Willis beats Cards for 11th victory

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 7, 2003

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Dontrelle Willis pitched eight impressive innings and Ivan Rodriguez homered as the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 Wednesday night.

Willis (11-2) shrugged off a shaky start.

Albert Pujols doubled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games.

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Cubs 3, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kerry Wood struck out 10 and Sammy Sosa hit a 448-foot homer as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Wood leads the majors with 192 strikeouts. He moved within nine of 1,000 lifetime in 133 big league starts.

Braves 10, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Greg Maddux won his fifth straight game, and Marcus Giles and Andruw Jones each hit a pair of home runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 on Wednesday night.

Maddux (11-8) allowed six hits in six innings, and struck out five and walked one before turning over a 10-0 lead to Jason Marquis in the bottom of the seventh.

Diamondbacks 3, Expos 2

PHOENIX (AP) -- Carlos Baerga's tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the eighth inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Baerga looped an opposite-field hit that dropped in front of left fielder Brad Wilkerson, and Alex Cintron scored from second base with the go-ahead run.

Astros 11, Mets 1

HOUSTON (AP) -- Adam Everett hit the first inside-the-park home run at Minute Maid Park, and Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo each homered and drove in three runs in the Houston Astros' 11-1 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Wade Miller (8-10) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. Geoff Blum also homered, and Lance Berkman had four hits and Bagwell and Hidalgo each had three.