Lee homers again as Cubs put down Cardinals

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

ST. LOUIS — Derrek Lee hit his major league-leading 32nd homer, and Jeromy Burnitz and Aramis Ramirez also connected for the Chicago Cubs in a 6-5 victory Saturday over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ramirez had three hits to help the Cubs end a three-game losing streak in 93-degree heat by beating an injury-ravaged lineup minus four opening day starters. Albert Pujols was scratched with a mild left shoulder strain, although he drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh ahead of Mark Grudzielanek's RBI single that cut the deficit to 6-5, and then stayed in the game.

With runners at first and second in the ninth, Pujols' liner to shortstop turned into a game-ending double play when Abraham Nunez was caught off second base.

Mets 7, Dodgers 5

NEW YORK — Jose Reyes had four hits, including his major league-leading 10th triple, to lead Pedro Martinez and New York to a comeback victory over Los Angeles.

Reyes scored three runs and stole two bases, and his triple in the seventh inning tied the score before Carlos Beltran singled him home with the go-ahead run. Reyes added an RBI single in the eighth.

Phillies 2, Padres 0

PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley homered for the second straight game, and rookie Robinson Tejeda allowed only two singles in six innings to help Philadelphia defeat San Diego.

The NL West-leading Padres lost their sixth straight — and had a busy day off the field. San Diego acquired third baseman Joe Randa from Cincinnati for two minor league pitchers and optioned struggling third baseman Sean Burroughs to Triple-A Portland.

Nationals 4, Astros 2

WASHINGTON — Tony Armas allowed only one hit in seven innings, and slumping Washington capitalized on Willy Taveras' misplay of Carlos Baerga's bases-loaded fly to center in the first inning to beat Houston.

Taveras came in on the ball, then retreated as it sailed over his head. The three-run double gave the Nationals all the runs they needed to break a three-game skid and win for just the fifth time in 17 games.

Pirates 5, Rockies 3

PITTSBURGH — Dave Williams limited Colorado to one hit over six innings, and rookies Ryan Doumit and Brad Eldred drove in all but one of Pittsburgh's runs.

Williams (8-7) was only 2-5 with a 6.91 ERA in PNC Park before sending the Rockies to their seventh loss in 10 games. He permitted only Desi Relaford's double in the fifth. Relaford scored on Danny Ardoin's grounder.

Brewers 11, Reds 7

CINCINNATI — Lyle Overbay hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs as Milwaukee roughed up Brandon Claussen and beat Cincinnati.

Carlos Lee also homered and drove in three runs to take over the NL lead with 82 RBIs, one more than Chicago's Derrek Lee.

Overbay had his second career multihomer game — both this season against the Reds. He is 7-for-11 (.636) with four home runs in his career against Claussen (4-8).

Victor Santos (3-10) struggled through five innings to earn his first win since May 24.

Braves 3, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX — Andruw Jones led off the ninth inning with his 30th home run to give Atlanta a victory over Arizona.

Jones' shot to left on an 0-2 pitch from Jose Valverde (1-4) kept the Braves tied with Washington atop the NL East. Chris Reitsma (2-2) pitched the final 1 2-3 innings without allowing a run to get the victory.

Arizona starter Brad Halsey held the Braves without a hit through 5 2-3 innings and nursed a 1-0 lead into the seventh, when Julio Franco and Jeff Francoeur each doubled in a run to put Atlanta up 2-1.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the eighth. Quinton McCracken, who had an RBI single in the sixth, drew a one-out walk from reliever Dan Kolb, then scored when pinch-hitter Tony Clark doubled.

Marlins 16, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Delgado and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers in a five-run fifth inning, and Josh Beckett won in his return from the disabled list.

Mike Lowell had three RBIs and Juan Encarnacion got three hits in Florida's highest offensive output of the year. The Marlins had 20 hits and reached double digits in runs for the second time this month.

Beckett (9-6) pitched six strong innings to match his career high for wins, which he also accomplished the past two seasons.

Cabrera and Encarnacion each hit an RBI double off Brad Hennessey (3-3) in the first.

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