Johnson nets 15th victory
Phoenix For someone who almost had to leave the game due to injury, Tony Womack made quite a splash at the end.
Womack hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Dave Veres, and Arizona beat St. Louis, 3-2, Thursday to make Randy Johnson the NL's first 15-game winner.
"A walk-off home run? I've never heard that before," said Womack, whose sixth homer tied his career high set in 1997. "That's a good feeling. But Randy pitched a good game, and he deserved to win."
In the seventh, the slender shortstop leaped high chasing Shawon Dunston's double into the gap. When he came down, his left knee buckled and he crumpled to the ground.
After conferring with manager Buck Showalter and trainers, Womack stayed in the game.
"He landed awkwardly on his knee," Showalter said. "One thing that gets missed with Tony is that he's a very durable player. He answers the bell."
Eric Davis' sacrifice fly off Johnson (15-2) put the Cardinals ahead 2-1 in the ninth.
But Veres (1-3) walked Hanley Frias to lead off the bottom half. Jay Bell, batting for Johnson, sacrificed and Womack sent the ball into the right-field seats. Veres blew a save for the fifth time in 23 chances.
"We stole one today, and we're very fortunate. I'm real grateful to Tony, and Hanley, too," Johnson said
Astros 6, Reds 2
Houston Jose Lima won his second straight decision after losing 13 straight, and Lance Berkman hit a three-run double to lead Houston.
Braves 5-1, Marlins 3-6
Miami Tom Glavine (11-5) improved to 3-8 in Miami, where he had lost five consecutive games since beating Florida on May 3, 1995. He allowed three runs one earned and nine hits in 61/3 innings of the doubleheader opener. Pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd broke a seventh-inning tie in the second game with a two-run homer off Scott Kamieniecki (1-1).
Giants 7, Padres 3
San Francisco Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer, raising his league-leading RBIs total to 88, to help Kirk Rueter and San Francisco beat San Diego. Kent's 24th homer was his first since July 2 and snapped a season-high six game streak without driving in a run.
Phillies 3, Cubs 2
Chicago Bobby Abreu hit a tiebreaking home run off Kevin Tapani starting the eighth inning Thursday, leading Philadelphia over Chicago. Doug Glanville also hit a solo homer off Kevin Tapani (6-8), who has allowed 28 this year
Expos 4, Mets 1
Montreal Chris Widger hit put Montreal ahead 2-1 in sixth inning with a solo homer off Mike Hampton (0-7) and added a two-run double in the seventh.
Pirates 9, Brewers 2
Milwaukee Wil Cordero drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Jose Silva (6-4) won for the first time in six starts since June 13, allowing four hits, struck out five.