Cardinals get eighth straight

Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2004

ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds homered for the fourth straight game and Jeff Suppan worked six strong innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory.

Ray Lankford, Hector Luna and So Taguchi drove in a run apiece for the NL Central leaders, who are 8-0 on the homestand with one game to go before the All-Star break and have won 10 straight at home overall. The Cardinals are 31-8 against the Cubs at Busch Stadium since 2000 and have an NL-best 54 victories.

Suppan (8-5) allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Jason Isringhausen got five outs for his 21st save.

Matt Clement (7-8) gave up three runs in the first, and is 0-4 in his last six starts. Sammy Sosa was 2-for-4 with a homer and double, but fouled out against with a runner on in the eighth for the Cubs, who have lost five straight.

Braves 4, Phillies 0

PHILADELPHIA Mike Hampton pitched eight shutout innings and rookie Charles Thomas homered twice, leading Atlanta.

Hampton (4-8) allowed five hits and struck out five, and walked two. It was his longest outing since throwing a complete game in a loss to Arizona on May 18. Hampton beat Philadelphia for the first time since Sept. 23, 2000, when he was a member of the New York Mets.

Phillies starter Paul Abbott (0-3) went six innings, allowing five hits and just two runs on solo homers by Thomas and Rafael Furcal.

Rockies 6, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO Aaron Cook took a shutout into the seventh inning and Jeromy Burnitz and Todd Greene each hit solo homers, helping the Rockies to their third straight victory.

Cook (4-3) allowed one run on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks, and pitched out of trouble all day leaving 10 baserunners stranded in six-plus innings.

Brian Lawrence (10-6) lasted only four innings for the Padres, who have lost four in a row. He gave up three runs on six hits.

Dodgers 3, Astros 1

LOS ANGELES Wilson Alvarez outpitched Roger Clemens, and Paul Lo Duca hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers.

Alvarez (3-3), making his second spot start since Hideo Nomo went on the disabled list, allowed a run and three hits in six-plus innings.

Eric Gagne pitched two perfect innings including striking out Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Jeff Kent in the ninth for his 23rd save this season, and 86th in his last 87 attempts. He also broke Jeff Shaw's club record for saves with his 130th.

Clemens (10-3) allowed three runs and four hits over seven innings and struck out eight in his first game at Dodger Stadium.

Marlins 5, Mets 2

MIAMI Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer and Ben Howard pitched out of a seventh-inning jam to help the Marlins beat the Mets.

Florida won for only the third time in 10 games, beating Tom Glavine (7-7). He allowed four runs in six innings, and his career record at Pro Player Stadium fell to 6-12 with an ERA of 4.40.

Brad Penny (8-7) shut out New York for six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh. Howard retired Cliff Floyd and Richard Hidalgo with the bases loaded to end the threat and preserve a 4-2 lead.

Armando Benitez got the final six outs, four by strikeout, for his 29th save in 31 chances.

Brewers 5, Reds 0

MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets threw eight shutout innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-0 victory Saturday night over the Cincinnati Reds, who lost Ken Griffey Jr. to a strained right hamstring.

Griffey was injured while trying to run down Brady Clark's triple in the fourth inning. The Reds said the All-Star outfielder will return to Cincinnati to have an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury.

As Griffey neared the warning track in a full sprint, the ball bounced off his glove. He appeared to hurt his leg as he landed on it, but tracked down the ball and walked off the field immediately after the play with no apparent limp.

Sheets (9-5) allowed five hits all singles and struck out eight and walked one to win his third consecutive start. He lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.26. Luis Vizcaino pitched a perfect ninth to complete the shutout, Milwaukee's sixth.

Cory Lidle (6-7) took the loss.

Expos 4, Pirates 0

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Rocky Biddle pitched five scoreless innings to win his first start in almost two years, and Jamey Carroll drove in two runs for the Expos.

Biddle (1-4), making his first start since September 25, 2002, with the Chicago White Sox, gave up two hits, one walk, struck out three and did not allow a runner past first base.

Montreal's primary closer with 11 saves in 14 opportunities, took Zach Day's spot in the rotation because he was the only reliever available to start. Day is out since July 6 with right shoulder tendinitis.

Claudio Vargas, Joe Horgan and Luis Ayala combined to complete the four-hitter, Montreal's seventh shutout of the season.

Kip Wells (4-6) pitched 6 2-3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds was intentionally walked three times to set the single-season record, and Brett Tomko took a shutout into the eighth inning to lead the Giants over Arizona.

The three intentional walks gave Bonds 71 before the All-Star break, topping his own record established in 2002 when he was walked 68 times over the entire season.

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