Cubs walk off with win over Cardinals

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

CHICAGO Alex Gonzalez hit his third extra-inning home run of the season, a solo shot with one out in the 10th that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

The Cubs won without star Sammy Sosa, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day after having the toenail removed from his right big toe.

Gonzalez has four homers this season, and three of them have come in the 10th inning. He also did it May 1 at San Francisco and on May 4 against Colorado at Wrigley Field.

This winning homer came off Cal Eldred (2-1). Mike Remlinger (1-0) pitched the top of the 10th to get his first victory with the Cubs.

The Cardinals tied it in the ninth as Cubs reliever Joe Borowski blew his first save in seven chances. Edgar Renteria walked with one out, stole second and scored on pinch-hitter J.D. Drew's single.

Mets 4, Padres 2, 10 innings

NEW YORK Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the New York Mets over the San Diego Padres.

Jay Bell led off the 10th with a line single and Piazza followed with a towering drive into the left-field bleachers on a 1-0 pitch from Jaret Wright (1-5).

Piazza's homer was his fourth of the season. Wright lowered his head and pulled his cap over his eyes as the ball sailed out of the park.

Expos 6, Dodgers 5

MONTREAL Vladimir Guerrero was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Montreal Expos rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fred McGriff hit his 483rd career home run for the Dodgers, who had won three in a row.

Braves 6, Giants 3

ATLANTA Javy Lopez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and Atlanta rallied to snap San Francisco's six-game winning streak.

Chipper Jones hit a game-tying homer earlier in the seventh and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta to its 20th win in 24 games.

After Vinny Castilla singled off Joe Nathan (4-1), Lopez hit the next pitch 413 feet over the center field wall to make it 4-2.

Phillies 2, Astros 0

PHILADELPHIA Randy Wolf pitched a five-hitter and Bobby Abreu and Mike Lieberthal drove in first-inning runs for Philadelphia.

Wolf (5-2) struck out six and walked one to notch his fifth career shutout and first this season.

The Phillies won their third straight game. Houston has dropped two in a row since winning a season-high seven straight.

Rockies 5, Marlins 4

MIAMI Preston Wilson homered against his former team for the second straight night and drove in four runs as Colorado snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jason Jennings (3-3) pitched seven strong innings, giving the Rockies their first win by a starter this month. The staff was 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in eight starts in May.

Wilson's three-run blast into the upper deck in left highlighted a four-run third inning against Michael Tejera (0-1).

Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4

PITTSBURGH Brian Giles hit his first two homers this season and Kris Benson (4-4) pitched eight innings as Pittsburgh ended a seven-game losing streak.

Giles, who returned Wednesday after sitting out nearly a month with a sprained knee, hit a two-run shot in the first and a solo drive in the third, both off Elmer Dessens (3-3).

Brewers 9, Reds 3

CINCINNATI Richie Sexson homered and Milwaukee took advantage of 13 walks to snap Cincinnati's five-game winning streak.

Sexson, Alex Sanchez and Geoff Jenkins each had two of Milwaukee's 10 hits to help Ben Sheets win for the third time in four decisions.

Sheets (4-3) allowed two runs and 10 hits in six innings, but walked only one. Reggie Taylor had four hits for the Reds.



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