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NL: Cold day can't cool hot bat of Marlins' Lowell

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April 18, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Lowell picked one of the coldest days of the season to have one of the best days of his career.

Lowell drove in four with three extra-base hits and Carl Pavano pitched six shutout innings to lead the Marlins over the Phillies 7-3 Thursday in a game that began in 43-degree weather but got considerably colder.

"The first four innings weren't that bad, but the last four were ridiculous," Lowell said. "It just got real windy and once the sun really went away, I mean it was tough."

Luis Castillo had three hits, three stolen bases and two runs for the Marlins, who stole five bases in all to gain a split of the four-game series.

Lowell doubled twice and hit the first triple of his five-year career.

Pavano (2-2) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked one.

BRAVES 14, EXPOS 8 (10): Island favorite Javy Lopez hit his second homer of the game for Atlanta, a grand slam in the 10th that set off a festive celebration on San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So popular in his homeland that he bought 40 tickets each day, Lopez rewarded his fans with a career-high six RBIs. His homers brought prolonged chants and cheers led by his dad, prompting a pair of rare curtain calls by a visiting player.

D'BACKS 11, ROCKIES 2: Carlos Baerga drove in a career-best seven with two homers and a ground-rule double and Curt Schilling (1-2) pitched a four-hitter for his first victory of the season for host Arizona.

Baerga hit his first grand slam in nearly 10 years, off Jason Jennings in the second.

He added a two-run homer, also off Jennings, in the fourth as the Diamondbacks won consecutive games for the first time this season and split the four-game series.

CUBS 16, REDS 3: Pitcher Kerry Wood (3-0) hit his fifth career home run and Sammy Sosa hit his 503rd as host Chicago connected four times.

"Everybody has been swinging the bat unbelievable and pitching has been great," said Sosa, who homered for the third time in as many days, leaving him one shy of Eddie Murray for 17th place on the career list.

"That's how you win games, when everybody contributes."

With the wind gusting in from the northeast at 14 mph, this figured to be a pitcher's duel. But the Cubs offense played as if it were a warm, muggy day in July, getting 16 hits.

METS 7, PIRATES 2: Jae Seo pitched seven shutout innings for his first major-league victory and Mo Vaughn had four hits and four RBIs for New York.

Jeromy Burnitz and Mike Piazza hit long homers as the Mets won for only the third time on a 10-game road trip in which they averaged only three runs.

The Mets easily figured out St. Petersburg's Jeff D'Amico (1-2), who spent two-thirds of last season in their rotation before being pulled. He didn't pitch at all after Sept. 11 and wasn't re-signed after going 6-10.

BREWERS 4, ASTROS 2: Matt Kinney pitched seven innings for host Milwaukee and Richie Sexson and Geoff Jenkins hit consecutive home runs.

Milwaukee's win combined with Cincinnati's loss puts the Brewers in fifth in the Central, the first time they've been out of the cellar since May 18, 2002.

DODGERS 4, PADRES 3: Todd Hundley's three-run homer to rightfield capped a four-run eighth as host Los Angeles rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

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