Saturday, May 1, 2004

NL: Wood fans 10, loses to Cards



By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - LaTroy Hawkins walked Mike Matheny to force in the game-winning run in the ninth inning, spoiling a sharp outing by Kerry Wood.

With the score tied, St. Louis walked four times in the ninth to win it.

Albert Pujols drew a four-pitch walk against Kyle Farnsworth (0-1), and Jim Edmonds then walked against Kent Mercker. After a sacrifice bunt, Edgar Renteria was walked intentionally to load the bases, setting up Matheny's game-ending base on balls.

Steve Kline (1-1) recorded one out for the win.

Wood struck out 10 in eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Reggie Sanders hit his eighth home run for St. Louis.

Pirates 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE - Kris Benson pitched into the eighth inning and Raul Mondesi hit three doubles for Pittsburgh.

Benson (3-1) struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings, his longest outing since May 27, 2003, in a 9-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. His 2003 season was cut short on July 18 by right shoulder tendinitis. He retired 10 in a row at one point.

Ben Sheets (3-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in eight innings. He had seven strikeouts and no walks, extending his streak to 32 2-3 innings without walking a batter.

Jose Mesa picked up his seventh save despite allowing his first run in 10 appearances this season.

Phillies 4, D'Backs 0

PHILADELPHIA - Randy Wolf extended his scoreless innings streak to 21, and Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome hit consecutive homers to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Wolf (2-1) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one walk. He struck out five.

The left-hander, coming off a shutout in his previous start at Montreal, had another strong outing in front of one of his biggest fans - his older brother Jim was the third base umpire.

Abreu and Thome hit back-to-back homers in the third off Elmer Dessens (1-3). The right-hander allowed six hits and four runs in four innings.

Arizona's Danny Bautista singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, longest active in the majors.




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