With less on line, Cardinals top Red Sox

Posted: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

ST. LOUIS — If only the St. Louis Cardinals played this way last October.

Matt Morris (7-0) pitched his first complete game of the season and contributed a squeeze bunt to help St. Louis beat Boston 7-1 Monday night in a World Series rematch. The Red Sox swept the Cardinals last fall for their first championship since 1918.

David Eckstein had three RBIs, eighth-place hitter Yadier Molina had two and the Cardinals chased Tim Wakefield (4-6) in the sixth inning.

Brewers 4, Yankees 3

MILWAUKEE — Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees were no better in Milwaukee.

Geoff Jenkins ran down Derek Jeter's drive in the right-field corner for the final out, preserving the Brewers' victory and ruining New York's first trip to Milwaukee since 1997.

Junior Spivey hit a go-ahead homer, Jeff Cirillo also connected and Derrick Turnbow escaped a ninth-inning jam to send the slumping Yankees to their eighth loss in nine games.

Orioles 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Rafael Palmeiro's tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth helped Baltimore come back after wasting a three-run lead, and Miguel Tejada and B.J. Surhoff homered in a victory over Pittsburgh.

After the Pirates tied it at 3 on Matt Lawton's homer in the seventh, the Orioles rallied in the eighth against Salomon Torres (2-2) and Mike Gonzalez with help from catcher Humberto Cota's errant throw.

Angels 4, Braves 2

ATLANTA — Darin Erstad barreled over catcher Johnny Estrada to score on Garret Anderson's go-ahead double, and Los Angeles beat Atlanta in the first meeting between the teams.

John Smoltz (4-5) retired his first 14 batters and carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but the Angels put runners at the corners with one out.

Blue Jays 4, Cubs 1

CHICAGO — Gustavo Chacin pitched seven shutout innings, Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer and Toronto won in its first trip to Wrigley Field.

Chacin (6-4) won a matchup of rookie left-handers, outpitching John Koronka (1-1). Chacin allowed five hits, struck out six and was backed by two double plays.

White Sox 9, Rockies 3

DENVER — Freddy Garcia retired 22 straight batters after a rough start to help Chicago rout Colorado.

Garcia (6-3) gave up a three-run homer to Brad Hawpe in the first inning, then didn't allow another baserunner. The right-hander walked none and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in eight innings.

Shingo Takatsu completed the two-hitter — only the eighth time two or fewer hits have been allowed at Coors Field.

Dodgers 5, Tigers 3

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Kent finally made an out after he had seven straight hits, then bounced back to hit a three-run homer and drive in four runs.

Kent went 4-for-4 Sunday against Milwaukee and had hits in his final three at-bats Saturday, but the Tigers' Jeremy Bonderman (6-4) struck him out his first time up.

Kent drove in Los Angeles' second run with an infield single in the fourth inning, and brought the Dodgers from behind with his homer off Bonderman in the sixth.

National League

Diamondbacks 10, Phillies 8

PHILADELPHIA — Shawn Green put an emphatic end to Philadelphia's six-game winning streak, driving in four runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 10-8 victory over the Phillies on Monday.

Philadelphia was playing its best baseball of the season, getting quality starts, clutch hitting and even a few timely breaks during its longest winning streak of the season. It all disappeared in the finale of the four-game series as the Phillies played more like the team that was six games under .500 nearly four weeks ago.

But Philadelphia nearly pulled this one out, too. The Phillies scored four runs off Brian Bruney in the ninth, and had runners on the corners with two outs. Javier Lopez came on to strike out pinch-hitter Todd Pratt and record his second save of the season.

The Diamondbacks scored five times in the first inning off Cory Lidle (5-4) and snapped a five-game losing streak — improving to 15-15 on the road.

Brandon Webb (7-2) had plenty of run support and snapped his two-game losing streak. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third, striking out Pat Burrell looking.



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