Cubs scale down Diamondbacks

Posted: Friday, May 07, 2004

CHICAGO Derrek Lee went 5-for-5 and drove in five runs and Matt Clement became the team's first five-game winner, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-3 Thursday.

Lee homered in setting a career high for hits. His three-run shot keyed a five-run fifth inning for the Cubs.

Clement (5-1) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings in his fifth straight win.

Trailing 3-1 headed into the fifth, the Cubs got three straight singles to drive out Elmer Dessens (1-4) and make it a one-run game. Aramis Ramirez greeted Oscar Villarreal with another RBI single to tie it and one out later, Lee homered to left to make it 6-3.

Astros 5, Pirates 2

HOUSTON Wade Miller shut out Pittsburgh for 7 1-3 innings and Houston completed a three-game sweep.


Chicago Cubs' second baseman Todd Walker throws out Pittsburgh Pirates' Abraham Nunez during the seventh inning, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Chicago. Walker passed up starting jobs elsewhere to sign with the Cubs, talking a probable place on the bench so he'd have a chance to win. But with Mark Grudzielanek out with an injury and a month into the season, he's been playing everyday: and playing well.

AP Photo/Brian Kersey

Miller (4-2) gave up six hits in his longest outing of the season. He walked none, struck out seven and retired 15 of his first 16 batters, fanning the side in the fifth.

The Astros blanked Pittsburgh until Chris Stynes hit an RBI double in the ninth off Brandon Backe.

Kris Benson (3-2) gave up five runs on eight hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings for the Pirates, who have won only one of their last 14 games at Minute Maid Park.

Jeff Bagwell got Houston's four-run fourth inning started with a double and later scored on a single by Jason Lane. He added an RBI single in the sixth.

Padres 7, Braves 3

ATLANTA Khalil Greene and Jay Payton homered, Brian Lawrence pitched seven innings and San Diego won for the ninth time in 12 games.

The Padres scored three quick runs off Mike Hampton (0-3), who gave up six earned runs overall in 6 1-3 innings.

Lawrence (4-2) allowed only five hits, including a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Julio Franco in the seventh.

Atlanta, playing without four starters, turned an around-the-horn triple play on a grounder by pinch-hitter Kerry Robinson in the eighth.

Cardinals 7, Phillies 4

PHILADELPHIA Hector Luna's three-run homer capped a five-run first inning and Jeff Suppan survived six shaky innings for St. Louis.

The Cardinals quickly ended Randy Wolf's 21-inning scoreless streak and improved to 9-3 on the road. It's their best road start since they were 10-2 in 1946.

Suppan (3-3) allowed six hits and four runs. Jason Isringhausen got four outs for his fourth save.

The Cardinals scored four unearned runs in the first off Wolf (2-2).

Expos 3, Rockies 1

MONTREAL Livan Hernandez escaped a ninth-inning jam and pitched a five-hitter for the Expos' first complete game of the season.

Hernandez gave up a two-out single to Todd Helton and a double to Vinny Castilla, but struck out Jeromy Burnitz to end the game.

Dodgers 9, Marlins 4

MIAMI Shawn Green hit two of four Los Angeles homers and drove in four runs in support of Kazuhisa Ishii.

Juan Encarnacion homered and knocked in three runs for Los Angeles, and Milton Bradley added a solo shot. Ishii (5-1) walked five in 6 2-3 innings but gave up just four hits and two runs.

Reds 9, Brewers 6

CINCINNATI Dropped below the cleanup spot for the first time in 14 years, the Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. homered and drove in a season-high five runs.

Griffey batted fifth, his lowest slot in the lineup since 1990 for Seattle. But he hit a two-run homer, and added a two-run single when Cincinnati capitalized on three errors during a five-run rally in the seventh inning.

Mets 2, Giants 1

NEW YORK The Mets' Mike Piazza hit another big home run to make sure Barry Bonds' return to the lineup didn't stop San Francisco's skid.

Piazza homered off Jim Brower (0-2) with two outs in the 11th inning, giving New York a three-game sweep of the Giants. David Weathers (3-1) won in relief.

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