ATLANTA - Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, Jeff Karstens pitched well in his new role, and Craig Monroe pulled off some nifty baserunning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Atlanta Braves last night, 3-2.

Charlie Morton was called up from triple-A Indianapolis to start against his former team, but the Pirates righthander lasted only one inning before a tight left hamstring ended his night.

Pittsburgh turned to Karstens (3-4), who was bumped to the bullpen by Morton's promotion. The former starter gave up a run in 42/3 innings, helping Pittsburgh snap a three-game losing streak.

LaRoche put the Pirates ahead in the third against Jair Jurrjens (5-4), driving in a run with a force out. Jason Jaramillo made it 2-0 on a single with two outs.

After Atlanta closed to 2-1 on Brian McCann's double in the sixth, the alert Monroe scored from second on LaRoche's infield single in the seventh.

Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 14th save, giving up a two-out homer to Garret Anderson.

Pittsburgh 002 000 100–3 6 0

Atlanta 000 001 001–2 6 0

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

McCutchen cf 5   0   0   0   .324      McLouth cf 4   0   1   0   .259

Morgan lf 5   1   2   0   .269      Y.Escobar ss 4   1   2   0   .302

F.Sanchez 2b 4   0   2   0   .315      C.Jones 3b 4   0   0   0   .327

Ad.LaRoche 1b 3   0   1   2   .244      McCann c 4   0   2   1   .314

An.LaRoche 3b 2   1   0   0   .293      G.Anderson lf 4   1   1   1   .254

Moss rf 3   0   0   0   .250      Norton 1b 4   0   0   0   .098

Grabow p 0   0   0   0   ---      Francoeur rf 3   0   0   0   .240

d-Hinske ph 1   0   0   0   .282      K.Johnson 2b 3   0   0   0   .238

Capps p 0   0   0   0   ---      Jurrjens p 2   0   0   0   .120

Jaramillo c 3   0   1   1   .269      O'Flaherty p 0   0   0   0   ---

Ja.Wilson ss 4   0   0   0   .259      Moylan p 0   0   0   0   .000

Morton p 0   0   0   0   ---      c-M.Diaz ph 1   0   0   0   .276

a-Duke ph 0   0   0   0   .217      Bennett p 0   0   0   0   .000

Karstens p 1   0   0   0   .067      Totals 33   2   6   2      

S.Burnett p 0   0   0   0   .000

b-Monroe ph-rf 1   1   0   0   .222

Totals 32   3   6   3      

a-sacrificed for Morton in the 2nd. b-was hit by a pitch for S.Burnett in the 7th. c-flied out for Moylan in the 8th. d-struck out for Grabow in the 9th. LOB: Pittsburgh 12, Atlanta 4. 2B: F.Sanchez (21), McLouth (9), Y.Escobar (14), McCann 2 (10). HR: G.Anderson (3), off Capps. RBIs: Ad.LaRoche 2 (28), Jaramillo (15), McCann (24), G.Anderson (17). SB: Morgan (14). S: Duke. RLSP: Pittsburgh 8 (Moss 4, McCutchen, Ja.Wilson, Hinske 2); Atlanta 3 (Y.Escobar, Norton, G.Anderson). RA: McCutchen.

Pittsburgh walks (7): F.Sanchez, Ad.LaRoche 2, An.LaRoche 2, Moss, Jaramillo.

Pittsburgh strikeouts (8): McCutchen 2, Morgan, Moss 2, Hinske, Ja.Wilson, Karstens.

Atlanta strikeouts (2): Norton, K.Johnson.

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Morton 1   1   0   0   0   0   13   0.00

Karstens (W) 42/3   4   1   1   0   0   59   5.16

S.Burnett (H) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   4   3.04

Grabow (H) 2   0   0   0   0   2   18   3.67

Capps (S) 1   1   1   1   0   0   16   5.49

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Jurrjens (L) 6   4   2   2   3   7   111   2.85

O'Flaherty 2/3   1   1   1   1   0   20   3.27

Moylan 11/3   0   0   0   1   0   21   5.09

Bennett 1   1   0   0   2   1   23   2.67

W: Karstens, 3-4. L: Jurrjens, 5-4. S: Capps, 14. H: Grabow, 10. H: Burnett, 4.

IR-S: S.Burnett 1-0, Moylan 2-0. IBB: off Bennett (Ad.LaRoche), off O'Flaherty (F.Sanchez). HBP: by Jurrjens (An.LaRoche), by O'Flaherty (Monroe). Umpires: Home, Doug Eddings; First, Hunter Wendelstedt; Second, Brian Knight; Third, Dana DeMuth.

T: 2:42. A: 21,610 (49,743).

Cardinals 13, Marlins 4

MIAMI - Rick Ankiel finished a single shy of the cycle, and Colby Rasmus also homered as St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak by thrashing Florida.

The Cardinals scored their season high for runs on 18 hits.

Brendan Ryan was a career-best 4 for 4, scored twice, and drove in a run.

St. Louis 310 101 043 – 13 18 0

Florida 101 010 100 – 4 11 2

St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Schumker 2b-lf 6   0   1   2   .285      Coghlan lf 4   1   2   0   .237

Duncan lf 4   1   1   0   .249      Bonifacio 3b 4   1   1   0   .247

Barden 3b 1   0   1   1   .242      Ha.Ramirez ss 5   1   1   1   .323

Pujols 1b 4   1   1   0   .319      Cantu 1b 3   0   2   1   .280

Rasmus cf 5   2   2   3   .269      Gload 1b 2   0   0   0   .270

Ankiel rf 5   3   3   2   .246      Hermida rf 5   1   3   2   .269

Y.Molina c 4   2   2   1   .264      Uggla 2b 4   0   0   0   .217

T.Greene 3b-2b 5   1   3   0   .291      C.Ross cf 4   0   1   0   .254

Wainwright p 2   0   0   0   .143      R.Paulino c 3   0   1   0   .253

b-Ludwick ph 1   1   0   1   .231      Volstad p 2   0   0   0   .077

C.Perez p 0   0   0   0   ---      Sanches p 0   0   0   0   .000

d-Stavinoha ph 1   0   0   0   .250      a-De Aza ph 1   0   0   0   .267

D.Reyes p 0   0   0   0   ---      Cr.Martinez p 0   0   0   0   ---

Br.Ryan ss 5   2   4   1   .318      c-B.Carroll ph 0   0   0   0   .270

Totals 43   13   18   11         Badenhop p 0   0   0   0   .000

Totals 37   4   11   4      

a-struck out for Sanches in the 6th. b-grounded into a fielder's choice for Wainwright in the 8th. c-walked for Cr.Martinez in the 8th. d-reached on error for C.Perez in the 9th. E: Uggla (6), Cr.Martinez (1). LOB: St. Louis 6, Florida 10. 2B: Schumaker (11), Duncan (14), Ankiel (12), T.Greene (4), C.Ross (15). 3B: Ankiel (1). HR: Rasmus (7), off Volstad; Ankiel (4), off Badenhop; Hermida (7), off Wainwright. RBIs: Schumaker 2 (18), Barden (10), Rasmus 3 (23), Ankiel 2 (17), Y.Molina (19), Ludwick (29), Br.Ryan (6), Ha.Ramirez (28), Cantu (43), Hermida 2 (26). SB: Pujols (8), Br.Ryan (6). CS: Br.Ryan (3). S: Wainwright. RLSP: St. Louis 5 (Duncan, Y.Molina, Schumaker 3); Florida 5 (Volstad, Uggla 2, Ha.Ramirez 2). RA: Schumaker, Bonifacio. GIDP: Br.Ryan, Volstad. DP: St. Louis 1 (Br.Ryan, Schumaker, Pujols); Florida 1 (Ha.Ramirez, Uggla, Gload).

St. Louis walks (2): Pujols, Y.Molina.

Florida walks (4): Coghlan, Bonifacio, R.Paulino, B.Carroll.

Florida strikeouts (7): Coghlan, Bonifacio, Ha.Ramirez 2, R.Paulino, Volstad, De.

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Wainwright (W) 7   11   4   4   3   4   121   3.49

C.Perez 1   0   0   0   1   3   26   3.48

D.Reyes 1   0   0   0   0   0   12   4.96

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Volstad (L) 52/3   10   6   6   1   0   96   4.07

Sanches 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   5   0.00

Cr.Martinez 2   4   4   4   1   0   37   8.10

Badenhop 1   4   3   3   0   0   22   4.54

W: Wainwright, 6-4. L: Volstad, 4-6.

IR-S: Sanches 2-0. WP: Wainwright 2, Sanches. Umpires: Home, Sam Holbrook; First, Charlie Reliford; Second, Larry Vanover; Third, Adrian Johnson. T: 3:03. A: 14,624 (38,560).

Astros 2, Cubs 1

HOUSTON - Geoff Blum singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Houston over Chicago.

Blum lined his hit up the middle off Angel Guzman (2-1), bringing home Miguel Tejada.

The Cubs wasted a dominant start from Carlos Zambrano, who allowed a run and three hits through eight innings.

Chris Sampson (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Wandy Rodriguez to earn the victory.

Geovany Soto hit a solo homer in the second inning for the Cubs, who dropped to 5-2 at Minute Maid Park this season.

Chicago 010 000 000 – 1 7 0

Houston 000 000 101 – 2 5 0

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Houston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

A.Soriano lf 3   0   0   0   .237      Bourn cf 3   0   1   0   .293

Theriot ss 4   0   2   0   .288      Tejada ss 4   1   1   0   .355

Bradley rf 4   0   1   0   .209      Pence rf 2   1   0   0   .337

D.Lee 1b 4   0   1   0   .269      Ca.Lee lf 4   0   2   0   .318

Re.Johnson cf 3   0   0   0   .275      Berkman 1b 3   0   0   0   .247

a-Fukdme ph-cf 1   0   0   0   .294      Blum 3b 4   0   1   2   .264

Soto c 3   1   1   1   .221      Kata 2b 3   0   0   0   .000

Scales 3b 3   0   1   0   .232      Sampson p 0   0   0   0   .000

b-Fntent ph-3b 1   0   0   0   .247      Quintero c 3   0   0   0   .302

Miles 2b 4   0   1   0   .206      W.Rodriguez p 2   0   0   0   .040

Zambrano p 3   0   0   0   .233      Keppinger 2b 1   0   0   0   .265

A.Guzman p 0   0   0   0   .000      Totals 29   2   5   2      

Totals 33   1   7   1      

One out when winning run scored.a-struck out for Re.Johnson in the 8th. b-flied out for Scales in the 9th. LOB: Chicago 7, Houston 6. HR: Soto (3), off W.Rodriguez. RBIs: Soto (15), Blum 2 (17). RLSP: Chicago 3 (D.Lee, Zambrano, Fukudome); Houston 1 (Kata). RA: Ca.Lee, Blum. GIDP: Bradley, Tejada. DP: Chicago 1 (Zambrano, Theriot, D.Lee); Houston 1 (Blum, Kata, Berkman).

Chicago walks (2): A.Soriano, Soto.

Houston walks (4): Bourn, Pence 2, Berkman.

Chicago strikeouts (8): A.Soriano, D.Lee 2, Re.Johnson, Fukudome, Soto, Zambrano 2.

Houston strikeouts (3): Bourn, Kata, W.Rodriguez.

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Zambrano 8   3   1   1   2   3   104   3.39

A.Guzman (L) 1/3   2   1   1   2   0   18   2.57

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

W.Rodriguez 7   5   1   1   2   6   116   2.82

Sampson (W) 2   2   0   0   0   2   28   1.70

W: Sampson, 3-0. L: Guzman, 2-1.

IBB: off A.Guzman (Berkman). Umpires: Home, Paul Schrieber; first, Ed Rapuano; second, Joe West; third, Paul Nauert.

T: 2:24. A: 27,840 (40,976).

nolead begins

Rockies 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE - Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe homered and Jorge De La Rosa beat his old team, lifting Colorado to its seventh straight win, over Milwaukee.

De La Rosa (2-6) pitched for Milwaukee for part of three seasons, beginning in 2004. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, with eight strikeouts.

Colorado 000 120 100–4 6 0

Milwaukee 002 000 000–2 5 0

Colorado AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Fowler cf 5   0   0   0   .254      McGehee 2b 3   1   1   0   .269

Barmes 2b 5   1   2   0   .293      Hardy ss 4   0   0   0   .219

Helton 1b 3   1   1   1   .308      Braun lf 2   1   1   1   .311

Hawpe rf 4   1   2   2   .339      Fielder 1b 4   0   2   1   .298

Street p 0   0   0   0   ---      M.Cameron cf 3   0   0   0   .268

Stewart 3b 5   0   0   0   .221      Hart rf 4   0   1   0   .239

Tulowitzki ss 3   1   1   1   .231      Mi.Rivera c 4   0   0   0   .270

C.Gonzalez lf 1   0   0   0   .222      Hall 3b 2   0   0   0   .205

Iannetta c 2   0   0   0   .218      d-Catalantto ph 1   0   0   0   .200

De La Rosa p 2   0   0   0   .050      Bush p 1   0   0   0   .143

R.Flores p 0   0   0   0   ---      a-Gerut ph 1   0   0   0   .206

Jo.Peralta p 0   0   0   0   ---      McClung p 0   0   0   0   .000

c-Atkins ph 1   0   0   0   .193      b-Counsell ph 1   0   0   0   .307

Daley p 0   0   0   0   ---      C.Smith p 0   0   0   0   ---

Spilborghs rf 0   0   0   0   .259      e-Gamel ph 1   0   0   0   .240

Totals 31   4   6   4         Totals 31   2   5   2      

a-popped out for Bush in the 5th. b-popped out for McClung in the 7th. c-flied out for Jo.Peralta in the 8th. d-struck out for Hall in the 9th. e-struck out for C.Smith in the 9th. LOB: Colorado 10, Milwaukee 8. 2B: Barmes 2 (14), Helton (14), Hawpe (18), McGehee (4), Braun (13), Fielder 2 (12). HR: Tulowitzki (7), off Bush; Hawpe (9), off McClung. RBIs: Helton (42), Hawpe 2 (45), Tulowitzki (19), Braun (39), Fielder (55). SB: Stewart (3), C.Gonzalez (2), Braun (4). S: De La Rosa. RLSP: Colorado 6 (Helton, De La Rosa, Tulowitzki, Barmes 2, Stewart); Milwaukee 5 (Hall, M.Cameron, Fielder, Braun, Mi.Rivera). GI DP: Stewart, Mi.Rivera. DP: Colorado 1 (Tulowitzki, Barmes, Helton); Milwaukee 1 (Hardy, Fielder).

Colorado walks (8): Helton 2, Hawpe, Tulowitzki, C.Gonzalez 3, Iannetta.

Milwaukee walks (6): McGehee 2, Braun 2, M.Cameron, Hall.

Colorado strikeouts (9): Fowler 4, Hawpe, Stewart, Tulowitzki 2, De.

Milwaukee strikeouts (12): McGehee 2, Hardy 3, Fielder, M.Cameron 2, Hart, Catalanotto, Bush, Gamel.

Colorado IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

De La Rosa (W) 6   4   2   2   4   8   102   5.08

R.Flores (H) 1/3   0   0   0   1   0   8   0.00

Jo.Peralta (H) 2/3   0   0   0   1   1   16   2.25

Daley (H) 1   1   0   0   0   0   15   3.09

Street (S) 1   0   0   0   0   3   17   2.84

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Bush (L) 5   5   3   3   4   7   110   4.58

McClung 2   1   1   1   2   1   30   2.67

C.Smith 2   0   0   0   2   1   33   0.00

W: Rosa, 2-6. L: Bush, 3-3. S: Street, 11. H: Daley, 4. H: Peralta, 2. H: Flores, 5.

IR-S: Jo.Peralta 1-0. HBP: by McClung (Iannetta). Umpires: Home, Phil Cuzzi; First, Tom Hallion; Second, Jerry Crawford; Third, Dan Bellino. T: 3:26. A: 34,823 (41,900).