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Bagwell hits for cycle; Bonds rips Nos. 41, 42

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2001

HOUSTON -- Jeff Bagwell hit for the cycle, homering and doubling in an eight-run fifth inning as the Houston Astros outslugged St. Louis 17-11 Wednesday night in the highest-scoring game at Enron Field.

Bagwell drove in five runs while hitting for the cycle for the first time. He became the first Astros player to accomplish the feat since Andujar Cedeno on Aug. 25, 1992, against the Cardinals.

Moises Alou hit a three-run homer, extending his hitting streak to an NL-high 23 games. Brad Ausmus and Craig Biggio also homered for Houston.

Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols connected for the Cardinals. Bobby Bonilla singled for his 2,000th career hit.

Houston held a 6-1 lead before a wild fifth inning. The Cardinals scored six times in the top half, then the Astros struck back with eight runs.

Giants 10, Rockies 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 41st and 42nd home runs of the season, tying Mickey Mantle for ninth place on the career list with 536 as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies.

Russ Ortiz (11-5) pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout. He also went 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBIs.

Bonds put the Giants up 1-0 in the fourth inning with a shot off Mike Hampton (9-7) that sailed into the seats atop the right-field wall.

Soon after rounding the bases, Bonds was led, clutching his back, into the clubhouse by Giants trainer Stan Conte. Bonds returned to left field in the top of the fifth.

Bonds hit a two-run drive to left off Hampton in the fifth. He was then replaced by Armando Rios.

The Giants said Bonds had back spasms after the first home run, and was removed from the game as a precaution.

Expos 7, Phillies 6

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his second home run of the game, connecting with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Montreal Expos over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies lost their third in a row and fell out of a tie with Atlant for the NL East lead. They tied it in the ninth on pinch hitter Johnny Estrada's three-run homer off Ugueth Urbina (1-1).

Mets 4, Marlins 3

NEW YORK -- Tsuyoshi Shinjo doubled home Joe McEwing in the 11th inning as the New York Mets extended their season-best winning streak to five games with a victory over the Florida Marlins.

The Mets are 6-1 since the All-Star game. The Marlins had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Braves 3, Reds 1

CINCINNATI -- Tom Glavine made another stingy start in one of his favorite ballparks and Keith Lockhart hit a three-run homer that sent the Atlanta Braves to a rain-shortened victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The game was called in the middle of the eighth after heavy rain halted play and continued unabated for 87 minutes.

Cubs 6, Pirates 5

PITTSBURGH -- Eric Young's bloop double capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame Craig Wilson's fifth pinch-hit homer this season to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Wilson's fifth homer in 19 pinch-hit at-bats, this one against Kyle Farnsworth. But Pirates closer Mike Williams (2-4), who had blown only one previous save in 20 chances, couldn't hold the lead.

Dodgers 5, Brewers 0

LOS ANGELES -- Chan Ho Park bounced back from his poorest outing of the season to pitch a two-hitter as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee for their fifth straight victory.

Park (9-6), who retired the final 17 batters after Richie Sexson's one-out single in the fourth, walked none and struck out nine in pitching his first complete game of the season and the Dodgers' second.

Diamondbacks-Padres Suspended

SAN DIEGO -- Two explosions in the light tower at Qualcomm Stadium caused the Arizona Diamondbacks-San Diego Padres game to be suspended in the third inning.

No one was injured, and the explosions were not related to California's energy crisis, stadium manager Bill Wilson said.



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