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Postby WebHamster » Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:00 am

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Greg Maddux pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win since rejoining the Cubs and Moises Alou hit a two-run homer, as Chicago defeated New York, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game set at Wrigley Field. Maddux (1-2), who had permitted 15 earned runs in three starts coming into this game, was back in top form as the four-time NL Cy Young winner allowed just one run on seven hits. Maddux, who recorded his first victory for the Cubs since September 30, 1992, also struck out a season-high eight batters while walking just one. Joe Borowski threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save of the season. Todd Walker added a solo homer for the Cubs, who have won four straight games. Mike Cameron provided the only run with a homer for the Mets, who have dropped three of their last four games.

Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Pittsburgh 4

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Adam Dunn smacked a three-run homer and drove in four runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-4 win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Barry Larkin stroked a pair of hits and scored twice for the Reds, who have taken three of the first four meetings with the Pirates this season. Sean Casey added two hits. Reds starter Paul Wilson (3-0) earned the victory and remained unbeaten despite allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings of work. Jack Wilson went 3-for-5 with a run scored for the Pirates, who have dropped three straight games after winning the previous three.

Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Montreal 6

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Bobby Abreu knocked in five runs with a three- run homer and three doubles, leading Philadelphia over Montreal, 8-6, in the opener of a three-game series. Abreu, who posted his first four-hit game of the season, helped the Phillies rebound from a three-game sweep at the hands of Florida. Jim Thome also homered for Philadelphia, and Placido Polanco ended 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Kevin Millwood (2-2) picked up the win in six innings of work. He was charged with five runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and a walk, striking out four. Tony Batista finished with two hits and a pair of RBI for the Expos, who scored more than four runs for the first time this season. Montreal, which has lost 10 of its last 12, played its first game at Olympic Stadium after six "home games" in Puerto Rico.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, Florida 1

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Russ Ortiz allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings to lead Atlanta to a 6-1 win over Florida in the opener of a three- game set at Pro Player Stadium. Ortiz (2-2), who was brilliant in defeating the Marlins last week at Turner Field, was just as strong in this contest. The righthander surrendered only four hits while striking out six and walking six. Ortiz allowed only one run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings in last week's 4-1 win. J.D. Drew hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the Braves, who have taken all four meetings against Florida this season, including last week's three-game home sweep. Adam LaRoche added a pair of RBI and Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 in the win.

Final Score: Milwaukee 2, St. Louis 1

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Craig Counsell drove in the game-winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 win over St. Louis at Miller Park. Trent Durrington, who came on to pinch run for Gary Bennett, scored the winning run for the Brewers, who have won four of the first five meetings with the Cardinals this season. Scott Podsednik and Lyle Overbay each had two hits in the winning effort. Milwaukee reliever Brooks Kieschnick (1-0) earned the win by not allowing a hit in 2 2/3 innings of work. Kieschnick struck out three, and only one walk kept him from having a perfect appearance. Marlon Anderson drove in the Cardinals' lone run, as St. Louis had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Houston 13, Colorado 7

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Mike Lamb had a career-high four hits and six runs batted in to lead the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies, 13-7, at Coors Field. Lamb, who went 4-for-5, fell a homer short of the cycle for the Astros, who took the opener of this three-game set. He more than doubled his season's RBI output (11), as Houston ended a three-game losing streak. Orlando Palmeiro and Craig Biggio each smacked two-run homers for Houston, which has won eight of 12. Royce Clayton homered, finishing 2-for-5, with two RBI for Colorado, which has dropped two of three.

Final Score: Arizona 5, San Diego 2

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Richie Sexson's mammoth three-run homer to center field in the eighth inning lifted the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game set at Bank One Ballpark. Sexson finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored for the Diamondbacks, winners of back-to-back contests. Matt Kata was also 2-for-4 and scored twice. Mark Loretta accounted for both San Diego runs with a two-run homer in the third inning, as the Padres saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

Final Score: Los Angeles 5, San Francisco 4 (12 innings)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Milton Bradley stroked a game-winning RBI base hit in the 12th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 win over San Francisco at Dodger Stadium. Cesar Izturis, who had two hits and led off the frame with a double, scored on the play as he beat out Barry Bonds' throw to home plate. Shawn Green homered and drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won all four meetings with the Giants this year. Los Angeles reliever Darren Dreifort (1-0) earned the win by pitching two hitless innings.Pedro Feliz drove in two runs for the Giants, who have lost eight of their last nine games. Bonds and A.J. Pierzynski each had a pair of hits in defeat. Bonds was intentionally walked four times, which was one shy of a major league record.
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