Kile strikes out 10 as Cardinals beat Montreal Expos 6-1


Darryl Kile struck out 10 in seven innings and Jim Edmonds hit his 39th home run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Montreal Expos 6-1.

Kile (17-9) allowed a run on five hits Thursday to win his third straight start. He tied Arizona’s Randy Johnson for second-most victories in the National League, two behind Atlanta’s Tom Glavine.

Edmonds hit a two-run homer off Tony Armas (4-8) in the first and a sacrifice fly to the right-field wall in the fifth. Will Clark also homered in the fourth and Mike Matheny had an RBI single in the sixth for the Cardinals, who have won seven of eight. The NL Central leaders took three of four from the Expos for their eighth straight series victory.

Astros 7, Marlins 3 In Houston, Chris Truby singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, leading Scott Elarton and the Houston Astros over the Florida Marlins.

Elarton (16-5) won for the 12th time in 14 decisions since June 22. He pitched eight innings, giving up three runs and seven hits.

With the score 3-all, Lance Berkman drew a leadoff walk from Dan Miceli (6-4) in the Astros eighth and pinch runner Glen Barker stole second. After Mitch Meluskey was intentionally walked, Truby singled.

Pinch-hitter Daryle Ward hit an RBI single and pinch-hitter Moises Alou had a two-run double.

Braves 4, Diamondbacks 0 In Atlanta, Greg Maddux pitched a four hitter and helped out at the plate with a two-run double as the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-0 victory.

Maddux (16-8) was perfect through 4 2-3 innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk anyone in pitching his fifth complete game and second shutout of the year.

Maddux gave up five first-inning runs in each of his last two starts. This time, he needed only seven pitches to get through the first.

Giants 13, Padres 0 In San Francisco, Barry Bonds hit his fifth homer in four games and drove in three runs as San Francisco won its season-high ninth straight.

Ellis Burks added a three-run homer to give him 1,002 RBIs for his career, and Shawn Estes (14-4) pitched seven shutout innings to win his ninth game in his last 10 decisions.

Estes, who leads the majors in run support, gave up five hits, walked one and struck out eight. He has beaten the Padres seven times in his career, his most victories against any opponent.