Pujols belts five homers

Cubs wilt under barrage

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

CHICAGO Albert Pujols hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning, a tiebreaking shot that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-8 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs on a testy Tuesday.

Pujols went 5-for-5 with a double and five RBIs, helping St. Louis rally from a six-run deficit in the final meeting of the season between the heated rivals. The Cardinals left Wrigley Field with a 10-game lead over the third-place Cubs in the NL Central.

Reds 6, Brewers 2

CINCINNATI Brandon Claussen pitched seven impressive innings in his long-awaited NL debut, and Jason Romano's first homer sent Cincinnati over Milwaukee.

Phillies 4, Braves 3

ATLANTA Bobby Abreu's RBI single in the 10th inning capped Philadelphia's 30th come-from-behind win of the season, pulling the Phillies back into a first-place tie in the NL East on Tuesday night.

Pirates 2, Expos 1

PITTSBURGH Rookie Sean Burnett limited Montreal to one run in seven innings to beat the Expos for the second straight time and Rob Mackowiak hit a two-run homer.

Marlins 9, Mets 7

NEW YORK Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and Florida won despite blowing an early six-run lead.

Dodgers 7, Astros 5

HOUSTON Adrian Beltre hit his 25th homer and drove in three runs, leading Los Angeles to its eighth straight win.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX Jerome Williams outpitched Randy Johnson, allowing four hits over seven-plus innings.

Padres 9, Rockies 7

DENVER Ryan Klesko homered and drove in three runs, Khalil Greene had a homer and two RBIs, and Adam Eaton finally beat Jason Jennings.

San Diego had 16 hits, winning for the fifth time in six games, a night after pounding out a season-high 18 in a 13-6 win over the Rockies.

Jeromy Burnitz hit his third homer in two games, Aaron Miles had two RBIs and Colorado had 14 hits, but the Rockies couldn't overcome a big early deficit for the second straight night.

Eaton (5-8) was in danger of becoming the first pitcher since 1976 to lose to an opponent four times in a season, but got the better of Jennings (8-8) this time.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.

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