Morris, Rolen propel Cardinals past Expos

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2003

ST. LOUIS Matt Morris pitched a six-hitter and Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up a perfect six-game homestand with a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.

The NL Central leaders have a season-best seven-game winning streak, starting with a 20-inning victory a week ago at Florida. They outscored the opposition 49-16 during the homestand with three-game sweeps of the Expos and New York Mets.

Morris (3-2) struck out six and walked two in his 10th career complete game and second this season.

Mets 5, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam off Matt Kinney (2-2) in the sixth, and Al Leiter (4-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He hasn't lost to Milwaukee since June 27, 1994, while with Toronto.

Armando Benitez got four outs for his ninth save in 13 chances, throwing a called third strike past Geoff Jenkins with a runner on to end the eighth.

Richie Sexson hit his 10th homer, a first-inning drive off the center-field scoreboard estimated 440 feet.

Astros 5, Marlins 2

HOUSTON Morgan Ensberg broke a 2-2 tie with a squeeze bunt off Tim Spooneybarger (1-1) that drove in Brad Ausmus in a three-run eighth as Houston completed a three-game sweep.

Brad Lidge (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth, striking out two, and Billy Wagner pitched a one-hit ninth for his sixth save in seven chances. Juan Pierre was 4-for-4 for the Marlins.

Cubs 5, Rockies 4

CHICAGO Alex Gonzalez homered off Steve Reed (2-1) in the 10th inning. Ramon Martinez hit a solo homer, and Hee Seop Choi drove in a pair of runs for Chicago, 3-0 in extra-inning games.

Preston Wilson doubled three times and drove in a pair of runs for Colorado, and starter Jason Jennings matched his career high with nine strikeouts.

Joe Borowski (1-0) pitched a hitless inning for the win on his 32nd birthday. Colorado has lost four of five overall, and seven of eight on the road.

Dodgers 3, Pirates 2

LOS ANGELES Kevin Brown (3-1) beat Pittsburgh for the fourth straight time, allowing four hits in eight innings and walking none for the second consecutive start.

Eric Gagne finished for his 10th save in as many chances, allowing an RBI groundout to Aramis Ramirez the first run off Gagne in 16 1-3 innings this season.

Cesar Izturis drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single off Jeff D'Amico (2-3), who gave up three runs two earned and five hits in seven innings.

Giants 6, Reds 1

SAN FRANCISCO Edgardo Alfonzo homered and drove in four runs, and Kirk Rueter extended his dominance of Cincinnati.

Rueter (3-1) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, improving to 10-1 lifetime against the Reds. The Giants kept up their best start in 30 years despite winning for just the third time in eight games.

Rich Aurilia matched a career high with four hits for San Francisco.

The Reds failed in their attempt to win a fourth straight series for the first time in two years. Cincinnati lost for only the third time in 11 games.

Ryan Dempster (1-2), starting for the first time on three days' rest, allowed five runs on five hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Phillies 3, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO Randy Wolf pitched into the seventh inning, reached base twice and scored once as Philadelphia beat the punchless Padres.

Wolf (4-2) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter. The Phillies had just five hits, one of them a double by Wolf.

Padres right-hander Adam Eaton (1-3) left after five innings with a strained right groin, the second straight Padres starter to be forced out with an injury. On Saturday night, Brian Lawrence left after six innings with pain in his right elbow.

The Padres have lost seven of eight.

Jose Mesa pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Braves 7, Diamondbacks 4, 11 innings

PHOENIX Rafael Furcal's foul pop led to two runs in the 11th inning, and Atlanta beat Arizona.

With the bases loaded, one out and the score tied at 4, Furcal popped up behind first base. Mark Grace and second baseman Junior Spivey grazed each other as Grace made the catch.

Darren Bragg tagged and scored from third on the sacrifice fly, and Grace's wild throw home bounced into the Arizona dugout for an error that allowed Vinny Castilla to score from second.

Marcus Giles added an RBI single to make it 7-4. John Smoltz pitched the 11th for his major league-best 12th save. Trey Hodges (1-0) worked a scoreless 10th for the victory as the Braves won for the 16th time in 19 games.

Chris Capuano (0-1) took the loss in his major league debut.

Spivey and Luis Gonzalez hit consecutive home runs off Greg Maddux to give Arizona a 4-1 lead.

Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer for Atlanta, and Henry Blanco drove in two runs.

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