Scott Rolen made up for the absence of Albert Pujols with a three-run homer, and Chris Carpenter had another solid outing to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cubs, 4-3, last night in Chicago.
Carpenter (7-1) tied his career-best with his sixth straight win, giving up three runs and nine hits in 8 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Reggie Sanders also homered for the Cardinals, who have won 10 of their last 12. Jason Isringhausen got the final out for his 13th save in 16 chances.
Corey Patterson and Glendon Rusch homered for the Cubs, and Chicago pitchers limited the Cardinals to just one hit over the final five innings. But it wasn't enough to keep Chicago from losing for the ninth time in 13 games.
Carpenter has been a good-luck charm of sorts for the Cardinals, who have won in each of his last eight starts, and they needed a boost without Pujols. The NL batting champion missed his first game of the season after straining his left hamstring running the bases Sunday.
Giants 10, Rockies 5 -- Pedro Feliz's struggles batting behind Barry Bonds earlier in the series forced manager Felipe Alou to move him around in the order, but on a day Bonds sat out of the starting lineup, Feliz found his stroke. Feliz homered twice and Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run homer that staked San Francisco to a five-run lead in the first inning of its win over Colorado in Denver.
Pinch hitter Damon Minor singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning. The Giants won three of four and sent Colorado to its fifth series loss at Coors Field this season.
Feliz hit a solo homer in the eighth and a two-run homer in the ninth for his 10th and 11th homers of the year. He went 0 for 5 and stranded eight runners hitting behind Bonds in Saturday's 11-2 loss.
Bonds he drew an intentional walk as a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Rangers 6, Pirates 5 -- Hank Blalock hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning as Texas beat visiting Pittsburgh in the first interleague game of the season. Blalock's looper to center, on a full-count pitch from Mike Johnston (0-3), dropped in front of charging outfielder Tike Redman to score Laynce Nix.
Athletics 13, Reds 2 -- Mark Mulder stalled Ken Griffey's run for 500 homers on a night when host Oakland had most of the longballs, getting a grand slam from Scott Hatteberg in a rout. With more than 20 friends and family members in attendance, Griffey went 1 for 3 and remained stuck at 498 home runs.
Mariners 5, Astros 0 -- Clint Nageotte pitched six shutout innings in his first major league start, leading Seattle at Safeco Field. Nageotte (1-1) was a top Mariners prospect last year after leading the Double A Texas League with 157 strikeouts. He was solid all night, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.