The Wrap: AL & NL
Only four games on the slate so it's time for an AL-NL combo platter...
Quote of the Night
"What, am I supposed to hit everything out of the park?"
-- Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols who leads the majors with 26 home runs but was held without a homer or RBI on Monday night.
Tim Redding picked up his first win of the year (and first for New York), giving up four runs on five hits in seven innings. Omir Santos went 4 for 4 with an RBI, Luis Castillo went 3 for 3 with a walk and two runs and an RBI and Alex Cora drove in two runs of his own while going 2 for 4 as the trio led the Mets. New York held St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols in check as the streaking slugger went just 1 for 4 with a run but no RBI. Pujols had hit three homers and drove in 10 runs in the Cardinals' previous series against the Kansas City Royals.
The Rockies pounded on the Angels to win the opener of their three-game series in Los Angeles and pick up their sixth straight victory and 17th in their past 18 games. Five Colorado players had two hits while pitcher Aaron Cook handcuffed the Angels' bats by allowing one run (a Kendry Morales solo homer) on three hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight start. Los Angeles pitchers didn't do themselves any favors, uncorking six wild pitches as Matt Palmer was dealt his first loss of the season. Last night's defeat sent the Angels to their first three-game losing streak in over a month.
Pitcher Javier Vazquez did a fine job of bending without breaking to lead Atlanta to a win in a game being made up from June 4. Vazquez pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings but did allow nine hits in his first win since May 20. Chicago had entered the game riding a four-game winning streak after defeating the White Sox before sweeping the Cleveland Indians. With the win, the Braves improved to 4-22 when scoring two or fewer runs.
Oakland ended a five-game skid against San Francisco behind rookie pitcher Trevor Cahill. Cahill went seven innings and gave up just one run on four hits to earn his third win in a row. Bobby Crosby went 1 for 4 but drove in three runs to help lead the A's in the series opener between the Bay Area rivals.
June 23, 2009; 7:51 AM ET
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