NL roundup

Published April 28, 2006

ROCKIES 6 PHILLIES 3: PHILADELPHIA - Even outside of Coors Field, Garrett Atkins has found out the ball travels far when it's hit well.

Atkins' tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth helped lift Colorado. Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and Brad Hawpe went 3-for-5 with a homer for the Rockies, 7-3 on the road.

Matt Holliday started the eighth with a single off Ryan Franklin. Atkins then hit a 1-and-2 pitch off the brick batter's eye beyond the centerfield wall for his third homer, giving Colorado a 5-3 lead. Atkins also had a run-scoring single in the ninth.

"I had two strikes, so I was looking for something to hit. He left it out over the middle of the plate and I was able to hit it good," Atkins said of his 430-foot drive.

Pat Burrell had a two-run single for the Phillies, 5-10 at home.

"They outplayed us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I've been saying that all year. It's getting old."

Brian Fuentes extended his Rockies franchise record to 22 straight saves in support of Cook.

"I get more confident and stronger as the game goes on," Cook said. "I used my changeup quite a bit. They're one of the most aggressive teams we face."


NOTABLE: Cook is 9-1 with a 3.33 ERA in his past 15 starts on the road, dating to 2004.

CARDINALS 6 NATIONALS 2: ST. LOUIS - Sidney Ponson won his third straight start and Jim Edmonds gave him a quick cushion with a three-run homer in the first for the Cardinals, who have won seven of eight.

Scott Spiezio added a two-run double in the seventh off Gary Majewski. Spiezio, who made his third straight start at third base in place of ailing Scott Rolen, also tripled in the first and is 5-for-11 with a homer and four RBIs as the fillin.

The Cardinals are 10-3 at new Busch Stadium.

Mike O'Connor's strong major-league debut subbing for John Patterson could not prevent the Nationals from losing their fifth straight. Patterson skipped his turn in the rotation because of a strained muscle in his right forearm.


NOTABLE: Former Devil Ray Marlon Anderson struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and is 1-for-14 in that role. Last season he had 18 pinch-hits with the Mets, second most in the NL.