Cards blanked as fans stay put
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 5:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Kendrick and Placido Polanco gave Philadelphia fans reason to stand and cheer on a night when they all stayed in their seats.
Kendrick threw seven impressive innings, Polanco hit a two-run homer and the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Wednesday night.
In a return to normalcy, no fans ran onto the field at Citizens Bank Park after consecutive games were marred by unruly behavior.
A crowd of 44,261 was the 54th straight sellout in Philadelphia. Everyone stayed in the stands for a change. Some were startled when a ball girl dashed onto the field during a pitching change in the eighth before quickly realizing she was simply going to get reliever Dennys Reyes’ jacket from the bullpen.
On Monday night, a teenager was Tasered in the outfield after eluding security for about 30 seconds. A 34-year-old man ran onto the field and gave himself up without incident Tuesday night. He was booed by other fans after interrupting Cole Hamels in the middle of his windup before he threw his first pitch in the top of the ninth. The Phillies were up 1-0 before the delay.
Pirates 4, Cubs 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Morton was effective for the first time this season, allowing two runs in six-plus innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs for the second straight night, 4-2 Wednesday.
Morton (1-5), who entered the game as the worst starter in the majors in terms of ERA (12.57) and was tied for worst with five losses, did not allow a hit in five of his six innings and did not walk a batter to win for the first time since shutting out the Cubs Sept. 30.
Ted Lilly didn’t walk a batter and there were no free passes in the game.
Ryan Church homered for the second consecutive game, Garrett Jones had two hits and two RBI, and Octavio Dotel earned his fifth save in seven opportunities for Pittsburgh, which improved to 9-1 in games decided by two runs or less.
Slumping Aramis Ramirez was moved down to the No. 6 spot in the order but had a hit and an RBI for Chicago.
Braves 7, Nationals 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chipper Jones hopes the Braves learn an important lesson from their longest road losing streak in almost 14 seasons.
Matt Diaz hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning Wednesday night, helping the Braves snap an eight-game road skid with a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals.
“You’re going to have to win games in hostile environments,” Jones said.