Pujols knocks in four runs as Cards sink Pirates

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

ST. LOUIS Albert Pujols had four hits and drove in four runs and Jason Isringhausen hit a bases-loaded triple, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 13-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Tino Martinez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, Edgar Renteria added three hits and Scott Rolen hit a three-run homer for St. Louis, which got 19 hits.

Isringhausen got one out in the eighth, then got his first hit with the Cardinals to make it 13-6 in the bottom half. He gave up two runs in the ninth but finished for his eighth save in nine opportunities.

Cardinals starter Woody Williams (14-3) benefited from St. Louis' offensive outburst. He won his fourth straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits over a shaky 5 2-3 innings.

Astros 3, Cubs 1

HOUSTON Tim Redding allowed two hits in seven strong innings and Jeff Bagwell homered as Houston beat the Cubs.

Lance Berkman had an RBI double for the NL Central-leading Astros, who took a 3-1 lead on Bagwell's 22nd homer in the sixth.

Redding (7-9) did not allow a hit until Aramis Ramirez's 400-foot triple to the hill in center field with one out in the fifth. Brad Lidge and Billy Wagner completed the two-hitter, with Wagner getting four outs for his 31st save in 34 opportunities.

Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0

PHOENIX Elmer Dessens drove in a run with his first triple and pitched seven shutout innings to lead Arizona over Los Angeles.

It was Arizona's second straight narrow decision over the Dodgers, coming hours after a 2-1 victory in 15 innings Friday night.

Eddie Oropesa and Jose Valverde worked out of a jam in the eighth and Matt Mantei pitched the ninth for his 11th save, finishing the Diamondbacks' sixth shutout of the season a six-hitter.

Marlins 10, Phillies 5

MIAMI Two errors by center fielder Marlon Byrd led to a pair of unearned runs, and Josh Beckett allowed one run in six innings to help Florida beat Philadelphia for the seventh time in a row.

Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera each drove in three runs for the Marlins, who climbed six games above .500 for the first time since they finished the 1997 season 92-70. That team went on to win the World Series.

Florida is three games behind Philadelphia, the leader in the NL wild-card race. The Phillies stranded 10 runners, struck out 14 times and committed three errors, giving them 10 in the past four games.

Reds 8, Mets 3

NEW YORK Jose Acevedo struck out a career-high 10 in his first complete game, and Adam Dunn had three hits and drove in two runs as Cincinnati snapped a four-game losing streak.

Acevedo (2-0) was overpowering, allowing three runs and five hits while walking two. He threw 111 pitches 81 strikes, and struck out four straight over the fourth and fifth innings. Acevedo has won two straight since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on July 18. Acevedo

Dunn singled in the first, double to start the third and singled home two runs in the sixth for the Reds. The left fielder, who was in a 5-for-47 slump, had driven in just 10 of his 49 runs coming in without a homer.

Braves 15, Expos 4

MONTREAL Javy Lopez's bases-loaded triple keyed a five-run first inning and Andruw Jones had four hits and three RBIs as Atlanta routed Montreal.

Gary Sheffield had three hits including his 25th homer and three RBIs for Atlnta, which tied a season-high with 18 hits.

Lopez, who also singled, is 18-for-34 (.529) with 18 RBIs over the course of a nine-game hitting streak.

Making his first start in Montreal since he joined Atlanta, Shane Reynolds (8-5) got plenty of offensive support on the way to his third win in four starts.

Rockies 13, Brewers 8

DENVER Preston Wilson had two homers and three RBIs, and Jay Payton hit a clutch two-run single as Colorado outslugged Milwaukee.

The Brewers built leads of 4-1, 5-2 and 8-5 but couldn't hold off Colorado, which went ahead for the first time during a four-run sixth off Valerio De Los Santos (1-3).

Aaron Cook (4-6) earned the win with 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.

Padres 2, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO Phil Nevin hit his first home run of the season and Kevin Jarvis took a six-hitter into the eighth inning as San Diego stopped San Francisco's nine-game winning streak.

Barry Bonds, who rejoined the Giants after missing a game to be with his father Bobby Bonds, who had open-heart surgery on Friday, went 1-for-2 with two walks, one intentionally.

Jarvis (4-2) won his fourth straight start, a streak that began when he beat the Giants in San Diego on July 5. He has not allowed a home run in his past 31 innings.

Jarvis allowed eighth hits while striking out five and walking one.

Nevin, in his third game since coming off the disabled list, hit his first home run since Sept. 1 when he connected on Jerome Williams' 2-0 pitch in the second inning. Nevin was on the disabled list since spring training, when he dislocated his shoulder and had surgery.

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