Kile collects rare 10 as Cardinals prevail

Braves lose

injury opens door for Rocker's return

June 14, 2000

The most searing memory for St. Louis starter Darryl Kile of his 10th victory will be the line drive off Damlan Jackson's bat that screamed into his glove and left him sitting on the mound, gather-ing his senses.

He looked into his glove to see if the ball was still there.

"I was actually looking to see if it was deformed," Kile said after beating the host San Diego Padres 8-3 on yesterday to become the third 10-game winner in the majors. "I've had a few balls hit at me. That was by far the hardest one that happened to find my glove."

Making the play to end the fourth inning earned Kile a pat on the backside from Mark McGwire on the way back to the dugout. It was the most adventuresome moment in a game in which Kile pitched seven strong innings and hit a single as the Cardinals beat the Padres for the fifth straight time.

Kile (10-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in seven innings to join Arizona's Randy Johnson and Toronto's David Wells as 10-game winners. Kile already has two more wins than he did all last year, when he was 8-13 in his second season in Colorado.

Kile, who also beat the Padres 4-3 in St. Louis on April 19, won his third straight start. He struck out three and walked three.

"That was hard work," manager Tony La Russa said. "They've got a bunch of guys hitting .300 over there. They made him work for every out. That was a very tough seven innings."

Kile's batterymate, Eli Marrero, broke a-1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, his fifth, and J.D. Drew added a two-run shot in the fifth, his 10th. Both came off rookie Rodrigo Lopez (0-3) who remained winless in six starts after giving up six runs and 12 hits, a season-high for a Padres pitcher. Drew and Jim Edmonds both had three hits.

Lopez is likely headed back to Triple-A Las Vegas.

"It's certainly not the way I wanted my last big-league start to go," Lopez said.

With Drew and Piacido P01anco aboard on consecutive one-out sin-gles, Marrero, the No. 8 hitter, homered into the seats in left field. Drew's homer cleared the fence in right. Eric Davis was aboard on a two-out single.

The Cardinals, who lead the majors with 111 homers, have hit four in the first two games of this three-game series. On April20, Marrero homered twice off the Padres, including his first grand slam, in a 14-1 Cardinals win in St. Louis.

"Pirates 7, Braves 6: With John Rocker stuck in the minors but maybe not for long-- host Pittsburgh rallied off Atlanta's bullpen.

Pittsburgh scored three runs in the ninth to tie the score and won it on Wil Cordero s leadoff homer in the 10th inning.

It was a rough day in all for the Braves' bullpen, as Rudy Seanez left with tightness in his right arm and headed back to Atlanta for tests, Mike Remlinger blew his first save of the season, and Don Wengert (0-1) allowed the game-winning homer.

"Rem threw good," manager Bobby Cox said. "He just made one bad pitch. He had the guy 0-2 and he got the ball in a bad spot."

All of this happened with Rocker back in Richmond. But the Braves might not be without their controversial reliever for long, as Cox said Seanez might have to go on the disabled list.

Rocker was sent down to Triple-A Richmond to work on his control both on and off the field. The day before he was demoted, Rocker threatened the reporter who wrote the story about the reliever's bigoted views on foreigners, gays and minorities.

Cubs 4, Mets 3: Pinch runner Damon Buford scored from second on a throwing error by shortstop Kurt Abbott in the eighth inning, lifting host Chicago over New York.

With the score tied 3-3 and one out in the eighth, Henry Rodriguez singled off John Franco (2-2) and was removed for Buford. Joe Girardi singled, advancing Buford to second, and pinch hitter Glenallen Hill hit a grounder to first baseman Todd Zeile. He threw to Abbott at second for the force, but Abbott's throw to Franco, covering first, was wide and bounced against the fence near the Mets dugout.

Phillies 4, Marlins 3: Scott Rolen's two-run single broke a tie and Ron Gant homered and drove in two runs. as host Philadelphia spoiled Chuck Smith's major-league debut.

Smith left after Florida took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh. But Gant tied it with an RBI single off Joe Strong (0-1) before Rolen's bases-loaded single against Armando Almanza provided the final margin.

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