Kerry Wood homered and allowed four hits in eight innings, leading the Chicago Cubs over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0, yesterday.
Wood (7-5) struck out seven and walked three as Chicago won for just the third time in eight games. He hit his seventh homer in 305 career at-bats in the third inning off Kazuhisa Ishii (11-6), a drive into the left-field bleachers against a strong wind. The Cubs lead the wild-card race by a game over the Padres and the Giants.
Braves 9, Cardinals 7 -- Chipper Jones homered twice, and pinch hitter Julio Franco had a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning to lead host Atlanta over St. Louis, only the third loss for the Cardinals in their last 11 games. In a matchup of division leaders, Andruw Jones and Rafael Furcal also homered for the Braves, who opened a season-high eight-game lead over Philadelphia in the East.
Albert Pujols homered twice for St. Louis, raising his total to 35 and tying Cincinnati's Adam Dunn and Philadelphia's Jim Thome for the major league lead.
Giants 7, Phillies 3 -- Yorvit Torrealba hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, leading visiting San Francisco over Philadelphia. Cody Ransom, Dustan Mohr, and Marquis Grissom also homered for San Francisco, which has won three in a row for the first time in a month.
Pirates 6, Rockies 1 -- Jose Castillo drove in a career-high three runs to back a wild Oliver Perez, and host Pittsburgh beat Colorado. Castillo and Craig Wilson homered for the Pirates, who had lost two straight after winning four in a row. Pittsburgh is 16-6 when hitting two or more home runs.
Marlins 11, Brewers 1 -- Jeff Conine's third grand slam of the season highlighted a seven-run ninth inning, and Florida routed host Milwaukee. Dontrelle Willis (9-8) threw seven strong innings, and Paul Lo Duca and Miguel Cabrera each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who pounded out 12 hits in their largest victory of the year. Florida had lost six of its last seven games on the road.
Reds 11, Padres 5 -- Wily Mo Pena homered twice and drove in four runs, helping host Cincinnati beat San Diego. Pena and Darren Bragg hit home runs on back-to-back pitches from Brian Lawrence to spark a six-run sixth inning.
Expos 8, Astros 3 -- Nick Johnson hit his first NL grand slam, Tony Armas Jr. pitched five hitless innings before leaving because of a high pitch count, and Montreal beat visiting Houston to stretch its season-best winning streak to seven.Armas, pitching for the first time in 18 days and limited to 77 pitches, became the second straight Expos starter to have a hitless outing. He stuck out five and walked two.
Mets 4, Diamondbacks 3 -- Cliff Floyd homered and drove in three runs and host New York beat Arizona, extending the Diamondbacks' losing streak to nine games.