Cardinals 6, Marlins 3: At St. Louis, the Cardinals roughed up World Series MVP Josh Beckett and got dominant pitching from Jason Marquis in a victory over Florida. Marquis (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
Braves 2, Brewers 0: At Milwaukee, J.D. Drew and Chipper Jones hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning, sending Horacio Ramirez to his first win of the season in Atlanta’s victory over Milwaukee.
Mets 8, Astros 3: At Houston, Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam in the third inning, helping New York to a victory over Houston and only its second three-game winning streak this season.
Phillies 6, Rockies 4: At Denver, Pat Burrell homered and drove in four runs, Bobby Abreu also connected and Philadelphia beat struggling Colorado. Eric Milton (4-0) allowed only three runs in six innings despite walking five and yielding seven hits.
Cubs 6, Padres 1: At San Diego, Sammy Sosa homered to tie Mike Schmidt for ninth place on the career list at 548, and Greg Maddux pitched eight strong innings to lead Chicago over San Diego.
Pirates 4, Giants 2: At San Francisco, Daryle Ward tied it with a two-run homer, then singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead Pittsburgh past San Francisco. Deivi Cruz and Marquis Grissom each drove in a run for San Francisco, which played without Barry Bonds after the slugger was removed from the lineup because of back spasms.
Reds 2, Dodgers 1: At Los Angeles, Paul Wilson won his fifth straight decision and Cincinnati capitalized on a wild outing by Kazuhisa Ishii to beat Los Angeles. Wilson (5-0) pitched seven innings in his eighth start of the season, allowing a run and five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. It’s the first time in his career that he has won five consecutive decisions.
Expos 4, Diamondbacks 3: At Phoenix, Orlando Cabrera’s ninth-inning single sent Montreal to a win over Arizona. Brian Schneider hit his fourth home run for the Expos, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
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