Cards struggle in game after Hancock's death

Associated Press • May 1, 2007 at 12:48 PM

MILWAUKEE - One day after the death of teammate Josh Hancock, the St. Louis Cardinals lost 7-1 to Milwaukee on Monday night, struggling at the plate and in the field.

Starter Kip Wells (1-5) balked in a run in the second inning and gave up seven runs over six innings. Adam Kennedy was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth, and shortstop David Eckstein was left holding the ball with nowhere to throw as a second run crossed the plate after a triple by Milwaukee's Kevin Mench in the sixth.

Jeff Suppan (4-2), a former Cardinal and teammate of Hancock's, gave up one run and eight hits for the Brewers in his 16th career complete game.

The 29-year-old Hancock was killed early Sunday when his SUV struck the rear of a tow truck in St. Louis.

ATLANTA - Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for Atlanta.

Pitching with a "JH" on the front of his jersey, Braves starter Hudson allowed only four hits over eight innings though he didn't get a decision. Hudson was good friends with the Cardinals' Hancock. The two played together at Auburn in 1997, when the Tigers reached the College World Series.

In the ninth, Kelly Johnson led off with a single, Chipper Jones walked and Andruw Jones hit a towering drive into the left-field seats off Antonio Alfonseca (1-1).

Chipper Jones also homered for the Braves.

Mike Gonzalez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Braves.

NEW YORK - Hanley Ramirez homered, Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and Florida chased Chan Ho Park early.

Carlos Beltran was 4-for-5 with a home run for New York, his third four-hit game this season.

Park was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start in place of Orlando Hernandez, who went on the disabled list. Park retired his first eight batters but lasted only four innings, allowing seven runs and six hits.

Scott Olsen (3-1) picked up the win for Florida.

PITTSBURGH - Jason Bay hit a one-out homer in the eighth, an inning after Pittsburgh had tied the game on Ronny Paulino's double.

Bay's homer, an opposite-field shot off Michael Wuertz (0-1) that barely reached the right-field bleachers, was his fourth of the season and his 100th with the Pirates.

Salomon Torres, the Pirates closer who had been scored upon in six of his previous eight appearances, pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in 11 opportunities. Matt Capps (2-0) won it by pitching the eighth. Cubs starter Rich Hill limited the Pirates to two runs over seven innings and helped himself with an unlikely run-scoring double, but couldn't hold a 2-0 lead.

DETROIT - Gary Sheffield homered off Daniel Cabrera two innings after the Baltimore starter hit him with a pitch, leading Detroit to the win.

Cabrera hit Sheffield in the third inning, and the two had to be pulled apart during a bench-clearing incident in the fifth before Sheffield broke a tie with a two-run homer estimated at 408 feet.

Detroit right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (1-0) picked up his first decision of the season in his sixth start, allowing four runs and nine hits with a walk in five-plus innings. Fernando Rodney pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings for his first save.

Cabrera (1-3) issued a season-high six walks in five innings.

TORONTO - Roy Halladay threw a five-hitter and Aaron Hill, Troy Glaus and Adam Lind homered for Toronto.

Halladay (4-0) struck out eight and walked none in his second complete game of the season. He has worked at least seven innings in each of his past five starts.

Vicente Padilla (0-4) gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Vladimir Guerrero doubled home two runs in the first inning and John Lackey (4-2) pitched into the seventh to lead Los Angeles.

Reggie Willits and Orlando Cabrera hit one-out singles off Odalis Perez (2-3) and Guerrero, who has 23 RBIs in 24 games, doubled high off the wall in straightaway center, missing a homer by about 18 inches.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

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