Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Big Cat Lets Loose with Big Stick

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Big Cat Lets Loose with Big Stick

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* Galarraga's second homer in as many days lifts the Rockies to victory.

Andres Galarraga's second three-run homer in 24 hours helped the Colorado Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the sinking San Diego Padres on Thursday.

Galarraga's shot to right field, his 20th, came with two outs in the third and capped a five-run inning that gave Colorado a 5-2 lead. On Wednesday in Denver, Galarraga's three-run homer in the ninth off John Wetteland forged a 9-9 tie, and the Rockies went on to beat Texas 10-9. Larry Walker also drove in three runs, going 2-for-5 and giving him a .4 16 average. The Rockies have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak May 31-June 2. The Padres have lost five in succession - they dropped two to Oakland and two to Texas in interleague play - and 11 of 14. They've also lost 10 of 12 at home. Roger Bailey (8-5) was the winner. Danny Jackson (1-4) surrendered Galarraga's homer two outs after allowing Eric Young's bases-loaded, two-run double. Mets 7, Pirates 6: The New York Mets gathered on the field to greet Jason Hardtke as if assembly was required. On the first evening after the day before, they had overcome New York Yankees withdrawal and the Pittsburgh Pirates as well. But as they hailed their newest hero, they weren't celebrating success as much as they were saluting survival. Hardtke had made it all right. His run-scoring single in the ninth inning had fueled a victory when defeat had become quite plausible. The 7-6 triumph lifted the Mets, but not nearly so much as losing would have harmed them. "It's a good thing we won," Bernard Gilkey said, and no one argued. The Mets hadn't expected what they experienced Thursday night - to be hung over from three magnificent and heady engagements in the Bronx. But they were, and it was evident in how they responded to Hardtke's hit. High fives that bordered on the perfunctory. "I was celebrating getting through it," Butch Huskey said. They thought they had dealt with the spent emotion successfully. …

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