ST. LOUIS (AP) -Rick Ankiel homered twice and drove in three runs, the latest power display by the former pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Saturday.
Ankiel hit the first pitch he saw in the first and seventh innings to right field, giving him three home runs since he was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. He also singled and scored in a three-run third to help the Cardinals win for the third time in four games.
After an embarrassing bout of wildness and an arm injury, the one-time phenom scrapped his pitching career during spring training in 2005. He capped his first game back in the majors - as an outfielder - with a three-run homer against San Diego on Thursday.
Braden Looper (10-9) outpitched Derek Lowe, giving up four hits in six innings to earn his third victory in four starts. The four hits were the fewest he's allowed in a game since giving up four on July 2 against Arizona.
Lowe (8-11) dropped his fifth consecutive decision and has not won since June 22 against Tampa Bay. He lasted six innings, giving up five runs - three earned - and seven hits.
Reds 8, Padres 3
CINCINNATI (AP) - Bobby Livingston pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning and Jeff Keppinger backed him with three RBIs to help the Reds.
Livingston (3-2), who was 0-2 in his previous four starts, allowed four hits - including two homers by Brian Giles - with no walks and two strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings.
Giles' second homer, a two-run shot, and third in his last two games chased Livingston. It was Giles' 17th multihomer game and first since connecting twice on Sept. 12, 2004, at Colorado.
Bill Bray got the final two outs in his first appearance for the Reds this season.
Keppinger snapped a 1-all tie with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the seventh off Justin Hampson (2-3). He reloaded the bases by walking Javier Valentin, and Alex Gonzalez greeted reliever Mike Thompson with a two-run double.
Pirates 13, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Freddy Sanchez homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and Adam LaRoche connected for the second consecutive game to lead the Pirates.
Sanchez snapped a scoreless tie with his two-run homer into the left-field seats in the fourth for the first of his four hits. He added a two-run double in the ninth.
LaRoche followed Sanchez's homer with a splash-hit solo shot into McCovey Cove.
Randy Winn homered for the Giants, his seventh, on a day when Barry Bonds rested. But San Francisco could do little else against Tony Armas (2-3), who beat the Giants for the first time since 2002 with the Expos.
The Pirates put together a big inning for the second straight day, finally getting to hard-throwing Giants rookie Tim Lincecum (6-3). The right-hander and the team's top 2006 draft pick struck out eight and walked one in six innings, allowing nine hits and five runs.
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