National League roundup


Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 1:23 a.m.
ATLANTA - Raul Mondesi homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mondesi, batting just .200 in his first season with the Braves, connected on the second pitch from James Journell (0-1). It was the fifth game-winning homer of Mondesi's career, the last coming on Aug. 2, 2003, with Arizona.
The Braves tied the game at 2 in the seventh after Al Reyes took over for Cardinals starter Matt Morris, who pitched six strong innings. Johnny Estrada and Andruw Jones had back-to-back singles, and Mondesi walked to load the bases with none out.
  • GIANTS 7, PIRATES 6: Deivi Cruz got San Francisco off to a second fast start in as many nights with a two-run homer and center fielder Jason Bay's error helped key a three-run sixth inning, carrying San Francisco past Pittsburgh.
  • BREWERS 6, REDS 5: Ken Griffey Jr. found his home run swing. Milwaukee found a way to win. Griffey hit his first homer this season, No. 502 of his career, but Milwaukee beat Cincinnati on Damian Miller's game-winning single in the ninth inning.
  • NATIONALS 5, METS 3 (8): Perhaps the Washington Nationals found a way to get Tomo Ohka straightened out - don't tell him he's starting until a few hours before gametime.
    Ohka allowed just two hits in six shutout innings as a late replacement for an ailing Zach Day, and Nick Johnson and Ryan Church homered to lead Washington past the slumping New York Mets in a game called before the bottom of the eighth because of rain.
  • ASTROS 7, CUBS 5: Chicago Cubs ace Kerry Wood left early with shoulder pain again, and Jeff Bagwell had three hits to help Houston end their longest losing streak in nearly three years with a victory over the Chicago Cubs.
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