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Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

National League Roundup: Henderson collects hit No. 2,999

Cardinals take lead in Central with 10-6 win over Astros

October 7, 2001

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— Rickey Henderson has set himself up for either a grand finale on Tony Gwynn's last day in the big leagues, no less or a long winter.

Henderson pulled within one hit of 3,000 with one day left in the season, and Phil Nevin had his first three-homer game, including a grand slam, as San Diego beat Colorado, 10-4, Saturday.

Henderson, the Padres' leadoff hitter, doubled down the left-field line on the first pitch of the first inning for No. 2,999, then made four straight outs.

Afterward, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield passed Henderson in the hallway outside the Padres' clubhouse and said: "Tomorrow, babe."

Henderson said last week he wouldn't play today even if he was still short of one or both of the milestones he's been chasing, out of respect to Gwynn. But Gwynn told Henderson a few days ago that he wants him to play.

Henderson, who broke Ty Cobb's career runs record with a homer for No. 2,246 on Thursday, was coy about whether he'd play today. More than 60,000 fans are expected to see the final game of Gwynn's 20-year career.

"Tomorrow when I wake up, I'll decide if I'm playing," said Henderson, who's trying to become the 25th member of the 3,000-hit club.

"It's Tony's day. I respect him," Henderson said. "There's no way in the world you can take away the limelight from a great player like that. I really think he deserves it.

"I wish it would have gotten over with today, then I wouldn't have to think about it," Henderson said. "It just ain't happening right now. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

Cardinals 10, Astros 6

St. Louis Jim Edmonds homered and had three RBIs as St. Louis regained the NL Central lead by defeating Houston. While both teams clinched postseason berths when San Francisco lost late Friday night, the division title will go down to the final day, with the winner of Sunday's game also winning the Central.

St. Louis (93-68) took a one-game lead over Houston (92-69), which leads the season series 8-7. If the Astros win today, when the Cardinals' Darryl Kile (16-10) pitches against Shane Reynolds (13-11), the teams would finish with identical records and Houston would win the division title because of a better head-to-head record.

Mets 4, Expos 0

New York Lenny Harris became baseball's career leader in pinch hits and Kevin Appier pitched eight scoreless innings as New York defeated Montreal. Appier (11-10) allowed six hits and matched the Mets' season high with 11 strikeouts. Appier walked two. Harris, batting for shortstop Rey Ordonez, lined a single to right with one out in the sixth inning for the 151st pinch hit of his career passing Manny Mota.

Dodgers 6, Giants 2

San Francisco With new home run king Barry Bonds out of the starting lineup, James Baldwin pitched seven shutout innings and added an RBI double as Los Angeles beat San Francisco. Bonds, who hit his record 71st and 72nd homers Friday night, singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He then left for a pinch-runner, and many fans also exited.

Cubs 13, Pirates 2

Chicago Julian Tavarez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Sammy Sosa hit his 63rd homer inside the park and Roosevelt Brown had seven RBIs Saturday to lead Chicago over Pittsburgh. Tavarez (10-9) was five outs from the Cubs' first no-hitter in 29 years when Mendy Lopez hit a two-run single in the eighth.

Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 4

Milwaukee Jeromy Burnitz hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as Milwaukee rallied to beat Arizona. The Diamondbacks, who clinched the NL West on Friday, were eliminated in the race for best record in the league and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The winner of today's Houston-St. Louis game will take the top seed in the playoffs.

Braves 7, Marlins 3

Atlanta Jason Marquis pitched eight strong innings, Wes Helms hit a three-run homer and Atlanta defeated Florida. One night after clinching their 10th straight division championship, the Braves gave most of their regulars the day off. It didn't matter against the Marlins, who once again did their best to help the Braves all seven runs were unearned.

Phillies 2-5, Reds 1-1

Cincinnati Marlon Anderson went 5-for-5 with three doubles as Philadelphia beat the Reds 5-1 Saturday, completing a doubleheader sweep that pushed Cincinnati's home-field misery to record depths. The Phillies won the opener 2-1 behind Omar Daal.

l Box scores on page 6C

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