Cubs, Cardinals split day-night double dip

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

CHICAGO Matt Morris outpitched Kerry Wood and Jim Edmonds hit his second homer of day as the Cardinals beat Cubs to split their day-night doubleheader Tuesday night.

Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer in the 15th inning off Jeff Fassero (1-7) to give the Cubs a 4-2 win in the four-hour, 47-minute opener.

Morris (9-4) allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings. He got his first win since June 25 and ran his career record against the Cubs to 10-2, including 3-0 this season. Wood (11-11) got the loss.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Pirates 3, Marlins 2

MIAMI Jason Kendall had four hits and two RBIs as Pittsburgh beat Florida Marlins.

Kendall, who went 6-for-11 in a three-game sweep of the Marlins last week, had three singles and a double for the Pirates, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Kip Wells (7-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven-plus innings to beat the Marlins for the second time in less than a week.

Julian Tavarez pitched two perfect innings for his fourth save.

Mets 3, Braves 1

NEW YORK Al Leiter outpitched Mike Hampton again, and Jason Phillips drove in two runs as the New York Mets beat Atlanta.

Danny Garcia singled twice in his major league debut for the Mets, who beat Atlanta for the fourth time in five meetings. Mike Piazza snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning that made it 3-1.

Leiter (14-7) who beat Hampton 3-1 last Thursday in Atlanta as well, is 6-2 with a 1.45 ERA in nine starts since coming off the disabled list July 20. He pitched out of a couple early jams, allowing just an unearned run and five hits in seven innings.

Phillies 5, Expos 3

PHILADELPHIA Chase Utley's bases-loaded triple with two outs in the eighth inning lifted Philadelphia over Montreal.

The Phillies moved into a tie with Florida for the NL wild-card lead.

After Endy Chavez gave the Expos a 3-2 lead on an infield single in the eighth, the Phillies came back against Javier Vazquez (12-9).

Jim Thome walked with two outs in the eighth and Mike Lieberthal doubled. Ricky Ledee was intentionally walked to load the bases and Utley followed with his first career triple, a liner to left-center.

Brewers 4, Reds 3

MILWAUKEE Keith Ginter hit a two-run homer and Eddie Perez drove in two runs and Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.

Perez hit a tiebreaking double, his third hit of the game, off Danny Graves (4-15) in the bottom of the eighth after the Brewers squandered a 3-0 lead.

Milwaukee has won 13 of 15, including a 10-game winning streak.

Luis Vizcaino (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth and Dan Kolb worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th straight save.

Dodgers 4, Astros 1

LOS ANGELES Eric Gagne set a major league record with his 55th consecutive save, and Fred McGriff hit two homers to give him 491 for his career as the Dodgers beat Houston.

Gagne, in only his second season as a closer, preserved the victory for Wilson Alvarez by retiring the last four batters and broke the previous record set by Tom Gordon from April 19, 1998-June 5, 1999, with the Boston Red Sox.

The Astros fell a half-game back of St. Louis in the NL Central following the Cardinals' doubleheader split at Chicago.

Gagne, whose only blown save this season came in the All-Star game, hasn't squandered a lead during the regular season since Aug. 26, 2002, when Arizona's David Dellucci hit a tying RBI double in the ninth inning.

The right-hander leads the majors with 47 saves the most ever to begin a season without a miss.

Giants 2, Rockies 1

SAN FRANCISCO Pedro Feliz hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, and Rich Aurilia went 4-for-4 on his 32nd birthday as San Francisco Giants won its fourth straight, beating Colorado.

Barry Bonds got a standing ovation in his first home game since the death of his father, Bobby, on Aug. 23. An oversize replica of the circular ''BB'' black patches on the Giants' sleeves has been placed on the right-field wall at Pacific Bell Park.

Bonds responded to the ovation with a double off that wall in the second, earning another round of raucous cheers. He went 1-for-2 with two walks.

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 3

SAN DIEGO Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect seventh inning in his first appearance of the season, and Phil Nevin and Mark Loretta homered as San Diego beat Arizona.

Brian Giles went 0-for-3 with a walk and one RBI in his home debut with the Padres a week after they acquired him from Pittsburgh.

Hoffman, fifth on the career list with 352 saves, was activated from the disabled list after missing the first five months following two offseason surgeries on his right shoulder.

The crowd cheered when Hoffman started warming up in the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth, and gave him a standing ovation when he jogged in for the top of the seventh.

He retired the side on eight pitches, none faster than 86 mph, and didn't throw his trademark changeup.

Ben Howard (1-0) earned his first major league win. Chris Capuano (1-3) took the loss.

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