Cardinals topple Mets, 6-5
St. Louis Even mired in 2-for-26 slump, Jim Edmonds is no easy out. Edmonds had two crucial hits, including a game-winning home run with one out in the ninth inning, that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.
"That's the way he's been most of the year," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's been a little bit funky here lately, but mostly he's been outstanding."
The Cardinals defeated New York for the first time in seven tries this season when Edmonds hit his 37th homer off Pat Mahomes (4-3). Edmonds also had an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game.
"Hopefully, that's maybe a sign of things to come," Edmonds said. "I've still got a lot of work to do and need to come up with a little more discipline."
Mahomes had Edmonds 0-2 in the count before missing on a fastball away. The next pitch was a chest-high fastball that Edmonds hit over the right-field wall.
"I'm going to go at him with my best stuff," Mahomes said. "I thought I could get a fastball by him, but I guess I was wrong."
The NL Central-leading Cardinals have won 12 of 16. The Mets, who had three of four, remained a half-game ahead of the Braves for the NL East lead.
Reds 8, Expos 2
Cincinnati Rob Bell pitched a career-best eight innings as the Reds beat Montreal 8-2 with solo home runs by Ken Griffey Jr. and Pokey Reese.
Bell (6-7) allowed six hits, walked three and struck out four for his first win since beating Montreal on June 30, when he pitched his previous high of 7 innings. He had one loss and four no-decisions since then.
Griffey broke a string of 52 at-bats without a home run his longest stretch of the season with a solo homer in the fourth. Griffey's 36th home run came one out after Reese led off the inning with his 11th homer.
The Reds added another run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Benito Santiago to take a 6-2 lead. Dustin Hermanson (10-12) allowed eight hits, walked five and struck out four in five innings.
Cincinnati scored in the second when Sean Casey, normally not a baserunning threat, scored from second on a single by Chris Sexton to short right field. The Reds added two more in the third on a double by Casey and an RBI single by Dmitri Young.
Rockies 5, Brewers 3
Denver Todd Helton homered yet had his batting average slip two points to .393 and pitcher Pedro Astacio drove in two runs. Helton went 1-for-4, hitting his 33rd home run in the fifth inning.
Todd Hollandsworth had three hits, including a solo homer, as the Rockies won for the third straight time and sixth time in their last seven games.
Astacio (12-8) won his third straight start. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Astros 3, Braves 2
Houston Moises Alou homered and drove in two runs as Jose Lima pitched the Houston Astros past the slumping Atlanta Braves.
The Braves lost for the sixth time in seven games and remained a half-game behind New York in the NL East.
Astros catcher Tony Eusebio separated his right shoulder when he toppled over a railing into the Houston dugout chasing a foul ball by Javy Lopez in the eighth.
Eusebio fell while a couple of teammates stood nearby, watching to see if the ball would be caught. Eusebio was unable to make the play, and left the game after a brief delay.
Lima (6-15) pitched six innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs.
Dodgers 2, Phillies 1
Los Angeles Adrian Beltre's two-out solo homer off Chris Brock in the eighth inning lifted the Dodgers to victory. After Brock retired the first two batters he faced, Beltre hit a 1-2 pitch over the fence in straightaway center to snap a 1-1 tie. Mike Fetters (6-2) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the Dodgers to get the win. But he apparently pulled a muscle in his left side after fielding a bunt by Tomas Perez and making a hurried throw to first for the third out.
Giants 7, Cubs 2
San Francisco Rich Aurilia hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run first inning against Kerry Wood. Jeff Kent later homered off Wood as the NL West leaders won for the fourth time in five games. Mark Gardner (10-6) earned his third victory in a row. He pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning.
Pirates 3, Padres 2,
San Diego Pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning with a high-chop infield single. Pinch-hitter Mike Darr's two-out, two-run single in the Padres ninth tied it at 2. Pittsburgh, coming off an 8-21 record in August, won for just the third time in 11 games.