Pujols injures 2 Padres in win
By: By The Associated Press
Ryan Ludwick and Troy Glaus both drove in three runs to lead St. Louis during an 11-3 victory over the San Diego Padres Wednesday night.
However, the bigger story was Albert Pujols’ hand in a pair of accidental injuries to the Padre batter.
The last-place Padres lost pitcher Chris Young (4-4) when Pujols lined a shot off his face, breaking his nose and sending blood streaming down the front of his shirt.
Two batters later, the Padres lost catcher Josh Bard to a sprained ankle on a play at the plate.
The play at the plate also involved Pujols sliding in to prompt the injury of a second San Diego player during the inning.
Braden Looper (6-3) allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings for St. Louis.
Meanwhile, Arizona’s Brandon Webb was halfway through May and hadn’t lost a game before Wednesday night. So was Shawn Chacon, in an entirely different way.
Chacon went seven innings for his first win, breaking his big league-record streak of nine straight no-decisions to start a season in Houston’s 5-3 win over the Cubs.
Webb, meanwhile, was bidding to become only the third pitcher since World War I to win his first 10 starts, but instead gave up all three runs in Arizona’s 3-1 loss to the Florida Marlins.
Carlos Lee’s three-run homer in the third inning helped Chacon (1-0) overcome a rough start and avoid tying the overall record for consecutive starts without a decision — or worse, let his first decision be a loss.
Houston has quietly won nine of 13 games, and with a series win over the rival Cubs, moved within 11/2 games of the lead in the NL Central.
In other NL games Wednesday, it was: San Francisco 3, Colorado 2; Atlanta 11, the New York Mets 4; Philadelphia 12, Washington 2; Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 1; and the Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Cincinnati 2.
In Houston, Derrek Lee’s two-run homer in the first inning gave Chicago an early lead, and Micah Hoffpauir doubled for his first major league hit before scoring on a double by Geovany Soto that made it 3-0 — and suddenly Chacon appeared headed for the wrong kind of decision.
“He settled down after the first inning,” Lee said. “He really just shut us down.”
Ryan Theriot singled with two outs in the second inning, but was picked off at first. Chacon then retired the next 12 batters, with four strikeouts.
“It was good,” Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. “He deserved it. After the first inning, you can’t pitch better than that.”
Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save, and has not allowed a run in 17 consecutive appearances for the Astros.
In his first career road start, the Cubs’ Sean Gallagher (1-1) allowed eight hits and five runs with four strikeouts in 42/3 innings.
“My execution wasn’t there,” he said. “I’ve got to be able to control myself better.”
Braves 11, Mets 4
At Atlanta, Jeff Francoeur homered and drove in four runs to back Jair Jurrjens (5-3), who gave up only one earned run in seven innings for his second win over the Mets this season.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (2-5) gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings.
Giants 3, Rockies 2
At Denver, Omar Vizquel doubled to start a tying rally in the ninth, then drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly off Matt Herges (2-1) in the 10th.
Brian Wilson struck out Omar Quintanilla for the final out to pick up his 14th save.
Tyler Walker (2-2) got the win after setting down the Rockies in the ninth.
Phillies 12, Nationals 2
At Washington, Ryan Howard homered twice, Pedro Feliz and Shane Victorino also went deep and the Phillies piled up 15 hits and a season-high in runs.
Jamie Moyer (4-3) took the easy victory by throwing six scoreless innings, and Clay Condrey gave up a couple meaningless runs but still got his first save with three innings of work.
Matt Chico (0-6), getting a fill-in start for Shawn Hill (sore elbow), allowed Howard’s RBI double in the first, Feliz’s home run in the second and homers by Victorino and Howard.
Brewers 4, Pirates 1
At Pittsburgh, Ben Sheets (5-1) limited Pittsburgh to one run despite allowing 11 hits in his second complete game, and Rickie Weeks homered and scored twice for Milwaukee.
Weeks hit his sixth homer with two outs in the sixth against Ian Snell (2-3), who is winless in seven starts since April 12. Snell, 0-3 over that span, gave up nine hits and four runs, two earned, over six innings.
Dodgers 5, Reds 2
At Los Angeles, Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) went eight innings and the Dodgers scored four of their runs on a wild pitch, a suicide squeeze, a passed ball and a bad pickoff throw.
Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Johnny Cueto (2-5) threw 114 pitches over five innings, giving up four runs — two earned.