Maddux's mastery reddens Cardinals

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003

ATLANTA Greg Maddux allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Wednesday night for their eighth win in nine games.

Maddux (2-3) had lost his first three starts of the season for the first time in his career.

Diamondbacks 6, Expos 2

MONTREAL Luis Gonzalez hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in two runs.

After drawing 36,879 for their Olympic Stadium opener the Expos' biggest home crowd in two years just 6,380 fans turned out for the second game of a six-game homestand.

Mets 4, Astros 2

NEW YORK Al Leiter (3-0) beat Houston for the first time since Sept. 15, 1998, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings.

Before the game, New York announced center fielder Roger Cedeno was being benched and replaced by a platoon of Timo Perez and Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Reds 3, Dodgers 0

CINCINNATI Chris Reitsma (1-0), brought up from the minors, scattered eight hits in eight innings, and Scott Williamson finished with a one-hit ninth for his fourth save. Cincinnati improved to 7-14.

Padres 2, Cubs 0

CHICAGO Adam Eaton (1-1) struck out a career-high 12, allowing five hits in seven innings, and San Diego stopped a six-game losing streak.

Matt Herges pitched two hitless innings for a save in his first opportunity of the year.

Kerry Wood (3-1) scattered five hits in seven innings and struck out 11, but hit three batters and walked three. Ramon Vazquez hit an RBI double and Sean Burroughs hit a run-scoring single.

Phillies 6, Rockies 4

PHILADELPHIA Brett Myers (1-2) struck out nine in six innings., allowing one run and three hits, all singles.

Ricky Ledee capped a five-run first with a two-run double off NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings (1-3), who allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. He lost consecutive starts for the first time in his major league career, which spans 44 starts.

Giants 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH Pokey Reese allowed third baseman Aramis Ramirez's throw to second on Pedro Feliz's 13th-inning grounder to glance off his glove for an error as J.T. Snow scored.

Jose Cruz Jr. hit a three-run homer in the eighth to tie it for the Giants, who stopped their first two-game losing streak of the season and improved to 16-4 their best start since 1945.

Marlins 5, Brewers 4

MIAMI Juan Encarnacion singled home the winning run off the left-field wall in the 12th against Shane Nance (0-1) as Florida rallied from a 4-1, eighth-inning deficit. Armando Almanza (2-0) earned the victory with a scoreless inning, his 10th consecutive appearance without giving up a run.

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