Clement, Cubs stay hot against Mets

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2004

CHICAGO Matt Clement took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 13, leading the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 4-1 Sunday for their sixth straight victory.

Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and Michael Barrett and Corey Patterson each drove in a run to back Clement (3-1). The Cubs completed a three-game sweep and have outscored their opponents 39-5 during their six-game winning streak.

Clement (3-1) gave up two hits in eight innings, including a solo homer to Karim Garcia with one out in the seventh that broke up the no-hit bid.

Rockies 4, Astros 1

DENVER Vinny Castilla set a franchise record with an RBI in his 10th straight game, Joe Kennedy pitched into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten and Colorado avoided a three-game sweep by defeating Houston.

Kennedy (3-0) allowed a run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

Expos 2, Phillies 0

MONTREAL Zach Day and Rocky Biddle combined for Montreal's second shutout, and Matt Cepicky hit a two-run double in the sixth to send the Expos to their first win at Olympic Stadium this season.

Day (2-1) scattered nine hits through eight innings. Biddle finished with a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities.

The Expos won for just the third time in 14 games .

Pirates 6, Reds 0

PITTSBURGH Oliver Perez shrugged off a nearly three-hour rain delay to shut out Cincinnati on six hits in his first major league complete game, helping Pittsburgh end a four-game losing streak.

Perez (2-0) struck out 10 and lowered his ERA to 1.74.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, and Jeff Suppan gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings for St. Louis.

Reggie Sanders added his seventh homer, and Suppan (2-2) took a shutout into the eighth before giving up a solo shot to pinch-hitter Keith Ginter.

Dodgers 9, Giants 0

LOS ANGELES Kazuhisa Ishii pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout, Milton Bradley homered twice and Los Angeles won for the eighth time in 11 games including five of six meetings with the rival Giants.

Diamondbacks 12, Padres 7

PHOENIX Richie Sexson homered twice and drove in three runs, helping Arizona beat San Diego.

Elmer Dessens (1-2) overcame a ragged start to work 5 1-3 innings for his first victory since Sept. 20. He allowed four runs and six hits.

Braves 7, Marlins 2

MIAMI Mark DeRosa homered for the first earned run off Dontrelle Willis this season, and J.D. Drew's bases-loaded triple off Tommy Phelps broke a tie in the seventh inning to Atlanta win.

Willis, who won his first three starts, departed after six innings with the score 2-all. His ERA rose to 0.71, and he went 0-for-2 at the plate to drop his batting average to .545.



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