Berkman, Astros overpower Marlins

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2004

MIAMI Lance Berkman homered for the second straight night, and Morgan Ensberg drove in three runs and Jeff Kent two to lead the Houston Astros over the slumping Florida Marlins 10-2 Wednesday.

Tim Redding (2-3) allowed two unearned runs and three hits in 6 2-3 innings, improving to 3-0 in four career starts against the Marlins.

Florida, which got a two-run inside-the-park homer from Hee Seop Choi, has lost four of five games since winning two of three at Houston.

Padres 6, Pirates 3

Padres 7, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH Jake Peavy allowed one run in six and San Diego again took advantage of Pittsburgh's deficient defense to sweep a road doubleheader for the first time in nearly 14 years.

In the opener, Phil Nevin drove in three runs and Brian Lawrence won his fourth start in a row, a victory aided by three Pirates errors. It ended Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak.

The Padres hadn't swept a road doubleheader since Aug. 7, 1990. They hadn't swept any twinbill since beating the Mets twice in San Diego on May 14, 1998.

The Padres took a 4-0 lead in the first against former Oliver Perez (3-2), then cruised as Peavy (4-2) held Pittsburgh to a run on five hits while striking nine. Pittsburgh made two more errors in the nightcap, and none of the runs off Perez were earned.

Cardinals 1, Mets 0

NEW YORK Scott Rolen hit an RBI double in the eighth inning for St. Louis.

Jeff Suppan, Cal Eldred and Steve Kline combined on a four-hitter. Eldred (1-0) pitched two hitless innings and Kline worked a perfect ninth for his first save.

Phillies 9, Dodgers 4

PHILADELPHIA Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd had three RBIs to help surging Philadelphia hand Los Angeles its sixth straight loss.

Eric Milton (5-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Phillies, who have won nine of 12.

Hideo Nomo (3-5) left in the second inning after he split the nail on his right index finger. Brian Falkenborg relieved and allowed eight runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Cubs 4, Giants 3, 10 innings

CHICAGO Moises Alou crossed up his father's strategy and homered in the bottom of the 10th inning.

With one out, Giants manager Felipe Alou pulled lefty Jason Christiansen and brought in righty Jim Brower (1-3) to face his son. But Moises hit a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

In the top of the 10th, Joe Borowski (2-1) retired Edgardo Alfonzo on a popup and Pedro Feliz on a grounder with runners on first and second.

Diamondbacks 6, Braves 4, 11 innings

ATLANTA Luis Gonzalez hit his second homer of the game and Steve Finley followed with another solo shot in the 11th inning for Arizona.

Arizona bounced back in the 11th off Armando Almanza (0-1) after squandering a 4-0 lead in the eighth. Brian Bruney (2-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings.

The Braves, who had gone 18 innings without a run including nine in Randy Johnson's perfect game Tuesday night scored four times in the eighth.

Reds 4, Rockies 3, 10 innings

CINCINNATI Danny Graves blew a chance for a record-setting save, but D'Angelo Jimenez singled with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to rally the Reds to their fourth victory in five games.

John Riedling (2-0) pitched a perfect 10th.

Jose Acevedo struck out a career-high 11 in seven shutout innings, but the Rockies rallied to tie it with their third second of back-to-back homers in the series. Vinny Castilla hit a two-out, two-run shot in the eighth off Todd Jones.

Brewers 6, Expos 3

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Bill Hall hit a go-ahead, three-run triple through the steady rain to help Milwaukee snap Montreal's four-game winning streak.

Victor Santos (2-0) threw five innings and allowed two runs for the win. Dan Kolb pitched the final inning for his ninth save in nine tries.



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