McGwire leaves singles scene behind

Cards slugger's last eight hits have been homers, including bomb that bests Braves

Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2001

ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire hit his 572nd career home run and Dustin Hermanson (9-8) allowed no earned runs in seven innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Tuesday night.

J.D. Drew, activated from the disabled list after missing 35 games with a broken right hand, hit a two-run triple off Mike Remlinger in a four-run seventh inning.

Rookie Albert Pujols' team-leading 78th RBI came on a single off Steve Reed (2-2) that snapped a tie in the seventh. Edgar Renteria was 4-for-4 with an RBI single in the four-run inning for St. Louis.

McGwire is one homer behind Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the career list. McGwire has 18 homers on the season and his last eight hits have been home runs.

Astros 3, Mets 2

HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio's 10th inning home run gave Houston the win and left New York on the wrong side of a game-winning homer.

Marlins 5, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Dempster (12-9) pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career complete game as Florida snapped a four-game losing streak.

Rockies 7, Phillies 6

DENVER -- Todd Helton hit his second solo home run, a one-out shot in the ninth inning, and Colorado rallied past Philadelphia.

Helton's 33rd home run, off Rheal Cormier, handed the Phillies their fourth straight loss and third in a row on a homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Diamondbacks 3, Expos 1

PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling pitched an eight-hitter for his NL-leading 15th victory as Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak.

Steve Finley hit his eighth homer for the Diamondbacks, who remained two games ahead of the Houston Astros in the NL wild card race.

Cubs 7, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Michael Tucker hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth off rookie Brian Lawrence (2-1), called up to replace the departed Sterling Hitchcock.

Giants 8, Pirates 7

SAN FRANCISCO -- Armando Rios mishandled Pedro Feliz's single to right, allowing his former teammates to score the winning run in the 11th inning.

Shawon Dunston led off the 11th with a single against Marc Wilkins (0-1). After two outs, Feliz drove a pitch to shallow right.

Reds 3, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES -- Ken Griffey Jr. scaled the wall to rob a homer and vaulted over catcher Chad Kreuter to score the go-ahead run as Cincinnati beat Los Angeles.

Griffey drew a one-out walk off Jesse Orosco (0-1) in the 11th, and Ruben Rivera greeted Matt Herges with a liner that center fielder Marquis Grissom appeared to misjudge, with the ball sailing over his head.

The relay beat Griffey home, but catcher Chad Kreuter couldn't handle the low throw, and Griffey vaulted over him to score. Jason LaRue's two-out RBI single provided the Reds with an insurance run.

Danny Graves (4-2) worked two perfect innings to give Cincinnati its fourth straight win.

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