Archive for Monday, September 4, 2006

Pujols, Howard erupt

Sluggers connect three times apiece for Cards, Phillies

September 4, 2006


Sluggers Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols each whacked three home runs on Sunday.

Howard homered in his first three at-bats, raising his major-league-leading total to 52, and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, 8-7, Sunday in the opener of their second straight doubleheader split.

Atlanta won the second game, 3-1 in 11 innings after scoring the go-ahead run on catcher Carlos Ruiz's throwing error.

Pujols also homered in his first three at-bats in St. Louis' 6-3 home victory over Pittsburgh.

Phillies 8-1, Braves 7-3

Philadelphia - Howard's 50th home run was a solo shot in the second inning, and he followed with a two-run drive in the third. His third homer was an opposite-field, solo shot to left in the sixth that made it 6-1. After going 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the opener, he was 2-for-4 in the second game.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 3

St. Louis - Pujols homered in his first three at-bats to end an 8-for-38 slump. Pujols connected with the bases empty in the first and hit two-run drives in the third and fifth, all off Ian Snell (12-9). It was his third three-homer game, his second of the season, and raised his home run total to 42.

Astros 2, Mets 1

Houston - Roy Oswalt (11-8) retired the first 18 batters before Jose Reyes beat out a bouncer to shortstop leading off the seventh. Oswalt struck out nine and allowed three hits in 71â3 innings.

Marlins 10, Brewers 3

Milwaukee- Scott Olsen (12-7) allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings as Florida (68-68) completed a three-game sweep and became the first team since the 1899 Louisville Colonels to return to .500 after falling 20 games below.

Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 3

Washington - Austin Kearns hit a two-run double off Brandon Webb (14-6) in a four-run eighth.

Giants 7, Cubs 4

Chicago - Barry Bonds homered for the second straight game. Bonds, 26 home runs shy of Hank Aaron's record of 755, has five in his last 11 games.

Padres 2, Reds 1

San Diego - David Wells held Cincinnati to one run and five hits in six innings in his first game since his hometown Padres acquired him from Boston on Thursday.

Rockies 12, Dodgers 5

Los Angeles - Matt Holliday homered to cap a six-run fifth, and Byung-Hyun Kim (8-10) allowed two runs and eight hits in 62â3 innings.


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