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NL: Myers slams door for Phillies

By Associated Press
Published June 6, 2004

ATLANTA - Good things happen when Brett Myers pitches seven innings.

Ricky Ledee drove in three runs and Myers overcame a rough first inning to win for the first time in three starts, leading the Phillies over the Braves 5-3 Saturday.

"Any time a pitcher can get runs early, it's good," Myers said. "After that, I try to go out and relax."

The Braves, losing two straight for the first time in 17 games, fell to 27-28, their worst record this late in the season since having an identical record June6, 1992.

After allowing two runs on three hits in the first, Myers (4-3) gave up three more hits in his seven innings. He walked four and struck out five. When pitching at least seven innings, Myers has seven consecutive wins.

Ledee started for just the third time since May 16, when he had three RBIs at Colorado. The Phillies took a 4-0 lead in the first on Ledee's two-run single, and run-scoring singles by Chase Utley and Todd Pratt.

ROCKIES 11, GIANTS 2: The host Rockies kept Barry Bonds from hurting them this time, giving the slugger only two hittable pitches. Todd Greene and Royce Clayton each hit two-run homers, and Jason Jennings pitched five-plus strong innings for the Rockies.

Bonds walked three times, twice intentionally, but doubled off the wall in right-center in the seventh against Tim Harikkala. He finished 1-for-1 to raise his average at Coors Field to .328.

On Friday, Bonds hit his 15th homer and No. 673 of his career when Jeff Fassero pitched to him after manager Clint Hurdle instructed him not to do so. So, the Rockies employed what Hurdle called "Plan C," which basically meant walking Bonds no matter what. Plan A was pitching to the six-time NL MVP last weekend in San Francisco, and Plan B was to pitch around him.

CARDINALS 10, ASTROS 4: Jim Edmonds overcame a sore right rib cage and drove in four runs and threw out a runner at third, leading host St. Louis. Edmonds almost did not start after straining his rib cage muscle during batting practice the previous night, but chose to play, helping the Cardinals win their sixth in a row.

Albert Pujols went 4-for-5, and the Cardinals had a season-high 19 hits to move nine games over .500. Lance Berkman drove in four runs on two hits for the Astros, who have lost seven of their past eight against St. Louis.

REDS 6, EXPOS 3 (10): Ken Griffey hit his 496th homer and Adam Dunn had two, including a three-run shot in the 10th for host Cincinnati. Griffey hit his 496th in the fourth and Dunn followed with a solo shot, putting right-hander Paul Wilson in position to improve to 8-0. But closer Danny Graves let the Expos tie it in the ninth with their first set of back-to-back homers this season. Dunn connected for his 17th off Chad Cordero (1-1) with two outs in the 10th. Sean Casey started the winning rally with a two-out double off the rightfield wall, and Griffey was intentionally walked to bring up Dunn.

MARLINS 7, METS 6: Mike Stanton's pitch was supposed to be down and in to former Devil Ray Damion Easley. Instead it was down the middle of the plate. Easley lifted it into the leftfield bullpen for a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh, helping visiting Florida rally. Stanton came in after hits by Alex Gonzalez and Matt Treanor chased reliever Ricky Bottalico.

Mike Piazza had two homers for New York, including a leadoff shot against ex-teammate Armando Benitez in the ninth. Benitez then retired the next three for his 22nd save, and fourth straight against the Mets. Piazza's homers gave him 370, moving him past Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner and tying him for 56th all time with Gil Hodges.

CUBS 6, PIRATES 1: A day after Mark Prior returned with an overpowering outing, Carlos Zambrano made sure there was no letdown on the mound. Zambrano pitched eight solid innings and former Devil Ray Rey Ordonez hit a two-run single in the seventh to lead host Chicago. Derrek Lee added a two-run homer in the eighth for Chicago.

One day after Prior's brilliant season debut, Zambrano was just as tough. He allowed one run on four hits, struck out seven and walked two. He retired six of the last seven he faced.

[Last modified June 6, 2004, 01:34:05]


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