Garcia homer boosts Mets

Posted: Monday, May 03, 2004

SAN DIEGO Former Peninsula Oilers star Danny Garcia hit his first major league homer in the ninth inning for the New York Mets, who avoided a three-game sweep and completed a 3-6 road trip with a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres Sunday.

Tom Glavine pitched six solid innings and drove in a run, helping New York snap San Diego's six-game winning streak.

Glavine (4-1) scattered five hits, struck out six and reached base three times. He earned his 255th career win.

Ismael Valdez (3-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. The Padres had won eight straight home games.

Glavine hit an RBI single off Valdez in the Mets' three-run second inning.

Cardinals 1, Cubs 0

ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen lined a bases-loaded single to the warning track in the 10th inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 1-0 victory over the Cubs.

Kyle Farnswoth (0-2) walked Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds on full counts to load the bases, and the outfield was drawn in when Rolen lined to left.

Pujols was ejected during the rally after twice confronting plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

The Cardinals have won two of three in the four-game series, both in their final at-bat.

Carlos Zambrano had a career-best 12 strikeouts for the Cubs, matching zeros with Matt Morris, who allowed four hits in nine scoreless innings for St. Louis.

Jason Isringhausen (2-0) gave up one hit in a scoreless 10th.

Astros 6, Reds 5

HOUSTON Brad Ausmus' suicide squeeze scored Lance Berkman and capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning for Houston.

Houston trailed 5-3 when it loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth on consecutive singles by Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Kent and Berkman off Todd Jones (1-1). Pinch-hitter Mike Lamb followed with a two-run single before Ausmus' run-scoring bunt.

The victory was Houston's fourth straight, while the Reds have lost five in a row.

Dan Miceli (1-1) allowed one run and one hit in two relief innings, and Octavio Dotel earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Adam Dunn hit his ninth homer in the eighth for a 5-3 Cincinnati lead.

Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5, 14 innings

PHILADELPHIA Ricky Ledee drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 14th inning, helping Philadelphia to a series win over Arizona.

After the Diamondbacks took a 5-4 lead in the 14th on Matt Kata's RBI single, Philadelphia rallied against Oscar Villarreal (0-2), Arizona's seventh pitcher.

Pinch-hitter David Bell hit an RBI double to tie it and three batters later Ledee drew the walk, scoring pinch-runner Randy Wolf.

Ryan Madson (2-1) earned the win with three innings in relief.

Diamondbacks closer Matt Mantei gave up a pinch-hit, two-run homer to Pat Burrell in the ninth to tie it 4-4. It was his third blown save, and the fifth homer he's given up in the ninth inning.

Pirates 4, Brewers 3, 11 innings

MILWAUKEE Craig Wilson homered in the 11th inning and drove in three runs to lead Pittsburgh to its sixth straight road win.

Wilson, who also drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Saturday, hit his sixth homer of the season off Jeff Bennett (1-1) leading off the inning.

Brian Meadows (2-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Jose Mesa pitched the 11th for his ninth save, and third of the series.

Rockies 13, Braves 4

DENVER Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and Colorado took advantage of seven errors by Atlanta including four by third baseman Mark DeRosa.

The Braves tied a franchise record with their seven miscues, which led to eight unearned runs by the Rockies. Atlanta also had seven errors on July 22, 1973, in the second game of a doubleheader against Philadelphia.

Shawn Estes (4-1) pitched seven innings to become the fourth National League pitcher to win four games.

Expos 6, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES Orlando Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning to help Montreal snap a six-game losing streak.

Sun-Woo Kim (1-0) earned his first win in the majors since July 2, 2002, allowing two runs and four hits over five innings with four strikeouts. The Korean-born right-hander entered the game with a streak of 11 2-3 scoreless innings all in relief.

Cabrera led off the sixth with his third of the season to give the Expos a 3-2 lead against Hideo Nomo (3-3).

Juan Rivera had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth and Brad Wilkerson went deep in the ninth, giving the Expos their first three-homer game this season.

Giants 9, Marlins 8, 11 innings

SAN FRANCISCO Yorvit Torrealba hit a second-inning grand slam, then doubled home Barry Bonds in the 11th inning of the Giants' victory.

Torrealba, the Giants' backup catcher, had three hits in San Francisco's third straight victory over Florida.

Tyler Walker (2-0) got his second victory in three days. He struck out Mike Lowell with two runners on in the 10th, then pitched a hitless 11th.

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