Astros sweep Pirates

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

PITTSBURGH — Wandy Rodriguez took Ezequiel Astacio's spot on Houston's roster minutes after Astacio beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, then pitched even better than Astacio as the Astros completed a doubleheader sweep by winning 6-4 Tuesday night.

Lance Berkman, picking up much of Houston's missing offense with Jeff Bagwell on the disabled list, hit a two-run homer in the second game and had four hits in the Astros' first road doubleheader sweep since Aug. 4, 1995 — also in Pittsburgh.

Nationals 4, Rockies 0

WASHINGTON — John Patterson allowed three hits in eight innings, and fill-in shortstop Jamey Carroll delivered two hits and an RBI to lead Washington to only its fourth victory in 13 games.

Patterson (4-2), who beat Shawn Chacon (1-6), left to a standing ovation after giving up a leadoff single in the ninth. Chad Cordero finished for his major league-high 33rd save.

Cubs 7, Reds 3

CINCINNATI — Aramis Ramirez homered twice — his third straight game with a homer — and drove in five runs for streaking Chicago.

Mark Prior (7-3) gave up seven hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Phillies 5, Dodgers 4

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the Phillies over slumping Los Angeles.

The Dodgers went ahead 4-3 in the top of the 10th on Billy Wagner's bases-loaded walk to Jayson Werth.

Mets 3, Padres 1

NEW YORK — Pinch-hitter Chris Woodward hit a two-run homer with one out in the 11th inning for the Mets.

Woodward homered off Chris Hammond (5-1) after Mike Piazza. It was Woodward's first home run as a pinch-hitter and the second game-ending homer this season for New York.

Braden Looper (3-4) pitched two innings for the win.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS — Bill Hall's two-run double in the eighth inning rallied Milwaukee Brewers, once down by four runs.

Lyle Overbay homered and Brady Clark had three hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who ended St. Louis' five-game winning streak. The Cardinals led 4-0 entering the fifth.

Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his third in five games since the All-Star break, for the Cardinals. Scott Rolen and Einar Diaz each had an RBI.

Hall, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh and stayed in the game, had been 0-for-9 before his liner to the opposite field just inside the right-field line off Julian Tavarez (1-2).

Marlins 6, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX — A.J. Burnett won for the first time in four starts and Miguel Cabrera homered twice to lead Florida to only its second win in nine games.

Carlos Delgado also homered for the Marlins. Burnett (6-6) allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in six innings. Todd Jones got his 15th save.

Royce Clayton had four hits, including a triple and double, and drove in all three runs off Burnett.

Giants 5, Braves 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Deivi Cruz scored from second base on Jason Ellison's short single to left, sliding under the tag at home to win for the Giants.

Pedro Feliz hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to put San Francisco up 4-3, but Adam LaRoche tied it with a solo homer off closer Tyler Walker (3-2) in the ninth.

Cruz reached second against Dan Kolb (2-6) with one out on shortstop Rafael Furcal's throwing error. After pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba drew a two-out walk from Jay Powell, Ellison popped a single to right — and Cruz never hesitated, barely beating Kelly Johnson's throw and Johnny Estrada's tag.

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