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Saturday, Sept. 10

Florida at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m EDT). NL wild-card contenders continue a weekend series.



—Chris Carpenter and Albert Pujols, Cardinals. Carpenter struck out seven over seven scoreless innings to become the first 21-game winner in the majors this season and Pujols hit two solo home runs to help St. Louis beat the New York Mets 5-0.

—Carl Crawford, Devil Rays, went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in Tampa Bay's 7-4 win over the New York Yankees.

—Tony Clark, Diamondbacks, hit two home runs and drove in five runs in an 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh in 12 innings.

—Paul Byrd, Angels, allowed four hits in seven shutout innings to help Los Angeles beat Boston 3-0.

—Josh Beckett and Miguel Cabrera, Marlins. Beckett hit his first career home run and struck out seven over 6 2-3 innings, and Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in Florida's 8-4 win over Washington.


Giants slugger Barry Bonds played in a simulated game before Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Bonds also took extra batting practice, ran the bases and played catch in the outfield. If the 41-year-old feels strong enough, he could be activated from the disabled list this weekend. Bonds, who has not played this season following three surgeries on his right knee, could provide a boost to the Giants who fell seven games behind NL West-leading San Diego following Thursday night's loss.


Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter became the first 21-game winner in the major leagues, beating the New York Mets 5-0 Thursday night. Carpenter allowed three hits and struck out seven over seven innings. Carpenter has also started 22 consecutive games in which he allowed three runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings, the longest stretch in the NL since Bob Gibson did it 22 straight times in 1968.


Pittsburgh ended a 10-game home losing streak with an 8-7 win over Arizona in 12 innings Thursday. Humberto Cota drove home the winning run with a single, helping Pittsburgh overcome Tony Clark's two homers and five RBIs.