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Edmonds busts out of slump

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Cardinals 5, Rockies 4

ST. LOUIS — A long at-bat in the seventh inning got Jim Edmonds' sweet swing clicking again.

After some earlier failures, Edmonds hit a game-winning double in the ninth as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Thursday. The Cardinals survived after wasting a late two-run lead for the second straight game.

"A lot of the problems on this team have been me," Edmonds said. "It's good for me to get that hit and pick the team up, too, at the same time."

Edmonds entered the game in a 2-for-13 slump, and he stranded five runners in two at-bats early in the game. The turning point came when the left-handed hitting Edmonds fouled off several pitches against left-hander Mike Myers in the seventh before hitting a two-out double.

"Probably the best thing was to hit off that left-hander and get 10 or 11 pitches to hit to get me going," Edmonds said. "It's tough sometimes to go up there with one swing. You really can't figure it out."

Like the rest of the Cardinals, Edmonds has been affected by the absence of Mark McGwire. The NL Central leaders are 12-18 without him.

"You put two and two together, and I've been struggling, and the team has been struggling without Mark," Edmonds said. "If the No. 3 hitter is not doing his job, then the team is not going to be doing as well as it should."

METS 10, ASTROS 3: Mike Piazza was 4-for-4 and drove in four runs, and Robin Ventura also had four RBIs as New York routed Houston.

Jay Payton homered and had an RBI single, and Bobby J. Jones (7-5) won his third straight start to help the Mets complete a 5-2 road trip. New York closed within 2 1/2 games of NL East-leading Atlanta, the closest the Mets have been since July 2.

Houston's Jeff Bagwell homered twice, giving him 31 this season. He's the first Astros player to hit 30 homers in five consecutive seasons.

PADRES 15, PHILLIES 3: At Philadelphia, Bret Boone and Phil Nevin hit three-run homers as San Diego set seasons highs for hits and runs.

Desi Relaford and Joe Vitiello also homered for the Padres, who have won nine of their last 12 games. San Diego had 19 hits, including nine for extra bases.