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Cardinals nemesis Zambrano leads Cubs to win

Cardinals nemesis Zambrano leads Cubs to win

Jacque Jones hit a bases-loaded triple in Chicago's seven-run fifth and Carlos Zambrano pitched seven innings in the Cubs' 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League on Saturday.
Zambrano (2-2) is unbeaten against the Cardinals in his last eight starts, going 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA (58 2-3 innings). He ended a three-game winless streak by allowing one run and seven hits with two strikeouts.
Jones had two hits in the fifth and went 3-for-4 overall with four RBIs. Derrek Lee continued his hot start for the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lee has reached safely in all 23 games he's played and is batting .391.
Albert Pujols led off the seventh with his sixth homer of the season for St. Louis. It was the 256th of his career, moving him ahead of Ken Boyer and into second place on the Cardinals' career home run list behind only Stan Musial (475).
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (1-2) lasted just 4 1-3 innings, giving up six runs and seven hits.
Reds 8, Pirates 1
At Pittsburgh, Matt Belisle didn't allow a baserunner until the sixth inning and finished with a five-hitter for his first complete game and Cincinnati ended Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak.
Belisle (3-1) hadn't lasted longer than six innings in 100 major league games, yet retired the Pirates' first 16 batters until Ronny Paulino doubled into the right-center gap with Cincinnati up 5-0 in the sixth. The right-hander struck out five and walked none.
Pittsburgh's Tom Gorzelanny (3-1), who retired the first 11 he faced until Josh Hamilton walked and scored on Jeff Conine's double in the fourth. Gorzelanny allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Conine went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Astros 10, Brewers 1
At Houston, Craig Biggio had a triple and three RBIs and Houston snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Lance Berkman, Mark Loretta and Adam Everett each had two RBIs and the Astros shook out of an offensive slump with their highest run total of the season. Houston came into the game batting only .240 and had scored a total of 11 runs in its previous five games.
Chris Sampson (3-1) struck out eight, his highest total in seven career starts.
Dave Bush (2-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings, losing to the Astros for the first time in six career starts. Milwaukee lost for just the third time in 10 games.
Marlins 11, Phillies 5
At Philadelphia, Miguel Cabrera had a career-best five hits for Florida and Dontrelle Willis won despite struggling through 6 1-3 innings.
Cabrera had four singles and his seventh homer of the year. Josh Willingham added a three-run home run and Dan Uggla also went deep for the Marlins, who have averaged 8.2 runs when Willis is on the mound.
Willis (5-1) allowed nine hits and five runs. He has a 5.35 ERA in six starts.
Aaron Rowand extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games and Rod Barajas homered for Philadelphia, which got another poor outing from Adam Eaton (2-2), who allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Braves 6, Rockies 2
At Denver, John Smoltz continued his mastery of Colorado and Chipper Jones drove in two runs for Atlanta.
Smoltz (3-1) allowed two runs, nine hits, and struck out eight in seven innings to improve to 11-4 with nine saves and a 3.43 ERA in his career against the Rockies.
The 39-year-old was aided by an efficient offense that used three hits including a two-run single by Jones, a solo home run by Jeff Francoeur and a triple by Kelly Johnson in the first four innings to build a 5-2 lead.
Colorado starter Jason Hirsh (2-2) allowed five runs, five hits and four walks over six innings.
Matt Holliday was 2-for-4 with two doubles and Troy Tulowitzki hit his second home run in two nights for the Rockies.
Mets 6, Nationals 2, 12 innings
At Washington, Carlos Beltran and David Wright delivered two-run hits in the 12th inning for New York.
Beltran's double down the first-base line off Ryan Wagner snapped a 2-2 tie, and Wright's single to left tacked on two more runs. Saul Rivera (0-1), who loaded the bases in the 12th before being removed, took the loss.
Aaron Sele (1-0) got four outs to earn the win, and Billy Wagner came on to pitch the 12th in a non-save situation.
The go-ahead runs came six innings after Mets manager Willie Randolph was ejected and capped a wild game that also included Washington starter Jerome Williams holding New York without a hit for 5 1-3 innings, two players leaving with injuries, a run that scored on a wild pitch, and a blown save by Washington closer Chad Cordero.
Padres 3, Dodgers 2
At San Diego, Trevor Hoffman rebounded from two straight blown save opportunities to close the door on Los Angeles, sealing the win for Greg Maddux and San Diego.
After blowing save chances in consecutive appearances for the first time in 10 years, Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in seven chances, and the 487th of his career.
Maddux, meanwhile, retired his final 14 batters.
Maddux (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. After Jeff Kent doubled in Juan Pierre to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with one out in the third, Maddux kept the Dodgers off the base paths through the seventh inning.
Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4
At Phoenix, Barry Bonds hit his 742nd career home run for San Francisco. Scott Hairston hit his 14th, and it lifted Arizona to the win.
Hairston, a pinch-hitter, hit reliever Vinnie Chulk's first pitch 418 feet into the left-field seats with two runners on to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning.
Chulk (0-1) and Jack Taschner couldn't protect a 4-1 lead for starter Matt Cain, who allowed one hit and one run in six innings. He walked four and struck out two.
Dustin Nippert (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Jose Valverde got three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.
With a runner at second and two outs in the first inning, Bonds hit a 1-1 pitch from right-hander Edgar Gonzalez 428 feet into the concourse in right-center field to give the Giants a quick 2-0 lead. It was Bonds' eighth home run of the season and his third off Gonzalez.
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Updated : 2021-05-10 07:53 GMT+08:00