Florida pitcher tosses seven sharp innings against Cardinals

Penny gives Marlins good luck

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

ST. LOUIS Brad Penny allowed four hits in seven sharp innings as the Florida Marlins beat Woody Williams and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Tuesday night.

Juan Encarnacion was 3-for-4, and Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez each drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won eight of 10. Florida is 12-5 since the All-Star break to climb into the thick of the NL wild-card race.

Brewers 4, Braves 3

MILWAUKEE Richie Sexson homered twice and Milwaukee defeated Atlanta for just the fifth time in 20 games at home since joining the National League in 1998.

With Milwaukee down 3-2 in the seventh and a runner on first, Sexson hit a 430-foot shot off Darren Holmes (1-2) that hit the scoreboard in center field.

Sexson reached 30 homers for the third time in his career with a 425-foot solo shot off starter Horacio Ramirez in the fifth that gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

Mets 10, Astros 1

HOUSTON Vance Wilson's three-run homer keyed a seven-run fifth inning, and Al Leiter had another strong outing as New York beat Houston.

Tony Clark hit his third home run in two games for the Mets, who broke out the bats again after setting season highs for runs and hits (19) in a 13-5 victory over St. Louis on Sunday.

Cubs 3, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO Mark Prior returned from the disabled list and won his first start in his hometown, combining with four relievers on a three-hitter as Chicago beat San Diego.

The right-hander had been out since July 11 when he hurt his pitching shoulder in a collision with Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles.

Diamondbacks 8, Expos 5

PHOENIX Shea Hillenbrand homered and drove in four runs as Arizona snapped Montreal's four-game winning streak.

Hillenbrand helped stake Randy Johnson to a 6-1 lead. The Expos chased Johnson (2-4) with a four-run rally in the sixth inning.

The win was the Diamondbacks' second in their last eight games and made them 6-12 since the All-Star break.

Giants 3, Pirates 0

SAN FRANCISCO Jason Schmidt won his fourth straight start with seven innings of four-hit ball, and Jose Cruz Jr. had a two-run single as San Francisco beat Pittsburgh.

Schmidt (12-4) made quick work of his former Pittsburgh teammates, retiring 16 of the first 18 hitters he faced while improving to 7-1 since June 19.

J.T. Snow had an RBI single, and newcomer Cody Ransom scored two runs as San Francisco won for the 13th time in its last 14 games at Pacific Bell Park.

Phillies 7, Rockies 2

DENVER Bobby Abreu and Ricky Ledee homered, and Brett Myers pitched into the eighth inning to lead Philadelphia past Colorado.

Myers (11-6) allowed two runs and eight hits for his first win in three starts. The Phillies maintained their two-game lead over Florida in the NL wild-card race.

Mike Lieberthal drove in two runs with a single, and Abreu hit his 18th home run of the year. Ledee, pinch-hitting in the eighth, connected for a two-run shot as Philadelphia won for the sixth time in eight games.

Dodgers 5, Reds 2

LOS ANGELES Kevin Brown won for the first time in seven starts and Alex Cora homered as Los Angeles beat Cincinnati.

Brown (11-5) had gone 0-4 since June 17, when he beat San Francisco for his 10th straight victory. The six-time All-Star, who leads the majors with a 2.13 ERA, allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings and struck out nine.

Tom Martin got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Adam Dunn. Paul Quantrill pitched a scoreless eighth, and Eric Gagne got his 44th consecutive save and 36th this season.

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