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NL notables

* Steve Renko was the last Expos pitcher to bat higher than ninth in the starting lineup when he hit eighth against San Diego Aug. 23, 1973. Renko, a onetime Red Sox, went 2 for 3 in a 4-2 loss to the Padres at Jarry Park.

* Astro Adam Everett leads NL shortstops in runs with 38.

* Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 15th homer for St. Louis, a ninth-inning drive that gave him six homers in his last eight games.

* Dodger Eric Gagne worked a hitless ninth, extending his major league-record saves streak to 75. It was only his second save opportunity in the last 19 games.

* The Marlins have outscored opponents, 40-19, in first innings.

* Florida's Juan Pierre went 2 for 4, extending his string of consecutive series with at least one hit to 48.

* Michael Tucker's splash hit was the 34th by the Giants in their fifth season at SBC (nee Pac Bell) Park, joining Barry Bonds, Jose Cruz Jr., J.T. Snow, and Felipe Crespo.

* Brewer outfielder Geoff Jenkins extended his errorless streak to 181 games. The streak began June 4, 2002, against the Cubs. Fans at the game received a Jenkins bobblehead doll.

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