Reggie Sanders hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the 11th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ninth straight victory, 6-5, yesterday at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals were 6-0 on the homestand to extend their winning streak at Busch Stadium to 10. They've won 14 of 16 overall. Hector Luna tripled to the center field wall on the first pitch from Giovanni Carrara (4-2) and scored when Sanders singled through a drawn-in infield.
"You can't expect them to roll over," starting pitcher Woody Williams said. "It doesn't matter how we win or who wins, we're winning."
Jim Edmonds tied a career high with three doubles and John Mabry hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which entered the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead.
The Dodgers tied it with three runs on four hits off Jason Isringhausen. Jayson Werth had a pinch-hit RBI single and Jose Hernandez had two-out, two-run double.
Ray King (5-2), the fifth St. Louis pitcher, struck out one in a scoreless 11th.
The Cardinals' winning streak is the longest since a 10-game run in 2001. They hadn't trailed during the streak until Adrian Beltre hit his NL-leading 44th homer in the second inning yesterday. Mabry quickly erased the deficit in the home half when he homered off Jeff Weaver.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals swept the West-leading Dodgers for the first time since June 23-25, 2000, extending their division lead to 171/2 games.
* GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Edgardo Alfonzo hit a two-run homer off Randy Johnson in the sixth inning, and host San Francisco tied idle Chicago atop the NL wild-card standings.
Brett Tomko (9-6) pitched seven impressive innings on a sprained right ankle, getting eight strikeouts in his fourth straight victory. Ray Durham had an RBI single as the Giants finished a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.
* ASTROS 10, PIRATES 5: Mike Lamb went 4 for 5 with a homer and four RBI to lead Houston, at home, to its ninth straight win.
"I've been steroid-tested, so I can't use that as an explanation," quipped Lamb, who hit his career-high 10th homer.
Carlos Beltran added three hits as the Astros moved within 11/2 games of San Francisco and idle Chicago for the NL wild-card lead.
* EXPOS 4, BRAVES 3: Tony Batista, who had been hitless in his previous 23 at-bats, hit a one-out RBI double in the 12th inning and host Montreal ended a three-game losing streak.
* REDS 9, BREWERS 2: In Milwaukee, Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer and Luke Hudson pitched six strong innings to lead Cincinnati, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
* PHILLIES 4, METS 2: Brett Myers threw three-hit ball over seven innings to help Philadelphia send visiting New York to its ninth straight loss.
* ROCKIES 5, PADRES 2: Vinny Castilla hit his 30th homer, and Jeromy Burnitz and Matt Holliday also connected as visiting Colorado handed San Diego its fifth loss in six games.
* CUBS-MARLINS, PPD: The game in Miami was postponed because of Hurricane Frances.