Cardinals club Cubs

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003

ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen drove in four runs and Albert Pujols snapped a seventh-inning tie with a run-scoring infield hit as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Sunday.

The Cardinals have won only four of their last 12. But they maintained their mastery over the Cubs, who are 4-22 at Busch Stadium the last four seasons and haven't won consecutive games there since June 20-21, 2001.

Chicago has won seven of 10, but has dropped two of the first three games in the four-game series.

Dustin Hermanson (1-1) worked out of a seventh-inning jam, allowing one run after entering the game with the bases loaded and nobody out. Cal Eldred got two outs for his third career save all in the last four days.

Rockies 4, Expos 0

DENVER Shawn Chacon pitched six scoreless innings, Jay Payton homered and Colorado the Montreal in the 22nd shutout ever at Coors Field.

Chacon (5-2), winless in his previous three outings, allowed four hits to outduel Tomo Ohka (3-5).

It was the Rockies' second shutout this season and 13th overall at Coors Field, which opened in 1995. Chacon was part of the other one this year as well, pitching seven scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over San Diego on April 20.

Mets 5, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO Tom Glavine took a shutout into the ninth inning and Jason Phillips homered a day after being recalled from the minors to replace the injured Mike Piazza to lead New York.

Glavine (5-3) followed up on a strong eight-inning performance by Steve Trachsel on Saturday as the Mets beat the Giants for the second straight day after losing their first 12 regular season games at Pacific Bell Park.

Glavine allowed six hits, including a leadoff homer to Marquis Grissom in the ninth inning. He was replaced by Armando Benitez after Benito Santiago's one-out single in the ninth.

Dodgers 2, Marlins 1

LOS ANGELES Hideo Nomo pitched seven strong innings and Alex Cora drove in two runs as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Florida.

Nomo (5-4) allowed one run and five hits to win for the fourth time in his last five decisions. The right-hander has won his last two starts against the Marlins after going 0-8 in his first nine starts against them.

Eric Gagne struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save of the season, and his 23rd in a row. He saved all three games in the series.

Diamondbacks 8, Pirates 6

PHOENIX Rookie Brandon Webb shut down Pittsburgh for 7 2-3 innings and Arizona salvaged the final game of their three-game series.

The 24-year-old right-hander, who relies mostly on a nasty sinker, scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked three.

Webb (2-1) allowed three runs. Two of them came on pinch-hitter Reggie Sanders' three-run homer off the first pitch from Eddie Oropesa, who relieved Webb with two outs in the eighth and Arizona leading 7-1.

Reds 6, Brewers 3, 10 innings

MILWAUKEE Aaron Boone hit his second homer of the game, connecting in the 10th inning to help Cincinnati beat Milwaukee.

Boone has homered three times in two days. The Reds stopped a three-game losing streak.

Austin Kearns hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th to put Cincinnati ahead. Boone followed with his 13th homer, a two-run shot to left field off Mike DeJean (1-3).

Braves 6, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO Vinny Castilla homered for the third time in two games and Russ Ortiz won his fifth straight decision to lead Atlanta to the four-game sweep.

The Braves won for the 27th time in their last 32 games to improve to 31-13, the best record in the majors.

Marcus Giles, who was born and raised in San Diego County, drove in Atlanta's first three runs and Chipper Jones hit a solo homer.

The Braves outscored the Padres 39-15 in their first four-game sweep of San Diego since April 4-7, 1994, also in San Diego.

Phillies 3, Astros 1

HOUSTON Kevin Millwood threw a six-hitter for his second complete game of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros.

Millwood (6-1) struck out four and walked one. He is 4-0 in his last six starts, including his first career no-hitter on April 27 against San Francisco. He's pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts and has an ERA of 1.64 in those games.

Pat Burrell had an RBI triple, Jimmy Rollins had an RBI single and David Bell walked with the bases loaded for Philadelphia, which won the season series 4-2. It was the Phillies' first series victory against Houston since 1997.

Philadelphia got all the runs it would need when it scored two runs in the first inning off Houston starter Tim Redding (3-3).



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