McGwire homers as St. Louis stops Brewers

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2001

ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire homered in his first game for St. Louis since April 15, leading the Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Monday.

McGwire, activated before the game, connected off Paul Rigdon (3-2) leading off the sixth inning, his 556th career homer and second this season. It put St. Louis ahead 2-0.

Phillies 5, Mets 3

NEW YORK -- Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning off Armando Benitez, leading Philadelphia over New York.

Mike Piazza had tied the score with a one-out homer in the ninth off Jose Mesa (1-0), but Burrell came back with his third homer in three career at-bats against Benitez (3-2).

Cubs 9, Reds 6

CINCINNATI -- Closer Tom Gordon blew a lead with two outs in the ninth, but Ricky Gutierrez homered in the 13th inning as Chicago won its eighth straight game.

The Cubs extended their longest winning streak in three years by pulling out a game that featured six first basemen -- an NL record -- and 40 players in all.

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Grace hit a solo home run to lead off the 12th inning as Arizona won its fourth straight win.

Grace's home run off Tim Worrell (1-1) sailed over the right-field wall and into McCovey Cove. It was his eighth homer of the season and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Miguel Batista (2-3), the seventh Arizona pitcher, pitched two innings for the win.

Dodgers 11, Rockies 10

LOS ANGELES -- Paul Lo Duca went 6-for-6 and scored the winning run on Shawn Green's 11th-inning single off Ron Villone (0-2) to lead Los Angeles past Colorado.

Lo Duca tied the NL record for hits in an extra-inning game and was one shy of the league record for any game, set by Wilbert Robertson in 1892 and matched by Rennie Stennett in 1975.

Lo Duca singled in the first, third, fifth, eighth and 11th innings and hit a three-run homer in the sixth. His single in the eighth off Juan Acevedo tied it 10-all.

Pirates 8, Marlins 5

PITTSBURGH -- Pat Meares hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in a seven-run eighth inning Monday night, and Pittsburgh beat Florida 8-5 in the Marlins' first game under interim manager Tony Perez.

The loss went to reliever Dan Miceli (0-5), whose harsh criticism of John Boles and his coaches staff hastened Florida's decision to fire the manager.

Pittsburgh trailed 5-1 in the eighth against Chuck Smith, who allowed six hits in seven innings, including John Vander Wal's solo homer.

Jose Silva (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mike Williams worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Braves 5, Expos 3

ATLANTA -- John Smoltz pitched 6 2-3 strong innings for his first win since 1999 as Atlanta beat Montreal in a rain-shortened game.

Smoltz (1-2) missed the entire 2000 season and first 6 1/2 weeks of this season after having ligament transplant surgery on his right elbow in March 2000.

Smoltz, whose fastball was clocked as high as 95 mph, allowed two runs and eight hits in his third start of the season.

Quilvio Veras drove in two runs with an RBI single and sacrifice fly, Andruw Jones and Brian Jordan added run-scoring singles for the Braves and Rafael Furcal homered leading off the eighth. One out later, the game was delayed for a second time because of rain and was called after 34 minutes.

Masato Yoshii (1-2) gave up three runs in six innings.

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