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NL Central Standings - May 21, 2005 [May. 21st, 2006|09:55 pm]
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TeamWLGB
St. Louis2915--
Cincinnati25194.0
Houston24205.0
Milwaukee23216.0
Chicago182510.5
Pittsburgh143015.0
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05/21/2006 [May. 21st, 2006|09:47 pm]
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Albert Pujols homered in his third straight game and the ST. LOUIS Cardinals beat Kansas City 10-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and send the Royals to their ninth straight loss. The Cardinals have won five straight for the first time since July 10-18, 2005, and are a season-high 14 games over .500. They have dominated their cross-state rivals in interleague play, winning 10 of 11 from Kansas City. Jeff Suppan, who pitched for Kansas City from 1998-2002, beat the Royals for the first time in five career outings. Suppan (5-3) yielded seven hits and two runs in six innings and improved to 3-1 in four May starts. Chris Duncan, recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, and Hector Luna homered in the fifth. Duncan hit a two-run shot to center, and Luna connected for a solo homer off Elarton (0-5).

Taylor Buchholz pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout as the HOUSTON Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Sunday. Buchholz (3-3) had lost his last two starts, allowing eight earned runs in each game. The Rangers, who are third in the American League in hitting with a .287 average, had never seen Buchholz. Ensberg and Jason Lane provided all the offense Buchholz would need, each hitting two-run homers. The Astros took two of three from the Rangers, but still have lost 11 of their last 16 games.

Placido Polanco's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning broke a scoreless tie and Nate Robertson tossed 7 1-3 innings to help Detroit beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Sunday. The base hit to right scored Brandon Inge from third. Inge led off with a walk and moved to third on a sacrifice and a throwing error by Cincinnati starter Aaron Harang. Robertson struck out seven, walked five and allowed three hits.

Carlos Lee's two-run double keyed a four-run seventh inning to help the MILWAUKEE Brewers beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday, hours after the Twins won funding for a new stadium. Chris Capuano (5-3) won for the first time in four starts. The left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out four. Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances. The Brewers rallied against reliever Jesse Crain (0-2), who gave up four runs while only getting one out. Trailing 3-1, pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks led off the seventh with a triple and scored on Brady Clark's single. Clark moved to second on Jeff Cirillo's single and to third on Geoff Jenkins' flyout. Lee then hit a double to the wall in center field, scoring both runners to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Prince Fielder and Bill Hall greeted reliever Juan Rincon with consecutive singles to make it 5-3.

Grady Sizemore singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning to give Bob Wickman his first win in nearly four years, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday. The Indians won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 17-4 in interleague play the past two years. The Pirates fell to 4-19 on the road and have won just two of their last 15 games played in American League ballparks.

Jacque Jones belted a tie-breaking two-run home run, and Michael Barrett added an RBI triple in a four-run eighth inning to power the CHICAGO Cubs to a 7-4 victory Sunday over the Chicago White Sox, allowing them to avoid a sweep in the first round of their intracity Interleague series. Aramis Ramirez hit a pair of solo homers to back Carlos Zambrano (3-2). The White Sox still lead the crosstown rivalry, 27-24. These two teams will meet again on June 30 at Wrigley Field.
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05/20/2006 [May. 20th, 2006|11:23 pm]
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Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the ST. LOUIS Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Saturday night. Pujols, who attended Fort Osage High School just a few miles from Kauffman Stadium, leads the majors with 21 home runs and 53 RBIs. Pujols hit the first pitch from reliever Ambiorix Burgos over the center-field fence after David Eckstein walked and Scott Spiezio singled. Pujols, who hit a two-run homer on Friday in St. Louis' 9-6 victory, entered the series in an 0-for-12 skid. The Cardinals continued their dominance of their cross-state rivals, winning for the ninth time in the past 10 meetings. Kansas City has lost eight straight and dropped to 10-30, the worst record in franchise history after 40 games. Anthony Reyes (1-0), just promoted from Triple-A Memphis and making his second major league start, held the Royals to four singles over 5 2-3 scoreless innings to earn the win. He walked one and struck out one.

Kevin Millwood pitched seven sharp innings for the Texas Rangers in a 6-0 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night, improving to 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA in road games. Michael Young drove in two runs and Gary Matthews Jr. had a pair of doubles for Texas. Millwood allowed four hits and struck out six with no walks. He threw 108 pitches and was replaced by Rick Bauer, who worked a perfect inning before Francisco Cordero finished the five-hitter, Texas' third shutout this season. Houston won Friday's series opener 5-3 but has lost 11 of 15.

Curtis Granderson's tying homer with two outs in the ninth helped the Detroit Tigers overcome Griffey's grand slam and beat Cincinnati 7-6 in 10 innings on a throwing error by Reds shortstop Felipe Lopez. The Tigers, who have won eight of nine, trailed 6-5 with two outs in the ninth, but Granderson brought the sellout crowd of 43,128 to its feet with his seventh homer. The homer came off Reds closer David Weathers, who has blown three straight save chances.

Michael Cuddyer drove in a career-high five runs and Joe Mauer had four RBIs to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 16-10 Saturday night. Mauer went 4-for-5 with a home run and Cuddyer had two hits for Minnesota, which finished with 15 hits. The Twins scored six runs in the first inning as Brewers starter Ben Hendrickson (0-2) failed to retire any of the six batters he faced. Mauer, Torii Hunter and Cuddyer had run-scoring singles, Justin Morneau added a two-run double, and Juan Castro drove in Morneau with a sacrifice fly. Milwaukee scored in the bottom of the first inning when Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer. Jenkins' seventh drive of the season barely cleared the right-field wall.

Jason Bay homered twice and drove in four runs to help the PITTSBURGH Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 9-6 Saturday night. The Pirates hit four home runs and won for only the second time in their last 14 interleague games. They improved to 4-18 on the road this season. Cleveland had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in its last 14 games against a National League team. Bay hit a three-run homer in the third off Jason Johnson (2-4) to give Pittsburgh a 5-2 lead. He hit a solo drive in the ninth against Guillermo Mota, his ninth of the season. It was his first multihomer game of the year and seventh of his career.

Rich Hill had control problems and took the loss in the Chicago Cubs' fight-marred 7-0 Interleague loss to the White Sox. Tadahito Iguchi hit a pair of homers, including his first career grand slam, and Freddy Garcia (7-1) won his seventh in a row to lead the White Sox, who lead the Interleague series, 2-0, this year, and 27-23 overall. Tempers flared in the second inning. The White Sox loaded the bases on three consecutive walks by Hill. Brian Anderson then hit a sacrifice fly. A.J. Pierzynski ran home on the play and collided with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett. Pierzynski slapped the plate before he got up, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 39,387 at U.S. Cellular Field. Barrett grabbed Pierzynski when he got to his feet and delivered a punch with his right hand. Both benches emptied.
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05/18/2006 [May. 18th, 2006|09:00 pm]
National League Central

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[Current Music |The Wreckers - "Stand Still, Look Pretty"]

Geoff Jenkins plays the hero two days in a row, as Jenkins' two-run double off Phillies reliever Ryan Madson capped a 4 run 7th by the Milwaukee as they came from behind to sweep the three game series from Philadelphia, 5-4. The Phillies tagged Brewers starter Dana Eveland for 7 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings, but a Carlos Lee sac fly made the score 4-1 in the 6th. Phillies starter Cole Hamels came back out for the 7th in his second career big league start and after recording the first out allowed a Brady Clark single, a Chad Moeller 2-run HR, a Gabe Gross walk and was promptly relieved by Madson. Madson retired Rickie Weeks on strikes, but allowed Jeff Cirillo to single and Jenkins brought Gross and Cirillo home with a double into the right field corner. One day after being removed from a save situation, Derrick Turnbow recorded his 13th save. This is the 15th time in 22 victories this season the Brewers have had to come from behind to win.

Albert Pujols got the day off, but the Cardinals didn't really need him as St. Louis defeated the New York Mets, 6-3. David Eckstein, who has 17 multi-hit games this season, went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in two runs in support of Cardinals starter Jason Marquis, who pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs on two Mets HR's to improve his record to 5-4. Scott Spiezio, who started at first base in place of Pujols, drove in two runs with a double and a single, and Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 13th save. Mets starter Jose Lima only lasted 4 2/3rds, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits. With the victory, St. Louis finished a nine-game homestand at 6-3. Additionally, the Cardinals have won all eight series at new Busch Stadium. Four times this year, the Redbirds have split the first two games of a three-game series, and all four times they have won the deciding contest.

Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood returned to the starting rotation, giving up four runs on 3 Nationals HR's over five innings, in his first Major League start of 2006 as Chicago lost to WASHINGTON, 5-3. Wood gave up 5 hits and struck out 6 without a walk, but home runs to Ryan Zimmerman, Damian Jackson, and Alfonso Soriano were too much for the Cubs to overcome. Neifi Perez, Ronny Cedeno and Aramis Ramirez each had an RBI for Chicago. Chicago threatened against Nats closer Chad Cordero in the 9th, as runners were on first and third with 2 outs for Neifi Perez, who surprised everyone but Cordero with an attempted bunt for a base hit. Cordero hopped off the mound and threw out Perez to end the game. Of his attempt, Perez said: "If I get that ball where I should've gotten the ball, I get a base hit, because the third baseman was way back. I didn't get the job done."

In search of their first three-game sweep since July 2004, Pittsburgh sent 11 men to the plate against former Pirate Dave Williams in a six-run first inning, highlighted by Jason Bay's grand slam. The Pirates, however, were unable to maintain the early lead, dropping Thursday's finale, 9-8, to Cincinnati. Reds starter Williams settled down after the first, pitching 2 scoreless innings before being pinch hit for in the third. Pirates starter Victor Santos gave back 5 of those 6 runs in 5 innings, giving up 9 hits, including a 2-run shot by Jason LaRue in the 2nd and a solo shot by Austin Kearns. The Reds put together a 4 run 7th against Pirates relievers Matt Capps and Damaso Marte to take the lead for good at 9-7. Pittsburgh got one run back in the 8th, but Todd Coffey pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the season, and his second major league save.

Houston was off today
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05/17/2006 [May. 17th, 2006|11:38 pm]
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Matching zeros with the Mets' Steve Trachsel, Mark Mulder found his stride. Mulder threw 8 1-3 scoreless innings and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the ST. LOUIS Cardinals' 1-0 victory over New York on Wednesday night. Mulder (5-1) won his third straight start and had two of the Cardinals' four hits in seven innings against Trachsel, with singles in the fifth and seventh. Scott Rolen doubled in a run in the sixth inning. Mulder departed after the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. With speedster Jose Reyes at third, Isringhausen struck out David Wright, then got Cliff Floyd to ground out to first for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Sean Marshall and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, Todd Walker drove in two runs, and the CHICAGO Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 Wednesday night for their second straight shutout victory. Marshall (3-1) retired the first 10 batters and had a no-hitter going until Alfonso Soriano led off the sixth with a single to left. Marshall walked four and struck out six in six innings. The 6-foot-7 rookie left-hander won for the first time in four starts and the Cubs improved to 6-2 when he starts. Scott Williamson, Bob Howry and Scott Eyre each worked an inning, with Eyre striking out the side in the ninth for the Cubs.

The San Francisco Giants completed their first three-game series sweep of the season with Barry Bonds on the bench. The slugger received some much-needed rest, and watched Ray Durham hit a three-run homer and single in a run for a season-high four RBIs and Matt Morris win for the first time in seven starts in a 10-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Pedro Feliz, who has played every inning this season for the Giants, hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single to give him 10 RBIs in the series. Mark Sweeney doubled and drove in three runs and a Giants offense that had been so stagnant at times is suddenly clicking. San Francisco outscored Houston 34-5 in the three games, jumping to big leads each day on the way to matching its longest winning streak of the season of three games.

Arroyo gave up six hits in the first two innings as the PITTSBURGH Pirates opened a 4-1 lead and the Cincinnati Reds never got back into the game, stranding 12 runners. Perez (2-5), unable to do much while allowing 32 earned runs in six consecutive bad starts, did it all in winning for the first time since April 18. He shook off a rough start in which four of the Reds' first five batters reached base to last six innings for only the second time this season. Perez helped himself with a two-run single in the second inning against Arroyo (5-2), then stole second by getting such a big jump that he reached second about the time that Arroyo's pitch reached the plate. Perez clapped his hands in celebration after getting his hit and again after pulling off the steal, the first by a Pirates pitcher since his steal against the Reds on Sept. 18. The Pirates have won consecutive games for the first time since April 28-29 and only the third time this season.

Geoff Jenkins' RBI single with two outs in the ninth gave the MILWAUKEEBrewers an 8-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night and lifted Milwaukee to its third straight walk-off victory. The Brewers became the first team since the 2004 Detroit Tigers to have three straight walk-off wins. Arthur Rhodes (0-1) walked pinch hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth, and Brady Clark's sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Rickie Weeks struck out, bringing up Bill Hall. Hall, who hit a walk-off home run on Sunday to beat the New York Mets and scored the winning run Tuesday night against Philadelphia, was intentionally walked to bring up Jenkins, who hit the 0-1 pitch over center fielder Shane Victorino's head off the base of the wall. Jenkins also had a homer and drove in three runs.
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NL Central Standings - May 15, 2006 [May. 15th, 2006|10:30 pm]
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05/11/2006 [May. 11th, 2006|09:55 pm]
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SAN DIEGO sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning against Brewers starter Ben Hendrickson and came away with 5 runs, which was all Jake Peavy needed as the Padres defeated Milwaukee, 8-5. Hendrickson's major league record dropped to 1-9 as he surrendered 7 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs over 2 1/3rd innings. Padres starter Jake Peavy shined both at the plate and on the rubber, going 2-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored at the dish, and pitching 7 shutout innings, only allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out a season high 13. The Brewers tried to rally in the 8th with 4 runs off Dewon Brazelton, who failed to record an out, and one in the 9th on a solo HR, but the late rallying was not enough.

Houston snapped a 6 game slide in defeating Los Angeles, 4-2. Houston Starter Wandy Rodriguez limited the Dodgers to just four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings, and Houston scratched out 4 runs, 2 earned, against Dodgers starter Derek Lowe. The two unearned runs came in the 7th when after Eric Munson surived a botched rundown by the Dodgers, Rafael Furcal committed a two-run throwing error to score Munson and Rodriguez. Brad Lidge's struggles continue as he gave up one run in the 9th and loaded the bases before being yanked in favor of Dan Wheeler, who recorded the final out for his first save of the season.

Cubs rookie left-hander Sean Marshall allowed five runs in the first inning and was chased after surrendering a total of nine runs on nine hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings to suffer his first loss of the season as SAN FRANCISCO defeated Chicago, 9-3. Giants starter Jamey Wright pitched 7 1/3rds innings of 2 run baseball, and every starting position player other than Barry Bonds had a hit for the Giants. Bonds finished 0-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored--which for now means #714 won't come against NL Central pitching.

Bronson Arroyo pitched 8 innings of shutout baseball, but David Weathers blew his second save in as many days, allowing Damian Jackson, who pinch ran for Daryle Ward, to score on a Matt LeCroy sac fly to send the game to extra innings. Washington scored 3 runs on Rick White in the top of the 11th, including a Nick Johnson HR and Livan Hernandez pinch-hit RBI single. In the bottom of the 11th, after a Ray Olmedo single things began to look bleak for the Reds as Ryan Freel was thrown out at second trying to strech a single into a double for the first out of the inning. Freel's teammates picked him up though, as Felipe Lopez singled home Olmedo and Edwin Encarnacion walked. Nationals lefty Joey Eischen was brought in to face Ken Griffey Jr., who returned from the DL today, and Griffey nailed Eischen's 0-1 pitch for a walk off 3-run HR as Cincinnati beat Washington in 11, 5-4.

Pittsburgh and Arizona were rained out, the game was rescheduled to take place on June 19th

St. Louis was off today
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5/10/2006 [May. 11th, 2006|04:55 am]
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Chan Ho Park ran his career record to 7-0 against Milwaukee as Park and two SAN DIEGO relievers combined to shut out the Brewers, 3-0. Brewers starter Chris Capuano logged his eighth straight quality start, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs and striking out 6 in 6 innings, but Park, who also went 6 innings, didn't give up any runs on 7 hits and a walk, while striking out 4. The pivotal frame was the bottom of the 4th, where San Diego sent 9 men to the plate and scored their three runs on a Josh Bard 2 RBI double and an Eric Young RBI single. Capuano limited the damage to three runs by leaving the bases loaded, striking out Mark Bellhorn on what could have been ball 4. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 6th save in as many chances.

LOS ANGELES got to Houston starter Taylor Buchholz early and often, recording 12 hits and scoring 8 runs in 4 1/3rds. Houston attempted to mount a comeback with a 3 run 7th and 3 run 9th, but the Dodgers held on for the win, 9-6. Continuing a perfect homestand, Los Angeles took advantage of Houston's rookie pitcher, as Jeff Kent had a three-run homer in the first, and in the second, Rafael Furcal muscled up against Buchholz with a three-run homer, and it was 6-0 before Dodgers starter Brett Tomko had broken a sweat. Tomko only surrendered 1 hit and 3 walks over 6 innings, striking out 3. Houston scored 3 in the 9th on Franquelis Osoria, including a Lance Berkman 2 run HR, but Danys Baez came on to strike out Morgan Ensberg and Preston Wilson to end the game.

St. Louis tagged Byung-Hyun Kim for 10 hits and 7 runs in 4 2/3rds innings, including Albert Pujols' 18th home run of the season as they defeated Colorado, 7-4. Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan struck out 7 in 5 innings while giving up 3 runs, but Suppan had plenty of run support behind him. Juan Encarnacion hit a 2-run homer in the third inning, and Gary Bennett pitched in an RBI double while Aaron Miles pitched in an RBI single. Both Cory Sullivan and Matt Holliday had 2 hits, an RBI and a run scored for Colorado. Jason Isringhausen worked the 9th for his 10th save.

Carlos Zambrano recorded his first victory of the 2006 season, and Chicago recorded their first victory since May 1st, defeating San Francisco, 8-1. Zambrano (1-2) picked up the win in his eighth start, giving up one run on five hits and five walks over eight innings. He struck out six to regain the National League lead with 54 K's. Jacque Jones went 3-3, scored twice and drove in 4 runs, including a 2 run HR in the 6th, while Barry Bonds finished 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout, and he's still looking to record career HR 714. Giants starter Matt Cain fell to 1-5 by giving up 8 runs (7 earned) in 5 1/3rd innings.

Brandon Webb moved to 6-0, giving up 3 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings with 6 K as ARIZONA defeated Pittsburgh, 7-4. Pirates starter Paul Maholm tried his best to keep up with Webb, giving up 3 runs in 5 2/3rds on 10 hits, but Pittsburgh's bullpen gave up 4 runs in the final 3 innings to seal their fate. The Pirates had several chances, recording thirteen hits, but it was a series of missed opportunities from Jason Bay and Jeromy Burnitz that undid the Pirates. Bay finished the game 1-5 with 3 strikeouts and 6 LOB, while Burnitz, currently hitting .185, finished 0-5 with 1 strikeout and 5 LOB. Chad Tracy went 4-4 for Arizona, and Shawn Green went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless 9th for his 10th save.

Cincinnati banged out 13 hits, none bigger than Scott Hatteberg's two-run double in the eighth inning that gave Cincinnati the lead for good as they defeated WASHINGTON, 9-6. Cincinnati's offensive explosion came at a perfect time after the bullpen gave up the lead in the eighth inning, spoiling a solid outing by starter Aaron Harang. Adam Dunn led off the eighth with a walk against Nationals reliever Mike Stanton (1-4). Austin Kearns followed with his fourth hit of the night, a double to the left-field corner that put runners on second and third. With first base open, Nationals manager Frank Robinson elected to to intentionally walk rookie Chris Denorfia to load the bases for Hatteberg with no outs. Hatteberg lined a double in the gap in right-center to plate Dunn and Kearns for the go-ahead runs. Reds closer David Weathers picked up a blown save, but recorded his first victory of the season.
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05/10/2006 [May. 10th, 2006|10:04 am]
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Pujols' major league-leading 17th home run, a three-run shot off Jose Mesa in the eighth inning, gave the ST. LOUIS Cardinals a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. He also leads the majors with 41 RBIs, and has the go-ahead RBI in seven of his team's last 12 victories. Pujols' blast came one inning after Colorado's Matt Holliday hit his third homer in two games to snap a 1-all tie. Holliday also singled in the fifth and is 14-for-30 with six homers in his last eight games. He is 16-for-32 against the Cardinals for his career. The Cardinals were stymied for seven innings by Josh Fogg, who entered with a 1-8 record and 8.47 ERA against them. Once Mesa entered in the eighth, it didn't take them long to seize control and end the Rockies' four-game winning streak. David Eckstein led off with a single and pinch-hitter Juan Encarnacion singled on a drive up the middle that appeared to deflect high into the air off the pitching rubber. Pujols nearly fanned on a 1-2 pitch, stepping out of the box to collect himself before hammering a 3-2 delivery from Mesa (0-1) over the left-field wall.

Juan Pierre's leaping catch against the wall in center robbed Bonds of home run No. 714, and the San Francisco slugger remained one shy of tying Babe Ruth for second place after the Giants' 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Lance Niekro had a two-run shot and singled in a run and Randy Winn added a solo drive for San Francisco to help Jason Schmidt (3-2) win his sixth straight decision against the Cubs and earn his third victory in a row. Schmidt has pitched back-to-back complete games and is the first Giants pitcher to do it since he got three straight from June 19-30, 2003. Schmidt allowed five hits, struck out six and walked none.

Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs to lift the Dodgers over the Houston Astros 12-7 for their fourth straight win. Kent's second homer of the season capped the Dodgers' six-run eighth inning. Nomar Garciaparra and J.D. Drew also homered against Houston starter Andy Pettitte, who allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings. Morgan Ensberg, Adam Everett and Jason Lane hit two-run homers for the defending NL champion Astros, who have lost five straight.

Alfonso Soriano's hit a ball an estimated 492 feet, the fourth-longest drive at the home run friendly ballpark, and it was the last of the Washington Nationals' season-high five homers in a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Soriano's ninth-inning drive off Brian Shackelford, his 10th, was only the fifth ball to clear the batter's eye in straight-away center field at Great American Ball Park. Tony Armas Jr. allowed two hits as he pitched into the seventh inning. Jose Guillen homered twice and drove in three runs, and Ryan Zimmerman and Matthew LeCroy added solo drives for Washington. Armas (3-2) held the Reds to one hit until he loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh on a single, a walk and a hit batsman. Scott Hatteberg hit a sacrifice fly off Joey Eischen to cut the Washington lead to 6-1 but Gary Majewski relieved Eischen and retired Austin Kearns and Jason LaRue to end the threat.

Corey Koskie doubled in the go-ahead run off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning and the MILWAUKEE Brewers beat San Diego 5-4 on Tuesday night to end the Padres' nine-game winning streak. San Diego had tied the game at 4 in the sixth on Khalil Greene's three-run homer. Carlos Lee, who homered in the fifth inning, started Milwaukee's winning rally with a two-out double into the left-field corner. Koskie followed with the double into the right-field corner off Hoffman (0-1). Dan Kolb (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Derrick Turnbow pitched the 10th for his 11th save in as many chances. The four Milwaukee pitchers allowed a total of five hits.

Snell, pitching like the top prospect he is supposed to be, limited Arizona to five hits over seven innings and Ronny Paulino hit his first career home run in PITTSBURGH 3-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The Pirates reached the double-digit victory mark in their 34th game, leaving Kansas City and Florida as the only teams in the majors with fewer than 10 victories. While the last-place Pirates are running out of time to make anything of what is quickly becoming their 14th consecutive losing season, the 24-year-old Snell (2-2) seems to be settling in as one of the NL's best young starters. The right-hander was in control from the start, never allowing a runner past second base while striking out five and walking one in a dominating performance. Paulino homered in the second inning, his first in 47 career at-bats, as the Pirates took a 2-0 lead against Miguel Batista (3-2). Paulino missed a second homer by inches when his drive in the seventh hit the top of the padded wall in right field and bounded back into play for a double. Paulino scored a batter later on pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit's double. Freddy Sanchez, getting an infrequent start at shortstop with Jack Wilson out with a sore hamstring, added a run-scoring double to support Snell.
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05/08/2006 [May. 9th, 2006|02:51 am]
National League Central

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[Current Music |Goo Goo Dolls - "Name"]

Roy Oswalt only lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and 7 runs while Noah Lowry returned from the DL by pitching 7 innings and only giving up 2 runs as Houston dropped a makeup game to SAN FRANCISCO, 7-5. Houston scored 3 in the 9th, but Armando Benitez came on and got Lance Berkman on a groundout to first for his second save. Pedro Feliz paced the Giants offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

Jason Marquis had a rough go of it, giving up 10 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings as St. Louis dropped the first game of a three game series to COLORADO, 6-2. Rockies starter Jeff Francis gave up 6 hits and 1 run in 7 2/3rds, striking out 1 and walking 3. The 4, 5 and 6 hitters (Atkins-Holliday-Hawpe) in the Rockies lineup combined to go 7-13 with 5 RBI and 5 runs scored. Hector Luna and Jim Edmunds provided St. Louis' two RBI.

Greg Maddux gets knocked around for the second outing in a row, only lasting 3 2/3rds while giving up 9 hits and 7 runs. SAN DIEGO starter Chris Young gave up 3 runs in 6 2/3rds to earn the victory, as the Padres swept Chicago, 8-3. About his poor outing, Maddux said: "I didn't pitch good, I didn't locate well. I threw too many balls over the middle of the plate. When you miss, you'd like to miss off the plate and not down the middle. I didn't do that." The Cubs have lost 7 in a row, and are facing a tough task tomorrow facing Giants ace Jason Schmidt.

Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati were idle
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