Vizcaino bomb propels Astros past Cardinals

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

HOUSTON -- Jose Vizcaino hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat St. Louis 6-3 Thursday night to stop the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak.

Houston, which closed within 5 1/2 games of the NL Central leader, trailed 3-2 in the eighth when Craig Biggio homered off Dave Veres (5-8) leading off.

Reds 15, Cubs 12

CINCINNATI -- Todd Walker had four hits and four RBIs, including a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning that propelled Cincinnati over Chicago.

Chicago outhit the Reds 22-17, the Cubs' most since collecting 24 against Houston on Aug. 20.

Mets 8, Expos 2

MONTREAL -- Jeromy Burnitz homered twice and had three RBIs and Mo Vaughn hit a two-run homer as Jason Middlebrook (2-3) won his New York debut.

New York has won nine of 11 after losing 17 of 20.

A late addition to the starting lineup, Vaughn hit his 22nd homer of the season off Tomo Ohka (13-8) following Roberto Alomar's one-out single in the fourth to put the Mets up 3-0.

Phillies 6, Marlins 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Roa came within three outs of his first career shutout and Jimmy Rollins' bases-loaded triple sparked a five-run third inning for Philadelphia.

Roa (4-3), who was 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA in Triple-A after being released by the Marlins in spring training, eight hits and no walks in eight-plus innings.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 1

DENVER -- Denny Stark (10-3) limited Los Angeles to two hits over seven innings, and Colorado won in a rain-delayed game Thursday night.

Shawn Green broke up Stark's shutout bid, leading off the seventh with his 42nd homer. But that was all the offense the Dodgers could manage.

Padres 3, Giants 2, 10 inn.

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Sean Burroughs singled in the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning and San Diego beat San Francisco to keep the Giants tied with Los Angeles for the NL wild-card lead.

It was San Francisco's second straight loss, including 7-3 to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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