Lowell clouts three-run dinger as Florida takes two of three at St. Louis

Big eighth pushes Marlins past Cards

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2000

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Lowell's three-run home run capped a four-run eighth inning as the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Wednesday.

Lowell hit his 17th homer on a 3-2 hanging breaking ball from Matt Morris (0-3) as the Marlins took two of three from the Cardinals and completed only the second 5-1 trip in franchise history.

Armando Almanza (4-0), in relief of Ryan Dempster, walked two in 1 1-3 hitless innings. Antonio Alfonseca finished for his major league-leading 34th save in 38 chances.

Preston Wilson had a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the Marlins' first run.

J.D. Drew hit a two-run homer in the first and Placido Polanco was 3-for-4 with an RBI triple for the Cardinals, 10-16 since the All-Star break.

Rockies 4, Pirates 3

DENVER -- Colorado scored two runs on right fielder Alex Ramirez's error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Todd Walker drew a one-out walk from Mike Williams (2-3), who blew his fourth save in 20 opportunities. After Walker stole second, Ben Petrick reached on shortstop Mike Benjamin's error. One out later, Juan Pierre hit a routine fly to right that deflected off Ramirez's glove and rolled all the way to the wall, allowing the tying and winning runs to score.

Giants 9, Brewers 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Kent hit a grand slam and put his RBI total over 100 for the fourth straight year as San Francisco swept Milwaukee.

Kirk Rueter (8-7) scattered five hits over seven innings and drove in his first run of the season as the Giants won their fourth straight.

Phillies 3, Padres 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Lieberthal's ninth-inning sacrifice fly scored Doug Glanville with the winning run as Philadelphia beat San Diego. Glanville led off the ninth with a triple down the left-field line off Heathcliff Slocumb (2-4).

Reds 10, Braves 6

CINCINNATI -- Pete Harnisch's second career homer finished a five-run rally off Tom Glavine and powered Cincinnati past Atlanta.

The Reds won their first series from the Braves since September 1996.

Mets 12, Astros 5

HOUSTON -- Rick Reed pitched seven strong innings and Mike Piazza returned to the New York lineup with a three-run homer as the Mets beat Houston. Reed (7-2) won his third straight decision by allowing four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits.

Cubs 5, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Reed drew a bases-loaded walk from Antonio Osuna (2-5) in the 10th inning as Chicago won for the 13th time in 19 games.

Tim Worrell (2-3), who escaped his own jam in the ninth, pitched one inning. Rick Aguilera thwarted another Dodgers threat in the 10th for his 27th save in 34 chances.

Los Angeles put runners on the corners with no one out in the 10th, but Aguilera struck out Devon White and got Mark Grudzielanek on a pop up.

Expos 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX -- Montreal remained the only team Randy Johnson hasn't beaten as the Arizona bullpen failed to hold a lead in the eighth inning.

Johnson, winless in his last four starts, left after seven innings with a 3-2 lead, but Vladimir Guerrero tied it with his 29th home run, off reliever Geraldo Guzman, in the eighth.

Terry Jones's one-out single off reliever Greg Swindell, his second RBI of the night, drove across the winning run. Guzman (3-3) got the loss in his first big-league relief appearance.

Scott Strickland (4-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief to get the victory.

Anthony Telford got four outs for his second save.

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