Duncan's pinch-hit homer helps Cards sweep Pirates


Fri, Apr 13, 2007 - Page 23

Chris Duncan hit a pinch-hit homer off Salomon Torres in the ninth inning on Wednesday to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a three-game sweep.

The Cardinals scored nine runs in the sweep -- three in each game. But they limited the Pirates to four runs in 30 innings in Pittsburgh's first home series of the season.

Duncan, who was hitting for So Taguchi who had gone 3-for-3 with two doubles, broke a 2-2 tie by taking Torres deep with one out in the ninth. Torres (0-1) also squandered a 2-0 lead during the ninth on Tuesday night.

Brewers 3, Marlins 2, 13 innings

In Miami, Prince Fielder singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, the seventh time he reached base, and Milwaukee won the completion of the first suspended game caused by Major League Baseball's rules change.

The game was suspended with the score 2-2 after 10 innings and three rain delays on Tuesday night that totaled 1 hour, 42 minutes. Under the rules change made during the offseason, it was picked up where the teams left off.

In other NL games it was:

* Phillies 5, Mets 2

* Braves 8, Nationals 3

* Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2

* Padres 4, Giants 0

* Dodgers 3, Rockies 0

Darin Erstad hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth after Jermaine Dye connected for a tying two-run homer an inning earlier, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Athletics 6-3 on Wednesday.

The A's scored all of their runs in the first inning off Mark Buehrle, who settled down to hold Oakland to four hits in seven innings, retiring 17 of his final 18 batters. David Aardsma (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Bobby Jenks finished for his second save, one day after blowing a chance in Chicago's 2-1 loss.

Devil Rays 6, Rangers 5

At Arlington, Texas, Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist helped the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a rare road victory.

Zobrist hit a solo homer in the first and Pena homered in a four-run third inning for Tampa Bay, just 5-36 on the road since last June 30.

Michael Young homered twice for the Rangers, who had won four of their previous five.

Blue Jays 7, Royals 4

At Toronto, Troy Glaus homered and reached base four times, and Aaron Hill had three hits and three RBIs for Toronto.

In other AL action it was:

* Tigers 4, Orioles 1, 12 innings

* Twins 5, Yankees 1

* Mariners 3, Red Sox 0

* Angels 4, Indians 1