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Walker Is Key as Cubs Rout Reds

September 28, 2004|From Associated Press

Todd Walker homered and drove in four runs, Carlos Zambrano won his fourth straight decision and the Chicago Cubs extended their lead in the NL wild-card race with a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night at Chicago.

Walker was three for four, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Corey Patterson, Derrek Lee and Jose Macias also homered.

Zambrano (16-8) gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings to win his third consecutive start. He struck out seven and scattered five hits.

The win moved Chicago a game ahead of idle San Francisco.

Houston 10, St. Louis 3 -- At Houston, Roy Oswalt became the NL's first 19-game winner, and the Astros remained 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card race.

St. Louis second baseman Tony Womack left in the seventh inning after being hit on the left arm by a pitch from Oswalt.

Pittsburgh 6, Philadelphia 1 -- Ty Wigginton hit a two-run homer and Oliver Perez pitched 6 2/3 strong innings at Philadelphia, helping the Pirates end a seven-game road losing streak and eliminating the Phillies from postseason contention.

Arizona 3, Milwaukee 1 -- Randy Johnson struck out 10 in seven innings at Phoenix to earn his 15th win and the Diamondbacks ended a six-game losing streak.

Florida 4, Montreal 1 -- Josh Beckett pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera hit his 31st homer to lead the Marlins at Montreal.

New York at Atlanta, ppd. -- The game involving the Mets and Braves was rained out because of the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne. It will be made up today as part of a doubleheader.

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