Atlanta’s Denny Neagle lost for the first time since the All-Star break as Danny Sheaffer snapped an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-1 victory Sunday night in St. Louis.
Neagle (16-3) had been 4-0 with a 1.81 ERA in seven starts since his last loss, July 6 at Montreal. In 7-2/3 innings, Neagle gave up seven hits, struck out eight and walked two.
Brian Jordan singled with one out, Ray Lankford doubled with two outs and Willie McGee walked before Sheaffer, who entered the game with seven RBIs, drove a 1-2 pitch to left-center.
Sheaffer, who drove in the Cardinals’ other run with a fourth-inning squeeze bunt, hadn’t had an RBI since July 16.
Reds 5, Dodgers 0
Rookie Brett Tomko pitched seven scoreless innings for the second time in three starts.
Tomko (8-4) scattered seven hits, struck out two and walked none in his his first career appearance against Los Angeles.
Marlins 10, Pirates 2
Moises Alou had five RBIs, including a three-run homer, and Kevin Brown pitched eight innings for Florida.
Alou hit his 16th homer, the 100th of his seven-year career, to make the score 6-0 in the third inning. His single drove in two runs in the first and he finished 2 for 4, boosting his average to .300.
Cubs 6, Padres 5
Mark Clark held San Diego to five hits in seven innings - none by San Diego’s top six hitters - for his second straight win with Chicago.
Mark Grace hit a two-run triple to cap the four-run fifth and Sammy Sosa added a bloop RBI triple for the Cubs, who had 12 hits and avoided a three-game sweep.
Rockies 6, Mets 4
Dante Bichette’s bases-clearing double highlighted a four-run sixth inning as Colorado completed a three-game sweep of New York.
Colorado starter John Thomson (5-7) pitched six innings for his second win over New York in 11 days.
Astros 11, Phillies 6
Billy Brewer walked in the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning as Houston stopped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak.
Giants 8, Expos 6
San Francisco, Calif.
Damon Berryhill hit a three-run homer as San Francisco batted around in a six-run first inning and then held on for the win.
Darryl Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Jim Bullinger, his first home run in 108 at-bats since July 18.
Marlins still on block
Big crowds and the team’s first pennant race haven’t changed owner Wayne Huizenga’s mind about selling the Florida Marlins.
Huizenga, who put the team on the market in June, attended Sunday’s victory over the Pirates.
“It’s been very exciting,” Huizenga said. “It’s going to be a great September. But this doesn’t change anything. We’re going to go ahead with plans to sell the team, even though nothing has happened yet.”
Clearing the bases
Prior to July 27, the Phillies had not won a series this season. Since then, they have not lost one. … New York’s Todd Hundley, who entered the series 21 for 36 (.583) at Denver’s Coors Field, went 0 for 5 and finished the six-game road trip 3 for 20… . The Giants are 29-17 in the last game of a series and 17-6 on Sundays.
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