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Jones homers twice as Braves top Cards

Posted: Monday, May 07, 2001

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones homered twice to reach 200 for his career, and Wes Helms hit a two-run double as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 Sunday.

Atlanta had to use five pitchers after starter Kevin Millwood left after two innings complaining of a stiff right shoulder.

With the game tied 4-4 in the seventh, the Braves scored three unearned runs off Gene Stechschulte (0-2) with help from two errors by shortstop Edgar Renteria.

Jose Cabrera (1-0) relieved Jason Marquis with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning. Cabrera got out of the jam only allowing a game-tying sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols.

John Rocker pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances, allowing an RBI double by pinch-hitter Placido Polanco.

Padres 8, Reds 2

CINCINNATI -- Ryan Klesko went 2-for-4 with four RBIs as San Diego completed its first sweep in Cincinnati in three years.

Padres starter Brian Tollberg (3-2) allowed two hits in 5 2-3 innings before leaving the game after being hit on the hand by a comebacker off the bat of Sean Casey in the sixth.

Rodney Myers, Jimmy Ostling and David Lee finished the four-hitter for San Diego.

It was Bruce Bochy's 500th victory as San Diego's manager, and extended the Reds' losing streak to five games -- the team's longest skid since Aug. 1-6 last season.

Osvaldo Fernandez (4-2), who had won three straight starts, allowed seven runs on eight hits over 1 2-3 innings.

Cubs 3, Dodgers 2

CHICAGO -- Todd Hundley drove in the winning run with a single off Matt Herges in the ninth inning, allowing Chicago to complete its first three-game home sweep of the Dodgers since 1972.

Tom Gordon (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for his first win since September 2, 1998, when he was with Boston.

Rondell White led off the Cubs' ninth with a double off Herges (1-3), who then intentionally walked Sammy Sosa. Gary Matthews Jr. went on to run for White, and scored from second on Hundley's single to left with none out.

Phillies 10, Giants 8

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies starter Omar Daal had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run in a nine-run second inning to help himself improve to 4-0.

Philadelphia's highest-scoring inning since an 11-run eighth against Milwaukee in September 1999 was highlighted by Bobby Abreu's three-run double and Kevin Jordan's two-run double.

Jimmy Rollins drove in runs with a single and triple, the latter scoring Daal to make it 10-2.

Giants starter Kirk Rueter (3-3) went one-plus inning, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- on six hits.

The Phillies, who tied with the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in baseball last season and are now leading the NL East at 18-12, also scored a run in the first on Doug Glanville's homer.

Daal, 4-19 last season, went five-plus innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits. Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Pirates 4, Rockies 3

PITTSBURGH -- Aramis Ramirez had a game-winning bases-loaded single in the 11th, and Jason Kendall hit a three-run homer before tripling to start the winning rally for Pittsburgh.

Rookie left-hander Joe Beimel (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings for the victory. Gabe White (0-3), who had pitched a scoreless 10th, took the loss -- the Rockies' seventh in 10 games.

The Pirates have won three of four after dropping four in a row and six of seven.

Astros 13, Expos 7

MONTREAL -- Jeff Bagwell's fourth career grand slam capped a six-run sixth inning, and Richard Hidalgo added a three-run homer for Houston.

Julio Lugo went 5-for-5, including two doubles, and Bagwell went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the first off Chris Peters (2-3). Moises Alou hit a two-run homer in the first as the Astros won their fourth straight and had season highs and runs and hits (18).

Scott Elarton (4-3) allowed nine hits and six runs in five-plus innings.

Just 6,041 were on hand to see the Expos lose their fourth straight game, and seventh of eight.

Diamondbacks 8, Mets 2

NEW YORK -- Luis Gonzalez drove in four runs, three of them with his 15th home run of the season, and unbeaten Curt Schilling won his fifth straight decision for Arizona.

Schilling (5-0) allowed eight hits over seven innings, walked one and struck out nine, pushing his career total to 1,800.

Gonzalez, the NL Player of the Month for April when he hit a record 13 home runs, hit a three-run shot in the third inning off Steve Trachsel (1-5).

In the seventh, Gonzalez' third hit of the game drove in Jay Bell. Gonzalez's four RBIs gave him a league-leading 34.

Marlins 5, Brewers 1

MIAMI -- Chuck Smith won his 2001 debut, allowing three hits in eight innings and driving in two runs for Florida.

Smith had been sidelined since March 24, when he sprained his right shoulder in a fall as he crossed home plate during a spring training game. He went 6-6 last year as a 30-year-old rookie.

Smith struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter. An .095 career hitter, he singled over a drawn-in infield to drive in the Marlins' final two runs in the sixth.

Dan Miceli pitched a perfect ninth to complete the three-hitter.

Jimmy Haynes (3-3) allowed nine hits and five runs, four earned, in six innings.



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