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Cardinals overcome three-run deficit to topple Cincinnati

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003

ST. LOUIS Woody Williams won for the first time since July 26 as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame an early three-run deficit and beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-6 Saturday.

Eli Marrero had a two-run triple and drove in three runs in his first start since tearing ankle ligaments on May 11, Bo Hart had four hits and three RBIs, and Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game.

St. Louis, which won for the second time in seven games, entered third in the NL Central, two games behind division-leading Houston. Cincinnati made a season-high five errors and lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

Williams (15-8) struck out seven in six innings, allowing six runs and nine hits. Dan Serafini (0-3) gave up 10 runs five earned and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4

SAN FRANCISCO Marquis Grissom drew a bases-loaded walk from Matt Mantei (5-4) in the 11th to give San Francisco its sixth victory in seven games.

The Giants maintained their 12-game NL West lead. Scott Eyre (2-1) got two outs for the victory. Arizona has lost 10 of its last 11 at Pacific Bell Park.

Jason Schmidt outdueled Curt Schilling until Arizona tied it on Luis Gonzalez's two-run double in the seventh.

Dodgers 10, Rockies 2

DENVER Shawn Green drove in five runs, Ron Coomer homered twice and Odalis Perez (12-10) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, winning for the sixth time in seven decisions.

Green homered in the first inning and added a three-run double in the fifth to give Los Angeles its seventh win in nine games. The Dodgers began the day three games behind Philadelphia, the NL wild-card leader.

Colorado has lost seven straight and 12 of 13. Darren Oliver (10-11) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. He has lost five straight decisions after winning three in a row.

Cubs 8, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE Randall Simon hit a two-run homer and turned boos into cheers in his return to Miller Park.

Mark Prior (15-5) struck out seven in seven innings, becoming the first Chicago pitcher to win seven straight decisions since Kevin Tapani in 1998.

Troy O'Leary had four RBIs for Chicago, which won for the sixth time in seven games. The Cubs started the day a half-game behind Houston in the NL Central.

Matt Kinney (10-10) gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.

Phillies 9, Mets 6

PHILADELPHIA Ricky Ledee hit a tiebreaking three-run double off Jeremy Griffiths (1-2), and Marlon Byrd and Bobby Abreu hit solo homers. The Phillies have won eight of nine after losing six straight and hold a one-game lead over Florida in the NL wild-card race.

Brett Myers (13-7) allowed three runs two earned and six hits in six innings for his first win since Aug. 16. Turk Wendell pitched the ninth for his first save since May 18, 2001, when he was on the Mets.

Marlins 14, Expos 4

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Florida beat up on Tomo Ohka (8-12) for nine runs in the first two innings, including five unearned runs in the first caused by a throwing error by the pitcher.

Montreal dropped to 6 1/2 games back in the wild-card race and dropped to 11-7 in Puerto Rico, where they are playing 22 ''home'' games this season.

Brad Penny (13-10) gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings.

Braves 9, Pirates 2

ATLANTA Greg Maddux (14-10) allowed a pair of unearned runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings. He needs one win to break a tie with Cy Young and become the first major leaguer to win 15 or more games in 16 consecutive seasons.

Gary Sheffield had three hits, including his 35th homer, and three RBIs. Chipper Jones had a three-run double, and Rafael Furcal and Vinny Castilla had four hits each.

Jeff D'Amico (8-14) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Astros 10, Padres 4

SAN DIEGO Morgan Ensberg drove in four runs, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, and Geoff Blum hit a three-run double in the ninth as the Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 10-4 Saturday night.

Ensberg, who went 4-for-4, broke a 4-all tie with the hit off reliever Jay Witasick (3-4). Blum, who replaced Ensberg at third in a double switch in the bottom of the eighth, doubled to left off Mike Bynum to make 10-4.

With the win the Astros remained a half-game in front of the Chicago Cubs and two ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central.

Six Houston relievers allowed just one hit over seven innings. Brad Lidge (5-3) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Billy Wagner got five outs for his 39th save to complete the five-hitter.

Wagner, who tied his own team save record, accomplished in both 1999 and 2001, got out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the eighth.

Brad Ausmus led off Houston's eighth with a single off Witasick. After Adam Everett hit into a fielder's choice, pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino singled. One out later, Ensberg doubled into the right-center gap.

Octavio Dotel came in to pitch the bottom of the inning and gave up a one-out single to Phil Nevin before walking Gary Matthews Jr. He left the game after the walk with a strained left buttock.

Wagner came in and walked Mark Kotsay to load the bases before he struck out Khalil Greene and got pinch-hitter Brian Buchanan to foul out.

Craig Biggio homered his 14th to lead off the game.

Nevin drove in four runs for San Diego, including a towering three-run homer in the first inning off Ron Villone, who threw 40 pitches in the inning.

Nevin, who has homered in three straight games, added an RBI double in the third inning for a 4-1 lead that knocked Villone out of the game.

Villone allowed four runs on four hits in two-plus innings with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Astros rebounded from the deficit by scoring three times in the fourth inning off Kevin Jarvis.

With runners at first and third with one out, Everett drove in a run with a single. After a two-out walk to Biggio loaded the bases, Ensberg bounced a two-run single to left to tie the score at 4-all.

When Brian Giles bobbled the ball, Biggio attempted to score from first base and was thrown out on a relay throw from third baseman Sean Burroughs to catcher Gary Bennett.

In the ninth, Everett, who scored three runs, was hit by a pitch from reliever Luther Hackman with the bases loaded before Blum hit his double.

Notes: Greene, the Padres' No. 1 draft pick in 2002, picked up his first career hit with a sharp single up the middle against Villone in the first inning. ... Burroughs had his career high 15-game hitting streak snapped when he went 0-for-4 with a walk. ... Since July 8, there have been only three days that the Astros have not been either in sole possession of first place, or tied for first.



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