Astros' Pettitte shows Pirates he's healthy

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2004

PITTSBURGH Andy Pettitte needed only six exceptional innings to go from the disabled list to midseason form, getting his first NL victory for Houston in a 2-0 win.

Pettitte (1-1), who hadn't pitched in 23 days because of a strained left elbow, and three relievers held Pittsburgh to two hits.

Raul Mondesi was the lone Pittsburgh player to reach base against him, with a walk and single.

Pettitte struck out three and walked one, and Octavio Dotel struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in three chances.

Brad Ausmus hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh off Kip Wells (2-3), and pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino singled to make it 2-0.

Cardinals 5, Phillies 4

ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds homered to lead off the 13th inning, helping St. Louis avert a three-game sweep.

Edmonds hit an 0-2 pitch from Amaury Telemaco (0-1), entering his fifth inning of relief, over the right-field wall for the sixth game-ending homer of his career.

The Cardinals raised their home record to 4-9, avoiding their worst start at Busch Stadium since going 2-11 in 1969.

Manager Tony La Russa became the second manager in major league history to win 700 games with two different teams, joining Sparky Anderson.

Mike Lincoln (3-2) pitched a perfect 13th.

Phillies pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee hit a two-run homer in the ninth that tied it at 7.

Marlins 4, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit his 668th home run, but World Series champion Florida hit three homers of its own to defeat San Francisco.

Mike Lowell connected for a tiebreaking solo homer off Felix Rodriguez (1-1) in the top of the ninth inning.

Hee Seop Choi and Ramon Castro also homered for the Marlins.

Justin Wayne (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory in his major league debut.

Franklyn Gracesqui, promoted from the minors a day earlier, made his major league debut and struck out Michael Tucker with a runner on third to end it for a save.

Padres 2, Expos 1

SAN DIEGO David Wells pitched seven effective innings for his first win with his new team.

Khalil Greene had a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh as San Diego completed a four-game sweep of Montreal for the first time since both teams joined the major leagues in 1969.

Wells (1-2) allowed two hits and one run unearned to pick up his first win for the Padres in his fifth start.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.

Tomo Ohka (0-5), who pitched into the seventh, became the first pitcher to lose five times this season.

Mets 6, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES Jae Seo pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 Thursday night.

Seo, who had won just one of his last eight decisions dating to Aug. 31, held the Dodgers to one run on six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Seo (1-3) struck out three and walked two.

It was the fifth start of the season for the 26-year-old Seo, who as a rookie last year became the first Korean-born pitcher to start for the Mets. He went 9-12 with a 3.80 ERA last season. Seo started this season in the minors after struggling during spring training.

The Mets' Mike Piazza, whose 351 homers as a catcher ties him with Carlton Fisk atop the all-time list for that position, went 0-for-3, struck out twice and walked once.

He came up with the bases loaded in the seventh and ran the count to 3-2 against Jeff Weaver, but struck out to end the inning.

Piazza, who has 362 homers overall, was replaced by Vance Wilson in the bottom of the inning.

Garcia homered off Weaver (1-3) with two out in the third inning to give New York a 3-0 lead. Garcia's shot into the right-field pavilion came after Weaver walked Piazza with one out.

The Mets opened a 5-1 lead in the eighth against Wilson Alvarez on RBI singles by Danny Garcia and Mike Stanton the relief pitcher's first RBI in nearly a decade.

Mike Cameron, robbed of a homer by Dodger center fielder Milton Bradley's over-the-wall grab a night earlier, hit a solo shot far over the left-center field fence in the ninth inning. It was his fourth homer.

Stanton's hit was his first since June 6 of 2000, for the Yankees at Montreal, and he hadn't driven in a run since May 10, 1994, for Atlanta against Philadelphia.

Weaver gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, walked three, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter.

The Dodgers got their only run off Seo in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Adrian Beltre after Juan Encarnacion doubled with two out.

Eric Valent put the Mets ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second inning.

Bradley, feeling soreness in his previously sprained left ankle, left the game after batting in the sixth inning. He went 0-for-3 and struck out twice.

Notes: New York SS Jose Reyes, on the DL with a right hamstring injury since March 14, left after the fourth inning Thursday night in the second game of his rehabilitation assignment in Florida with Single-A St. Lucie. Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Reyes felt a twinge in the hamstring and didn't want to take any chances. Reyes will be re-evaluated on Friday. ... Piazza finally caught somebody stealing on his 10th try of the season. He threw out Cesar Izturis at second to end the fifth inning. ... Mets 3B Todd Zeile helped raise $200,000 for the diabetes program of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles by hosting a bowling tournament in Hollywood.



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