Wednesday, April 28, 2004

NL: Cards, Cubs lose

By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Pat Burrell had four hits and three RBIs, and Mike Lieberthal hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth as the Phillies beat St. Louis 7-3.

Burrell, who batted .190 against the Cardinals last season, went 4-for-4. Bobby Abreu hit a home run and the Phillies' 3-4-5 batters reached base 11 times in their first 12 at-bats, going 6-for-7 with five walks.

Phillies starter Eric Milton (2-0) lasted five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.

Matt Morris (3-2) gave up five runs in six innings and lost for the first time since opening day.

Edgar Renteria hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals.

Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 1

PHOENIX - Brandon Webb allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings and Arizona routed Chicago for the second straight night.

Chad Tracy hit his first major league homer for the Diamondbacks. Luis Gonzalez added a three-run homer and Steve Finley had a two-run shot in Arizona's third straight victory and fifth in six games.

The Cubs failed to score for 18 consecutive innings before Todd Hollandsworth led off the ninth with a homer.

Danny Bautista was 2-for-4 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 19 games.

Webb (2-1) induced 14 groundouts, struck out five and walked three.

Sergio Mitre (1-1) allowed five runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Astros-Pirates game postponed

PITTSBURGH - The Houston-Pittsburgh game was postponed Tuesday because of cold weather and the threat of sleet and rain.

Astros left-hander Andy Pettitte likes Thursday's forecast a lot better.

Temperatures in the high 70s, not the high 30s. Partly cloudy skies. And, best of all, he's pitching.

Pettitte (0-1), who has missed all but one start this month because of a strained left elbow, has been cleared to start Thursday against the Pirates' Kip Wells (2-2). To say Pettitte is looking forward to it would be an understatement.

"Obviously, I'm extremely excited," said Pettitte, the former Yankees star who signed a $31.5 million, three-year contract with his hometown Astros in December. "It's been a very disappointing first month for me."

Pettitte was injured while trying to check his swing during his Astros debut April 6 against San Francisco. After several weeks of rest, he pitched a simulated game at Houston's extended spring training camp Friday in Kissimmee, Fla., then threw bullpen sessions Sunday in Denver and again Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

"I usually don't throw two bullpens between starts but I'm trying to burn a little energy," he said Tuesday. "I don't want to feel too strong out there."

The Astros chose to push back Pettitte to Thursday afternoon rather than have him pitch Sunday in chilly Denver - the same kind of weather that led to Tuesday night's postponement in Pittsburgh. That game was rescheduled for a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Sept. 9 during what now becomes a five-game series.

Colorado 13, Marlins 10

DENVER - Vinny Castilla hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning, and Jeromy Burnitz homered twice to lead Colorado.

Burnitz, Charles Johnson and Matt Holliday hit consecutive home runs to start the third inning, the second time in franchise history Colorado has hit three straight homers.

Royce Clayton tied the game at 10 with a two-out single off Nate Bump after the Rockies loaded the bases against Chad Fox (0-1), setting the stage for Castilla's double.

Shawn Chacon pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

Luis Castillo had two hits to become the first Marlins player to reach 1,000 and Jeff Conine went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

Vladimir Nunez (2-0) won despite giving up Miguel Cabrera's tiebreaking home run in the eighth.

Padres 3, Expos 0

SAN DIEGO - Ismael Valdez limited Montreal to four hits in eight innings.

Valdez (3-0) didn't allow a baserunner past second. He has the best record of any Padres starter after beginning the season in the bullpen.

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Montreal came in batting just .205 with 36 runs scored, the worst in the major leagues. It was the sixth time the Expos have been shut out in 21 games this season.

Mark Loretta hit a two-run homer in the first for San Diego.

Montreal starter John Patterson (0-1) left in the sixth inning with a strained right groin.

Braves 12, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO - J.D. Drew and Johnny Estrada each homered and Marcus Giles had four hits for Atlanta.

The Braves scored seven times in the ninth inning and snapped a four-game losing streak in San Francisco.

Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 with two walks, giving him 32 this year.

Jaret Wright (2-1) pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Giants, allowing two runs on just two hits. He outpitched Kirk Rueter (0-3), who gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.

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