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NL: Giants give Kent rude welcome

©Associated Press
April 15, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds homered and the Giants spoiled Jeff Kent's return to San Francisco with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

The Giants improved to 12-1, keeping pace with their best start in 65 years.

Kent, the 2000 NL MVP who played the past six years in San Francisco, went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. He signed an $18.2-million, two-year contract in the offseason with the Astros, who have lost three straight after winning four of five.

Kent, who had a stormy relationship with several San Francisco teammates, was met with a loud round of boos as he came to bat in the first inning. But applause soon drowned out the boos, and many fans stood to cheer him.

Kent, a three-time All-Star with the Giants, hit .299 and averaged 29 homers during his tenure in San Francisco. He helped lead the Giants to the World Series last season.

Damian Moss gave up a run on five hits to earn the victory. He walked three and struck out three as the Giants beat Houston for the 17th time in 22 games.

Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities, allowing a run-scoring double to Geoff Blum.

EXPOS 5, METS 3: A trip to Montreal's favorite island caused a shipwreck for New York.

More errors. More injuries.

The bottom line: swept away.

"Maybe it's just Puerto Rico. Maybe we have to get out of Puerto Rico," Mets manager Art Howe said after his team's deflating defeat that completed a four-game sweep in San Juan.

"There's no logic to it. It's something different every night. Maybe a change of scenery will solve the problem."

New York clawed back from a 3-0 deficit to tie, but Fernando Tatis hit an opposite-field, two-run single in the eighth inning off David Weathers after Mike Stanton joined the injury list.

REDS 11, CUBS 3: Jason LaRue doubled three times and Sean Casey had three hits as visiting Cincinnati beat Mark Prior and Chicago.

Former Rays outfielder Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer, and Casey and Felipe Lopez each drove in two runs. Jimmy Anderson went five-plus innings for the win, and Brandon Larson scored three times.

Prior, who shut out the Expos in his previous start, went in with a 0.60 ERA, but the Reds got to him in the second.

The right-hander walked Adam Dunn before LaRue doubled, snapping an 0-for-11 slump. Dunn scored on Prior's wild pitch, and Reggie Taylor put down a sacrifice bunt to score LaRue, giving Cincinnati a 2-0 lead.

CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 5: Orlando Palmeiro tied a career high with four RBIs as St. Louis kept Milwaukee winless at home.

Brett Tomko survived a shaky start to drop the Brewers to 0-4 at Miller Park and 0-4 against the Cardinals. He allowed three runs in the first, then two more over the next 4 1/3.

Palmeiro had a sacrifice fly in the second, a homer in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth that made it 5-3 and chased Todd Ritchie.

PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 2: Jim Thome hit a two-run triple and host Philadelphia's bullpen helped it stand up as the Phillies won for the third straight time and fifth in seven games. Florida lost its second in a row after winning four straight.

Vicente Padilla gave up two runs and three hits and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. He left with a contusion on his left forearm after getting hit by a pitch from Marlins starter A.J. Burnett in the fourth.

ROCKIES 5, D'BACKS 3: Larry Walker drove in four with his first two homers of the season and Nelson Cruz became the fourth Colorado pitcher to win three games in April. Cruz, who was supposed to be a long reliever but moved into the rotation because of injuries to Denny Neagle and Denny Stark, scattered four hits in 52/3 scoreless innings for the visiting Rockies.

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