Bagwell Cranks Astro Lineup to Full Power

From Associated Press

Even after tying a team record by driving in seven runs, Houston Astro first baseman Jeff Bagwell was not completely satisfied.

“I should have had more,” Bagwell said after the Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-7, Sunday at Philadelphia. “The guys in front of me did a great job in getting on base.”

Bagwell and Moises Alou each hit two home runs and Richard Hidalgo and Chris Truby also homered as the Astros matched a club mark with six homers--a feat they have achieved three times this season.

Bagwell went four for five and was hit by a pitch as he tied the Astro record for runs batted in in a game shared by Rafael Ramirez (1989) and Pete Incaviglia (1992). Bagwell’s previous best was six RBIs.


Bagwell hit a three-run homer in the fourth against Omar Daal (3-13) as the Astros opened a 9-5 lead, and hit his 33rd homer in the eighth against Chris Brock.

Bagwell has 21 multihomer games in his career and a season-high 12-game hitting streak.

“I don’t mind watching him on SportsCenter, but I’d much rather see it from a distance,” Phillie Manager Terry Francona said.

The Astros set a season-high with 19 hits.


Arizona 7, Pittsburgh 6--Greg Colbrunn homered and drove in three runs at Pittsburgh and Arizona’s bullpen shut out the Pirates after the fourth inning.

Mike Morgan (5-3) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in middle relief as the Diamondbacks overcame deficits of 2-0, 4-3 and 6-4.

Colbrunn had a two-run homer against Bronson Arroyo (2-5) that tied the score, 6-6, in the fifth. Luis Gonzalez had a go-ahead run-scoring double in the sixth. Gonzalez went was two-for-three Sunday and is 19-for-35 (.543) against Pittsburgh this season.

The Pirates lost for the ninth time in 12 games. They have lost nine consecutive games played on Sunday and are 3-15 on Sunday this season.


Brian Giles hit a two-run homer in the first against Diamondback starter Brian Anderson, who opposed Pirate rookie Jimmy Anderson in an Anderson-vs.-Anderson matchup for the third time this season.

Colorado 5, Montreal 3--Neifi Perez hit a two-out, two-run triple in the ninth inning and scored on a wild pitch, rallying the Rockies at Montreal.

Todd Helton of the Rockies went three for three, raising his major league-leading average to .392. He also walked, and has reached safely in 15 of his last 16 plate appearances.

The Rockies trailed, 3-2, when Brent Mayne singled with one out in the ninth against Scott Strickland (4-2). Pinch-hitter Terry Shumpert also singled.


With two out, Steve Kline came on in relief, and Perez hit his first pitch just past diving right fielder Vladimir Guerrero for a triple.

Perez scored when a pitch from Kline bounced up the third base line. Catcher Lenny Webster couldn’t locate the loose ball, and Perez crawled to the plate after tripping over Kline.

San Diego 7, Florida 3--Bret Boone broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single and John Mabry’s three-run homer capped the five-run inning for the Padres at Miami.

The Padres, who have a four-game winning streak, completed their first sweep of the Marlins.


Florida’s Derek Lee hit a leadoff homer in the ninth against Carlos Almanzar. Trevor Hoffman came on with two runners on and got the final out.

Cincinnati 3, Chicago 0--Sean Casey homered and drove in another run when he was hit by a pitch, and Steve Parris earned his first victory since July 8 as the Reds completed a three-game sweep at Chicago.

The Reds have won four in a row and nine of their last 12 on the road.

Parris (6-14), who had lost his last three decisions, pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, but the Cubs didn’t give him much of a challenge. After Sammy Sosa’s three-run homer in the fifth inning Friday, the Cubs went 22 innings without scoring.


Since Sosa’s homer, the Cubs are 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position.

St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 4--J.D. Drew had a career-high four hits and Will Clark drove in two runs to lead the Cardinals at Milwaukee.

Pat Hentgen (11-9) gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven.

The Cardinals took the lead with four runs in the fifth against Jamey Wright (6-6).