Edgar Renteria hit a grand slam, Jim Edmonds homered twice and the Cardinals roughed up Mark Prior in a 12-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field yesterday that showed last year's feud between the NL Central rivals definitely is not over.
"He was a little off today and I took advantage of it," said Renteria, who played despite missing Tuesday's game with flu. "I was looking for a mistake. He's a great pitcher, and he's not going to make a lot of mistakes."
Edmonds finished 3 for 4 with four RBI and a walk. Scott Rolen didn't homer for the first time in three days, but he did have an RBI to add to his major league-high total of 63.
Matt Morris (6-5) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, walking four. He also sparked the latest skirmish between the teams when he sent Derrek Lee sprawling in the dirt with a fastball near his head in the fifth. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected, but the game was delayed for about five minutes while umpires restored order.
"I don't mind them chasing me, just don't go above my shoulders. Don't throw at my head," Lee said. "Hit me in my elbow or ribs, just don't throw at my head. That's where a guy can get hurt."
"I understand there's emotions in this rivalry," Prior said. "It's one thing to send a message, it's another thing to throw at a guy's head. I don't want to get too far into this, but I think we all understand there's a way to do things and a way not to do things."
Corey Patterson hit a two-run homer for Chicago and finished 2 for 3 with a walk. But that was small consolation for Cubs fans, who watched Prior (0-1) have a rare bad outing against their loathsome rivals.
Prior lasted 32/3 innings and matched his career high with five walks, though one was intentional. He gave up five runs and five hits, and also threw a wild pitch.
* YANKEES 7, ROCKIES 5: Derek Jeter returned from a three-game absence to hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh, and host New York overcame the loss of starter Kevin Brown by rallying past Colorado.
The Yankees won their 12th straight interleague game, the longest streak in the majors since AL vs. NL regular season play began in 1997. Colorado lost its fourth in a row overall.
Brown was forced to leave after only two innings because of stiffness in his lower back.
* PADRES 8, RED SOX 1: Brian Lawrence pitched five innings of shutout ball to help visiting San Diego spoil Nomar Garciaparra's return to Boston. Garciaparra finished 1 for 2.
* BLUE JAYS 4, DODGERS 0: Miguel Batista pitched a four-hitter for his third career shutout, leading host Toronto to victory.
* DEVIL RAYS 4, GIANTS 3: Jose Cruz Jr. hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 10th, giving host Tampa Bay the victory. The Devil Rays loaded the bases against right-hander Tyler Walker (4-1) on three walks. Cruz worked the reliever to a 3-2 count, and singled over the first base bag on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.
* INDIANS 8, MARLINS 1: Jake Westbrook pitched eight impressive innings and Casey Blake homered to help host Cleveland finally beat Florida. The Indians got past Florida for the first time since winning Game 6 of the 1997 World Series. The Marlins won Game 7 in 11 innings, swept a three-game series at home in 2002 and took the opener of this three-game set Tuesday night on two ninth-inning homers off the foul pole at Jacobs Field.
* PHILLIES 13, WHITE SOX 10: Bobby Abreu homered twice and Eric Milton won his third straight start to lead Philadelphia over host Chicago.
* TWINS 5, METS 3: Johan Santana pitched seven strong innings to snap his four-game losing streak and Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer, leading host Minnesota.
* ASTROS 3, MARINERS 0: Wade Miller pitched visiting Houston to its second straight shutout of Seattle, combining with three relievers for the victory. One night after Roger Clemens beat Seattle 1-0, the Astros earned their fifth shutout of the season.
* TIGERS 4, BRAVES 2: Eric Munson and Carlos Guillen homered, sending host Detroit to victory.
Craig Dingman got his first major league win, pitching three scoreless innings of relief in a game delayed by rain for 2 hours 24 minutes in the second inning.
"He was our first choice after the rain delay," Manager Alan Trammell said. "He hadn't pitched in a while. We knew we could get three innings from him and we did."
Chipper Jones and Eli Marrero homered for Atlanta, which dropped back to .500.
* BREWERS 12, ANGELS 2: Bill Hall drove in three runs, Brady Clark tied a career high with four hits and visiting Milwaukee routed Anaheim.
* EXPOS-ROYALS, PPD.: The game in Kansas City, Mo., was postponed by rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
* PIRATES-RANGERS, PPD.: The game in Arlington, Tex., was rained out for the second day in a row. Both games will be made up as part of a doubleheader today, which was supposed to be a day off for both teams.