Cards match last year's win total by nabbing Pirates

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2004

PITTSBURGH Reggie Sanders hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals matched last year's total with their 85th win, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Saturday.

Jim Edmonds hit fifth homer in as many games for St. Louis, a major league-best 85-44. The Cardinals improved to 11-5 this year against the Pirates.

Matt Morris (14-8) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, and Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 38th save.

Dodgers 4, Mets 2

NEW YORK Adrian Beltre went 5-for-5 with his major league-leading 42nd home run for the Dodgers.

Eric Gagne worked a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances and first since Aug. 15 at Wrigley Field. His 143rd save since 2002 broke Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley's major league record for most in a three-year span. Eckersley had 142 from 1990-92 with Oakland.

Giovanni Carrara (4-1) struck out two in a perfect seventh for the win.

Astros 7, Cubs 6

CHICAGO Roger Clemens pitched six innings for his 324th victory and the Astros made the most of three Cubs errors.

Clemens (14-4) allowed five runs and eight hits as Houston won for the 10th time in 13 games. Staked to an early 5-0 lead, Clemens tied Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan for 12th place on the career wins list.

Braves 9, Giants 3

ATLANTA Paul Byrd (5-4) allowed one run in six innings and hit a pair of run-scoring singles off Jason Schmidt, leading the Braves past the Giants.

Rafael Furcal had four hits and four RBIs for the Braves, who have won six straight. They moved a season-high 22 games over .500 and improved to 15-1-3 in their past 19 series.

The two hits and two RBIs were career highs for Byrd.

Marlins 4, Rockies 3

MIAMI Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run single in the first inning and a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth, extending the Rockies' losing streak to six.

With Colorado leading 3-2 in the eighth, Jeff Conine singled off Steve Reed (3-4) leading off and Encarnacion followed with his 14th homer.

Padres 5, Expos 2

MONTREAL Jake Peavy won his sixth straight decision, and Phil Nevin homered and drove in three runs for San Diego.

Peavy (11-3), unbeaten in nine starts since the All-Star break, held Montreal to five hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings. It was the 18th time in 20 starts he's allowed two earned runs or less.

Trevor Hoffman struck out the side in the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Ramon Hernandez also homered for San Diego, which pulled one game behind Chicago in the NL wild-card race.

John Patterson (3-3) allowed nine hits and five runs while throwing 96 pitches in just 3 2-3 innings.

Phillies 4, Brewers 3

PHILADELPHIA Placido Polanco homered off Mike Adams (2-2) with one out in the ninth inning, and the Phillies extended the Milwaukee Brewers' losing streak to 10.

The Phillies are 5-0 against Milwaukee this season, but have lost 12 of their last 13 against teams other than the Brewers.

Phillies starter Randy Wolf left after three innings because of what the team said was slight inflammation in his left elbow. Wolf missed 16 games with tendinitis in the elbow. Five relievers combined for six shutout innings, with Tim Worrell (4-5) striking out two in a perfect ninth.

Before the game, Phillies general manager Ed Wade said Larry Bowa will remain as manager for the rest of this season, but Wade did not address Bowa's status for next year.

Diamondbacks 6, Reds 3

CINCINNATI Casey Fossum combined with four relievers on a four-hitter, and Juan Brito singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks have won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 3-4 against Florida. and have won two in a row on the road for the first time since June 10 at Baltimore and June 11 at Toronto.

Fossum (4-12) allowed two runs, three hits, four walks and two hit batters in six innings, winning consecutive decisions for the first time since May 6 and 14 last year. Greg Aquino got one out for his ninth save in nine chances.

Phil Norton (1-4) took the loss.

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