Cincy can’t keep up with leader Cards
Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 1:28 pm
By: By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Familiarity with Chris Carpenter’s stuff from opening day was of no advantage to the Cincinnati Reds.
Carpenter pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to beat the Reds for the second time and Albert Pujols broke the game open with a three-run double in the seventh as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-0 Sunday to wrap up a 6-1 homestand.
“They know what I’ve got, they see me many times,” Carpenter said. “To go out and be able to make pitches, keep them off balance, it was a fun game.”
David Freese homered for the third time in four games on a three-hit day and Ryan Ludwick and Brendan Ryan had an RBI apiece for St. Louis, which took two of three for its seventh series win out of eight this season.
The Cardinals are an NL-best 17-8, and Freese is a big reason why. He doubled off the center-field wall in the eighth and is 12-for-22 during a six-game hitting streak.
“He carried the ballclub, that’s the simple thing to say,” Pujols said. “I’m real happy for him.”
Freese leads National League rookies with nine multihit games, and he had six RBI on Wednesday against Atlanta. He’s taken to wearing a Batman mask in the clubhouse as a good luck charm before games.
Cubs 10, D’backs 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Gorzelanny had pitched far too well to be 0-3. Thanks to Alfonso Soriano & Co., the left-hander is winless no more.
After the Cubs totaled only seven runs in Gorzelanny’s first four starts, they put up double digits Sunday with Soriano hitting a pair of two-run homers in Chicago’s 10-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“The guys jumped on them early, and that’s a good feeling for any pitcher,” said Gorzelanny, who allowed two runs and had a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Despite the dazzling performance, his ERA actually rose to 2.48.
Soriano certainly crushed Arizona pitching — four homers, 10 RBI for the series — as the Cubs won the last three games after dropping the opener.
Braves 7, Astros 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Heyward and Melky Cabrera each drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves beat Houston 7-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and leave the Astros with a six-game losing streak.
Heyward, the rookie sensation who had homers in three straight games before Sunday, had two hits. He ranks among the NL leaders with seven homers and 23 RBI.
Heyward gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second with a sacrifice fly to deep right field. He had a run-scoring double in the Braves’ three-run fourth inning off Bud Norris and drove in another run with a bases-loaded infield single in the three-run fifth.