Sunday, May 05, 2002
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS Jason Simontacchi worked seven strong innings in his major league debut, rescuing pitching-strapped St. Louis.
Kerry Robinson, Tino Martinez and Placido Polanco drove in a run apiece for the Cardinals, who have won only six of their last 19. The Cardinals have six pitchers, five of them starters, on the disabled list.
Simontacchi, 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA at Memphis, held the Braves without a hit until Marcus Giles hit his fifth home run with one out in the fourth to cut the gap to 2-1.
Jason Isringhausen worked the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.
Brewers 6, Marlins 4
MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets overcame a shaky start to win for the first time since opening day and Richie Sexson drove in three runs as Milwaukee beat Florida.
Sheets (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak spanning five starts and Milwaukee won for just the second time in 11 games. Sheets gave up four runs, three earned, and four hits in seven innings. Three of the runs came in the first inning.
Marlins left-hander Nate Teut (0-1) had a rocky major league debut as five of the first eight batters he faced got a hit. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Phillies 6, Rockies 5
PHILADELPHIA Marlon Anderson tied his career high with four RBIs and Doug Glanville hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for Philadelphia.
Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-4 with two triples, a double and two runs scored for the Phillies, who handed the Rockies their second straight loss after a six-game winning streak under new manager Clint Hurdle.
Hector Mercado (1-0), recalled Friday from the minors, threw just two pitches to gain the win. Five Phillies relievers combined on 4 2-3 scoreless innings with Jose Mesa pitching the ninth for his eighth save.
Rick White (0-3) allowed Glanville's go-ahead sacrifice fly.
Astros 3, Mets 1
HOUSTON Carlos Hernandez held the New York Mets to four hits over seven innings to lead Houston to a victory.
Hernandez (3-0) tied his career high with eight strikeouts and walked three, and gave up one earned run.
Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.
Jeff D'Amico (2-2) gave up three runs on five hits and struck out five in six innings in the Mets' second loss in nine games.
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