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Friday, 02 May 2008 19:14
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 ST. LOUIS (AP) -Skip Schumaker hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, taking struggling closer Jason Isringhausen off the hook in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
The Cubs' outfield was playing in with a runner on third and one out when Schumaker, usually the Cardinals' leadoff hitter, hit his second homer of the season and fifth of his career off Chad Fox. He has the go-ahead hit in three of the team's last seven victories.
Fox (0-1) had his contract purchased from Triple-A Iowa earlier Friday and made his first appearance since April 2005.
Ron Villone (1-0) picked up his first victory since July 2, 2006, for the Yankees over the Mets.
Alfonso Soriano tied it in the ninth with a two-run drive off Isringhausen. Soriano atoned for a shaky defensive play in left field and a missed opportunity at the plate, both in the seventh, with his third homer of the season.
Isringhausen has blown three of 12 save chances and two of the last three.
Braves 2, Reds 0
ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Hudson pitched his 11th career shutout and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to help the Braves end a season-high four-game losing streak.
Hudson (4-2) gave up just three hits, struck out 10 and walked none. McCann's sixth homer of the season came in the fourth off Edinson Volquez (4-1), sending the Reds to their third straight loss.
Chipper Jones, who reached base in all four at-bats, scored on McCann's homer and had two of Atlanta's six hits.
With just one victory in his previous three starts, Hudson gave the Braves' ailing pitching staff a boost after John Smoltz said before the game that he's likely to return from the disabled list as Atlanta's closer instead of rejoining the rotation.
Phillies 6, Giants 5, 10 innings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Phillies to the win.
Aaron Rowand gave the Giants a one-run lead with a solo shot leading off the top of the inning, but the Phillies rallied against Brian Wilson (0-1).
Chase Utley singled with one out. After Ryan Howard was ejected after striking out, Burrell hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats, sending the crowd into a frenzy on a chilly night.
Utley and Pedro Feliz each hit two-run homers for Philadelphia, which has won nine of 12.
Playing his first game against his former team, Rowand got a standing ovation his first time up. Fans booed as he rounded the bases after connecting off J.C. Romero (2-0) in the 10th.
Mets 7, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX (AP) - Jose Reyes had four hits and was thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning while trying to complete the cycle with an inside-the-park homer, leading New York to the win.
Reyes had two triples and scored three times. He motored around the bases after hitting a long drive off the center-field wall in the eighth but was easily cut down at home.
Ryan Church and David Wright homered for the Mets, who have won four of five. Church drove in three runs.
John Maine (3-2) scattered six hits over six innings, allowing two runs with two walks and six strikeouts for his fourth win in five starts.
The Mets pushed across three in the first and one in the second against Micah Owings (4-1).
Dodgers 11, Rockies 6
DENVER (AP) - Rafael Furcal had three hits, including a three-run homer in a seven-run sixth inning, and Los Angeles won its seventh straight game.
Matt Kemp drove in four runs with two doubles and Russell Martin made his first career start at third base, turning in a couple of defensive gems for the Dodgers.
Brad Penny (5-2) went five innings, allowing three runs and three hits. Penny continues to dominate the Rockies, improving 14-2 in 23 career starts.
Todd Helton hit a solo homer for Colorado, his third of the season. Jeff Francis (0-3) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Pirates 11, Nationals 4
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jose Bautista homered twice and drove in four runs to help Pittsburgh end the Nationals' winning streak at a season-high four games.
Ryan Doumit and Chris Gomez had two RBIs apiece for the Pirates, who have won three of five.
The game was delayed 25 minutes in the bottom of the fourth when rows of lights along the left- and right-field lines went dark. Umpires huddled with Nationals Park operations staff before the teams retreated to their dugouts to wait out the power failure.
Damaso Marte (2-0) pitched two hitless innings, and the Pirates bullpen gave up one hit in five innings.
Pittsburgh scored six runs in the third, sending nine men to the plate and breaking John Lannan's scoreless streak at a Nationals-record 21 innings.
Lannan (2-3) left after allowing six runs - five earned - and six hits in three innings.
Astros 7, Brewers 4
HOUSTON (AP) - Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee hit consecutive home runs in a four-run sixth inning for the Astros.
Hunter Pence added a pair of home runs for Houston, one in the fifth inning and another in the eighth, and Roy Oswalt (3-3) evened his record after a shaky start to the season by allowing six hits and three earned runs in six innings.
The Astros trailed 4-2 before Tejada's two-run shot to left off Carlos Villanueva (1-3) with one out in the sixth. Berkman followed with his home run to almost the exact same spot, and after a brief conference on the mound, Lee chased Villanueva with his drive.
Marlins 6, Padres 4
MIAMI (AP) - Dan Uggla hit two home runs and Mark Hendrickson pitched seven effective innings to lead Florida to the win.
Uggla's second homer, a three-run shot off Justin Germano (0-3) that traveled over the left-field scoreboard, was followed by a homer from Luis Gonzalez. It was the third time the Marlins hit back-to-back home runs this season.
Hendrickson (5-1) allowed three runs and five hits for the Marlins, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer for San Diego, which has lost 13 of 16 and four of its last five games.
Kevin Gregg allowed a run in the ninth before finishing for his fifth save in six opportunities.
 

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