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Carpenter, Cardinals shut out Cubs

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter pitched a seven-hitter, and Scott Rolen homered, doubled and had three RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Thursday.

Larry Walker and Rolen homered in the eighth inning to back Carpenter (3-1), who struck out six and walked one in his sixth career shutout, his first since Sept. 4, 2001, against the New York Yankees.

Chicago learned before the game that shortstop Nomar Garciaparra would be out two to three months because of a torn groin.

Braves 2, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON — Shortstop Cristian Guzman made a two-run throwing error on Raul Mondesi's wet bases-loaded grounder off Chad Cordero (2-1) with two outs in the ninth. It was the first loss of the season for Washington's bullpen, which entered leading the major leagues with a 5-0 record.

Chris Reitsma (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth, and Dan Kolb finished up for his fifth save, with the help of Andruw Jones' diving catch of pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga's liner to center.

Phillies 6, Rockies 3

PHILADELPHIA — Jim Thome ended his season-long home-run drought that extended for 53 at-bats, and Todd Pratt also hit a two-run homer.

Jon Lieber (4-0) gave up three runs and nine hits in eight innings, and Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, completing a game that took just 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Pirates 4, Reds 2

CINCINNATI — Jason Bay hit his first home run of the season and drove in two runs as Pittsburgh stopped a five-game losing streak.

Bay had three hits, finishing a triple short of the cycle, and his solo homer in the fifth off Eric Milton (2-2) was his first since Sept. 29.

Mets 10, Marlins 1

MIAMI — Pedro Martinez pitched seven innings, Doug Mientkiewicz hit his first career grand slam and Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs for the Mets, who scored seven runs in the second inning against former teammate Al Leiter (0-2).

Martinez (2-0) allowed three hits and one run, retiring 13 in a row during one stretch, and snapped Florida's four-game winning streak. Martinez walked none and struck out eight, giving him 38 strikeouts and four walks in 29 innings.

Astros 8, Brewers 7

HOUSTON — Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time since last July.

Pettitte (1-1), who had season-ending elbow surgery Aug. 13, scattered five hits, gave up three runs and struck out five in his fourth start of the season. He last won on July 21 against Arizona. It was also the left-hander's first home win since beating the Mets on May 15.

Padres 6, Dodgers 1

SAN DIEGO — Ryan Klesko broke out of a slump with three hits and two RBIs, and the Padres snapped Los Angeles' eight-game winning streak.

The Dodgers, who matched the 1940 and '55 teams for the fastest start in franchise history through 14 games, dropped to 12-3.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinch-hitter Deivi Cruz singled to left in the 13th inning and the Giants ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Arizona.

The Giants loaded the bases with none out in the 13th against Mike Gosling (0-2). Lance Niekro singled, Pedro Feliz doubled and Edgardo Alfonzo was intentionally walked before Cruz's hit scored Niekro.

Tyler Walker (1-0) pitched the 12th and 13th innings for the victory.



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