Breakout game for Glaus
2 HRs off Zambrano lift Cardinals over Cubs
Troy Glaus was hitless this season against the Chicago Cubs. Nothing to show in 30 at-bats. Then, with two swings yesterday, the big slump disappeared.
Glaus hit two of the St. Louis Cardinals' four homers off Carlos Zambrano to lead a 12-3 thumping of the host Cubs.
Skip Schumaker and Albert Pujols also connected off the Cubs' ace, who was driven out after 4 1/3 innings.
"It's the hardest I've ever seen him get hit. That never happens, it really doesn't," Schumaker said. "It was one of those fluke-type things."
Zambrano (12-5) gave up nine runs and 10 hits in his short outing. The four homers allowed by Zambrano were a career high, while the nine runs tied the most he'd ever given up.
"My job is pitching. My job is to go to the mound and throw six, seven, eight innings, but today I didn't do my job," said Zambrano, who wasn't sure how many homers he gave up.
"I lost the count. How many? Four. Well, good for them," he said. "There is nothing you can do about it. Just move on and think of my next start."
Glaus was 0 for 29 against the Cubs before fouling out to the catcher in his first at-bat.
"I really had no idea. It's one of those things," Glaus said. "For me, as long as I'm having good at-bats and going up there not making bad outs, I'm OK. Obviously, at 0 for 29 it didn't turn around for a while . . . I was able to get a couple in there and take advantage of a couple balls he left up."
Glaus's second homer of the day was a three-run shot in the fifth.
Phillies 4, Pirates 2 - Brett Myers pitched 7 2/3 sharp innings, Jimmy Rollins had four hits, and host Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh.
Myers (5-9) allowed one run and five hits, striking out six. The feisty righthander wasn't pleased to leave with a runner on second and two outs in the eighth.
Myers muttered a few expletives when manager Charlie Manuel went to the mound. Manuel went after Myers in the dugout and the two briefly exchanged words nose-to-nose.
Brewers 6, Nationals 0 - Ben Sheets (11-5) pitched a five-hitter for his first win since July 4, leading host Milwaukee.
Ray Durham and J.J. Hardy hit back-to-back homers off Washington starter Tim Redding (8-7) in the fourth for the Brewers, who moved four games behind the Cubs after Chicago's loss.
Mets 8, Marlins 6 - Carlos Delgado hit a mammoth home run, Daniel Murphy added the first of his big league career, and host New York scratched out a victory to push Florida further back in the NL East.
Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs, David Wright had three hits, and the Mets kept pace a game behind division-leading Philadelphia. The Marlins dropped 2 1/2 back after losing for the third time in four games.
Giants 3, Dodgers 2 - Aaron Rowand hit an RBI single through a drawn-in infield, and host San Francisco scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to beat Los Angeles.
After Jeff Kent homered leading off the 10th to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, San Francisco rallied against Los Angeles reliever Jonathan Broxton (2-3).
Astros 3, Reds 1 - Miguel Tejada homered and Brian Moehler (8-4) pitched seven solid innings against his former team, helping Houston win in Cincinnati.
Padres 8, Rockies 3 - Adrian Gonzalez hit his 28th homer and Greg Maddux (6-8) improved to 8-2 lifetime at Coors Field as San Diego got the victory.
Braves 11, Diamondbacks 4 - Brian McCann hit his team-leading 21st home run and drove in four runs, two in the decisive seven-run sixth inning, and Atlanta beat Arizona in Phoenix.
Tigers 10, Athletics 2 - Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs, lifting Detroit over visiting Oakland.
Orioles 9, Rangers 0 - Daniel Cabrera (8-7) stymied struggling Texas for six innings, and host Baltimore got a homer and four RBIs from Melvin Mora in its victory.
Indians 4, Blue Jays 2 - Paul Byrd (7-10) pitched a six-hitter to win his fourth consecutive start and Ryan Garko drove in two runs in visiting Cleveland's victory.
Twins 7, Royals 3 - Francisco Liriano pitched his second straight gem since being recalled from the minors, Delmon Young hit a two-run homer, and Minnesota won in Kansas City, Mo.