Cards' Mulder gets the better of Clemens in pitcher's duel

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2005

ST. LOUIS — Mark Mulder threw a 10-inning shutout, outpitching Roger Clemens in a marquee matchup and leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros 1-0 Saturday.

Larry Walker's RBI single off Brad Lidge in the 10th won it for the Cardinals, moving manager Tony La Russa into a tie with Joe McCarthy for fifth place on the career victories list at 2,125.

Mulder threw only 101 pitches in his ninth career shutout, becoming the first Cardinals starter to go 10 innings since Jose DeLeon pitched 11 against Cincinnati in 1989.

Clemens allowed four hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 0.32 and pushing his scoreless streak to 23 innings. But he was thwarted for the third straight time in his bid for his 330th win. He remains tied with Steve Carlton for ninth on the career list.

The Astros have not scored for Clemens in 22 innings. They did not even put a runner on third in this one.

Mulder (2-1) gave up four hits, struck out five and walked none in his 23rd complete game. The lanky left-hander has not allowed an earned run in his past two starts, yielding just six hits in 18 innings.

Chad Qualls (1-1) took the loss.

Marlins 4, Reds 2

MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis won his fourth straight start to begin the season, and Juan Encarnacion's two-run single helped Florida beat Cincinnati.

Guillermo Mota struck out slumping Ken Griffey Jr. with runners at second and third to end it, preserving Florida's eighth victory in 11 games. Griffey went 0-for-4, dropping his batting average to .200 with no homers and three RBIs. He's hitless in his last 17 at-bats.

Willis (4-0) fanned seven in six innings and gave up two runs, six hits and two walks. His ERA rose from 1.13 to 1.50, but he improved to 7-0 lifetime in April.

Nate Bump, Matt Perisho and Todd Jones combined for two scoreless innings before Mota pitched the ninth for his second save.

Giants 6, Brewers 2

SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Tomko pitched effectively into the seventh inning and hit a two-run single to give slumping San Francisco a much-needed win over Milwaukee.

The Giants had lost four of five, scoring just 10 runs in that span, as they struggle early this season without injured slugger Barry Bonds. Tomko (1-3) had been particularly hurt by the lack of support — the Giants scored just one run while he was in the game in his first three starts.

Yorvit Torrealba keyed the offense in a rare start, hitting a solo homer and adding an RBI double in a four-run fourth inning against Chris Capuano (0-2).

Tomko is 7-1 in his career against Milwaukee. Scott Eyre retired Lyle Overbay with the bases loaded to end the seventh, and Armando Benitez got five outs for his fourth save.

Pirates 4, Cubs 3

CHICAGO — Jason Bay hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Freddy Sanchez tripled home the go-ahead run, sending Pittsburgh past Chicago.

Corey Patterson's leadoff homer against Salomon Torres in the eighth gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead, but Patterson struck out against Jose Mesa with runners at the corners to end the game.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Bay drove 1-0 pitch from LaTroy Hawkins (0-1) into the right-field bleachers. Hawkins then walked Craig Wilson, who stole second, and struck out Rob Mackowiak before getting pulled for Glendon Rusch.

Sanchez put Pittsburgh ahead with a triple to right-center for his first RBI of the season.

John Grabow (1-0) got two outs in the eighth to earn the win, striking out Jeromy Burnitz with a runner on third to end the inning. Mesa worked a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

The Pirates had been 0-10 when trailing after eight innings.

Mets 10, Nationals 5

NEW YORK — Jae Seo pitched six impressive innings after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, and rookie Victor Diaz had his first four-hit game to lead New York over Washington.

The Mets scored all their runs in the fourth and fifth, batting around in both innings. New York has won 10 of 13 since opening the season with five straight losses.

The Nationals have lost five of six — including three straight for the first time this season.

Seo (1-0) was recalled from Triple-A to replace Kaz Ishii, who went on the disabled list Friday. Pitching on three days' rest, Seo allowed a run and six hits. He even added a two-run single.

Braves 11, Phillies 1

ATLANTA — Andruw Jones, mired in a 1-for-30 slump, hit a three-run homer in the first inning to help Atlanta beat Philadelphia for its third straight victory.

Tim Hudson (2-0) had another strong outing, allowing one run in six innings. In a sign of how well he's pitching in his first season for Atlanta, Hudson's ERA actually climbed from 0.82 to 0.96.

Of course, the Braves gave the right-hander plenty of room for error. They scored five runs in the first, capped by Jones' second homer of the season, and blew the game open with five more in the fifth.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 6

DENVER — Preston Wilson homered and drove in four runs, and Shawn Chacon got his first win of the season despite some shaky moments from his bullpen during Colorado's victory over Los Angeles.

Chin-hui Tsao retired Jeff Kent on a grounder with the bases loaded to end it, preserving Colorado's fourth win in five games. Los Angeles has lost three straight since an eight-game winning streak.

Chacon (1-0) earned his first win as a starter since June 23, 2003, at San Diego. Tsao worked the ninth for his second save.

Rockies rookie Clint Barmes was 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to nine games and increase his major league-leading average to .455. Todd Helton had two RBIs for Colorado.

Dodgers starter Odalis Perez (3-1) lasted five innings, giving up eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits.

Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1

PHOENIX — Alex Cintron singled home Chad Tracy with two outs in the ninth inning to give Arizona a comeback victory.

Cintron, making his first start at third base, also drove in the Diamondbacks' first run with a seventh-inning single.

Mike Koplove (2-1) pitched a hitless ninth to earn the win for Arizona.

Akinori Otsuka (0-1) was the loser.

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