Walker sac fly wins it for Cards

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2005

NEW YORK — Larry Walker pinch-hit in the eighth inning and had a go-ahead sacrifice fly against Roberto Hernandez, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-6 victory Saturday over the New York Mets.

Kaz Matsui chased Mark Mulder with a tying three-run triple in a four-run sixth inning, but the Mets failed to hold a 6-5 lead in the eighth.

Abraham Nunez walked against Hernandez (2-1) leading off the inning, Albert Pujols blooped a single to left and Jim Edmonds doubled home the tying run.

John Mabry grounded out with the infield in and Mark Grudzielanek, who tied a career high with four RBIs, loaded the bases with a walk. Walker batted for So Taguchi and lofted a fly to left that drove in Pujols.

Astros 4, Giants 1

HOUSTON — Roger Clemens struck out a season-high 10 in his 331st career win, pitching Houston past San Francisco.

Lance Berkman hit his first home run of the season after a two-run shot by Craig Biggio in the sixth inning, helping Houston end a four-game losing streak with its second victory in 12 games.

Clemens (3-1) gave up one run and five hits in eight innings, his longest outing of the season. He walked none and has allowed just seven runs in eight starts this season for a 1.11 ERA.

Brad Lidge got three straight outs for his seventh save.

Reds 12, Phillies 4

PHILADELPHIA — Ken Griffey Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run homer, and Adam Dunn added a solo shot in a six-run seventh inning for Cincinnati.

Griffey also doubled and drove in four runs for the Reds, who had season highs in runs and hits (17). Felipe Lopez, Austin Kearns and Ryan Freel all had three hits, and Cincinnati finished with a season-high eight extra-base hits.

Aaron Harang (2-2) pitched eight innings for his first win since April 7.

Pirates 2, Brewers 0

PITTSBURGH — Mark Redman pitched his first career shutout to finally win after a long run of excellent but unsuccessful starts, and Jose Castillo's two-run double carried Pittsburgh past Milwaukee.

The Pirates, who won for the eighth time in 11 games, left the bases loaded in each of the first three innings before Castillo chased Brewers starter Victor Santos (1-3) with his double in the fifth.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 4

DENVER — Brandon Webb pitched eight innings to remain unbeaten, and Chris Snyder had three RBIs to help Arizona beat Colorado.

Webb (5-0) had his sinkerball working, getting 13 groundball outs and seven strikeouts to become the NL's fifth five-game winner.

Padres 2, Marlins 1

SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy (3-0) held the Marlins to one run and five hits in seven innings.

The Padres won for the 12th time in 15 games, overcoming a combined three-hitter by Al Leiter and John Riedling. Trevor Hoffman threw four pitches in a perfect ninth for his 404th career save, and his 11th in 13 chances this year.

Padres pitchers retired the last 12 batters in a row.

Nationals 4, Cubs 3

WASHINGTON — Livan Hernandez won his fifth consecutive start, Vinny Castilla had a two-run single, and the Nationals defeated the Cubs.

Hernandez (6-2) pitched 6 1-3 innings before leaving with an injured right knee. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked none and struck out six — all after enduring a lengthy rain delay at the start of the game.

Braves 5, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES — Eric Gagne gave up homers to Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, his first two batters since coming off the disabled list, and the Braves beat the Dodgers.

Andruw Jones homered twice and drove in three runs, Raul Mondesi also homered and Adam Bernero (3-0) allowed a run and four hits in three innings for the victory after Braves starter Mike Hampton left the game with tightness in his left forearm.

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