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Published May 30, 2006


METS 8, D'BACKS 7 : NEW YORK - David Wright's drive to the centerfield wall capped the Mets' ninth-inning comeback.

New York pulled it out in the ninth against Arizona closer Jose Valverde, who was stung for a two-run walkoff homer in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.

Endy Chavez, who came into the game in a double switch in the ninth, opened the bottom half with a double and scored on Jose Reyes' single to tie the score. Paul Lo Duca followed with his fourth hit of the game, sending Reyes to third. After Arizona walked Carlos Beltran intentionally to load the bases, Carlos Delgado struck out.

With the infield in, Wright ripped a shot over Eric Byrnes' head. Wright was credited with a single.

Chad Tracy hit a three-run homer off reliever Aaron Heilman in the seventh to put the Diamondbacks ahead. Byrnes had two homers for the Diamondbacks, who lost their second straight after a five-game winning streak.

Cliff Floyd and Jose Valentin hit sixth-inning homers, giving New York a 6-4 lead.

Heilman relieved for New York and walked pinch-hitter Jeff Da-

Vanon leading off the seventh. DaVanon stole second and moved to third on Craig Counsell's single. After Byrnes took a called third strike, Tracy hit his ninth home run of the season, a 400-foot shot over the rightfield fence on an 0-and-2 pitch.

Floyd opened the sixth with his sixth homer. One out later, Valentin, who drove in three, hit his third homer of the season. Both homers came against Arizona starter Claudio Vargas.

Byrnes tied the score at 4 for the Diamondbacks in the fifth with his second home run of the game against Mets starter Steve Trachsel. Byrnes gave the Diamondbacks the lead in the first inning when he hit his seventh home run of the season.

The Mets came back in the second against Vargas.

New York loaded the bases with none out on walks to Wright and Xavier Nady sandwiched around Floyd's double. Valentin drove in two with a single and Reyes delivered another run on an infield out. Lo Duca followed with his second double of the game, making it 4-1.

NOTABLE: The start of the game was delayed 39 minutes by rain, and play was delayed again for 51 minutes after the second inning.

ROCKIES 5, PADRES 0 : SAN DIEGO - Colorado settled right back in at Petco Park.

Jason Jennings pitched a two-hitter, facing four over the minimum, and Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe and rookie Ryan Spilborghs homered to lead the Rockies, 4-0 at Petco this season.

The Rockies swept a series here in the season's first week, when they became the first team to score in double digits in three straight games at the spacious downtown park, which opened in 2004.

The Padres wore camouflage jerseys to honor the military on Memorial Day, and it seemed as if Jennings were throwing camouflage balls. It was his fifth career complete game and third shutout. On May 6, he pitched a seven-hitter in a 5-0 win against Houston. His previous low-hit game was a five-hitter in his major-league debut Aug.23, 2001, at the Mets.

Jennings allowed only two singles.

NOTABLE: Padres left-hander Shawn Estes said he's "98 percent" certain he's going to have reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow next week. Estes strained the during his Padres debut April5 and went on the DL two days later.

CARDINALS 3, ASTROS 1 : ST. LOUIS - Albert Pujols failed on his first opportunity to get the Cardinals going, striking out on three pitches against Roy Oswalt with two men on to end the fifth.

His next time up, he gave the team what it has come to expect: a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh.

"He amazes a lot of people, but to us, it's just Albert," closer Jason Isringhausen said. "We don't know where we'd be without him."

The Cardinals rallied after six fruitless innings against Oswalt and sent Houston to its sixth loss in seven games.

"I got another chance, and I came through," Pujols said. "That's what it's all about: Stay focused and get a good pitch to hit, and hopefully come through."

Aaron Miles singled off former Devil Ray Trever Miller to start the seventh and John Rodriguez coaxed a full-count walk with two outs ahead of Pujols, who hit his major league-leading 25th homer off Chad Qualls on a 2-and-0 pitch.

QUOTABLE: "At first it looked like it wasn't going to go out, and then I think the god of baseball grabbed it and pushed it out." - Phil Garner, Astros manager on Pujols' homer

DODGERS 12, BRAVES 5 : ATLANTA - Manager Grady Little said pulling Brad Penny in the fifth was the key to Los Angeles' win.

Tell that to Penny.

After Penny was battered by six straight hits and four runs in the inning, the Dodgers pulled away late. Ramon Martinez had a three-run homer and five RBIs.

Penny was given an 8-1 lead but was pulled before qualifying for the win after the Braves closed to within 8-5. Penny complained on the mound, in the dugout and after the game.

"It was the first jam I get in all year and I don't get a chance to get out of it," said Penny, who voiced his displeasure with Little on the mound before swinging a bat at a water cooler in the dugout.

"I wanted a chance to get that inning out of the way," Penny said. "I'm out there pitching hurt. ... I don't appreciate not getting the chance with a three-run lead to finish the inning."

Little said the objections "will be addressed, but not today."

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Penny's tirade "is not the professional way to handle it, by any means."

NOTABLE: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had his first major-league RBI on a second-inning sacrifice fly.

PIRATES 14, BREWERS 3 : PITTSBURGH - Sean Casey had three hits and drove in three runs in his first game since mid April, and the Pirates bounced back from a difficult loss.

Jason Bay's streak of games with a homer ended at six as he was the only Pirates starter to not drive in a run. Catcher Ronny Paulino was the only starter who didn't get any of their 18 hits off four pitchers, a day after the Pirates blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Houston.

Zach Duke gave up two runs in the first, but Pittsburgh immediately came back with five runs in its half.

Casey drove in the first with a single to center. Craig Wilson and Duke had run-scoring singles, Doug Davis issued a bases-loaded walk to Paulino and second baseman Rickie Weeks committed his 15th error of the season to allow another run.

NOTABLE: Prince Fielder's homer for Milwaukee bounced into the Allegheny River, the 18th homer to reach the water.

PHILLIES 11, NATIONALS 2 : PHILADELPHIA - Ryan Howard hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth to lift the Phillies. Howard has 13 homers and 33 RBIs in May for Philadelphia, which has won two straight.

Clay Condrey pitched four strong innings in relief of injured starter Jon Lieber. Condrey hadn't pitched in the majors since 2003 with San Diego.

Lieber left for a pinch-hitter in the second. He strained his left groin while fielding a ground ball in the top half.

Washington has lost two of three since a season-high four-game winning streak.

Nationals starter Michael O'Connor was struck on the left ankle by Chase Utley's line drive in the sixth. After two warmup pitches, O'Connor departed.

Gary Majewski came in and got an out. After a walk to Pat Burrell, Howard hit a line drive into the front row in leftfield.

NOTABLE: LPGA tour player Natalie Gulbis threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

MARLINS 5, GIANTS 1 : MIAMI - Barry Bonds and San Francisco could have used a night to rest.

A day after hitting his 715th homer to move past Babe Ruth into second on baseball's career list, Bonds and his teammates looked like a club drained by the historic milestone and a subsequent cross-country flight.

Mike Jacobs homered and Scott Olsen pitched seven strong innings for Florida, who took advantage of the Giants' weariness.

"We had a good frame of mind, but our bodies were not there. We seemed dead out there," Giants manager Felipe Alou said.

Bonds was 1-for-4 with a single. Asked if the slugger, playing for the fourth straight day, appeared tired, Alou reiterated the entire team was fatigued.

"I feel tired and I'm not even playing," the manager said. "I think everybody here needs a good night's sleep."

QUOTABLE: "Why? If I had it, I wouldn't give it back." - Bonds on whether he would ask for his 715th home run ball back from Andrew Morbitzer, who caught it Sunday

CUBS 7, REDS 3 : CHICAGO - Kerry Wood delivered his best start of the season when the Cubs needed him the most.

Wood pitched six solid innings in his third start since shoulder surgery Aug.31 for his first win since July 15. Todd Walker hit a two-run homer and Matt Murton also homered for Chicago, which snapped a six-game losing streak and won for the fifth time in 26 games.

Wood, who helped himself with a run-scoring single in the fourth to give Chicago a 3-2 lead, said he used his changeup to keep Cincinnati off balance.

"The changeup was pretty good for me today," he said. "I threw it more than I normally do and it was working; I was getting them to put the ball in play and trying to keep the pitch count down the best I could, and we just stuck with it."

NOTABLE: Chicago's Ryan Dempster, who had three blown saves in his past four outings, struck out Austin Kearns for the final out in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth.