St. Louis: This Bud's for you

Cardinals' Smith becomes 16th rookie to toss no-hitter

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

SAN DIEGO -- Bud Smith became the 16th rookie in modern history to throw a no-hitter and the second unlikely pitcher to do it to San Diego this season in St. Louis' 4-0 win Monday night.

Smith, making his 11th career start, showed the poise of a veteran in becoming the first rookie to throw a no-hitter since the Cardinals' Jose Jimenez did it in a 1-0 win against Arizona on June 25, 1999.

He ended it by fielding Phil Nevin's hard comebacker, pumping his fist and running halfway to first base before flipping to Albert Pujols for the final out.

This was the first time Smith, a native Southern Californian, pitched beyond the seventh inning. He walked four -- including all-time walks leader Rickey Henderson twice -- and struck out seven.

The 21-year-old left-hander joined A.J. Burnett in no-hitting San Diego this season, making the Padres the first team since the 1996 Colorado Rockies to be no-hit twice in one season. Burnett walked a record nine batters in his no-hitter May 12.

Mets 10, Phillies 7

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia wasted a two-run ninth inning lead, making a bizarre pair of errors on a routine throw back to the mound that helped give New York the win.

After Jose Mesa (1-3) blew a save for the first time since May 28, pitcher Jose Santiago let catcher Todd Pratt's throw back to the mound bounce off his glove.

Braves 5, Expos 0

MONTREAL -- Tom Glavine (13-7) scattered seven hits for his 21st career shutout and 50th complete game. He has allowed one earned run or none in seven of his last 12 starts.

Cubs 10, Marlins 2

MIAMI -- Michael Tucker drove in three runs, and Rondell White had two RBIs in his second game since coming off the disabled list.

Chicago is three games behind the NL Central-leading Astros and leads the wild card race by 1 1/2 games.

Reds 3, Astros 2

CINCINNATI -- Calvin Pickering's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning ended a streak of 31 2-3 innings without an earned run against Octavio Dotel (6-5).

Rockies 4, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 58th homer on a rare mistake by rookie Jason Jennings (3-0), who pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for his third straight victory.

Juan Uribe homered and drove in three runs. Jay Powell got three outs for his sixth save and Colorado salvaged a four-game split.

Kirk Rueter (12-11) lost his fourth straight decision, allowing four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Brewers 12, Pirates 7, 1st game

Pirates 3, Brewers 2, 2nd game

PITTSBURGH -- Craig Wilson hit his club-record sixth pinch-hit homer of the season with two outs in the ninth inning and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee to earn a split of the doubleheader.

In the first game, Tyler Houston's two-run single keyed a five-run first inning and the Brewers, despite threatening to waste another big lead in Pittsburgh, got their first victory at PNC Park.

Wilson's drive was his 10th homer as a rookie and came off Chris Fox (3-2), who had easily gotten the first two batters in the ninth. Mike Fetters (3-1) got the victory despite blowing a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth.

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