Wild Wood let off hook
Chicago A late Cubs rally bailed out a wild Kerry Wood and cost Darryl Kile his 20th win.
Kile fell short in his attempt to become the NL's first 20-game winner and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 Friday to snap an eight-game skid.
Chicago's Ricky Gutierrez hit a game-winning two-run double in the ninth.
Kile, looking to become St. Louis' first 20-game winner in 15 years, took a 4-3 lead into the eighth but couldn't hold on.
"Twenty is not all that important," Kile said. "It's kind of special, but if it doesn't happen no big deal."
Wood walked eight of the 13 batters he faced before being removed after retiring just four batters innings. It was Wood's shortest outing in 48 career starts.
"It was just one of those days," Wood said.
I didn't have my good stuff. I couldn't throw strikes. That's the bottom line."
Eric Young singled with one out off in the ninth and stole second. Gutierrez lined a double over the head of left-fielder Ray Lankford to score the winning run.
"We haven't had (a win) in a while so everybody was acting pretty wild out there," said Gutierrez, whose team had lost its previous two games in the opponents' final at-bat when errors were made on routine grounders.
The Cubs had lost 18 of 20 games.
"It's just been a bad year for us, but we never gave up," Wood said.
"This game means absolutely nothing to us (in the playoff chase), and we went out and did what we had to do to stay in the ballgame."
Mets 9, Phillies 6
Philadelphia Mike Piazza homered twice and Bobby J. Jones pitched seven strong innings.
Piazza hit a line drive into the left-field seats for a solo homer in the sixth inning that put the Mets ahead 4-3.
He hit a two-run homer, his 38th, in the ninth for his 23rd career multihomer game.
Bubba Trammell added an RBI single and Mike Bordick had a two-run double to cap the four-run sixth. Jones (10-6) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out three, walked four and won for the sixth time in seven decisions. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for a team-record 39th save in 44 chances, breaking John Franco's club record.
Expos 6, Braves 4
Montreal Tony Armas Jr. ran his scoreless streak to 19 innings before finally allowing a run and Orlando Cabrera homered for the second straight game.
Armas (7-8) brought a 14-inning scoreless streak into the game and didn't allow a run until Bobby Bonilla hit his fifth homer with two outs in the sixth.
Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer in the seventh to chase Armas and draw the Braves to within one at 5-4. Armas allowed six hits and four runs in 6-plus innings.
He struck out four and walked five.
Reds 12, Astros 5
Cincinnati Juan Castro, Michael Tucker and Sean Casey all homered in the second inning off Jose Lima, who set an NL single-season record by allowing his 47th home run.
Philadelphia's Robin Roberts allowed 46 home runs in 1956, when he pitched 297 innings in 43 games. Lima has pitched 188 innings in 32 games this season.
The major league record for home runs allowed in a season is 50, set by Minnesota's Bert Blyleven in 1986.
An RBI double by Casey and a sacrifice fly by Alex Ochoa gave Cincinnati a 2-0 lead in the first.
Marlins 8, Rockies 4
Denver Preston Wilson hit his 30th home run and Cliff Floyd drove in two runs.
Wilson became the 24th major league player to have 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. Luis Castillo added two hits and an RBI as a steady rain and snow shower fell.
Brad Penny (7-7) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. Penny also had an RBI single and scored a run for the Marlins, who won for only the fourth time in 11 games. Todd Helton went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Rockies.
Diamondbacks 7, Giants 1
San Francisco A day after the Giants clinched the NL West title with a victory over Arizona, Curt Schilling pitched a four-hitter to end his five-game losing streak. Schilling (11-12), who made a disparaging remark about Giants star Barry Bonds to reporters after the game Thursday night, won for the first time since Aug. 18. Schilling struck out 10.
Pirates, Brewers ppd
Milwaukee The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers was postponed by rain Friday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.