St. Louis Cardinals Mark Grudzielanek is congratulated by teammates scoring in the sixth inning Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Grudzielanek hit for the cycle in his first four at bats.
AP photo/Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS Mark Grudzielanek hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats and Chris Carpenter equaled his career best with 12 strikeouts, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Wednesday for their 11th victory in 12 games.
Jim Edmonds had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who at 14-5 are off to their best start since the 1968 team opened with that record. The first four in the batting order went 7-for-9 in the first four innings against Victor Santos (1-1) while building a 5-0 lead.
Grudzielanek, batting in the No. 1 spot for the second time this year, hit the second leadoff homer of his career to kick-start a three-run first. He singled and scored in the second, had an RBI double in the fourth and tripled off Jorge De La Rosa in the sixth. The homer and triple were his first of the year.
Julian Tavarez, filling in for the injured Jason Isringhausen, struck out the side in the ninth for his first save.
Braves 8, Mets 4
NEW YORK Andruw Jones broke out of a big slump with a homer and three hits, and Mike Hampton improved to 3-0 for Atlanta.
Wilson Betemit hit his first major league home run and Eddie Perez also connected for the Braves, who roughed up former teammate Tom Glavine (1-3) and took two of three from their NL East rivals at Shea Stadium.
Pirates 2, Astros 0
PITTSBURGH Kip Wells allowed four hits over seven innings and Jose Mesa earned his 300th career save as the Pirates won their first series of the season and handed Houston its fifth consecutive loss.
Jason Bay went 3-for-3 with an RBI single against Andy Pettitte (1-2) and Jack Wilson had an run-scoring triple to help the Pirates beat the left-hander for the first time.
Cubs 8, Reds 7
CHICAGO Derrek Lee had two home runs and six RBIs, and Corey Patterson hit a one-out homer in the ninth inning to give the Cubs a victory.
Patterson connected off Matt Belisle (1-3) after Neifi Perez popped up a bunt to start the inning.
Giants 10, Padres 3
SAN FRANCISCO Kirk Rueter finally got enough run support for his first win of the year and Pedro Feliz hit a three-run homer on his 30th birthday.
Jason Ellison had a triple among his three hits and scored three runs for the Giants, who took two of three from the Padres to capture a series for the first time in their last four sets.
Phillies 3, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON Jimmy Rollins broke a scoreless tie in the ninth with a leadoff homer, and Brett Myers pitched seven scoreless innings for Philadelphia.
Rollins pulled a pitch just over the right-field fence and into the Phillies' bullpen, spoiling a masterful pitching performance by Esteban Loaiza (0-2), who faced just three batters over the minimum through eight innings and struck out 11.
Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 3
LOS ANGELES Luis Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking two-run single in a three-run seventh inning to help Arizona win its sixth straight.
The Diamondbacks took over the NL West lead from Los Angeles with their second straight three-game sweep. They swept only one three-game set last year, and never won more than two in a row on any road trip while finishing a major league-worst 51-111.
OAKLAND, Calif. Erubiel Durazo had three hits and scored the winning run on Marco Scutaro's ninth-inning single in the Oakland Athletics' 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Durazo also homered for the A's, who won their second straight following a three-game losing streak.
Angels 5, Yankees 1
NEW YORK Steve Finley and Garret Anderson homered off struggling Mike Mussina, and Los Angeles limited Alex Rodriguez to a solo home run.
A night after Rodriguez had three homers off Bartolo Colon and 10 RBIs in all, Jarrod Washburn (1-0) and his bullpen allowed A-Rod to come up with just two runners on base. Rodriguez grounded out leading off the second, homered in the fourth, hit a hard single off the glove of third baseman Dallas McPherson with a runner on second in the sixth, then struck out against Scot Shields with a man on in the eighth.
Tigers 10, Indians 3
CLEVELAND Craig Monroe hit a two-run homer to highlight a six-run third inning, Jeremy Bonderman pitched eight effective innings for Detroit.
Bonderman (3-2) gave up three hits including leadoff homers to Aaron Boone in the third inning and Grady Sizemore in the sixth and struck out seven.
Blue Jays 8, Devil Rays 2
TORONTO Toronto rookie left-hander Gustavo Chacin improved to 4-1, limiting Tampa Bay to two runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Chacin struck out three and walked two in lowering his ERA to 2.48.
Rangers 8, Mariners 2
ARLINGTON, Texas Kenny Rogers allowed just two singles over six shutout innings en route to his first victory of the year.
Rogers (1-2) needed five starts to get his first win as a 40-year-old pitcher. The Rangers scored just two runs in the left-hander's previous two starts, his two losses, and he left his first start of the season down just 1-0 after six innings.
Twins 9, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Joe Mays pitched six innings for his first win since having Tommy John surgery in 2003, and Jason Bartlett drove in three runs for Minnesota.
Matthew LeCroy hit a two-run homer in support of Mays (1-0), who missed all of last season following surgery on Sept. 11, 2003.
The Royals lost their seventh straight to drop to a major league-worst 5-16.
Brian Anderson (1-2) took the loss.
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