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Cardinals slow down Phillies

Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004

PHILADELPHIA Mike Matheny saved St. Louis with a super play behind the plate, and the Cardinals held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Tuesday night.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Jason Isringhausen struck out Pat Burrell swinging at a high fastball. The ball deflected off Matheny's glove all the way to the backstop, but the two-time Gold Glove chased it down. With no play at the plate, he fired a long throw to first, getting Burrell by a half-step.

Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds each drove in two runs for St. Louis.

Mets 6, Giants 2

NEW YORK Steve Trachsel (3-3) held down a lineup missing Barry Bonds, sidelined by a sinus infection, allowing two runs one earned and five hits in eight innings.

Mike Cameron lined a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning and had three hits, as did slumping Kaz Matsui.

Expos 10, Rockies 4

MONTREAL Terrmel Sledge hit his first career homer, Endy Chavez had a three-run shot and Jose Vidro also connected for Montreal, which beat Jason Jennings (1-4) to win consecutive games for just the second time this year.

The Expos (7-20) lost nine of 10 before a 6-4 win at Los Angeles on Sunday, when they matched their previous season high for runs.

Braves 4, Padres 2

ATLANTA Russ Ortiz (3-3) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Damon Hollins had a career-high three RBIs as the Braves returned following a two-week road trip, their longest this season.

Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 3

CHICAGO Steve Sparks (2-1) got his first victory as a starter since Aug. 16, 2002, holding Chicago scoreless until Sammy Sosa's three-run homer in the eighth. New closer Jose Valverde struck out the side in the ninth for his save.

Brewers 6, Reds 2

CINCINNATI Lyle Overbay fouled off four two-strike pitches before hitting his first career grand slam in a six-run third against Jimmy Haynes (0-3).

Astros 4, Pirates 3

HOUSTON Andy Pettitte (2-1) struck out eight over five innings to get his first victory in Houston for his hometown Astros. He allowed two hits in five innings, including a first-inning homer by Jack Wilson.

In his first home start, Pettitte allowed six runs an 11 hits over 5 1-3 innings in a loss to San Francisco on April 6 and injured his left elbow on a checked swing.

Dodgers 4, Marlins 3

MIAMI Adrian Beltre hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth, then singled off Justin Wayne (2-1) in the 11th and scored when pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz's grounder went through Mike Mordecai's legs at third base for an error.

Armando Benitez blew a save for the first time this season, and Florida made four errors in losing its fourth straight.



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