Big inning leads to big Cardinals victory

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2003

ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead, three-run double and a two-run single in a 10-run eighth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 Tuesday night.

Albert Pujols, who leads the major leagues with a .371 average and has a 30-game hitting streak, started serving a two-game suspension for punching Gary Bennett of the Padres on July 13.

With Pittsburgh leading 5-3 in the eighth, Orlando Palmeiro and Edgar Renteria singled and Jim Edmonds walked against Joe Beimel (1-3). Rolen doubled off Julian Tavarez, and pinch-hitter So Taguchi added a two-run single.

Bo Hart followed with an RBI double. Renteria had a two-run double for his fourth hit. Rolen capped the inning with a two-out, two-run single off Pat Mahomes.

Brewers 6, Phillies 4

MILWAUKEE Pinch-hitter Mark Smith hit a tiebreaking three-run home run in the eighth inning after reliever Mike DeJean worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the top half, and Milwaukee beat Philadelphia.

Jim Thome hit his 34th homer for the Phillies, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

With the score 3-all, Richie Sexson singled off reliever Turk Wendell (3-3) to open the eighth. Brady Clark sacrificed him over and Keith Ginter was intentionally walked to set up a possible double play.

Smith, 0-for-4 as a pinch-hitter this season, then hit his first homer of the year and gave Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.

Astros 12, Cubs 8

HOUSTON Jeff Kent homered and drove in six runs, powering Houston over Chicago.

Neither starter lasted into the fifth. Jeriome Robertson allowed five runs on five hits in three innings, while Chicago's Matt Clement (10-11) pitched four innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits. Clement struck out three and walked four.

With the game tied at 5 in the fourth, Kent followed walks to Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell with a three-run homer, his 18th of the season.

Dan Miceli (1-2) got the win, giving up just one hit over two scoreless innings.

Rockies 10, Marlins 2

DENVER Jay Payton had four hits and three RBIs, Denny Stark pitched seven solid innings and Colorado defeated Florida.

The decision snapped Florida's three-game winning streak and Colorado's five-game losing streak.

The Marlins lost catcher Ivan Rodriguez in the fourth inning when he sprained his left wrist after making contact with Payton on a play at the plate. Rodriguez is day to day.

Payton and Larry Walker each homered for Colorado.

Stark (2-1) allowed just four hits and one run with one walk and four strikeouts.

Diamondbacks 6, Reds 1

PHOENIX Junior Spivey, Shea Hillenbrand and Robby Hammock homered, and Brandon Webb struck out a career-high 11 in seven strong innings as Arizona beat the Cincinnati.

The win, just the Diamondbacks' second in six games, moved them within 3 1/2 games of Philadelphia in the National League wild-card race.

Spivey and Hillenbrand hit solo shots off John Bale (0-1), who had not allowed a run in two previous major league starts. Hammock lined another solo homer into the center-field concourse in the seventh off reliever Brian Reith.

Giants 5, Braves 4, 10 innings

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit his 651st home run leading off the 10th inning as San Francisco snapped its longest losing streak in three years with a victory over Atlanta Braves.

In his first game back since taking off the weekend series in Montreal to be with his ailing father Bobby, Bonds hit his major league-leading 38th homer on a 2-1 pitch from Ray King (3-2), giving the Giants their first win in seven games.

Bonds raised both arms in celebration and pumped his fist as he started his slow trot and watched his drive sail over the concourse in right and into McCovey Cove.

Expos 7, Dodgers 5

LOS ANGELES Wil Cordero drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the eighth inning as Montreal beat Los Angeles for its sixth straight victory.

Cordero was batting for right fielder Vladimir Guerrero, who was ejected for arguing with first-base umpire Steve Rippley about Shawn Green's homer in the seventh. Guerrero was thrown out between innings, and Cordero was sent to bat in his spot.

Cordero drove a pitch by Paul Quantrill (1-4) to the wall in left-center for a 6-5 lead.

Luis Ayala (8-3) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings for the victory. Rocky Biddle got three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances.

Padres 3, Mets 2

SAN DIEGO Phil Nevin hit a two-run homer with one out in the eighth inning to give the San Diego Padres a win Tuesday night over the New York Mets, who were in control until their bullpen took over for Tom Glavine.

Nevin's opposite-field shot to right-center, his fourth since returning on July 23 from a dislocated left shoulder, came on a 3-2 pitch off left-hander Mike Stanton (2-5). Mark Loretta was aboard on a one-out walk.

The Padres snapped their five-game losing streak and New York's six-game winning streak.

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