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Phillies' Bell rings up Expos for cycle

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2004

PHILADELPHIA David Bell hit for the cycle and drove in a career-high six runs, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 14-6 victory over the Montreal Expos on Monday night.

Bell doubled in the second, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth and hit a controversial triple in the seventh inning to complete the feat also accomplished by his grandfather, Gus Bell, who hit for the cycle for Pittsburgh on June 4, 1951.

Bell drove a 2-2 pitch off Rocky Biddle to left-center that appeared to deflect off the outreached hands of a fan in the first row. The ball caromed toward center field and away from Montreal's Brad Wilkerson, who along with Montreal manager Frank Robinson, protested the call for several minutes. The umpires convened and allowed the three-base hit to stand.

Pirates 2, Cardinals 1

PITTSBURGH Jack Wilson turned an apparent double in the bottom of the ninth into the game-winning run and the Pirates, held hitless into the seventh by Jeff Suppan, rallied to beat the Cardinals.

Wilson hit a drive down the left-field line for his NL-leading 104th hit with one out in the ninth against reliever Julian Tavarez (2-1) and, after realizing no one was covering second, kept running on the play.

First baseman Albert Pujols moved over to cut off the throw and appeared to have time to get Wilson at third. But his throw sailed wide of the bag and out of play, sending Wilson home.

Padres 10, Diamondbacks 5

PHOENIX Brian Giles and Humberto Quintero homered to help David Wells win for the first time in almost two months.

Mark Loretta had four of San Diego's season high-tying 17 hits, and the Padres sent the Diamondbacks to their franchise-record 10th straight loss.

Braves 6, Marlins 1

ATLANTA John Thomson won for the first time in nearly a month and J.D. Drew homered to help the Braves beat the Marlins in a game delayed almost 3 1/2 hours by rain.

It started shortly before 11 p.m. EDT, and only about 5,000 fans were left to watch the Braves beat the Marlins for the fourth straight time at Turner Field. The game ended at 1:24 a.m.

The inclement weather hardly bothered Thomson (6-6), who allowed only three hits in six innings.



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