Cards top Braves for third straight win

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris pitched eight solid innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

So Taguchi and Jim Edmonds homered, and Edgar Renteria had two hits and two RBIs in support of Morris (4-3), who beat Mike Hampton (0-4). Morris allowed two runs on six hits in beating the Braves for the first time in six career decisions. Jason Isringhausen worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Brewers 4, Expos 3

MILWAUKEE -- Lyle Overbay extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games with a two-run double that helped Milwaukee beat Montreal.

Overbay's big hit came during a four-run sixth inning that erased a 3-0 deficit.

Wes Obermueller (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. Dan Kolb got his seventh save in as many chances. Zach Day (2-4) took the loss.

Marlins 5, Astros 2

HOUSTON -- Dontrelle Willis pitched a six-hitter and Mike Lowell homered twice to lead Florida over Houston.

Willis (4-1) got the third complete game of his career, beating Wade Miller (4-3), who left in the sixth inning because of tightness in his neck.

Mets 1, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX -- Kazuo Matsui's home run to start the game gave Tom Glavine and New York the victory over Randy Johnson and Arizona.

Both Glavine and Johnson allowed three hits. Glavine (5-2), who has not thrown a complete game in two years, struck out three and walked two in 7 2-3 innings. Bradon Looper pitched 1 1-3 innings for his fifth save in six chances.

Padres 2, Reds 1

SAN DIEGO -- Brian Giles hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Brian Lawrence pitched six strong innings for San Diego.

Lawrence (5-2) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Cincinnati's Cory Lidle (2-3) pitched efficiently once he got out of the first, but by then he was down 2-0 after allowing Mark Loretta's one-out double followed on the next pitch by Giles' homer.

Giants 4, Phillies 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Schmidt homered and allowed six hits over eight innings, leading San Francisco over Philadelphia.

Pedro Feliz homered twice and Jeffrey Hammonds also connected for the Giants, who stopped the Phillies' season-high four-game winning streak. Barry Bonds failed to reach base for the first time in 31 games, going 0-for-4.

Schmidt (3-2) fanned five and walked three. Matt Herges got his 11th save.

Randy Wolf (2-3) got support on homers by David Bell and Bobby Abreu.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0

LOS ANGELES -- Wilson Alvarez held Chicago scoreless into the eighth inning, Alex Cora hit a two-run homer and Los Angeles won its sixth in a row.

Alvarez (2-0) allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings and struck out eight.

Cora's made it 4-0 in the seventh with an 18-pitch at-bat. He fouled off 14 consecutive pitches by Matt Clement before driving the ball into the bullpen in right field. Clement (5-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

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