Monday, April 26, 2004

NL: Clement sizzles, Cubs alone in first

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Matt Clement took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 13, leading the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 4-1 Sunday for their sixth straight victory.

Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and Michael Barrett and Corey Patterson each drove in a run to back Clement (3-1). The Cubs completed a three-game sweep and have outscored their opponents 39-5 during their six-game winning streak.

Clement (3-1) gave up two hits in eight innings, including a solo homer to Karim Garcia with one out in the seventh that broke up the no-hit bid.

Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.

Al Leiter (1-1) gave up three runs in five innings for the Mets, who have lost eight of 10 and scored just 13 runs in their last nine games.

Rockies 4, Astros 1

DENVER - Vinny Castilla set a franchise record with an RBI in his 10th straight game, Joe Kennedy pitched into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten and Colorado avoided a three-game sweep by defeating Houston.

Kennedy (3-0) allowed a run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

Castilla had two hits and two RBIs to pass Todd Helton, who drove in a run in nine straight games May 6-15, 2001.

Mark Sweeney hit his first home run since June 13 for the Rockies, who have never been swept at home by the Astros.

Wade Miller (2-2) gave up two runs in seven innings.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE - Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, and Jeff Suppan gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings for St. Louis.

Reggie Sanders added his seventh homer, and Suppan (2-2) took a shutout into the eighth before giving up a solo shot to pinch-hitter Keith Ginter.

Ben Sheets (3-1) also went 7 2-3 innings, striking out seven and allowing three runs. He was trying to become just the fourth Brewers pitcher to earn four wins in April.

Expos 2, Phillies 0

MONTREAL - Zach Day and Rocky Biddle combined for Montreal's second shutout, and Matt Cepicky hit a two-run double in the sixth to send the Expos to their first win at Olympic Stadium this season.

Day (2-1) scattered nine hits through eight innings. Biddle finished with a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities.

The Expos won for just the third time in 14 games and avoided being swept by the Phillies for the second time this year. Montreal has scored just 34 runs in 19 games.

The game drew only 8,267 despite a Brad Wilkerson bobblehead promotion.

Vicente Padilla (0-3) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.

Dodgers 9, Giants 0

LOS ANGELES - Kazuhisa Ishii pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout, Milton Bradley homered twice and Los Angeles won for the eighth time in 11 games - including five of six meetings with the rival Giants.

Bradley hit a pair of solo shots for the first multihomer game of his career. Alex Cora and Cesar Izturis also connected for the Dodgers. Ishii (3-1) threw his first complete game since coming to the majors from Japan in 2002.

Brian Cooper (0-2) gave up three homers for San Francisco, which has lost nine of 11 overall.

Diamondbacks 12, Padres 7

PHOENIX - Richie Sexson homered twice and drove in three runs, helping Arizona beat San Diego.

Sexson hit a two-run homer off Brian Lawrence (2-2) to cap a four-run third inning, then homered to start another four-run outburst in the fifth.

Matt Kata drove in four runs with a pair of singles, and Luis Gonzalez and Danny Bautista had two-run doubles for the Diamondbacks, who took two of three for their second series win this season.

Elmer Dessens (1-2) overcame a ragged start to work 5 1-3 innings for his first victory since Sept. 20. He allowed four runs and six hits.

Braves 7, Marlins 2

MIAMI - Mark DeRosa homered for the first earned run off Dontrelle Willis this season, and J.D. Drew's bases-loaded triple off Tommy Phelps broke a tie in the seventh inning to lead Atlanta.

Willis, who won his first three starts, departed after six innings with the score 2-all. His ERA rose to 0.71, and he went 0-for-2 at the plate to drop his batting average to .545.

Atlanta quickly blew the game open once Willis left. DeRosa led off the seventh with a single against Nate Bump (0-1), Andruw Jones doubled and Julio Franco was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Drew greeted Phelps with a drive to the wall in center field and scored when second baseman Luis Castillo mishandled the relay.

DeRosa also had three RBIs, scored twice and went 3-for-4. John Thomson (2-1) allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings.

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