Anderson allowed three hits in seven innings and Brian Giles homered as Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee its ninth loss in 10 games.

Diamondbacks 5, Cardinals 3

PHOENIX -- Although not at his overpowering best, Randy Johnson was good enough to become baseball's first four-game winner as Arizona won.

Giants 5, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO -- Kirk Rueter held San Diego to three hits in seven scoreless innings to give San Francisco's weary bullpen a rest.

Rockies 6, Dodgers 4

DENVER -- Jason Jennings, pitching five days after taking a wicked liner off his elbow, threw six innings and had an RBI double as Colorado ended a five-game skid.



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